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This blog is full of helpful tips and links for those of you planning your special day, a funeral or event. Up to date information on what we are up to, what events we are attending and our current offers. A weekly blog of what we have been up to, giving you an insight into our flower filled world.
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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!

 

The end of summer season

Posted on 22 September, 2016 at 9:05 Comments comments (0)

So as summer season comes to a close, I finally have time to update my website and catch up on all the things I should have done!! One of which is my weekly blog...OOOPS..who was I kidding. Having been pulling days from 6 to 18 hours I just haven't had the time. So I thought I would post a quick blog to say I SURVIVED THIS SUMMER WEDDING SEASON!!!!!

Weekly blogs will be back now!

So much for a weekly blog

Posted on 19 June, 2016 at 14:25 Comments comments (1)

Well so much for me finding time for a weekly blog!!! This past couple of months has flown past in a blur...with wwedding season in full swing and our funeral work finding time to fit the blog in took a bit of a back seat. But I have exciting news....I now have an extra pair of hands on board to help! So the blog is back and normal service will resume!

Coming up over the next few weeks we will have an exciting new range of prducts on offer and we are extending our line of hire products...

So for this week short and sweet, next week a normal blog...

A new week , a new dawn

Posted on 14 March, 2016 at 5:50 Comments comments (0)

Hi all,

This week has found me in a very reflective mood. I say it often (maybe too often) that I love my job and most of the time I do, after all 99% of what I do is about making people smile. This week however I met with a family who had lost thier 9yr old son Oliver to a brain tumour. How his parents were still standing was beyond me, they were so brave. I had the honour of doing his funeral flowers, and whilst completing them it made me reflect on how lucky I am. I have 6 happy, healthy, somewhat annoying children and two smashing grandchildren. It made me stand and take stock and hug my own children that little bit tighter.

So as always this week has been a real mixed bag, lots of excited couples planning thier weddings and a few funeral poseys and finally an amazing little boys funeral.

My thought for the week is 'whatever your differences, put them aside. Life is to short, hatred will hold you back, so let a little love into your heart.

Claire

xxx

Mothers Day Week

Posted on 10 March, 2016 at 0:05 Comments comments (0)

Ok so what a busy week, hence the blog being late! We have had another amazing mothers day weekend, lots of smiles and happy tears. People always ask me when I get to enjoy my mothers day, the simple answer is the following weekend. We spend the Fri & Sat preping all the beautiful gifts and then Sunday out spreading a little bit of joy and alot of love!

The rest of this week was taken up with meeting lots of happy couples planning thier upcoming weddings.

I love my job!

Claire xx

Monday morning

Posted on 29 February, 2016 at 8:15 Comments comments (0)

Ok it's monday morning, yawn I hear you all say. That dreaded feeling of work looming after a lovely weekend off. Not me, I am lucky I guess. As I work for myself I get on with the boss (most of the time) and I love what I do.  I enjoy my work imensley and spend 99% of my time making people smile. After all most flowers are for some form of celebration, be it a birthday, anniversary or a wedding.

So this past week there have been lots of lovely bouquets going out for birthdays and the birth of a new baby girl. Along with meeting some beautiful brides to be with some very exciting plans for thier weddings.

The coming week is going to be madness as always, Mothers day 6th March (don't forget) so we will be knee deep in lovely flowers for some very special mums. Lots of tulips, daffodils, roses, gerbra and lilys so my work shop smells divine.

A busy week ahead, so I will speak to you all again next Monday.

Hope you all have an amazing week.

Claire xx



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...


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted on 23 December, 2015 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

We would like to wish all our customers past and present a very happy christmas and new year.

It has been a very hectic year with lots of amazing weddings and events throughout the year and as we approach 2016 we look forward to playing a small part of many more..

We hope you all have a happy, healthy and safe christmas and look forward to 2016

Wow Christmas Is Coming

Posted on 13 November, 2015 at 17:15 Comments comments (0)

Wow what a day, don't know why but today seems to have been the day everyone decided to start christmas planning.

Our christmas lines are now available online.

With christmas day being 6 weeks today, we have got gifts galore & decorations for your home or workplace covered.

You can pre order now for delivery from 28th November onwards.

We have a range of wreaths, table centers, bouquets, plants & graveside wreaths.

Our graveside wreaths and pillows are an oppertunity to rembember those loved ones no longer with us at this special time of year.


Bouquet Questions

Posted on 6 November, 2015 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)

What is a living vase?

A living vase means your flowers are delivered in water. This is a cello wrap then put into a gift box. This means your flower arrangement is ready to be displayed and shouldn't require any maintaince.


How long do my flowers last?

Your flowers are of the highest quality straight from the Dutch auctions. This means your flowers will last longer by as much as a week than supermarket bought flowers. If you make sure you place your flowers in a place where they are in sunlight but not too directly and are away from radiators your flowers should last a minimum of two weeks before they start to wain.


What is a hand ited bouquet?

A hand tied bouquet is exactly that. It means your flowers are already arranged and can be placed straight into a vase, no fuss. Traditionally styled bouquets are flat and mean you can arrange your flowers into a vase as you please.



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