The Wedding Affair Perfect Planning Guide… The Wedding Affair Florist’s, Why Choose One?
Good morning lovelies. How are you all on this fine Wednesday morning? We are SO excited that the sun is coming back out, fingers crossed it lasts a little longer than last week, though. Talking of sun, do you have any plans for the summer, or is anyone jetting off somewhere to a much warmer climate to tie the knot? I’m heading to Italy in just 27 days (still definitely not counting…) so, i’m in full on diet mode and 80% of my spare time is dedicated to Bikini hunting and searching Trip Advisor reviews. (I mean, it doesn’t get better than that)
To get you feeling all kinds of Summer, why not check out this months cocktail? I guess we all need a little pick me up when the weathers like this and we are all hard at work. Of course, with it been hump day it too is #WeddingHour tonight. So, the perfect excuse to sit back and enjoy a lush cocktail whilst networking.
#WeddingHour takes place over on Twitter between 9-10pm, and we can whole heatedly say it’s our all time favourite hour of the week. After all, it is filled with talented professionals from many different countries, all over England and most likely in an area near you, too. It’s a great area to find all your pretty inspiration in one place and talk to other Brides and Grooms. So, do join us tonight for your weekly fix of wedding gorgeousness. Tonight, we will be talking florists.
If you are a Florist or perhaps looking for one, we would LOVE you to join us. And who know’s, you may even find a florist that you love. In the mean time, we have a feature all about how to pick your florist and why it could be easier than creating all your flowers yourself.
For most that are getting wed, flowers are a huge part of the day. It’s probably the one day of your life where you get to carry around a beautiful bouquet, wear flowers in your hair and adorn practically every inch around you and more with big beautiful blooms…so, of course you have to make the most of it! After all, who wouldn’t?!
But, when it actually comes down to choosing a florist – where on earth do you start? The vast majority of people, (admittedly us included), love fresh flowers, but have little to no idea of names and varieties, or what is in season and when. However, given that the starting price for flowers for your wedding day is around £1500+, you need to think carefully about choosing your florist.
We see lots of Brides opting to do their own flowers. While this is (possibly) a cheaper option, it is by no means an easy task to undertake, just think of all the time you would have to put in. Thankfully, we have come up with handy little guide as to how to find the florist that is most suited to both you, and your wedding.
Remember, take a peek at The Wedding Affair approved florists…
So, What Will Your Florist Do For You?
Your florist will source, buy and collect the flowers you want – often this means ridiculously early trips to flower markets, negotiating with sellers and having to make last minute decisions on changing the blooms because certain flower heads haven’t come into blossom yet
You want your flowers to look as fresh as possible and also, to last as long as possible. Your florist will know the optimum time to put together your bouquet, buttonholes and arrangements so that they look perfect for you. This often means working late into the night for a few days before the wedding.
Creating beautiful floral arrangements take A LOT of time. We really mean it – the work is time consuming and, not to mention, fiddly. Cutting stems to size, wiring flowers, putting them into the display… whether it’s a floral crown for a Bridesmaid, or a centrepiece for the top table – it takes much, much longer than you think.
Flowers are quite a bulky and delicate thing to transport. Your florist will deliver the bouquets and buttonholes to you on the morning of your wedding and will deliver the arrangements to your venue – usually in a specially fitted van – where the flowers stay fresh and safe. Not crumpled in a heap in the back of Auntie Pat’s car…
Florists also know where certain arrangements look best and they know not to place a display full of fragile petals next to a heater, or open windy space. They will also be able to help with any emergencies such as squashed button holes and often have reserve stems on board in case anything truly awful happens.
How To Choose Your Florist
If you think that all florists are the same, then you are wrong! You seriously won’t believe how different they can be, and of course, it’s all down to personal preference, too.
Out of the hundreds of different amazingly talented florists that there are around, each will have their own style and flair, whether you want to opt for a traditional rose bouquet, or perhaps a contemporary wild looking structure – Remember, chose someone that can create the bouquet of your dreams, and fits with your style.
Look at as many florists as you can – follow them on Instagram, Pinterest, blogs etc. – this often gives you a great insight into how they work too. Don’t despair that all of the best florists are in London, or in the bigger cities – take a look at The Wedding Affair’s Approved Florists, and I bet you will find the perfect one for you.
Create a shortlist of florists and meet with them all. Show them your Pinterest boards, your dress, your venue… share your vision with them.
Once you’ve made you choice – make sure you look at lots of your florists work, not just one wedding, to get an idea of their style. While they will be working to your brief, a florist is a creative person and will produce their best work when they are working within their style.
We do hope this has helped you all – remember, check out The Wedding Affair approved florists for blooms by the gallon. Oh, and there really pretty, too.