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What do I need to know when booking my florist?

Posted on 12 April, 2017 at 9:50 Comments comments (0)

Well there are lots of things we as florists will ask you. I promise it's not an interigation.

We will work with you from the start to put together a personalised quote for you, so we would need to know what colour or theme you are trying to achieve.

We also need to know the colour and style of your dress, the bridesmaids dresses. We do ask a few awkward questions such as heights, hair colours and dress sizes. This is so we can get a good overall idea of the wedding party. This means we can get the bouquet sizes right as a smaller lady are larger lady need slightly different sized bouquets to help make your photos even. Dress shape dictates the styles of bouquet we would recommend both for you and your bridesmaids.

There is an awful lot of twoing and froing at this point, meetings, emails and calls. This is all part of the process to ensure we get it right.

But any florist will take the time to run through things with you until it's right. 

Budget plays a part for every couple be it large or small, so never be afraid to tell your florist you can't afford something. But do be aware of Pintrest, it is fantastic for ideas for colour themes and styles but can give people very unrealistic ideals when it comes down to cost. There are always ways to cut costs from the beautiful arrangements you may have seen, maybe less flowers or substituting for different types.

But the most important thing is to make sure you find a florist you trust, after all it's the most important day of your life. Make sure it's the right fit for you as a person and the style of work  to fit your dream day.

We are here to help with advice, recommendations on other suppliers but above all support to help ensure your day is all you wish it to be!

When do I book a florist?

Posted on 12 April, 2017 at 9:40 Comments comments (0)

When do I book a florist?

So we get lots of enquiries for couples, sometimes months or years in advance of thier wedding date.

There are certain things you need to book before getting to a florist.  So start out with your venue, most importantly after that would be your photographer, as they get booked up a very long way in advance. Once you have these things in place then its time to start thinking about a florist, we also get bookings along way in advance.

Although it may seem early and you may not have finalised things like your dress it gives you plenty of time to visit different florists and find someone with a style you like.


Perseption Vs Reality

Posted on 24 October, 2016 at 3:45 Comments comments (0)

Wedding Floristry The Perception Vs Reality

 

 

So the most common misconception is that all florists just start adding zeros to the price tag as soon as the word wedding is uttered. Whilst there are florists who do charge excessively large amounts for their work, there are many who under value their worth.

To most people flowers look easy to work with and we constantly have people say well you only put them together and put a ribbon around it! If only it was that simple. There is so much more that the client never sees.

I am an event florist who specialises in wedding and funeral work, so my average day starts around 5am. Heading into a freezing workshop to fill the buckets ready for the incoming delivery. Each flower is stripped of its foliage, thorns, whilst being checked for imperfections. Then it’s checking the emails, updating people on payment plans and all the associated paperwork, just like any other business.

But even before this there is the time for a consultation, sometimes my day finishes at 7pm others 11pm. Once you have met your client it’s carefully putting together a quote for their dream flowers and then taking the time to order the best quality flowers for their order. This can take a couple of days or hours depending on what they require.

So back in the workshop we nurture the flowers, every flower takes a different length of time to open to that perfect pose, so we nurture and cajole them (sometimes for 7 or 8 days) until we are finally ready to work with them. Then we work our magic, finally all done? Not a chance, we then deliver them to our client sometimes in one place more often than not to several places on the morning of a wedding, helping the groomsmen on with their buttonholes, calming nerves, assuring the brides all is well and the venue will be beautiful. So off we rush to the choosen venue to transform a beautiful, sometimes plain room or space into the magical space they imagined. Sometimes it takes an hour others we can be there all day…Finished at last? No, its back to the workshop to clear up and empty the buckets, clean them all ready for their next use. All done? Really, no next day its back to the venue to collect our items usually a 7 or 8 am collection as the venue will be used that day. Then they need cleaning ready for their next use. Finally we are all finished.

So the next time you see a florists price or quote remember to take a closer look, have they charged you for their travel time? The extras they get asked to do? As a florist I love the job I do, I am passionate about flowers and making my brides dreams a reality. I feel I am privileged to work in a job where I spend 99% of my time making someone else happy!

 

Wedding Planning

Posted on 28 January, 2016 at 16:00 Comments comments (0)

In my years as a florist I have been involved in many a conversation regarding when things should be done. When should I book my venue? When should the invites go out? So hopefully this handy guide will help answer many of these questions and pt yor minds at rest...


Tuesday 27th October 2015

Posted on 24 October, 2015 at 11:55 Comments comments (0)

Ok so now we are ready it launch week, the countdown has begun for a brand new concept in wedding planning. As of Tuesday 27th October you can find our permenant exhibit at The wedding Aisle. It is Dorsets one stop wedding shop and only permanent wedding fair. So if you want to see what we do and meet some wonderful other local companies please pop down and see us.

The Wedding Aisle

688 Christchurch Road

Bournemouth

We are open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Saturday.


what do i need to consider when buying bridal flowers

Posted on 24 October, 2015 at 10:40 Comments comments (0)

When you are ready to order your wedding flowers or think you are, any good florist will ask you serveral important question.

There are lots of things we as florists need to know to help you make the choices for not only your bouquet but also your bridesmaid and guests.

My first main piece of advice to all brides to be would be to book a florist as early as you can.

Many of us get booked up early for the wedding season and the last thing you want to do is not have the florist you want available for your special day as they are fully booked.

So book early to save your date with them. Most florists charge a small deposit to do this, ours is £25.

Ok, so dont do anything else about your florist until you have made some pretty important descions.

Firstly your venue this means we can advise you what works at that venue if it is one we have worked at before, table shapes, numbers and sizes.

Secondly your bridesmaids and  flowergirls once you have decided how many of each there are and what style of dresses they are wearing. We need to ask some personal questions here like thier height, dress size and hair colour. Not always pleasant but it means we can insure the correct size flower arrangement for each bridesmaid. After all a size 6 lady who is 5ft 7" tall needs a very different style and size of bouquet to a 5ft tall size 20 lady.

Thirdly the type of wedding you want, do you want a country themed affair or princess bling or maybe a vintage styled wedding. All these things affect flowers and styles we would reccomend.

Finally your dress, again as with the bridesmaids the style, shape and colour of your dress is important. Along with your height and dress size. After all the last thing any bride wants is their flowers to over power them or to look lost.

All good florists will sit and go through these things with you and help you plan your special day. Advise you as to what flowers best suit your needs and the style, colour and cost.

 After all it is all about you and what you want for your special day!!!



Popular wedding flowers

Posted on 24 October, 2015 at 10:40 Comments comments (0)

Popular Wedding Flowers

Anemone

Available from December through to April

In richly coloured reds, cerise pink, purple and blue, and paler tones of mauve and pale pink. As well as classic white and white with black centres a great favourite for weddings.

Alstroemeria

Available all year round these days and is grown in many countries. It’s available in a wide range of colours.

Freesia

These have a beautiful scent and delicate flower head. They are available in double & single varieties. There are 100’s of varieties of freesia available at any one time.

 

Gerberas & Germini

These come in 2 sizes Gerbera and Mini Gerbera (germini). Gerbera are available in diameters up to 12cm and germini up to 7cm. Gerbera come in boxes of 50 and Germini in boxes of 60. They’re available in a massive range of colours all year round.

Peonies

Wonderful wedding flowers, but they have a short season of April to end of July. Available in a variety of pinks and red, creams and whites.

Tulips

Run through from January to May, but they are at their peak in late March to mid-April. At this time the growers are producing the greatest volume and variety

 

 

 

Sunflowers

Available February to October and come in a shades of yellow to gold with light or black centres. With a wide variety of sizes available.

Ranunculus

Such a pretty flower that comes in lovely bright colours that include cerise, orange, yellow, gold, pink, red and white. Available between January and the end of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roses

Available all year round, with a massive range of colours and styles to choose from.

 

These are just some of the more popular types of flowers used in weddings if you want information on a particular type of flower and its availability please do not hesitate to get in touch