Why are wedding flowers so expensive?

So… why are wedding flowers so expensive!

Friends, family and brides are often shocked when I tell them the cost of wedding flowers… my mum simply couldn’t understand it, until during a visit she listened in on a couple of phone conversations regarding a client’s wedding… when I came off the phone she said, ‘gosh now I understand!’…

Being a florist is not only skilled, you have to be very knowledgeable in all aspects of the job, especially when it comes to wedding flowers… It’s all about the planning and preparation, being able to rescue a situation when life throws a curve ball at you and staying calm under pressure. I can honestly say it’s happened more than once, that a couple have increased the number of guests and tables at the last minute, completely forgetting to order more flowers! leaving me to seriously think outside the box to remedy the situation…

Let me walk you through a typical client journey…Most couples book a year or more in advance… during this whole time I’ll be hand’s on, there for your every need, helping turn a blank canvas into your dream wedding, within your budget…
Ok so you’ve filled in the contact form on my website and pressed send… my working hours start from this point…. I’ll analyse the Pinterest board you’ve provided prior to your consultation so I can prepare ideas and generally get a gist of the vibe you’re going for, along with checking out locations, venues and logistics… your consultation will generally be an hour long, after which I’ll type a detailed quote with mood boards, on average these take around 2 hours…

Usually during the course of the year I’ll respond an average of 10 emails per client, sometimes more, happily giving you my professional opinion on tablecloth colours, invite designs, flower tweaks, hair flowers and styles, dresses, amendments of quotes and much much more…

If you have chosen complex designs, floral installations and lengthy set ups, prior liaising with marquee companies, venues and perhaps even site visits will be require to discuss potential risks, plan setups and hanging of any unique items. I’ll even contact your caterers to make sure tablecloths will be laid out prior to my arrival so I can crack on with setting things in place, timing is key… briefing of set up teams and liaising with styling company’s is also a huge part of my job… making sure a slick operation is in place on the day…

Then there’s the actual wedding flowers… a week prior to your wedding I’ll prepare an extensive flower and sundries spreadsheet, these can easily take an hour or more… then the flower ordering itself can we quite time consuming, if flower types are unavailable I’ll go back to the drawing board, choosing suitable alternatives, amending the buying sheets, then heading back to the web shop to secure your new option for delivery the following week…
If your wedding is on a Saturday I’ll start work on Tuesday prepping flower buckets, wrapping boxes for delivery of bouquets and buttonholes, cleaning vases and candle wax from candlesticks, along with popping to the wholesaler to purchase ribbons and any other sundries required…

Wednesday your flowers will arrive… these will be conditioned (removing excess foliage, stems cut, put in water) and left to drink up fresh water for a few hours before being used… if the wedding is rather large, conditioning can be a morning’s work, if any damages have occurred during transit, refunds will be actioned and fresh flowers ordered for the following day… the afternoon, leading into a long working day Thursday, designs will be created, skilfully turning all the flowers into wow factor, bespoke arrangements…

The big day… flowers will be carefully loaded ready for transport… this takes a huge amount of planning and is an art in itself… I’ve had many sleepless nights worrying about getting a couples wedding flowers to the venue in pristine condition…
On arrival, bouquets and flower crowns will be whisked off the the bridal suite, along with tutorials on how to handle the flowers and take them out of water…
Ceremony flowers will be the first port of call along with any large floral installations. I always attached all the ladies and gents buttonholes and corsages as standard practise, I want them to look good on you…
Table centrepieces and wedding breakfast styling is always done last, if running late finishing touches can be completed during the ceremony….
After the ceremony, all florals will be quickly dispersed around the venue, making the most of everything, all sneakily done during your drinks reception as if by magic…

The following morning while you’re soaking up the previous days excitement over breakfast, my team and I will arrive early doors to collect all the hired items, and remove any floral installations or unwanted flowers…
You may think it ends there… everything will be taken back to my studio and unloaded, putting everything away ready for the following Tuesday when I’ll arrive to start the prep for the following weeks wedding…

So as you’ll see, it’s not just about ordering some flowers and Turning up on the day… it’s months, sometimes years of planning and preparation, along with skill and excellence in creating and delivering… so much of what a lot of us wedding suppliers do is all done in the background, away from the public eye… if you broke down the overall cost of your flowers into hours worked from your very first email you’d be shocked by the hourly rate… and this is why wedding flowers are costed at a higher rate than a beautiful thank you or gift bouquet from your local florist…

Images by – Charlotte Bryer-ash

2019 Hottest Wedding Flower Trends…

Planning for the next wedding season is super important, I have to know what the latest trends are for this year, it takes a lot of reading and research and here it is guys, this years colours…

It’s all about peach, moody browns, coral and neutral creams…
Blousy peach blooms, grasses, houseplants and copper are all seriously in right now! One of the things I’m being asked for the most is pampas grass… yes this dried, natural, large feathery plume is what every bride wants, and I gotta be honest, it’s in short supply… I’m bulk buying wherever I can find it, stocks piling for the coming season!

Last year British Flowers where a huge hit with everyone, that natural wild look of hand picked cottage garden favourites, is always so popular and we’ll still be be seeing a lot of this look this season too!

Varieties…
Carnations…
Carnations are sneaking up big time in a wide variety of colours.
Peonies…
The beautiful large headed scented blooms never fail to please and bring the wow factor… every bride wants these, but with the short season from mid May to mid July, they tend to cause a lot of disappointment!
Ranunculus…
These are one of my favorites with their thousands of layers and petals.
Dahlias…
These beauties were the biggest asked for flower last year and it’s followed through this year too… they’re so versatile with so many different shapes, sizes and beautiful colours.
Hydrangeas…
Again I’m a huge fan of these, they just never fail to please. The season is really long lasting, almost all year, and the colour varieties are out of the world. I especially love the autumn ones with antique two tone shades, plus you can dry them too. They really do bring the wow factor!
And finally delphiniums…
These beauties are just so striking with there 1 metre plus tall stems with delicate papery petals… I had these on mass for my own wedding years ago, and I’m still loving them!

Grasses…
As you all know I’m A huge lover of grasses and the textures they create… I’m thrilled to see they’re as popular as ever this season… Bunny’s tail grass, Fountain grass, Chasmanthium and Miscanthus create that wild floaty look of unstructured, garden-inspired style floristry.

FOLIAGE! Well as you all know I’m the foliage queen and simply can’t live without it! The colour and texture variety as insane, it brings my work to life. This seasons favourites are…

Asparagus Fern…
Soft fine and feathery….
Beech…
I love this and can’t get enough of it! Moody browns and fresh green!
Senecio…
This silver beauty is such a life saver during the summer months when eucalyptus is out of season… Olive is also great for this too.
Berried eucalyptus…
In all honesty I don’t think this will ever go out of fashion and quite right too… the look it creates is second to none!
Honeysuckle & Jasmine…
These are fabulous for creating a soft floaty look. They also look great with grasses to, injecting a real boho vibe into a wedding!

House plants…
We’ll most certainly be seeing a lot of house plants this season… Boho inspired weddings with textured ferns plants, moroccan style carpets, macrame hangings and pampas grass is the hottest look right now… New plants coming onto the scene are the good old fashioned Geraniums… they smell so good and I’m looking forward to featuring these very soon!

And lets not forget the styling… wedding flowers wouldn’t be the same with out the styling! metal copper and golds are still massive trends this year… terrariums, candlesticks, hoops, arch’s and moongates…It’s going to be an exciting year!

Charlotte & Curley’s wedding at Lusty Glaze, Cornwall…

Ever since I’ve known Charlotte she’s always had a huge passion for the beach, so I think it was pretty safe to say when her man popped the question here life, from there on, would be planning the ultimate beach wedding! I asked Charlotte ‘why Lusty Glaze?’… We chose this stunning venue for its awesome location as we wanted a beach side venue with access directly onto the beach. Having a relaxed vibe to the day was so important, we didn’t want a formal wedding, we wanted our guests to truly relax. Lusty Glaze feels very secluded and exclusive, tucked within a little cove off the coast of Newquay. It felt like you where on your own private beach for the day. It ticked all the boxes for us, although it was quite some distance for everyone to travel to Cornwall, everyone embraced our vision and made a weekend out of it, soaking up some Cornish sun!

Charlotte’s a huge fan of soft greys and dusky blues. These shades where styled throughout the wedding from the bridesmaid dresses, to the gin bottles they chose, along with soft grey tablecloths acting as an accent against the pale blue sea view and sky. They didn’t want to take away from the venue’s stunning location so chose these soft colours, keeping things clean and fresh.

The flowers…’ I dreamed of white flowers and eucalyptus, with flowing silk ribbons from the bouquets and a floral arch’. My inspiration came from my lifelong passion of coastal weddings and dream photos I found. I wanted to keep things super simple and floaty, letting the natural flow of the flowers and foliage do the talking… I knew you got my vision so I left it up to you to create what you felt would be fitting, everyone loved it!.

For Charlotte’s ceremony there was seagrass matting on decked floor boards, simple white washed chairs with eucalyptus bundles tied with soft grey rough cut ribbon… this lead the way to her bespoke wooden arch wrapped in soft white floaty fabric and natural flowing florals… Her reception was inspired by her’s and Curley’s love of gin… There are such a variety of gin bottles in soft pastels colours, it was a crime not incorporate them into the table styling… Simple fresh flowers in nudes, soft lilacs, greys and whites, with sprigs of eucalyptus here and there filed each one, candle light styling finished the look. The bouquets where super floaty with lots of textured trailing eucalyptus. Soft blousy roses and seaside blooms nestled within.

The dress I chose was so far from the one I had in mind. As we were getting married on the beach I thought I wanted a really boho-beachy vibe dress, but when I was trying them on they really didn’t look right. I thought I would want to stay away from a lace dress, in my mind it had a more traditional feel, but when I saw the dress and tried it on with the soft layers of tulle over the top of the lace I felt like it was right. Looking at the photographs I am so happy with the dress I chose, I was barefoot all day, scooped up my dress when I needed to and it fitted with the relaxed vibe I had in mind.

The bridesmaids dresses… I wanted them in mis-match subtle colours. I wanted them to feel comfortable in what they were wearing too. We chose different shades of greys, dusky blues and lilacs. The flowers where all the same, tieing us all together.

The day couldn’t have gone better… we had sunshine even though it was forecast for rain, I had my dream photos captured barefoot in the sand, everyone of our friends and family traveled to be with us and we dance the night away into the early hours… Perfection!

Images by – Debs Alexander photography

Table styling by – Linen & Lace

Georgie and Omar’s wedding at Axnoller, west Dorset…


Meet Georgie and Omar who married in October last year at st Mary’s church, Netherbury followed by a reception at the stunning Anoller… a beautiful, private rural retreat…

These guys were all about natural elegance with foliage being the main feature throughout the wedding, continuity between church flowers, bouquets and reception flowers were key… shades of textured foliage teamed with dainty ivory flowers and interesting things like seed heads, thistles and rosemary for remembrance, were used to create the bouquets. Georgie wanted to wear something of her grandma’s who couldn’t be with them on the day, so she wove a bracelet of hers into her hair. I thought this was such a beautiful and unique way of incorporating her into the day.

The cute village church had simple bunches of foliage and white flowers attached to every pew end down the aisle… this lead to the ceremony area which had rustic stacked wooden crates with large wow factor flowers… sat amongst the crates were chunky pillar candles creating a romantic glow… finishing the look all the window ledges had trailing textured foliage and masses of white pillar candles, again adding to and creating a cosy romantic feel…

Reception flowers were all about the wow factor… Axnoller’s raw rustic barn is quite a big space and demands show stopper florals… 1 metre high glass cylinder vases topped with luxury foliage arrangements creating a wild unstructured look… Seed heads and thistles along with dainty cream wax flower and scented white phlox were dotted throughout… wow factor hanging globe tea lights cascaded around the vase, leading to further tea lights dotted around the base… As place cards, Georgie and Omar used black and white Polaroid photos of their guests which created this awesome monochromatic theme throughout the barn.. they also displayed treasured family photographs of their parents and grandparents on their wedding days with further pillar candles, tea lights and flowers… these finishing touches and attention to detail really did create the ultimate super classy look!

Georgie fell in love with a pair of gold sparkly Stuart Weitzman pumps
and chose a gorgeous bias cut silk gown with guipure lace bodice which was designed and hand made by Elaine cross…The bridesmaids looked lovely in the ‘Regent’ dress in a light shade of dove grey, and in their hair, delicate sprigs of waxflower, as well as glitter heels from Kurt Geiger, chosen to complement Georgie’s… I think you’ll agree the palette of simple textured foliage and dainty white flowers complement the dresses so well.

I had an absolute ball designing and creating Georgie and Omar’s wedding flowers… thank you for asking me to be part of your special day! A quote I once read… “Choose your suppliers not just for their skills, but as people – they share some of your most special moments with you”.

Images by… Robin Goodlad

Tathia & Luke’s New years eve wedding at Wick farm, Bath

Seriously!!!! I’ve honestly never seen so many candles… This wedding was one of those ultimate romantic cosy affairs which you truly wish you were attending! Tathia and Luke got in touch early last year to start planning their dream wedding at Wick farm… We had lots of in depth conversations about detailing and the overall theme, Tathia was all about the foliage/rustic glam look, which of course is what I’m all about! A subtle mix  of champagne, nude and ivory flowers were chosen to match the bridesmaids dresses and gold theme… and of course foliage, foliage foliage!

Speaking of bridesmaids… Tathia had 12!!! Yes 12 bridesmaids and one flower girl… I asked her ‘why so many’? and here’s how the story goes… So I had my maid of honour Maya, we’ve been best friends since high school… Robyn and Amber I’ve known all my life, also best friends since primary school… It goes with out saying my two cousins and Luke’s sister were in the mix… then I had my friends Lucia, Emma and Maddie, we’ve been close friends for several years now along with bridesmaids Kate, Chan and Jade. All of us have been so close and become besties all those years ago!… and I can’t forget my 8-year-old flower girl Mia, she is the little star of our whole family,  plus my gorgeous niece Roma…

The ceremony was all about soft drapes and fairy lights hanging from a central point in the barn… luxury trailing foliage garlands framed a white fabric arch with floral tie backs, held in place with thick gold trailing ribbons… masses of tealights, lanterns and candlesticks lined the perimeter of the room and aisle… plus little jars of flowers dotted here and there finishing the look…

The reception saw a room transformation… elaborate top table foliage garland trailed to floor with cosy tea lights, candlesticks and florals tucked in here and there… luxury gold candelabra table centrepieces were the star of the show with textured foliage arrangements and subtle flowers complementing the theme… around the base more candle light styling and florals were added… its the finer details and finishing touches that make each wedding perfect and personal to each couples theme… the whole event was stunning from start to finish… what a way to Bring in the New year! Congratulations Tathia and Luke xx

All props and styling by… Linen & Lace…
Drapes and fairy lights by… Rent event decor hire…
Images by… Belle bespoke photography

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