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The Ultimate Wedding Accessory

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The Brides bouquet is the ultimate wedding accessory, and your choices and options are only limited by the seasonal availability of the flowers and the expertise of your chosen florist.

The shape of your dress, the colour of your bridesmaids theme and the style of your wedding will guide you to the perfect bouquet style. Choosing your wedding dress first will allow you to get the right balance, so your dress and bouquet enhance each other perfectly. For example if you choose a small delicate posy style bouquet and decide to wear a full skirted ball gown style dress, the bouquet would be totally overpowered by your dress, and a large bouquet would overpower a simple or slender dress. (more…)

October 6, 2013 |

Winter Weddings, Winter Wedding Ideas

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The summer months haven’t been good to British brides for the last couple of years, so opting for a winter wedding has become more and more popular. Georgina from The Wedding Planner School, Europe’’s leading trainers for professional wedding and event planners, offers some advice and ideas for anyone getting married in the colder months. (more…)

May 3, 2013 |

Seasonal Flowers

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For most brides, the type of flowers they use in their wedding will depend on the season. Certain flowers really showcase a given season and can be used to enhance your theme or color scheme. While most flowers are available year round, there are still some that are strictly seasonal and others that don’t do as well certain times of the year. Here are a few things to consider when planning your floral arrangements. (more…)

May 3, 2013 |

Wedding Confetti Advice and Suggestions

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The tradition of confetti is as old as the ceremony of marriage itself.

Over the centuries and throughout all the continents, many varieties of confetti’s have been used for different marriage rites and rituals, but in general the throwing of confetti has had a common purpose – that of a celebratory nature, a blessing, a bestowing of good health, fertility and prosperity.

Today, confetti still has an important role in our wedding ceremonies. It forms part of the tradition of blessing the happy couple by the wedding party guests. The days of the wedding party liberally showering the happy couple as they leave their chosen venue, with an array of coloured paper, tissue, rice, metallic horseshoes has long gone.

Fashions and attitudes have changed, and confetti has become regarded by many as a litter nuisance, even biodegradable paper confetti can be unacceptable, because in truth all paper is biodegradable, but leaves an unwelcome footprint for those that follow after your celebrations.

Couples getting married enjoy the rituals of the ceremony, and see the confetti throw as an important part of the day. For the wedding guests, it is part of their involvement in your celebration. According to wedding polls, the confetti photograph ranks as being one of the most important and desired photographs of the wedding day.

And herein lies the problem – if having confetti at your wedding is important to you, it is something that needs to be planned for. It cannot be left to chance as
· Guests may not provide confetti at all
· May throw unacceptabl. confetti at your chosen venue
· May throw rice, pulses or seeds – harmful to wildlife
· May throw confetti that marks or stains
If you decide that confetti is an important part of your day, there is acceptable confetti out there, in the form of real petal confetti. Real petal confetti can be bought and provided for use by the wedding party, ensuring you have the confetti at your wedding that you want. There is a vast array to choose from – and here are some of the factors that you should consider-

  • Freeze dried – what it says – the petal is dried using a process where the petal is frozen and the moisture extracted. This retains the colour and shape of the petal, but is not the most environmental of processes. Most freeze dried petals are also imported.
  • Air dried – what it says – dried in the air, naturally. Most notably delphinium larkspur and cornflower are petals air dried here in the UK, retaining their original colours and shape.
  • Not all petals are colour fast, many freeze dried petals are dyed.
  • Not all petals are the same quality – real petal confetti does not have to be a compromise, there are some stunning real petals available, ask for samples.
  • With a wide array of colours to choose from, you can tailor your confetti to suit your wedding theme.
  • Choose a company with a good returns policy – if you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, and return it in an unused original condition, they should refund you, less postage charges incurred.

If you have decided that real confetti is your wedding confetti of choice, before you go ahead and commit to it, you should check that your chosen venue allows your confetti. Many reluctant venues can be persuaded to accept confetti by taking along a sample and discussing it with them. If venues stipulate ‘rose’ petal confetti, this is often because of ignorance of other real confetti’s available on the market.

Confetti has so many uses, so have a thought for the following – The traditional confetti throw -

  • Baskets containing loose confetti, handed out by the bridesmaids, usher, or other person. This can be quite extravagant, as it is surprising how much one person can take for one throw. It creates a stunning shower, but you do need large quantities.
  • Baskets holding confetti cones, this enables you to control exactly how much confetti is thrown. The baskets can be left in a prominent position for the guests to ‘help themselves’ or handed out by the bridesmaids, ushers or other person.
  • Small bags of confetti could be placed with the order of service, or again left in a basket, or bowl in a prominent position for the guests to ‘help themselves’. Small children, especially those without a specific role can be tasked with handing out small bags of confetti. This makes it a very ‘special’ task when sometimes a child needs to be involved, but is not the bridesmaid, flower girl or usher.

Table decoration – Real petal can be used to great effect on tables. Only a small amount of confetti is needed for table decoration – less is more is the best principle. It is important to make sure that the confetti you use is from a quality supplier, and that the majority of imperfections have been ‘weeded’ out. Remember always that it is a natural product, so there will be variations throughout the petal. Petal paths -This is another tradition, from an age where the bride would walk to the church, and the flower girl (not the bridesmaid) would scatter flowers for the bride to walk along. Depending on the distance, you may need more confetti for the petal path than for any other use. If you are considering laying a petal path, ask your supplier if they have confetti that is suitable for use in petal paths. They will possibly have second grade confetti, which could be a more cost effective option. Second grade confetti is still very effective, and the only difference is that it does not have to stand up to such close scrutiny as first ‘best quality’ petal.

Aisle decoration and room decoration – Again, for floors and paths, consider second grade confetti. For surfaces, beds, basically anything that is not walked over, go for the best quality confetti. This should have been handpicked and sorted, and be un compromisingly beautiful, and fit for any purpose. Wedding gift – consider putting the confetti on your wedding list, it is a very small part of the overall cost of the wedding, and may be something within a guests budget to buy for you. Apart from the cost, it is a gift that is personal to you, and people enjoy giving. Confetti baskets – Most baskets, will have a purpose other than for confetti. Egg baskets, shopping baskets, garden trugs, decorative baskets, they can all be used for confetti. If you are buying your basket, it may be something that you would like to give to your bridesmaid or flower girl as a thank you, or something that you would use in the future. If you ask your friends and family, you will be surprised what they have that is suitable to use, from grannies crystal bowl, to metal pails, to garden pots, to apple boxes, hand decorated and personalised for you.

Finally, remember – your confetti moment, although a small part of your day, it should leave no footprint for those that follow you, but leave you with an indelible memory and photographs that you will treasure forever.

By Rosie Elis – Bespoke Confetti

May 3, 2013 |

Looking for a Different Wedding Bouquet

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Now a days Brides are looking for that something different, that eye catching accessory and Crystal Bouquets are becoming popular with Brides. These bouquets can be made with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls and can have silk flowers, feathers, butterflies and satin ribbons added to give that unique look. They can also been made smaller for the Bridesmaids and changed to suit the Bridesmaid’s colour scheme and to compliment the Brides bouquet. (more…)

May 3, 2013 |

Choosing The Right Wedding Flowers For You.

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When it comes to choosing your wedding bouquet flowers for your big day, they are just as important as your dress and you want something that will match in with both your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. And if the men are wearing kilt’s then matching the wedding flowers in with the colours of the kilt is just as important.

Your wedding flowers are also a very big part of your wedding photos, as your wedding bouquet will be on most of your photos. So you do not want your wedding flowers to be boring or dull but you do not want them to out shine you, as you the most important person on the day . You want your wedding flowers to be unique and individual to you, you want them to be special, to help make you feel like a princess, you also want flowers that you can keep as lovely memory of your big day so you want a wedding bouquet that you can keep. (more…)

May 3, 2013 |

Do It Yourself Wedding Flowers

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Doing your own flowers can work out cheaper, but you need to consider the amount of work involved. Bouquets should be made the day before your wedding at the earliest if you want them to look at their best, so think about how many other jobs you will have during the week leading up to the wedding and how many helpers you will have. (more…)

May 3, 2013 |

The Language of Flowers

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Your choice of flowers for your wedding can have meaning and speak a message.

Amaryllis – splendid beauty, pride
Arum Lily – magnificent beauty
Azalea – temperance
Bluebell – constancy, forgive and forget
Cactus – warmth
Camelia – unpretending excellence
Campanula – White – gratitude
Carnation – Pink – woman’s love, Red – ‘alas for my poor heart’, Striped – refusal (to avoid). Yellow – disdain (to avoid)
Celosia – affection, individuality
Chrysanthemum – Red – ‘I Love You’, White – truth, Yellow – slighted love (to avoid)
Cyclamen – diffidence
Daffodi. – regard, chivalry
Dahlia – good taste.
Fern – sincerity
Forget-me-not – true love, ‘the key to my heart’
Freesia – friendship
Garden pink – pure love
Geranium – graceful, bewitching smile.
Gladiolus – strength of character
Hibiscus – delicate beauty
Hyacinth – Blue – constancy, White – unobtrusive loveliness
Iris – Yellow – flame of love
Ivy – friendship, fidelity in marriage
Jasmine – White – amiable, Yellow – grace, elegance
Larkspur – lightness
Lilac – Purple – first emotions of love, White – youthful innocence

Easter lily – sweet-natured
Lily of the Valley – return of happiness
Longi (longiflorum) Lily – pure and modest
Love lies bleeding – hopeless, not heartless
Mimosa – sensitivity, secret love
Narcissus – self-esteem, female ambition
Orange blossom – bridal festivities, virginity, ‘your purity equals your loveliness’
Orchid – longevity, elegance
Palm – victory
Peony – bashfulness
Pineapple – ‘you are perfect’
Ranunculaus – ‘you are rich in attractions’
Rose – love and good fortune, Crown of blooms – reward of virtue, Large Bright Pink – meet me by moonlight, Red – eternal love,&nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp.   &nbsp. Red and White together – unity, Rosebuds – pure and lovely, Single stem – simplicity,
Small Yellow – ‘thou art all that is lovely’ , White – truth, White with pink blush – only for thee

Rudbeckia – justice
Snowdrop – hope
Solidage – encouragement
Star of Bethlehem – purity
Stock – lasting beauty
Sunflower, dwarf – adulation
Sweet pea – departure, delicate pleasures
Tulip – Red – declaration of love, Striped – beautiful eyes
Veronica – fidelity
Violet – faithfulness, modesty
Zinnia – thoughts of absent friends.

Top tips.

Try to find a local florist to cut costs

Choose your florist well in advance

Take along some fabric swatches and possibly sketches to give the florist an idea of the dress.

Take some photographs of the reception venue and church for the florist to see.

Consider the scent of flowers as well as how they look.

Think what flowers are available in the season of your wedding.

If getting married in a church areas to consider decoration with flowers are: the altar, pulpit, lectern, font, columns, windowsills, church entrance, chancel steps and pew ends.

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May 3, 2013 |