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Winter Wedding Flowers (Early Spring Wedding Flowers)

Winter Wedding Flowers

From buttonholes and bouquets to centrepieces and ceremony displays, nothing is more glorious or exciting for us than helping a couple's dreams come to life on their big day. But knowing what your floral design dreams are and especially, which flowers are available to you can be confusing when you first meet with a wedding florist for that initial consultation.

One question we get asked is, “which flowers are in season”?

We want to ensure that every detail is taken care of so you can relax and enjoy every moment of your wedding, so we meet with all of our clients to discuss the types of flowers and colours they would like to use and gain a sense of the overall theme and design for their wedding. From there we can advise as to which flowers will be in season and most suitable based on needs and budget. But to get you thinking about what you might like and what could be available to you, today, we’ve put together this post all about in-season Winter wedding flowers as your go-to guide for inspiration.

Amaryllis

A single stem Amaryllis can be expensive and although we may be biased, it is worth paying out for as you don’t need many to make a real impact! Each stem bears three to six very large statement blooms in white, red, yellow, pink, salmon, purple or bi-colours which are show-stopping in any bouquet or as a single stand-alone flower in bud vases. This trumpet-shaped flower gives the appearance of luxury as its petals look velvety and are able to take centre stage as it has no leaves. Symbolising pride and enchanting beauty, and marking friendship and affection, this lovely selection available in Winter, would be perfect for any wedding.

Anemone

The Anemone flower (meaning “daughter of the wind” in Greek) certainly stands out in any bouquet or centrepiece, with its delicate cup-shaped petals and striking black centre. It is also ideal as a single buttonhole/boutonniere and in hair crowns. Available in white, blue and a spectrum of shades of red, pink and purple, each colour has its own meaning and symbolism, bringing with it a tall, wiry stem with medium to dark green foliage. Anemones aren’t scented but that can be overlooked as their appearance more than makes up for it.

Camelia

Exquisite blooms which make for a dramatic display. Fluted, ruffled petals come in either single or double blooms which resemble that of a Rose. Even the glossy, green leaves are appealing. The Camelia flower’s message is one of love and positive thoughts - a perfect start for any marriage!

Carnation

Did you know that there are over thirty species of Carnation? A low-cost bloom which comes in white and an array of hues of orange, pink, purple, red and yellow as well as bi-colours, makes it a desirable choice for not only Winter weddings but for all seasons. White represents pure love and good luck, light red - admiration and dark red - deep love and affection. This romantic flower has a spicy clove-like fragrance and adds texture to bouquets, table centrepieces and other floral arrangements. Adding Spray Carnations amongst Standard Carnations adds volume to any floral design. They are long-lasting and can also be used in bouquets, for buttonholes, pomanders for flower girls, floral backdrops and to decorate pew ends.

Chrystanthemum

Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, this flower differs between the species. The flower heads can be ball or globed shape, daisy-like shape, decorative pompom or button shaped. Colours range from shades of red, pink, yellow, white and purple with some blooms displaying multiple colours. This is an excellent choice for a wedding flower as it symbolises optimism and joy with the red Chrystanthemum representing pure love.

Narcissus (Common name: Daffodil)

Daffodils are usually associated as being the first sign of Spring but they do bloom in February in warmer climates and in the UK when we have had a mild Winter. Symbolising friendship and new beginnings, Daffodils produce trumpet-shaped flowers on a slender stalk and their colours are truly uplifting. The traditional colour is a golden sunshine yellow but they range from yellow and white, yellow and orange, white and orange, salmon hues, pink and lime green. They are ideal for bouquets, buttonholes and centrepieces.

Freesia

Symbolising innocence and friendship, these delicate flowers are a favourite of many people. Each wiry stem produces 5-10 tubular flowers. White Freesias are considered the most fragrant, having a scent so radiantly sweet with a hint of citrus, but the flower can be found in variations of yellow, orange, red, purple, mauve and pink, as well as striped varieties of each colour.

Gerbera

Symbolising happiness, these blooms resemble large Daisies which is why this flower is also known as the African Daisy. A versatile bloom, ideal for bouquets, buttonholes/boutonnieres, centrepieces, they come in red, orange, yellow, pink, white and cream colours. They come in a variety of shapes but there are four main groups - single flowers with a row of non-overlapping petals and a green centre; double with a double row of overlapping petals with a green, black or dark red eye; crested doubles with two rows of overlapping petals with one or more inner rows of shorter petals with a green, black or dark red eye; and full crested doubles which have solid overlapping rows of petals with an inner row reducing in size which covers the eye completely.

Hyacinth

A highly fragrant, waxy bell-shaped flower with reflexed petals. It has lots of small blooms which grow close together in dense clusters around one thick stem. The long, narrow, glossy leaves are folded lengthwise. Hyacinths come in shades of white, peach, orange, salmon, yellow, pink, red, purple, lavender and blue, and represent constancy with blue Hyacinths expressing sincerity.

Hydrangea

Lacy, star shaped flowers, packed closely together in pompom shape on wooden stems, providing mass and volume from just a few stems, making them perfect in bouquets or centrepieces.

Iris

Iris comes from the Greek word meaning rainbow. In the language of flowers it symbolises eloquence. Each Iris has six attractive, colourful lobes - the three inner lobes are petals and the three outer lobes are sepals. The flowers come in all colours of the spectrum apart from red. Based on their colour, Iris’ convey different messages - purple symbolises wisdom and compliments; blue - faith and hope; yellow - passion; and white - purity. Ideal for bouquets, buttonholes/boutonnieres and pops of colours in other floral arrangements.

Jasmine

Strong and sweetly scented (with the fragrance released at night), these tubular, waxy white flowers each come with between four and nine petals (four ovules and two locules). Jasmine flowers are usually gathered in clusters with a minimum of three blooms and oval, shiny leaves. Symbolising deep affection, happiness and elegance - a special selection for any wedding don’t you think? When used in religious ceremonies Jasmine also represents purity.

Lilac

Despite the name, Lilac comes in a variety of shades of pink, purple, blue and white. Pink is a symbol of friendship and love; purple - first love emotions and protection; blue - a happy life and calmness and white - purity and innocence. Loved for its beauty, elegance and aromatic fragrance, the Lilac flower is also a symbol of confidence. The scent varies from light floral to warm spicy tones. Each individual flower is pristine but they grow in clusters to produce an abundant display of blooms with dark green, heart-shaped leaves.

Lisianthus

Often featured in centrepieces in wedding arrangements as well as in bridal bouquets, corsages, buttonholes and boutonnieres, Lisianthus symbolises respect, love, acceptance, appreciation and acknowledgement. Lisianthus flowers are attractive in bud as well as in full bloom when their petals form a trumpet or funnel-shaped corolla. One Lisianthus stem may have several blooms along with dark green, oval-shaped leaves so you may not need many to bulk out the bouquet or display.

Phlox

Phlox is a Greek word meaning “flame'.’ These tall, star-shaped, colourful flowers are eye catching perennials. They typically have five petals and long, narrow leaves. Most common are white, pink, mauve, lavender, blue, orange, red, purple but you can also get two-tone Phloxes.

Rose

What can I say about the beautiful, classic and timeless Rose that you don’t already know? It is always a popular choice for weddings. and the good news is that it is available all year round. Of course, there are now a lot more varieties of Rose to choose from with varying shapes, sizes and colours. Starting off from the romance of Valentines Day through to the actual wedding, Roses all have that special meaning. Red roses represent love and respect; white - true love, purity, dignity, chastity; pink - happiness, gratitude and virtue. You can read more about the most popular Roses in this post.

Ranunculus

Although this is a budget-friendly choice, these 3D-effect flowers most definitely do not look cheap. They are at their peak from January to May. Symbolising charm, these cup-shaped blooms are mildly scented and come in beautiful pure shapes with layers of paper-thin, silky, delicate petals which surrounds a button centre. Their stems are thin and long and commonly feature several blossoms per stem. Available in a large spectrum of colours, these blooms are a great choice for bud vases, buttonholes and bouquets but are usually used as an accent.

Snowdrop

These pretty, white, tiny bell-shaped blooms are one of the first flowers to appear in the new year. A posy or floral display of Snowdrops symbolises optimism and hope.

Tulip

Bringing a rich, rainbow of vibrant colours and textures to any bouquet or arrangement, the petals of Tulips can be smooth, fringed or ruffled. Part of the Lily family, the flowers are cup-shaped and have 6 tepals which comprise of 3 petals and 3 sepals. Again, a very apt choice for a wedding not just because of its colour and appearance but due to the fact that Tulips symbolise imagination, dreaminess, a perfect lover and a declaration of love. White Tulips in particular represent purity, honour and holiness. Superstition says those who dream about white Tulips are about to experience a fresh start or new beginning in life.

We adore working with different ingredients in all of our work to create unforgettable memories and complement the celebratory atmosphere of your special occasion. Following our initial consultation, all of our clients also receive a complimentary trip with us to the London flower market to look at flowers, colours and textures and to help you explore every possibility. Whether you want the in-season flowers as featured above, the hottest trend right now, something meaningful to you, have already gathered inspiration or want to start from scratch, this is such a lovely opportunity for us to solidify your combinations and finalise the details of your perfect arrangement(s).

“Many people think that seasonality is the main factor when it comes to cost of wedding flowers. The cost and availability of each stem does vary according to the time of year. For example, Lilacs in August will cost more than Lilacs in May, red Roses will cost more around Valentine’s Day and it’s very hard to find Peonies in Winter. But while season does mean that certain flowers will be at their best, will be more readily available and therefore cheaper, actually, the main driving force is usually the ratio of blooms to foliage and the overall size of arrangements. The larger the display, the more stems that are required”. (Continue reading)

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today? You can also click here to learn more about our process and click here to follow us on Instagram for more ideas and inspiration.

What Are The Most Popular Wedding Flowers?

From a delicate sprig of lavender on a table place setting, to a show stopping ceremony arch or glorious flower chandelier, we love the power of flowers to enchant and delight. But choosing which ones to go for can certainly be overwhelming when first faced with the challenge.

One question we get asked is, “what do people usually go for”?

For some couples, having the most popular wedding flowers in their arrangements is a must, while others like to take inspiration from them and work with our lead designer to come up with something truly bespoke. We will ask you the all important questions during our consultation to find exactly what you’re looking for, but today, we’re bringing you our guide to beloved wedding flowers to give you some ideas as you get started …

Roses

If you have read previous posts from us or scrolled through our gallery, it will come as no surprise that Roses have made it into the “Most Popular Wedding Flowers” blog post. We ADORE them, but it’s not about us… our clients are crazy about them too! The classic red rose is a symbol of love and romance meaning it’s the epitome of a wedding, but there are so many different varieties you can choose from. Here are just a few our clients love:

White O’Hara Roses

The White O’Hara Rose (our all-time favourite for its delightfully pure and aesthetic appearance) takes a more traditional garden Rose shape. It is a large, romantic French Rose and although the name suggests that it’s white, it actually has pinkish petals that give it a blush tone - incredibly feminine and flattering. The several layers of petals open fully into quarters and give off a strong, fruity fragrance which we are positive why it’s in demand.

Avalanche Roses

The Avalanche Rose is often nicknamed “The Queen of Roses” for the oversized head, multi-layered petals and sturdy, tall-cut stem. It’s ideal for bouquets, centrepieces, venue decor and all-Rose arrangements. Coming in white, champagne, peach, pale pink, dark pink and soft green; the pale pink Rose looks like dreamy porcelain with a slightly darker centre and a hint of green around the outer petals which fades as it opens - seriously chic! Also loved are the Sweet Avalanche Rose (soft, pastel pink with that same subtle hint of green) and the Pearl Avalanche Rose (warm salmon/champagne colour with herbaceous foliage) - both represent longing, mystery, glamour and gratitude.

David Austin Garden Roses

David Austin Roses are a lovely example of old-meets-new where traditional garden Roses are bred with modern Roses to create highly fragrant flowers. That being said, one of the most popular - the Juliet Garden Rose - has the lightest fragrance of all of the David Austin cut Roses - reminiscent of Snowdrops and Daffodils. The pale peach buds open to reveal deeper inner tones, neatly arranged and nestled in folds within its heart. It’s a beautifully, deep-cupped rosette, producing large, elegant blooms with strong stems and high petal counts. Another favourite is the saucer-shaped Prince Jardiniere Garden Rose which comes in a very pale pink shade with a strong, sweet scent and swirly, velvety petals.

(Bombastic) Spray Roses

Spray roses are miniature standard roses, with the Bombastic Spray Rose being the smallest of them all. Petite with their intricate features make them perfect for corsages, centrepieces, as an accent, combined with opulent foliage or bunched together to form a much bigger arrangement. If you want to include something that represents remembrance, brings an intensely sweet scent and lots of clusters on a single stem, the Spray Rose would be quintessential.

Hydrangea

What do you get if we say you can choose from light aqua, aqua, light blue, blue, dark blue, lavender, purple, dark purple, blue-violet, lilac, light pink, pink, hot pink, magenta, red, yellow, fall yellow, orange, peach, black, green, Christmas green and lemon green? Stressed. (Just kidding, we can help you to decide exactly what you want!) Actually, you get the breathtaking, lacy, star-shaped flowers of Hydrangea. Packed closely together in a pom-pom shape, the delicate heads have an abundance of petals in a big, rounded flower cluster making it a common centrepiece preference in particular.

Peonies

The Peony is a classic. Timeless and versatile, it’s in season from April to late June, with the most luxurious, lush, full-rounded heads. It may look delicate but it’s one tough cookie! There are so many colours to choose from, with each having its own unique meaning but symbolising good fortune and a happy marriage. Select from white, multi (pink with cream tones), fuchsia pink, rosy mauve, coral, copper-orange, red, mahogany-black, lavender, green and bright yellow for a fragrant and incredibly romantic display; especially in arches, on hoops and as part of hanging installations.

Anemones

The Anemone is one of the easiest to recognise with the eye-catching black centre, graceful petals, medium to dark green foliage and tall, wiry stems. Available from Winter through to Spring, attainable in lilac-purple and shades of pink, white, red and blue, and without a scent, the Anemone flower each has its own meaning and symbolism just like the Peony. Our clients have worked with us to use it in everything from pew ends to posies and bouquets to backdrops.

Lisianthus

Representing respect, love, acceptance, appreciation and acknowledgement, Lisianthus is often a popular pick for this reason alone. It’s a large-stemmed, gentian-like, bell-shaped flower with oval-shaped, dark green leaves and four wide ruffled petals surrounding funnel-shaped corolla; making it so attractive in bud and in full bloom. Deep purple is the most sought-after colour, with it also coming in white, rose, green, blue-violet, champagne, cream and bi-colours. We often feature it in centrepieces, bouquets, corsages, buttonholes and boutonnieres. Our clients are as big fans of Lisianthus as we are, as it comes with several flowers, creating a full-finish without needing to bulk out the display with anything additional (which always helps to keep costs down).

Dahlias

If you’re all about having flowers that are sure to make a big impact from appearance alone, Dahlias are the one for you. Coming in a variety of colours (including different shades of red, pink, purple, rust, yellow and white; and excluding blue, black and green) but with little to no scent, their curved and pointed petals are a softer take on striking selections. Our clients are often fond of their symmetry and composites of central and surrounding florets.

Ranunculus

Mildly scented and cup-shaped, Ranunculus make up the perfect accent flower. Available in a large spectrum of colours, contributing layers of paper-thin, delicate petals with a sublimely silky texture and long, thin stems. Each white, cream, yellow, orange, red, purple or salmon bloom has a button centre which creates a 3D effect, meaning it makes a statement whether used alone or amongst other flowers. A great, budget-friendly commission of beautiful, pure shapes - it definitely brings charm to any floral design.

Tulips

Born in the Netherlands, it’s no surprise that our Lead Designer, Miriam, loves Tulips as much as our clients do! Part of the Lily family and symbolising imagination, dreaminess, a declaration of love and the perfect lover, Tulips bring a rich, vibrant colour and texture to any bouquet or arrangement; possible in white, cream, yellow, orange, pale pink to deep burgundy and near magenta to blue-violet. Each cup-shaped flower has six tepals (the outer parts of the flower) which comprise of three smooth, fringed or ruffled petals and three sepals (which enclose the petals).

Freesia

An alluring fragrance of fresh, sweet notes, wiry stems and trumpet-shaped flowers - Freesia symbolises innocence and friendship. Each stem produces 5-10 flowers and comes in shades of red, golden yellow, orange, white, pink, lavender, purple mauve and bi-colours.

Succulents

The best thing about succulents? They are available all year round! They also bring different shapes and textures to any floral design. The greenery wedding theme has become increasingly popular in recent years (even becoming the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017), with a nod to sustainability and a contemporary twist on luxury at a more affordable price. Succulents can be used on their own as a buttonhole/boutonniere, in a centrepiece or as stunning concluding touch to complement other choices in bouquets or table arrangements. We often use them alongside herbs, leaves, ferns, grasses and shrubs, adding a stylish finish with depth and movement to our client’s decor.

Lilacs

Despite the name, the Lilac Flower actually comes in a variety of colours including shades of pink, purple, blue and white. All are ideal for wedding flowers, with pink being a symbol of friendship and love, purple being a symbol of emotion and protection, blue being a symbol of a happy life and calmness, and white being a symbol of purity and innocence. Lilac is popular for its beauty, elegance and gorgeous fragrance - a varied scent from light, floral to warm, spicy tones. The flower itself represents confidence and grows in clusters to produce an abundant display. Each individual flower is pristine with dark, heart-shaped leaves - we can totally see why it’s a favourite of our clients!



We adore working with different ingredients in all of our work to create unforgettable memories and complement the celebratory atmosphere of your special occasion. Following our initial consultation, all of our clients also receive a complimentary trip with us to the London flower market to look at flowers, colours and textures and to help you explore every possibility. Whether you want the most popular flowers as featured above, the hottest trend right now, something meaningful to you, have already gathered inspiration or want to start from scratch, this is such a lovely opportunity for us to solidify your combinations and finalise the details of your perfect arrangement(s).

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today? You can also click here to learn more about our process and click here to follow us on Instagram for more ideas and inspiration.

London Fusion Wedding Theme

We LOVE luxury, and where better to work on an event all about that than the 5* Shangri-La Hotel, London?! Teaming up with some of our favourite vendors for a fusion wedding theme, we created what could be the dreamiest decor we’ve ever done…

The Shangri-La Hotel is one of those venues which is particularly special just as it is. Not only is it inside the iconic Shard which has the most breathtaking panoramic skyline views, (you’ll see plenty of London from level 34!) but it’s a truly state-of-the-art space, ideal as the backdrop for any wedding, civil ceremony or event.

But it wasn’t just the venue that made this occasion magical. Once again, we worked with the gorgeous Sharn from Desi Bride Dreams (a bespoke Asian wedding planner) and the team from Peekaboo Events (who provide creative, statement and sophisticated decor) to transform the room into a classic-meets-contemporary blend.

For the grand staircase, we chose an abundant, cascading floral design down one side, while the other side housed cylinder vases with tealights and unique chandelier-shaped glass candelabras which perfectly complimented the double-height windows.

Our arrangement was made up of luscious foliage such as the woody, evergreen leaves of Ivy, delicate leaves of Asparagus Fern, shiny green leaves of Laurel and the angled stems of the Guelder Rose shrub. We don’t use the Guelder Rose all that often, but we love its’ contrast of large, white outer flowers and inner bell-shaped flowers! Paired with the ruffled edges and soft textured petals of the graceful White Snapdragon, pastel pink, pure, Sweet Avalanche Rose, the oversized, multi-layered Avalanche Rose, highly fragrant (and our favourite of all time) White O’Hara Rose, petite Bombastic Spray Rose and funnel-shaped Lisianthus. Talk about making sure guests would really make an entrance!

Now, we need to discuss THAT hoop (also known as a circle arch, giant wreath or moon ring). Images of this hoop have been our MOST LIKED photos on Instagram ever (we don’t blame you)! We’ve previously shared how the ring/circle is a symbol of eternity, making it a must in a wedding or civil ceremony. Whether you want to make a statement with one as big as this, or have subtle nods to it, we can absolutely work with you to create floral decor you love.

For this design, we chose to use two hoops as our structure - allowing us to go bigger and better with this opulent arrangement. Just like the staircase, we used dark green, five-pointed leaves of Ivy and vertically-hanging, leathery leaves of Eucalyptus for a rich base. (Did you know - Eucalyptus actually means ‘well covered’; we’d say that was pretty fitting for this creation)! To maintain a consistent feel throughout the room, we continued with the Sweet Avalanche Rose, Avalanche Rose, White O’Hara Rose, miniature Bombastic Spray Rose, White Snapdragon, Lisianthus and Guelder Rose. Notice the blush pink and gold marble stands the hoops were supported by? They are SO beautiful, we think we need these on hand permanently!!! (Oh, and these are completely on-trend for 2019)!

The centrepieces are definitely reflective of a few 2019 wedding trends too. Architectural installations, metallic accents, bringing the outside in, larger blooms and all-out-glamour are the chic elements for this year that we can totally get behind.

Standing tall on constructed gold bars, our floral arrangement of course saw the same Sweet Avalanche Rose, Avalanche Rose, White O’hara Rose, Bombastic Spray Rose, White Snapdragons, Lisianthus, Guelder Rose, Ivy and Eucalyptus. We re-introduced the feathery leaves of Asparagus Fern and this time, carefully bunched the lobed leaves of Oak (which has almost no stem). Remember we mentioned larger blooms being popular again? Well, the White Hydrangeas we selected certainly live up to that! Lacy flower heads with an abundance of petals closely packed together - we’re kind of obsessed with how they completed the centrepieces!

Finally, that brings us onto the bouquet… with everything you’ll already recognise (Sweet Avalanche Rose, Avalanche Rose, White O’Hara Rose, Bombastic Spray Rose and Lisianthus) plus one very pertinent bloom: the tubular, waxy white flowers and the shiny, oval leaves of Jasmine. The epitome of happiness and elegance, it had to make an appearance in this hand-tied bouquet.

From the super stylish marble tables, gold tableware and amber lighting to the geometric cake, exquisite laser-cut place cards, finely detailed dresses and of course all of our floral arrangements, we are incredibly proud of how this fusion wedding theme came together.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today? You can also click here to learn more about our process and click here to follow us on Instagram for more ideas and inspiration.

Flowers: Miriam Faith Floral Design | Photography: Anneli Marinovich Photography | Planning and Styling: Desi Bride Dreams | Decor: Peekaboo Events | Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, At the Shard, London | Fashion Stylist: Styled By Sonal | Make Up Gini Bhogal | Dresses: Morgan Davies Bridal | Jewellery: Mara and Elle | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Tableware: Classic Crockery | Cake: Crème De La Cakes | Stationery: Intricate Creations | Model: Sydonnie Cousins

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Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much? (Why Are Event Flowers So Expensive?)

Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much?

Planning a wedding or event can be expensive. From venue hire to photography, entertainment to catering, and outfits to decor, it can all quickly add up! This means that it’s vital to set a budget and to determine the most important aspects to you. For many, that will include flowers, so today we wanted to share some insight into how we price our floral designs for weddings and events. Here we will delve into why hiring a florist can take up a significant part of your budget but is completely worthwhile (ok, maybe we’re a little biased)!

There are two key factors that impact the price of floral decor for weddings and events:

  • The flowers and arrangements

  • The florist(s)

Each of these can be broken down into even more aspects and that’s why we work with you to really get to grips with what you want from your floral designs. Let’s explore these factors and everything we have to ask you about during our consultation(s)…

The Flowers and Arrangements

There are a few things we have to take into consideration when it comes to floral arrangements and flower selections:

  • Types of flowers

    • There are so many different types of flowers and many varieties within each type as well. Take the humble rose as an example - you can have the classic shaped rose, the large headed spray rose, the classic spray rose, the garden rose, scented roses, unscented roses… not to mention every colour they can come in!

  • Budget

    • We will be able to advise which arrangements are possible within your budget.

  • Venue

    • If your venue is a blank canvas, it may need more floral decor, which can increase cost.

  • Quality

    • We carefully select our suppliers and flowers for their premium quality.

  • Imported vs local

    • We have cultivated relationships with suppliers from the UK, the Netherlands and further afield to ensure that we use the freshest seasonal blooms and foliage.

  • Time of year, size and colours

    • Many people think that seasonality is the main factor when it comes to cost. The cost and availability of each stem does vary according to the time of year. For example, Lilacs in August will cost more than Lilacs in May, red Roses will cost more around Valentine’s Day and it’s very hard to find Peonies in winter. But while season does mean that certain flowers will be at their best, will be more readily available and therefore cheaper, actually, the main driving force is usually the ratio of blooms to foliage and the overall size of arrangements. The larger the display, the more stems that are required.

  • Amount (stem count)

    • We use a high stem count to present a lush and full finish from every angle.

The Florist(s)

  • Time - When it comes to paying for the florist’s time, it’s not just about labour. Florists work incredibly hard behind the scenes, as well as being there on the day of the wedding or event. When you hire us, you are often paying for:

    • Communicating and admin

      • Enquiries and consultation(s)

      • Trip to the London flower market together to explore possibilities

      • Quoting, contracting and invoicing

      • Liaising with the planner, venue and other vendors (such as cake designer)

      • Designing the arrangements and sharing mock-ups

    • Sourcing, ordering and collecting flowers (larger arrangements take more time to create and can complicate logistics. Most people don’t know that wholesale flowers are supplied through auction less than a week before your event, and therefore the price Miriam Faith is charged is not guaranteed in advance)

    • Hiring of vases, urns, arches, candles, other props and consumable supplies – such as wire, ribbon and oasis foam (these may be sourced separately)

    • Treating the flowers - making sure they are at their best for the wedding/event

    • Arranging the flowers (plus insurance to protect them until and on the day)

    • Delivering, installing and moving the flowers between venues

    • Clearing away and/or preserving your arrangements

  • Skill/Style - Florist pricing can vary based on knowledge and expertise. Despite being highly experienced and professional luxury wedding florists, we are constantly learning more and undergoing training to hone our craft - whether this is through doing styled shoots when we aren’t working on real weddings and events, or speaking to other florists and engaging with potential/previous clients. As florists gain more experience, they often develop and refine their own style, meaning they have more clarity on how they do their best work and who they do this with. For us, this is about creating elegant, breathtaking and unique floral arrangements with a lush, full-finish, using premium quality flowers. When you hire us, you work with our lead designer to bring your vision to life, so you will always receive input from the highest skill level we have to offer.

  • Team - At Miriam Faith, our lead designer (Miriam Webster) is supported by other team members, therefore additional costs may be factored into your quote. When pricing our designs, we have to consider our payments to the team for their time and skill, along with the time for us to brief and train where necessary. For larger arrangements, it takes more people to assemble these who will be required to be available on the day so this is included in the costing.

So as you can see, it’s more than just selecting flowers and arranging them! We are so passionate about what we do and are dedicated to listening to your needs/wants. We pride ourselves in being upfront about what will be involved, with our aim always being to create unforgettable memories for you and complement the celebratory atmosphere of your wedding or event.

Floral decor can have a huge impact on the atmosphere of your wedding/event and of course, your photos, so getting it right is really important. Every wedding and event is unique and we LOVE that we are able to create bespoke designs for each client. Once we understand what you’re looking for, we can provide more accurate costs and share our top tips for more cost-effective designs.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today? You can also click here to learn more about our process and click here to follow us on Instagram for more ideas and inspiration.

What To Ask A Wedding Florist Before Booking (How To Choose Your Perfect Wedding Florist)

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Selecting the right vendor for every part of the wedding is what every couple hopes for as they plan their special day. Today, we’re sharing the most important questions you should ask a wedding florist before booking so you can find your perfect floral designer. This post is here to help make sure your wedding flowers are everything you wanted and that everything runs smoothly in the run up to and on the day…

1. Work out your budget.

Even if you have a significant amount to spend and are looking to hire a luxury wedding florist like us, it’s vital to have a breakdown of what you want from your wedding and how much you can realistically spend on each aspect to create your dream day. This will also help you to narrow down your preferred vendors based on what is achievable by each of them within your budget, and plan for unexpected costs. Before you book your wedding florist, you have likely secured your venue and photographer (as these get booked up quickly), and may also have a wedding planner.

2. Create a vision board or Pinterest board based on what you like.

A fun activity - pulling together ideas and inspiration for your wedding. You can pin directly from your favourite vendors on Instagram too, but this doesn’t just have to be of styles you like. It can be of colours and textures too. You might already have one of these if you’re working with an event stylist or planner, or like many, you may have created this long before you even got engaged!

3. Use Instagram to look at a whole variety of wedding florists (even those recommended to you).

Whether you find these yourself or are referred by a friend or planner, this will help to give you a feel for what you are and aren’t looking for specifically with floral arrangements before you look into costs. As you will have already planned your budget, you know what you have available, so can focus on what it is you really like and take this to each florist. This will help you to find a florist who can achieve this without you spending more than you can or want to.

Wedding florists all have their own unique styles and specialities (and produce their best work when they are commissioned for these), and while social media is a ‘highlight reel’, it will give you an indication of who you feel more drawn to. Click on images to see if they work with the same photographers or at the same venues, and visit their website to learn more about them. At this stage, you are still at the beginning of your research so you shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed, rather, more inspired and excited. Follow a few to see which are publishing more recent work.

4. Shortlist potential wedding florists and meet them all.

It may be time consuming, but it is really important that you meet your potential vendors. After all, your personalities have to be a good fit for a streamlined approach to achieving exactly what you want. To shortlist, you could take screenshots and create albums on your phone, or print cards of their Instagram accounts and separate them into piles that are ‘yes’, ‘maybe’ and ‘no’. Make this into an enjoyable evening together. Take a break from it for a while to give yourself time to reflect and then revisit to confirm who you want to visit or jump on a call with. You may want to pre-screen each by having a call before you meet up.

5. Use the following questions to help you to find your dream wedding florist.

  • Are you available on our date?

  • Do you have other weddings/events around the same time as ours?

  • Do you charge for a consultation? (Ours is complimentary - book now!)

  • How recent are your photos on your Instagram/website?

  • For this photo, was this your style or the couple’s vision?

  • How long have you been in business?

  • How many weddings/events have you done?

  • When was your last wedding/event and when is your next one?

  • Can you provide references?

  • How would you describe your floral design style?

  • What are your favourite and least favourite floral arrangements to create?

  • Do you recreate floral arrangements from images?

  • Where do you source your flowers from?

  • Are you involved all the way through for each wedding/event?

  • How many people do you have working with you?

  • Do you prefer more freedom or do you work closely with your clients?

  • Is there a maximum distance you will travel?

  • Do you charge per mile?

  • Our wedding is at X venue, have you done any weddings/events here before?

  • Would you communicate with the venue about any decor/installation restrictions?

  • Would you visit the venue beforehand?

  • Would a walkthrough of the venue be an additional cost?

  • Would you need access to water?

  • We are working with X vendors, have you worked with any of these before?

  • Would you work with our cake designer to add flowers to our cake?

  • What is your process for booking right through to setting up and clearing away?

  • Would you simply be dropping off the floral arrangements?

  • Do you have packages or would it be bespoke costs based on our requirements?

  • Is there a minimum spend?

  • We have X as our budget for wedding flowers, can you work within this?

  • What designs are possible within our budget?

  • What flowers will be in season?

  • What flowers and arrangements will suit our wedding theme and venue?

  • Can we have X flower as it means a lot to us?

  • Can we substitute flowers to reduce the cost of the arrangements?

  • How can we maximise our budget?

  • Can you provide sample arrangements and if so, does this cost?

  • We haven’t selected a colour palette, can you help?

  • Can you recommend other styling aspects to compliment the flowers?

  • Do we need to hire vases, lanterns, frames, mirrors etc from somewhere else?

  • If we hire these from you, do you charge for breakages?

  • If we hire these from you, how do we return these?

  • Do you handle all delivery?

  • What would be delivered, when and where?

  • How long would you need on the day to set up and clear away?

  • Do you charge to stay during the wedding?

  • Do you charge to move the arrangements from one venue to another?

  • How are the floral arrangements stored in the run up to the day?

  • What insurance and contingency plans do you have?

  • What happens to the flowers after our wedding?

  • Can you help with the preservation of flowers after/recommend someone who can?

  • Will you provide a full breakdown quote?

  • How long is the quote valid for?

  • How far in advance do we need to book you?

  • Will you reserve our date?

  • Do we need to pay a deposit?

  • When would the final balance be due?

  • Do we pay via cash, cheque or card?

  • Do you offer payment plans?

  • Are there any additional fees we should know about?

  • What is the cut-off date for final decisions?

  • What is your refund and cancellation policy?

  • Will you use photographs of our wedding in your marketing (print/digital) materials?

It may seem like a lot to ask, but by making sure you don’t skip anything, you’re much more likely to build a great relationship with your wedding florist.

We remain close with a lot of our couples and it’s an absolute pleasure to help bring their vision to life through our expertise and love of what we do.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today? You can also click here to learn more about our process.

Greenery Wedding Theme Ideas and Inspiration

In today’s post we want to share some foliage wedding ideas to inspire your greenery wedding theme…

Greenery may have been the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017, but in our eyes, it never goes out of style. We love using foliage in our floral designs - a way to make luxury less traditional and more contemporary. Our very own Miriam Faith florist, Kirsty, even opted for a foliage wedding theme and we often select ferns, herbs, leaves, grasses, succulents and shrubs to create a full finish amongst our favourite flowers.

From bouquets to buttonholes, centrepieces to Chuppahs, hanging installations to hair crowns and signage to stationery, the possibilities are endless. With the options to go full foliage, add just a few special flowers or use it to tie everything together, it’s also possible to create designs that are multi-purpose - a great way to continue the theme throughout your ceremony and reception.

It’s not just all green either. Silver and blue-toned foliage looks magical, and the different shades of green from tropical and British selections make each design stand out from every angle. One of the reasons we love using it is that foliage adds different tones and textures, bringing depth and movement - a stylish alternative to more expensive all-flower arrangements.

For the nature-loving couple, the organic options transform the indoor or outdoor venue into a fresh, luscious space through creating subtle touches or statement pieces. We thrive when enhancing the natural setting; whether that’s using evergreen Eucalyptus amongst metallics along the table of a Luxe Asian Fusion wedding, decorating hoops with Asparagus Fern and Italian Ruscus for the most romantic shoot we’ve ever done, suspending vines and Birch branches with tea lights and photographs as an escort card table for a modern Winter wonderland wedding, creating backdrops of Monstera leaves, Aralia and Tree Fern on a copper frame as a show-stopping wall behind the happy couple, or adding a few nods to the theme here and there.

Discover some of the ways we’ve used various types of foliage below and click on an image to discover more about the creation…

(For more ideas, click here to view and follow our Foliage Inspiration Pinterest board)

The great thing about foliage is that it can be as wild or paired back as you would like it to be. While we have our favourites (like the Stock flower - a highly fragrant choice with the hidden meaning of enjoying life and eternal love/beauty), we work closely with you to find what you like, want and need - creating something truly unique and unforgettable. So if you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, why not get in touch today?

Lady In The Lake Wedding Theme

Today we’re telling you the story behind our Lady In The Lake styled shoot - one of the most popular whenever we share the gallery on our Instagram and for good reason…

So where did the inspiration come from? The legend of the Lady In The Lake is not one that’s straightforward. The character appears in many stories, depicting her as both good and bad. From using Merlin’s powers against him when he fell in unrequited love with her and taught her all he knows, to rescuing King Arthur and taking care of one of the knights of the Round Table when he was rejected by the woman he loved. But it’s the mystical embodiment we wanted to bring to life in this shoot, in the most serene English countryside setting. Portraying her beauty and the love she eventually felt as she married Pelleas.

Warm peaches, pinks, greenery, aqua, amber and golden accents made up the colour palette for this shoot - one of our absolute favourites. Teaming up with other wonderful vendors, we created two bouquets (one hand-tied, one wild), a flower crown, two low-vase centrepieces, bud vases, finishing touches for the cakes and of course, the statement decor from the shoot - the unique floral design on the boat.

We selected very fragrant, high-petal count flowers for all elements and complimented these with glossy, evergreen foliage. The thick, lobed, wood-green leaves of Ivy and rustic, spirally arranged leaves of citrus-scented Pittosporum contrasted perfectly with the soft, delicate leaves of Asparagus Fern, creating an overhanging design around the boat. Amongst these, we actually used seven different types of Rose to create a luxurious, warm look with lots of depth and movement throughout the shoot…

  • Pearl Avalanche Rose - This vintage-chic flower combines a hint of peach with pink and green hues. With long and strong stems, soft herbaceous foliage, along with its representation of longing, mystery and glamour, it couldn’t have been more ideal for this shoot.

  • Sweet Avalanche Rose - The delicate, soft pastel-pink petals brought a subtle hint of green on its outer, along with its meaning of happiness, purity and gratitude.

  • Juliet Garden Rose - We love the cupped rosettes and large blooms of this flower. It’s peach in colour and neatly arranged making it a dream to work with on the boat and in our bouquets.

  • Prince Jardinier Garden Rose - The most-used throughout this shoot, this is just such a romantic, scented Rose. Its pale pink petals are velvet in appearance and texture, making this the most elegant of them all - as seen in our larger low vase centrepiece and wild bouquet.

  • Lady Bombastic Spray Rose - Deeper pink in colour and with multiple heads per stem, these open larger than standard spray Roses, truly making a statement in our designs.

  • Bombastic Spray Rose + Jana Spray Rose - Both pale pink with a subtle hint of peach, while much smaller, these still worked beautifully - especially on the cake and in bud vases.

But it isn’t just foliage and Roses you can spot throughout the gallery. Lisianthus - gentian-like, bell-shaped flowers made multiple appearances. Their long stems, oval-shaped leaves and wide ruffled petals denote respect, love, appreciation and acceptance making them a must-have for your wedding or event. Sarah Bernhardt Peonies - pale pink, sweetly scented flowers with mid-green leaves and large heads can be seen in the centrepiece while the globe-shaped flower of Peach Hydrangea and its clusters of many smaller four point flowers, representing friendship, devotion and understanding, can be seen on the bow and stern of the boat.

Isn’t this such a divine shoot? The tranquility of the location, the carefully placed details throughout and the wonderful team made it a fantastic day we would love to carry through to your dream wedding/event. So why not get in touch with us today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Photography by Anna Marie | Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Hair and Makeup: Botias | Rentals: Deborah of Wedding Day HireOver the Top Rentals and Rosestone | Shoes: Aruna Seth | Dress Designer: Naeem Khan | Lace Cape: Botias | Crockery/Tableware: Duchess and Butler | Stationery: Intricate Creations

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As seen on Strictly Weddings.

Luxe Asian Fusion Wedding Theme

Time to bring you one of the most exquisite styled shoots we've ever had the pleasure of working on, right from the heart of the beautiful English countryside...

As we prepared everything we needed and headed off to Poundon House in Oxfordshire, we weren't quite ready for the breathtaking location we would be working at. The private home regularly welcomes a variety of weddings and events, and we're not at all surprised. The Edwardian building, stunning grounds and divine views is truly a dream venue. Our mission whilst there was to bring to life a Luxe Asian Fusion Wedding with endless elegance and incredible detail.

While ivory and gold made statements throughout, it was the pastel hues and greenery in our array of floral designs which added softness, luxury, style and grace to an often bright and bold theme.

The showstopper of the day was the tablescape. Vast flowers and precise place settings lined the length of the baby blue table cover. All complimented by beaded French chairs and the backdrop of country house brick, entrenched in history and character. 

Our floral creations for the day all presented an abundance of delicate petals, symbolic in their own way. Pink and blue Hydrangea with closely-packed, lacy, star-shaped flower clusters formed pom-pom arrangements in standout metallic, tall vase centrepieces. Chosen as pink represents love and pure emotion while blue stands for forgiveness - the combination symbolising anything that is sincerely heartfelt.

Designed with the sturdy, tall-cut stems, multi-layered petals and oversized heads of pink Avalanche Roses and intensely fragrant, lilac Roses, the opulent flowers brought freshness and meaning to these eye-catching centrepieces. We adore using lilac Roses; they are commonly sent to convey the message that someone has fallen in love at first sight and shows the promise of what's to come - how beautiful is that?! 

Evergreen Eucalyptus perfectly placed amongst the blooms added fullness; the leathery leaves hanging vertically in all their glossy green glory. Petite, intricate pink Spray Roses completed both the tall and low vase centrepieces.

Lilac and pink Lisianthus - gentian-like, bell-shaped flowers made multiple appearances in bud vases for increased depth and movement along the table. Their long stems, oval-shaped leaves and wide ruffled petals denote respect, love, appreciation and acceptance making them a must-have for your wedding or event. Paired with the delicately scented, yellow flowers and  fern-like leaves of Mimosa, these elegant designs bring a touch of sensitivity and remembrance to the occasion.

We also selected lilac and pink Veronica for our individual vases; tubular spiked florets with glistening green leaves are the ideal accent for a romantic wedding. This pretty, feminine flower and its' long, slender stem is significant for it expresses fidelity of the heart in marriage.

With our gorgeous bride and groom for the day, incredible accessories, impressive gardens, luxurious cakes and dream team of vendors, this styled shoot couldn't have been any more captivating and enchanted. 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Anneli Marinovich Photography | Venue: Poundon House | Wedding Planner and Stylist: Desi Bride | Stationery: Loveli | Prop Hire: Wed Head | Hair: Hair by Shamalah | Fashion Stylist: Karan Rai | Asian Outifts: The Sherwani Co. | Bangles: Nargis Collections | Jewellery: Red Dot Jewels | Tableware Hire: Maharani Decor | Turban: Ziggi Studio | Tablescape Beading: Vintage Button Bridal Designs | Doli Hire: My Wedding Entrance | French Chairs: Academy Furniture Hire | Cake: Unique Cakes by Yevnig | Henna: Henna BK | Turbans: Bespoke Turbans | Make Up: Amz Rai

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As seen on Rock My Wedding.

Love Unbroken Wedding Theme

It's not uncommon for couples to want to create something truly unique yet meaningful rather than opting for a theme or being on-trend. So when we teamed up with Rola from The New Wonderful on the 'Love Unbroken' styled shoot, together we knew our aim was to embrace this. We wanted to demonstrate how to weave beautiful hidden messages with luxury wedding design and encapsulate personalities, journeys and love into every part of the day. The title, 'Love Unbroken' refers to completeness and eternal love as symbolised by the wedding ring - something you will see we used as inspiration for our floral designs throughout this shoot.

Also inspired by Spring, we chose a dreamy, soft palette of cool tones throughout the venue and decor with golden crockery, urns and candles adding warmth and drama, breaking up any traditional feel. The overflowing centrepieces were made up of flowers of varying sizes, including beautifully fragrant Lilac Sweet Peas, 'Ocean Song' Lilac Roses, (a favourite of ours) 'White O'Hara' Garden Roses, Lilac Clematis, Lilac Scabiosa, Succulents, White Hydrangea, 'Vendella' Roses and 'Hanoi' Ranunculus - a popular choice for it's delicate petals.

The bold hoop wreaths were the most obvious of messages, representing the completeness of the rings. For each of them, we paired Italian Soft Ruscus with Lilac Sweet Peas, 'Ocean Song' Lilac Roses, 'White O'Hara' Garden Roses, Succulents, 'Vendella' Roses and 'Hanoi' Ranunculus for a full finish against the  brightly lit, inviting backdrop.  Making a statement in the centre where the couple would exchange their vows, surrounded by their circles of friends and family, we added more foliage to the larger wreath to contrast the pastel flowers.

Modernising the 'luxury' feel and complementing the sophisticated Leona dress, we created a wide, wild bridal bouquet, continuing with our love of Lilac Sweet Peas, 'Ocean Song' Lilac Roses, 'White O'Hara' Garden Roses, Lilac Clematis, Lilac Scabiosa, Succulents, Thlaspi, Eucalyptus and Asparagus  Fern which we also used on the Louis chairs. Notice how the chairs, flowers, cake, glasses, plates, vases, candles, urns and even earrings all were circular too?! 

We loved working with Rola and other amazing vendors on this shoot, showcasing just some of the ways to make your wedding that extra bit special to the both of you, whilst wowing your guests. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you to create your dream wedding/event through floral design, then why not get in touch today?

 

Flowers: Miriam Faith | Photography: Cecelina Photography  | Concept, Planning and Styling: The New Wonderful | Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium | Stationery and Calligraphy: Pale Press London | Crockery and Glassware: Whitehouse Crockery | Furniture: Great Hire | Crystal Table Décor: Wedding Day Hire | Floor Vases: Dress It Yourself Hire | Linen: The New Wonderful | Hair and Makeup: Amanda White | Dresses: Zuhair Murad Bridal and Berta Bridal, via The Wedding Club | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Venue: Ognisko Kensington | Draping: Wedding Creative

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