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If you are planning a wedding in Scotland and/or are hoping to have a Scottish theme throughout your wedding, perhaps our latest collage will help inspire you!

Suppliers:

Dream Day Flowers
Totally Tartan Kiltmakers
Caledonian Piper
Beautifully Wrapped
CIA Photography
Duck Bay Hotel & Marina
The Shepherd’s House B&B
Carrs Loch Lomond
Dub Stitch
Your Wedding Consultant

http://www.yourweddingatlochlomond.co.uk
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1. Tell us about how you got started.

I have been a Florist for over 10 years. After returning from living in America for 2 years I decided I would like to offer a more personal service to Brides, and specialise in Wedding and Events only, working from home.

2. What can you offer our brides to be?

I offer a completely personal service. Bespoke wedding flowers, specific to each Bride. I talk the brides and their families and help guide them through every step of choosing their flowers, including advice on seasonal flowers and budget advice.

3. What makes you different from your competitors?

I think my personal service sets me aside from my competitors. As I specialise in Weddings and Events I am totally focused on details. I invite the Brides and their families to my home and discuss their wedding flowers over coffee in a relaxed environment.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Being a florist has many things that make me glad that I do it. The top reason I feel is the smiles that I get when people see their Bouquet for the first time. I have enjoyed being a part of peoples Dream Day…..

5. What inspires you?

Inspiration for me comes from many places. Firstly I need to listen to my brides themes and dreams; this can bring some amazing designs together. I think the next inspiration for bridal bouquets will come from Kate Middleton; Royal weddings often start a trend.
I have been very lucky to work in America with some of the top Florists. They inspired me daily to think I can do anything.

6. Can you tell us about a memorable wedding or event you have provided flowers for?

Whilst working in America I was lucky enough to work on 2 amazing Gala events. Aretha Franklin and Debbie Harry were at these events. These were large spectacular events with 130 tables and many large displays of flowers.
All of my weddings that I have worked on have been special, and I have lots of wonderful memories of them.

7. Can you provide a price guide for your flowers?

I can supply a price guide for my flowers, although it is only a guide. Every wedding is bespoke, so the price is specific to each Bride and their needs.

8. What does the future hold for Dream Day Flowers?

This year has turned out to be wonderful for Dream Day Flowers; I am hoping this continues for the future. I am exhibiting at Bridal shows this year.
Lomond Park Hotel 5th June 2011 and 25th September 2011
Duck Bay Marina 14th August 2011


9. Any last tips for our readers?

When planning your wedding flowers try to buy seasonal, this can keep prices down. The Brides bouquet should be the flowers she has ever dreamt of and that she wants to carry down the aisle.
For table decorations think about whether you want a low or high table arrangement. A mid height arrangement can often block peoples eye line, and then can often be moved.
Also have a price range for each table you would like to spend, it gives your florist an idea of what sort of flowers they can offer you.
If you are thinking of having candles at your wedding, please check if your venue allows naked flame. Many venues no longer do, that’s why I now can loan wonderful battery operated candles.

10. How can our readers get in touch with you?

Please contact me on
http://www.dreamdayflowers.co.uk
dreamdayflowers@btinternet.com
01389 849150
07703743585
Also please look for Dream Day Flowers on Facebook and Twitter.

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If you are planning a black and white themed wedding, then hopefully our collage will give you some inspiration! If not, however, do not hestitate to contact us for our supplier recommendations and ideas!

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Hopefully this collage will provide you with some ideas if you are thinking of a PINK themed wedding. When visiting any of the websites, and placing an order, dont forget to mention you found their details here!

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Using flowers for a theme is a popular choice for wedding. A floral theme can stimulate both visually and sensually. Flowers transform a wedding. They provide colour and fragrance as bouquets for you and your bridesmaids, and in the wedding party corsages. At the wedding venues – at the church and at the reception – they brighten every table, they light up a room, and they provide a fantastic talking point for your guests.

www.dreamdayflowers.co.uk

Flowers have been used in weddings for centuries. The custom of bouquets has its origin in ancient times. Women carried aromatic bunches of garlic, herbs and spices to ward off evil spirits.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bride and groom wore a garland around their necks, symbolizing new life, hope and fertility. Traditional Celtic bouquets included ivy, thistle and heather. The garland was not made of flowers but of strong-smelling herbs and spices. The strong-smells were thought to have mystical powers and meant to keep away evil spirits.

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When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the herbs and spices had been replaced by fresh flowers, especially marigolds. Edible flowers were still included in the bouquet. The bride would carry her arrangement as she walked down the aisle. The dill from the bride’s bouquet (also known as the herb of lust), was consumed by the bride, the groom, and their wedding guests during the reception, as the herb was meant to increase sexual desire.

You could choose to have a ‘generic’ floral theme, with all types of flowers, or centre your theme on just one flower. For example, if you chose to have a ‘rose’ theme, you could ha have red roses in your boquet, have your bridesmaids wearing red, groom with a red rose button hole and so on…

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Depending on the season, some flowers may be more appropriate than others. It is also possible to mix two or more flowers together for a wedding theme; for example, rose and orchid.

Some flowers are more fragrant than others; again you could have roses as well as hyacinth and lily-of-the-valley. Going back to the rose, it is alleged to have aphrodisiac properties too, hence why they are popular at Valentines Day in particular as well as making them a perfect choice for a wedding! Asian brides believe the colour red and red roses bring luck.

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A growing trend in 2011 will be the use of imaginative vases or containers for your flowers. Stand out from the crowd by using unusual containers like teapots, hatboxes, or old milk jugs. Alternatively, add a contemporary twist by opting for cottage garden flowers but in bright and unusual colour combinations like bright pinks, yellows and blues.

This season sees delicate floral appliqués blossoming all over many wedding dress designs.  Accessorized with a sprinkling of romance, oversized blooms and oh so pretty petals, flowers will be a big feature in this year’s wedding gowns.

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For bridal and bridesmaid’s bouquets, an important point to consider is the colour of the dresses. You can choose to co-ordinate or contrast the colour of your flowers with the dresses.

Choose your flowers after choosing your dresses and deciding on your wedding colour theme. That way you can give a fabric swatch to your florist so he/she can colour match the flowers.

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The groom often chooses a flower for his buttonhole which also occurs in the bride’s bouquet. This is a vestige of the time when a Knight would wear his Lady’s colours to display his love.

Brides can choose to use flowers to decorate the wedding cake. Fresh flowers can be co-ordinated with the bridal bouquet. Edible flowers can be used, and crystallized, to decorate a wedding cake but it is worth checking if any wedding guests, who may eat the cake, have particular flower allergies as some people may be allergic to some species of flowers.

www.catswhiskerscakedesign.co.uk

There are several ways in which a wedding cake can be decorated with flowers:

  • place a corsage flower arrangement on top of the wedding cake and/or each cake tier
  • place flowers between the tiers of the wedding cake
  • sprinkle flower petals over the cake
  • make the cake tiers from flowers
  • create a cascade of flowers to flow from the top cake tier to the bottom cake tiers
  • Decorate the cake table with flower petals or flower arrangements.
www.catswhiskerscakedesign.co.uk

Flowers may be used both in wedding invitations and thank-you cards. The invitations or cards may simply be printed with a picture of the chosen wedding flower; the more creative bride may also wish to include flower petals. Reception placeholders with guest names may be printed with the same flower theme.

Speaking of flower petals, you could use them as confetti for your guests to throw, or to scatter over your tables as decoration. Perhaps you could put flower petals in a bowl with floating candles for centrepieces? In movies, you see flowergirls scattering petals whilst walking up the aisle, but check with your ceremony venue before you try this too!

Flower wedding favors include giving the guests the gift of soap and candles, either scented with the chosen flower fragrance or incorporated into the product. Another idea, that is growing in popularity, is to use seed kits as wedding favors.

Why not wear a floral perfume, floral jewellery etc? The options with flowers are endless! Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk
HOW DID YOU GET INTO FLORISTRY?
As a mother and daughter team, we have always had flowers in our lives!
Rachel was always involved with flowers from a young age with her father being a keen gardener which progressed into her training in flowers shops in Australia.
As mum often took me to help her at work it was a natural progression for me to start working in the flower business. After I left school I trained in Holland to receive my Dutch Masters Diploma in floral art and shortly after began working with Rachel.
image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?

We think outside the box and constantly try to inspire our clients to move on with floral design and try something different. We want each and every wedding to have a different look and feel.
Each wedding should be unique to each bride and groom – it is their special day so the flower design should be designed just for them.
Our biggest inspiration comes from that first consult, when we get a feeling for the couples personalities and style, then from there the venue and season.

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

HOW DO YOU PERSONALISE BRIDAL FLOWERS FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS?

It is very popular now to personalise bouquets by adding vintage brooches or lockets to the binding of the bouquets often from loved one who cannot be there on their special day. We also often ask the dress maker to give us any scraps of material from the bride or bridesmaids dresses to use to bind
the bouquets for an exact colour match. Some brides request a small blue flower to be included at the back of their bouquet that no one will see as their “something blue”. We will be introducing a new service in 2011 of personalising bouquets handles by embroidering the initials or the couples wedding date on the ribbon tails.

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR FLORAL CAREER?

There are so many memorable events for all Different
reasons! One of the most amazing experiences was designing and executing a wedding at Hotel de Paris, Monaco back in 2008. It was a lifetime experience that we will never forget. 

We have also been featured in two issues of the “International Annual of Floral Art” which is a huge honor.

Anything that really makes us think outside the box we really enjoy – creating a stack of dice from flowers or designing a tablescape for a long table seating 120 it’s all a challenge but that’s what we love!

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

One of my personal favourite parts of my job is creating wedding bouquets and delivering them to the bride on the morning of her wedding. It’s really very nerve racking but once you see the look on her face (and even some tears) it’s all worth it! It’s such an amazing honor to be involved in someone’s planning of a wedding, to get to know the clients and then see all their plans come together including the flowers is a great feeling.

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

WHAT DOES 2011 HAVE IN STORE FOR YOU?

Planet Flowers is an ambitious company which sees itself continuing to provide the very best in Event and Corporate floristry. We would also love to continue travelling further afield to experience the rewards of tackling the most challenging work.

 

image courtesy of www.firstlightweddings.co.uk

HOW CAN PROSPECTIVE CUSTOMERS GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?

Consultations for weddings are available on-site or at our workshop in Edinburgh.

To request your complimentary, one-hour consultation, please contact us on 0131 539 7781 or alternatively you can email hello@planetflowers.co.uk

We also have a huge selection of images on our website www.planetflowers.co.uk or blog www.planetflowers.blogspot.co.uk

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