Me & What I Do…

I’ve been a florist for over 15 years, working in the wedding industry for several of those, so its safe to say I’m pretty familiar with most Dorset wedding venues such as Lulworth Castle, Sopley Mill & Italian Villa, but I must admit I do like going further afield to remote rural venues I’ve never been to before. I cover Dorset, Hampshire & Wiltshire, even skipping into Devon Occasionally.

I love to use nature as my inspiration, forest ferns & ivies combined with wild herbs and grasses feature heavily in my work giving it that real outdoor woodland vibe mixed with elegance…

I don’t like to take on any more than around 30 weddings a year, I like to keep things exclusive and personal to each couple.

Chatting things through…

I usually hold consultations at my studio near  Christchurch & Bournemouth. It’s always nice to come and check out where your wedding flowers will be created! If you live out of the area or in another country don’t worry we can chat via email to get the ball rolling, meeting at a later date to finalise plans.

During your consultation… I’ll have asked you to bring along some ideas or perhaps a Pinterest board, It’s my job to understand your vision for the day, advising you on flower availability, combinations, colour & design. A detailed quote with ideas & mood boards will be put together and emailed for you to browse at your leisure.

On the day…

On the day of your wedding, before you’re awake, I’ll be carefully packing your wedding flowers ready for delivery. Setting up is a big part of it allowing plenty of time for all the finishing touches including delivering your wedding bouquets personally to your door and attaching all the gents button holes.

If a change over is required I’ll happily blend into the background re-appearing to quickly make any changes required before leaving you and your guests to enjoy the rest of the day.

To book a consultation and chat about your big day… scoot over to the  contact form, send me an email: clair@clairlythgoe.co.uk… or give me a call to arrange a consultation… 07766189978.


Top 10 tips to planning your wedding flowers…

Book your venue… Why?

In most cases the venue will depict your theme. You’ve either been dreaming of that cosy country manor, grand stately home or country garden marquee, either way the style of flowers will differ from venue to venue. Some themes are casual & relaxed, embracing the natural surroundings of your chosen location, others are very grand with a sumptuous selection of flowers with ultimate wow factor!

Buy your dress… Why?

You & your dress along with your bouquet are some of the most important things about the day. All eyes are on you! Choosing styles & flowers are very important, they must accentuate the dress, not take over. Texture and detail are key things to think about. For example: If your dress is made from a smooth plain fabric you can really go to town with various shapes of flowers & texture, you don’t want the flowers to blend into the dress you want them to stand out. For a very detailed dress, flowers need to be simplified with less texture, picking out key details & mimicking them with the flower.

Should I go seasonal?

From a florist point of view yes… The reason being is the quality & longevity of the flower is far greater than a flower which is out of season, giving you better results. There are plenty of flowers you can get all year round plus a huge amount with very long seasons so there is more than enough to choose from. In all honesty you can’t beat going with the seasons. Sumptuous spring bouquets bursting to the seams, summer bouquets full of country garden grandeur, autumn bouquets reflecting the warmth & end of summer & winter bouquets using lots of natural woody materials with a hint of snow.

Pick the right florist…

The most important thing is to feel at ease with your florist, to be filled with confidence that they get your vision & feel for the day. Shop around you’ll know when you’ve found the right one & that’s usually when you walk away from a consultation with a huge smile on your face.

Try to do some research before your consultation…

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration, just a few key images of things you like & even don’t like really help to build the bigger picture. Scraps of ribbon & material are very helpful to define colour choice or a swatch of fabric from you & your bridesmaid’s dresses. As a florist I only need to see a few things & I’m already there in your head, suggesting styles & flower types, picking your brain for the finer details.

Try not to get hung up on matching difficult colours…

it’s all about finding tones & hues to complement & enhance. Be wary of pictures in magazines as they are often photo-shopped altering the natural colour of the flower. Some flowers even change colour over the year becoming darker & lighter depending on the season. But you can let your florist worry about this.

Tall or short table arrangements which to choose…

A lot of people are put off having tall table decorations due to guests visibility. The key to avoiding any strained necks is to go super tall. This means whatever vessel you use must be 80cm tall or above. High ceilinged rooms look amazing with very tall arrangements creating an air of grandeur & sophistication plus major wow factor as you walk into a room. If your venue has medium high ceilings & you’re not sure if tall decorations will be too much, then why don’t you go tall & short, the shorter well below eye level complimenting the taller. Going 50/50 can give a great effect drawing the eye through the room creating bags of interest. For incredibly low ceilinged rooms I would most definitely go for short decorations but by no means will they compromise on impact.

Lighting…

Candle light gives that all important romantic glow, which let’s face it we all want, the more the better! Line the isle, fire place & window ledges using various sized glass containers with various sized candles from tea lights to chunky pillar candles. It looks amazing! trust me it’s worth it.

Book in advance…

Any florist worth their weight in gold will get booked up quickly. Booking a year in advance is fairly standard. My advice would be to book a florist no later than 6 months before the wedding. This allows you to plan things at your leisure & not rush

My most important piece of advice… Get excited!!!

For some people planning a wedding can get stressful at times so make sure you enjoy the time you spend with your florist. This is the fun part! Apart from sampling cake and trying on dresses of course.

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