Ideas and Inspiration

Opulent Wedding Theme

Opulent Wedding Theme

Opulence and drama are two of the biggest wedding trends of 2019, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to translate this into floral decor than 116 Pall Mall in the heart of London. Today we’re sharing our latest event - a grand affair brought together by a dream team of vendors…

How To Choose Your Wedding Flowers

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Choosing your wedding flowers is a big part of the planning process for your special day as you want them to reflect the overall style of your wedding and of course, you as a couple.

It can be a pretty daunting task even just knowing where to start, particularly if you don’t really know much about flowers. But not to worry! Today we are sharing our top tips for choosing your wedding flowers and gathering ideas before you even meet with florists

COST

Before beginning to choose which flowers you want, sit down with your partner and/or whoever is paying for the wedding, and work out a budget. It is vital to have a breakdown of how much you can realistically spend. If money is no object then of course your options will be wider and you can have as many flowers as you want, but if your budget is tighter, you don’t have to miss out - it is still absolutely possible for you to have beautiful flowers for your wedding. Seasonal flowers will be at their best and are actually cheaper than having blooms that are sourced all year round (you might like to read Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much? and our guides to What Are The Most Popular Wedding Flowers?, Winter Wedding Flowers and Spring Wedding Flowers for some more inspiration on this topic). Adding luscious greenery to bouquets or floral arrangements provides shape and texture and is a cost-effective option. Also, it is possible to reuse floral displays from your ceremony to the reception venue, so keep this in mind as a possibility too.


MEANING

Heard of “the language of flowers”? Flowers either symbolise something or have a meaning; we’re INCREDIBLY passionate about that here and will take time to learn more about what is important to you so your arrangements are truly special. Although you may not necessarily be aware of what each flower represents, this may be something you wish to take into account when choosing your blooms. A particular flower could be personal and have real significance to your relationship or is a favourite of a family member or friend that you wish to include in your wedding bouquet.


THEME

There are many blogs, social media accounts, wedding/florist websites and magazines to look at now and also wedding fairs you can go to to get some inspiration. An important question to ask yourself is “How do I want my wedding day to look and feel”? Do you want a traditional wedding? Formal? Fun? Modern? Luxury? Romantic? Elegant? Glamorous? Country Garden? Rustic? and so on. Start writing down the style that you want, using descriptive words. If you’re not sure of this, pick out some key elements and palettes you like - this will help you to identify any complementary or contrasting themes. Many flowers have a range of different shades so it needs to be established whether it is possible to have a perfect colour match or one that complements or contrasts it.


VENUE

Once you have booked your wedding venue for both the ceremony and the reception things will become clearer. Looking at the decor in the venue is an excellent starting point for you to move forward. While your florist can advise what is possible, you can create a Pinterest or Vision Board with images that you like, showing your favourite styles, colours, shapes and textures. You might also like to use photos of weddings which have previously been held at your future wedding venue to provide a better indication of how big/small the room is once decorated and occupied, and provide inspiration of floral displays previously used.


SIZE

The size of the flowers also need to be taken into consideration. If you are petite, a large bouquet could hide you. Also you don’t want large floral arrangements if the venue is small or vice versa. They need to look as though they belong within that particular setting. Even the shape of your tables at your reception can influence the shape and style of your centrepieces. A long, cascading floral garland wouldn’t look as dreamy on a circular table as it would on a banquet table.


SCENT

You may not like a particular scent or you, your partner or guests may have an allergy so again it is important to bear this in mind when choosing your flowers. Some flowers have little or no fragrance, some are stronger in the evening and some will give off an aroma all day. Again, this brings us back to meaning too; is there a scent that is significant to you as a couple or reminds you of someone who can’t be there on your special day?


SUSTAINABILITY

One trend we’ve noticed over the past few years is the importance of sustainability when it comes to choosing wedding flowers. More and more couples want to know how their flowers were sourced, how they will be cared for and what happens to them after the wedding day. It’s worth considering whether this is important to you and to explore what options there are out there.


OUTFITS

Unsurprisingly, choosing outfits for you, your partner and your wedding party is one of the most exciting, stressful but rewarding parts of the wedding planning process. For some, flowers will be more, less or equally as important, but we all want bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and other accessories to match what we’re wearing. The colours, shapes and styles can all have an impact on your flower selections. To get an idea for what works best, you could take cuttings from magazines, photographs or swatches of fabric from your wedding outfits.


FLORIST

Your wedding florist can advise you regarding your choice of flowers and help to create your dream floral decor possible within your budget. 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, your venue or wedding 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. We’ve put together a guide on What To Ask A Wedding Florist Before Booking to help you!

The consultation appointment is an important stage of the planning process. Show the wedding florist your Pinterest/vision board or scrapbook of what you like but be open minded - it’s not always possible to have everything you want, particularly when you are working within a set budget. Your florist will be able to say whether what you envisage would be possible or provide alternative ideas whilst considering what is most important to you.



Your vision can become a reality with the help of your wedding florist. They will ensure that the flowers match the style of your wedding, are the right colours/size/shapes/textures and that they suit the surroundings that they will be in.

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.

Spring Wedding Flowers

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Spring symbolises rebirth and new beginnings so what a wonderful time of year to say “I do”.

You will be spoilt for choice regarding picking your flowers for your special day - there are just so many beautiful, colourful flowers with different shapes, sizes and textures.

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 Spring wedding flowers as your go-to guide for inspiration.

Forget Me Not

If you are following the old tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, then this is the flower for you. There are many different species of Forget Me Nots but they only come in white, pink and shades of blue (blue being probably the most commonly known and beloved colour). They have a white-coloured inner ring and vibrant bright yellow little eye in the centre of the flower which provides a strong contrast against its five intricate symmetrical but strong petals. Its deep green, oblong leaves are often stalkless, have blunt tips, a deeply recessed mid-vein, and are covered with fine hairs. These tiny blooms have little or no scent in the daytime but are extremely perfumed in the evening and into the night. In the floral language, the Forget Me Not flower symbolises truthfulness, true love and memory - a perfect starting point for any wedding.

Hellebore

Always a firm favourite to use in bouquets. There is however, a great variation across the different Hellebore plants in fragrance, flower colour, shape (single, double, star-shaped) and size, as well as the foliage (shiny green, others have a light patterning on the leaves, and some are dark and leathery). They are available in a variety of colours - pure white, yellow, red, black, green, and lots of dusky pale pink and purple tones, with the flower symbolising serenity, tranquility and peace - the hope for the marriage for all couples!

Lily Of The Valley

Another traditional, classic bloom. Also known as the May Lily, it means "return to happiness" and symbolizes chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility. These incredibly delicate and small waxy bell-shaped flowers which dangle from a thin stem have the most exquisite sweet scent. The flowers are normally white, although you can find some with a pale pink hue to them but this is pretty rare! Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle had bouquets featuring Lily of the Valley.

Magnolia

Known to symbolise beauty, strength and dignity, Magnolia flowers bloom boldly which is no real surprise when they have six to twelve large petals each. They have dark green, oval-shaped leaves which are leathery in texture. The Magnolia flower is, again, a flower that comes in various shades and colours - white, pink, purple, peach, red, yellow and lavender, bringing with it a pleasant fragrance that has a hint of lemon.

Nigella

This romantic little flower is also known as “Love in a Mist” because the flowers are surrounded by leaves, giving the appearance of the flowers being surrounded by a mist. There’s an old saying, “say it with flowers.” The Nigella flower definitely sends out the right message that anyone who is getting married wants to hear as it represents harmony and love and is the symbol of the bonds that bind people together. (It doesn’t matter if you were the person who chose this bud - the flower is doing the talking!). The ferny foliage and spiky flowers provide great texture. Best known for the vivid blue variety, Nigella also blooms in purples, pinks, and white - all are ideal for floral hair crowns, as a decoration for pew ends or included in bouquets.

Peony

A timeless wedding flower. Year after year, this bloom is always a popular choice and it’s so easy to understand why. Peonies are showstopping in any bouquet or floral arrangement with their large, fluffy luxurious blooms and lavish petal count. They are soft and romantic which totally matches what they epitomise - elegance and romance and are regarded as the omen of good fortune and a happy marriage - just the prophecy you want for your future life! Available in every colour except true blue, they pretty much fit in any colour palette. There is even a coral coloured Peony which is this year’s Pantone Colour of the year so is totally on trend! Different varieties of Peony have different scents from sweet and mild to very aromatic and some have no fragrance whatsoever, so if you are considering the smell of the bloom as well as its appearance, then speak to us and we can advise you further.

Sweet Pea

Sweet Peas are quintessentially English. Not all Sweet Pea flower varieties are fragrant, but the ones that are, live up to their namesake. Each blossom has one large, upright, roundish petal (banner or standard); two narrow side petals (wings); and two lower petals, forming a boat-shaped structure (keel), but if you use your imagination, they do sort of look like mini butterflies on their long straight stems. (We will leave you to make up your own mind on that one)! Symbolising appreciation and blissful pleasure, they come in various shades of every colour you can think of, except yellow. Sweet Peas are SO pretty and delicate that they look gorgeous on their own in a hand-tied bouquet or in simple jars for table decorations.

Wisteria

Symbolising longevity, immortality and wisdom, Wisteria is a natural choice for cascading bouquets as it produces radiant fragrant flowers on long woody vines. It is known for its stunning flowers that range from white to various shades of pink, purple or blue and represents beauty and love.


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.

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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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?