Wedding Trendwatch: Greenery

In 2016 Pantone declared the blend of Rose Quartz and Serenity as the colour of the year to represent mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, as well as fulfilling our yearning for reassurance and security. At which point 2016 clearly thought it would have a laugh and give us perhaps one of the most unreassuring years in history – nice one mate.

And so 2017 begins with the repercussions of the previous year and a new colour to symbolise new beginnings (whether it’s the ones we wanted or not). Luckily for us, the new colour is a bloody good one that works in many ways, so in 2017 you can be on trend without even trying.

Introducing Greenery...

From the strong to the subtle, there are loads of different ways to incorporate this trend into your day, head over to our Pinterest for more inspo but below are just a few of our greenery favs.

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LITTLE TOUCHES

8 Stunning Winter Wedding Bouquets

In the bleak midwinter...the bride and her bouquet were looking fierce.

There are so many great options for the colder months when it comes to your wedding florals, even if that means no florals at all.

Here's what we're loving for this season!

This gorgeous arrangement by Peony N' Pearl is full of dusty pinks, peaches and cool coloured foliage, with David Austin roses, mini white orchids and seasonal fruit. 

This rich and luxurious winter bouquet is brought together with silver eucalyptus ,mentha and velvet grand prix roses contrasted with scabiosa seed pods and elderberries, by the talented Fairleys Bespoke Floristry.

This refreshing bouquet was created by Jennifer Pinder, using thistles, grey foliage and white waxflower with muted purples and dusty pinks. 

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Who knew cotton would look so cool in a bouquet? Looks so snowy and fluffy, with white roses and earth foliage. Expertly put together by Maison De La Croix

How about just bold, green foliage to cheer up a gloomy month? Such a luscious, wild bouquet of fern and berried foliage. Put together by the incredible Type A Society

This black winter bouquet is seriously chic, using anemones and deep purple orchids, from The Flower Cannon

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Loving this bouquet by Flower Power, with pine branches making it like carrying an awesome little Christmas tree down the aisle. 

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A perfect silvery bouquet of artemesia, silver brunia, blue hhistle, rananculus, baby's breath, and stock.

Oh swoon!

Trendwatch: Cactus

Ok, we're calling it. Cactus is the new fern.

From wedding design to homeware to fashion prints, and even your greetings cards - cactus is the new motif in town. It's the new pineapple, the new palm leaf, the new watercolour, and we love it.

You're probably thinking to yourself, "This is incredible, I love it, I'm so into cactus right now, thank you Revelry for alerting me to this trend to watch...but that's all very well for US brides who can just hop over to the nearest desert and make cactus work, but what about little old us in the UK?"

Well, never fear, because there certainly are lots of great venues and spaces that you can make a cactus design work for. 

One of our weddings from 2014 in Syon Park's conservatory

One of our weddings from 2014 in Syon Park's conservatory

Styled shoot from the talented  Vintage Floral Design

Styled shoot from the talented Vintage Floral Design

Conservatories like London's Syon Park are the perfect backdrop for your prickly design - or find yourself some gorgeous dunes somewhere on the coast like Camber Sands where beach sand can become desert sand with a little styling.

And the key with any trendy motif or theme is not to go overboard. A little touch here and there to tie everything together is perfect - no need to go ordering yourself 100 cactus chairs, cactus tablecloths and a cactus print wedding dress. Less is more and be smart with your wedding theming! 

Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas on how to work the cacti!

Little Black Book | Ladybird Flowers

LITTLE BLACK BOOK: LADYBIRD FLOWERS

We're shining the spotlight on one of our favourite florists this month. Readers of the blog meet Emma from Ladybird Flowers. We went ahead and asked her some questions so you can get to know her a little better. Here's what she had to say...

What's your favourite part of being a wedding florist?

Meeting wonderful couples and helping them turn their visuals into a reality! I love that I’m one of the suppliers that are lucky enough go through so many stages of their wedding process with them, not just the flowers. For me it’s so important to know about the whole wedding, getting to know the couple, their likes and dislikes, the style and feel they want for the overall day and if they have a particular theme. This is one of the many reasons why visiting the venue with the couple and working closely together throughout is such an important wonderful process. I feel so humbled when couples trust me and share with me their vision and quite a lot of the time their wedding dreams! I can be working with couples from 1 month to 18 months, it doesn’t matter the length of time I have with them, I dedicate the same amount of time and energy to ensure they get their exact vision. I have known to get quite emotional on giving the bride her bridal bouquet, knowing that I have captured their vision exactly and that I’ve delivered above and beyond their expectations is such a beautiful thing.

How would you describe your style?

I adore Mother Nature and her beauty and I would like to think that my style reflects that. I like to observe how the flowers are growing and facing so when I’m arranging them they compliment each other, not look as if they have been forced together or look ‘stiff’. I love my arrangements full to the brim of seasonal flowers, with lots of greenery, in a very natural, relaxed but elegant style. I often describe to my brides that their bouquet will look like they have skipped through the field while scooping up all the wild flowers. Of course it’s never as simple as that but that’s the look we like to go for. My all time favourite flowers are peonies, full to the brim of elegance and beauty, although getting their wonderful blousy petals to open perfectly for your big day can be tricky, but like I say with all beautiful creatures just a little love and TLC and they will be just perfect.

How do you work with clients to provide them with their wedding flowers?

I believe that every wedding is unique and individual to every couple.  I specialise in weddings on any budget so I don’t have a minimum spend.  I am always thrilled to be part of the celebration, whatever the scale.  I can supply bridal party flowers only, or go all out to create breathtaking installations to give your beautiful venue that extra special something for your perfect day. I don’t have prices on my website as these always depend on the size, season and type of flower for each arrangement.  Don’t worry though, we’ll discuss this in great detail during your free phone consultation.  Once we’ve spoken and I’ve got to know you and what you’d like the fun really starts!  I’ll arrange to meet you at your venue so we can go through the specifics and make sure we are all on the same creative page. Once you’ve booked with me I don’t take any other enquiries or bookings for your special day, as I want to ensure my sole focus and passion is dedicated to you. I’m based in London but love travelling around the country.  

What advice would you give couples when they start to look at wedding flowers?

I completely understand that choosing a florist can be a hugely daunting process. With the right florist, your wedding can go from being okay to something sensational. The right florist will not only find you the right flowers, they can also be an important presence in the run up to your wedding and can provide an unbelievably calming influence. My ‘shop’ is Instagram, (I maybe slightly addicted to Instagram!) Facebook and Snapchat. Here you can see my work, get a feel for who I am. Looking through my ‘shop’ allows you to see if I’m the type of person you would like to work with and if you like my style of floristry. I think that’s very important when looking for your florist that you make sure you feel comfortable with him/her, that you trust them and that you love their style. Then the fun part, meeting for coffee and chatting all about you and your wedding day and flowers!

What are the most popular wedding flowers and what flowers would you like more couples to take a chance on?

I’m very lucky to work with couples who primarily want seasonal flowers in all their arrangements and most are pretty open to my suggestions and advice. This works well for couples on a budget and my stress levels! I used some flowers like water lilies and lotus flowers for a wedding last year which had to be shipped in from Thailand. Don’t get me wrong, I loved working with such amazing flowers, it was however just a tad stressful to ensure I got them in time for them to be in their full beauty for the wedding day, opening just enough but not too much that they could possibly over bloom and wilt. I would love to see couples having at least one statement piece such as a flower wall or a floral hanging. Sometimes cutting back on an area of flowers and replacing with one jaw dropping flower installation can have more impact and have your guests talking for months to come…maybe even years!

Are there any floral trends you've seen over the past year and do you have any predictions for the future?

Every wedding is unique and individual to every couple, however there are trends that can dominate the wedding world, especially when it comes to flowers. Last year it was jam jars full to the brim of fresh seasonal flowers, this year we are seeing a change from the rustic and traditional vintage to contemporary urban chic with larger more daring decor.  2016 will see more floral focal areas full of lush seasonal blooms such as flower walls and flower curtains.

For the bride who wants the romantic floral focus to be on her, a floral choker full of peonies is a must.  Teamed with an elegant dress neckline and a fabulous up do, it really can create a show stopping look. In 2016 we are seeing more destination weddings to guarantee fabulous weather.  For those brides walking barefoot along the beach, ankle cuffs are the perfect accessory.      

The 2015 full unstructured bouquet full of fresh seasonal blooms, I'm pleased to say is here to stay, with some brides opting for more of a wild bouquet with lots of greenery.  We are also seeing the trailing bouquet make a come back, this time with a more natural urban feel.  With Game of Thrones being on everyone’s lips, we are seeing this come into the bridal world too. Hair is playing a big part here with lots of braids complimented with flowers to get the perfect look.

Thanks so much to Emma for answering our questions you can check out her fabulous work on her website

Wedding Flowers with Wow

At the end of last year, when we looked ahead to 2016 and put together our wedding trend predictions, something that kept cropping up time and again was majorly wow-factor floral installations.

We said florists were going to be getting more creative and push the boundaries of wedding flowers to craft some truly impressive statement pieces.

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wedding planner london

Today we're checking out some epic design ideas that could work for your wedding or event - a one-off feature that will leave your guests feeling the 'wow factor'. Check out some of our other hot picks on our Pinterest board.

Floral chandeliers have been a mainstay of wedding design for the past few years now, but these suspended designs are coming a little closer to earth to create a fantastic focal point at your event. This floral crate arrangement could double as an incredible evening dessert buffet - can you imagine? Grab a cupcake out of this beautifully decorated hanging crate!

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creative wedding planner london

Forgo the centrepieces and make it rain flowers with these suspended rings and hanging flowers with added uplighting. Upgrade some old lampshade frames with an added moss-effect - perfect for a rustic barn wedding or garden themed baby-shower.

Up your cocktail hour game by turning your flowers into poseur tables - encase them in boxes and get people talking around these floral creations. Or this honeycomb floral shelf display could work for displaying your custom cocktails during the evening!

Little Black Book | Mary Jane Vaughan Flowers

LITTLE BLACK BOOK: MARY JANE VAUGHAN

A close-up by Xander & Thea of MJV's gorgeous arrangement for our botanical styled shoot at Middle Temple Hall

A close-up by Xander & Thea of MJV's gorgeous arrangement for our botanical styled shoot at Middle Temple Hall

For so many couples, flowers are really the cornerstone of their wedding decor. Florals are a way to tie a theme together, to style a venue the way you want it and really put a creative stamp on your day. You really can do anything you dream up with flowers, you've just got to take a quick swipe of Pinterest to tell you that. But with Pinterest dreaming comes the harsh reality of wedding budgets - flowers are usually way more expensive than you think. But fear not! We spoke to the lovely Tove at Mary Jane Vaughan Flowers - absolute floral geniuses - and asked her for some bridal tips and advice for budgeting for your wedding blooms.

SO, TOVE, WE KNOW IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY WHAT THE AVERAGE WEDDING BUDGET IS BECAUSE IT'S ESSENTIALLY ASKING HOW LONG A PIECE OF STRING IS. BUT FOR THOSE COUPLES JUST STARTING TO PUT THEIR BUDGET TOGETHER, WHAT MIGHT GIVE THEM AN IDEA OF WHERE THEY SHOULD BE PITCHING THEIR FLOWER SPEND?

You're totally right, wedding budgets can vary so much it really is so difficult to suggest a rule of thumb percentage of your budget or a flat figure. But, there are a few things that might give you an idea. The first is your venue - if you have already chosen one or have a style in mind that you know is going to need a lot of decoration, it's safe to say your flower budget might be higher than others. Some couples don't consider headcount in their flower budget, but there's a big difference between 10 and 25 tables when it comes to centrepieces. If you do have a large wedding and still want to create an impact, consider larger tables or a different configuration which lowers the number you need.

DOES IT WORRY YOU WHEN BRIDAL MAGAZINES ARE SUGGESTING TO COUPLES THAT AVERAGE SPENDS ON FLOWERS ARE SO MUCH LOWER THAN IS REALISTIC?

The disconnect between Pinterest and bridal magazines is what may be slightly confusing for brides. Bridal magazines may suggest that the average cost is £2000, but on Pinterest (where most of our brides go nowadays for inspiration) the centrepieces are overflowing with flowers, and the bouquets huge, as these are the designs that photograph very well – but these designs will push up the costs as they are so full of flowers.

Saying that, if a couple comes to us with a certain budget and a look to achieve, we will try our hardest to achieve it for them within budget! It may mean choosing the items that are the most important and concentrating on those.

SO IF BUDGETS ARE TIGHT, HOW CAN COUPLES BE SMARTER WITH YOUR BUDGET WHEN IT COMES TO WEDDING FLOWERS?

Concentrate on the most important things – the bride’s bouquet, and the centrepieces. Those are the things that you and your guests will remember and will be in most of the photographs. 

Take your florist’s advice on what’s seasonal and go with that, there are beautiful choices in every season. If a flower is very important to you, get married at the right time of year so it doesn’t have to be imported at great cost. You may be obsessed with peonies but if you're not getting married in May or June, you'll struggle to stay within budget to have them!

You can create a lot of atmosphere with candlelight and amazing vases. If budget is tight use night lights, hurricane lamps and candlesticks and perhaps some rose petals, to decorate the less focal areas such as the drinks reception. On the table-centres themselves, a lot can be achieved with gorgeous vases and statement flowers, arranged with simplicity, or in a clever way, and highlighted with more candlelight!

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COSTS COUPLES FORGET TO FACTOR IN FOR THEIR WEDDING FLOWERS?

 At the budgeting stage, some couples don’t think to factor in setting up and dismantling. Many venues need to be cleared that same night. If the ceremony is in a different place it may need a different team so will incur a separate cost.

VAT will usually need to be added, so if you aren’t sure it’s best to double check so you don't get a nasty surprise!

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER RULES OF THUMB WHEN IT COMES TO HOW MUCH FLOWERS WILL LIKELY COST? 

Our prices usually run at around £4.50 + VAT for a buttonhole, a bridal posy bouquet can run at £90 + VAT, a stunning low centrepiece can be between £80 and £150 + VAT, with taller ones going up to £400 + VAT. But we will always work hard within your budget, whatever it may be!

ANY OTHER HINTS AND TIPS FOR COUPLES PUTTING TOGETHER THEIR WEDDING FLOWER BUDGET?

 Be open minded! It is so helpful to know what you want going in to your initial flower consultation, but if your budget won’t stretch to recreating what you had in mind, a good florist will suggest alternatives. There may be compromise involved, but flowers are so beautiful that there will always be a solution! 

Wedding Ideas: Botanics

Inspiration: Vintage Botanical

When you first hear the words 'botanical wedding', maybe your mind goes to tropical gardens, big bushy florals, palms and succulents. 

Well today we're offering a different take on the trend. We're taking it back a century

Floral designs that hark back to an era of Victorian discovery and exploration - antique curated collections of botanical specimens.

Displays of single stems and pressed flowers worked into your tablescape bring a fresh perspective to wedding florals. It's minimal, but still elegant and refined.

Use floral illustrations in your stationery - from your invites to your table numbers. Go heavy on green but pair the design with muted, vintage tones like faded pink and lavender. 

Check out more on this beautiful design idea over on our Pinterest board and tell us what you think!