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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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