|Posted on 16 June, 2016 at 20:30|
Following on from my last blog about Christmas weddings, please bear in mind flower availablity when booking a Christmas/New Year wedding.
The majority of our flowers come from the Dutch markets and if these close for the week between Christmas and New Year, then our wholesalers will also close. The knock-on effect is that virtually all florists will close as well, as they do not have access to fresh flowers. Most florists value this week off, as the run up to Christmas is usually very busy and it can be hard for florists to get a complete week off work during the year.
If you were planning on having your wedding between Christmas and New Year and this was the situation with the flower markets, this would mean that there would be no fresh flowers for your wedding. The last day prior to this week when your florist would be able to collect flowers from the wholesaler would be Christmas Eve. This would then mean trying to keep these flowers fresh for at least 5 days, (or longer if your wedding was on New Year's Eve). I personally would not risk this, especially if the Bride wanted flowers like roses, lisianthus, freesia and gyp. I would suggest using silk flowers as an alternative. This way the bride gets the flower types she wants, for the look she wants to achieve, without the worry of them wilting or dying before the wedding day.
Depending when Christmas falls each year, there is a possibility that the wholesale markets will be open at some point during the week between Christmas and New Year. However this information isn't usually known until later in that year, which isn't any good when most weddings are booked at least a year in advance.
The best advice I can give to Brides wanting an end of year wedding, is to trust your florist and work with their suggestions to help give you the wedding of your dreams. Have a plan B, involving silk flowers for your bouquets, buttonholes, etc and use more evergreen foliage (sourced from friends and family gardens) in the venue designs. Remember a wedding bouquet will always look stunning, whether it is made from fresh or silk flowers.