Do you have any advice around how much to spend?
“My main advice would be around budget – try not to spread it too thinly. For example, if you are having a church ceremony and have £500 to spend, I would pick a statement arch design for the entrance that can be used as a photo backdrop and then perhaps just the one arrangement inside at the front of the church where all the attention is, rather than having lots of tiny pew ends that don’t really create the wow factor. Whilst I’m a firm believer in having what you want for your day, I’d also listen to the advice of your florist and other suppliers; weddings are their thing and they’ve worked on a few, so trust their knowledge and experience. My final piece of advice would be try to relax! Some couples have such an idealised view of their big day which ultimately can be unrealistic; a £10k wedding budget is never going to look like that £70k one you saw on Instagram! It will look beautiful, no matter what, so try not to micromanage or obsess over details out of your control.”
What should I consider when choosing wedding flowers?
“Whilst Pinterest is a great starting point for ideas, I think it’s really important to be true to yourself and to inject a bit of personality into your wedding, don’t play it safe when you are planning the biggest day of your life! I’m not really one for themes, but I do believe in personal touches and uniqueness. For a modern approach to a colour scheme, I’d suggest a colour palette, rather than just one colour. For example, rather than going for pink, choose varying tones of baby pink, raspberry pink, peach and apricot and then add a shock of a clashing colour, such as vibrant orange, for contrast and interest.”
What factors can affect the cost of wedding flowers?
The time of year is a massive factor in the cost of wedding flowers; whilst you may think it romantic to get married on Valentine's Day, this is a sure-fire way to jack up the cost. Additionally, if flowers are being sourced from Holland, festivals and bank holidays there can have a knock-on effect on the UK market. The amount of work involved is also something to consider; a wired shower bouquet is far more time consuming than a hand-tied bouquet. Something else to keep in mind over the next couple of years is the looming threat of Brexit; it's still a bit of an unknown as to how trade deals will impact the flower market and so prices are likely to increase over the next couple of years. To keep costs down, and to cut down my carbon footprint, I use UK growers for some of my cut flower supply.
How much deposit do I need to pay?
I take a 20% deposit to secure your date, but you can continue to make amendments at no additional cost right up until a week before your big day.
Do you make dried flower bouquets and displays?
Yes, I can make designs using dried, bleached or dyes foliage and flowers, however, I don't make artificial designs.
Rhiannon created the most wonderful bouquets, buttonholes and log display for our wedding. We first met at a wedding fayre and although I spoke to many other florists, Rhiannon was the one who stood out for me. I wasn't 100% sure on what we wanted (not even colours!!!) when we met to discuss ideas but Rhiannon was able to take all my muddled ideas and create the perfect bouquets- capturing the relaxed, rustic look we were going for, thank you so much.
Rhiannon made the most beautiful bouquets, buttonholes, flower jars and rustic log centre piece for our table. Our theme was lavender and she killed it, mixing in the most beautiful wildflowers which gave such a lovely scent. Everyone commented on the flowers and how amazing they looked. I would 100% recommend Rhiannon as she is so flexible that she will literally bring any style to life and add her own unique touch to it. Not only that, Rhiannon is so lovely to work with, so helpful and able to provide advice if you’re stuck with anything. Thank you so much again!
Rhiannon completely nailed the brief on the day. The flowers were all absolutely gorgeous, from the church display to the button holes to the wedding reception - whilst I had previously request peonies, Rhiannon said they'd be out of season so no can do (which is completely fair enough), however, she managed to find this rare type of peach-coloured rose that looked very similar, and also matched our colour scheme perfectly. So whilst the flowers weren't overly loud, they were all absolutely beautiful - we received so many compliments from our guests, some of which took home bouquets to enjoy at home.
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