Flowers, Some little thoughts, Wedding Flowers

How to Choose Your Wedding Flowers

Part one of a three part series to help you get the most out of your wedding flowers!

Choosing the right flowers to reflect you and your wedding day can be mind blowing! First there is the style of bouquet, then you have to think about colours and on top of that flower names and what may be available at that time of year … and it goes without saying … cost! Flowers are so important for adding the finishing touches to your day, reflecting your style, colour theme and enhancing your dress.

So where do you start in this daunting flower world? Follow our step by step guide to prepare for your first wedding consultation

It sounds a little interior-design-meets-changing-rooms but mood boards are a great way of gathering all sorts of visual information to show your wedding florist (and other suppliers). Go traditional and get creative with your scissors and glue and grab all of those lovely wedding magazines you’ve been hoarding and start ripping them to shreds! Fill it with images of your dress, your inspiration; basically fill it with you, your personality! If you are a little more technology minded give some of the online sites a try, some allow you to create your own mood boards using some of their existing photos as well as uploading your own images and taking a look at other peoples boards of inspiration while you are there (www.dessy.com).

Take a look at the blogs below for some gorgeous wedding inspiration that is sure to get you drooling at all the wedding loveliness out there:

… and don’t forget to photocopy/print your creative hard work and give a copy to all your potential suppliers!

Budgets are always a difficult subject – how on earth with no knowledge of the cost of flowers are you meant to think of a figure to put in your budget? There is so much varying advise out there, it sounds pretty obvious but the more you spend, the more floral your decorations will become. We usually find the budget for the flowers should be between 5% – 10% of the total wedding budget but this is not prescriptive. It really depends on you!

The best advice we give is to be open with your budget, it allows you to get the most out of a consultation with any supplier and means that any ideas being discussed will be achievable for you!

Phew!

This is one of the most exciting parts! We usually suggest putting by around 1 hour 30 minutes for your first consultation, giving us plenty of time to talk about your dress, the look and feel of your day and of course the mood boards we talked about earlier! You can contact us about a consultation online here or you can call us on Tel: 0118 984 4000.

See you next week for part two …

Naval and Military Club, Venues, Wedding Flowers

Green Parlour Make it to London! Welcome to the Naval and Military Club!

We thought we’d send Pip off with a bang and head to the Naval and Military Club in London’s St James’ Square to celebrate her last wedding with Green Parlour before joining the Dutch in Amsterdam (I’m hoping she grows a new variety of tulip and lets us have exclusivity!)

What a day for it, temperatures hit 32c and we drove past Harrods along with other famous London sights – it was a bit like crossing off the road names on the Monolopy board and boy oh boy did we feel like we were from the home counties!

Click on the images to make them big and see our adventure (oh and some lovely silver candelabra arrangements containing blue Hydrangeas, Amaranthus, Phalaenopsis orchids, Avalanche Roses and ivy)

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