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Lily of the Valley wedding flowers: tips and advice

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Lily of the Valley is a popular choice for spring wedding flowers and was made even more so following Kate Middleton’s choice of it for her bridal bouquet when she married Prince William on 29 April 2011. Its dainty, white, bell-shaped flowers and gorgeous scent, combined with its symbolic meanings (the return of happiness, purity of heart and sweetness) make it a sought after flower for spring bridal bouquets, but this, plus its short season, mean it is categorised as a ‘luxury bridal flower’, so it carries a premium price tag too.

London bridal florist Todich Floral Design gets lots of brides enquiring about full Lily of the Valley wedding bouquets, particularly following Will and Kate’s wedding a couple of years ago. But they are often shocked by the bridal flowers prices, which can easily run up to £300 for a full bouquet, or even higher when it’s out of season. Often, due to its small, fragile flowers, stems also need wiring, which is time-consuming and costly work, and sometimes it’s only available to buy in small quantities, which can make it hard for florists to guarantee.

So what can you do if you have your heart set on Lily of the Valley for your spring wedding flower bouquets? Here at wedding florist Todich Floral Design we have the following tips:

  • Unless you’re prepared to pay upwards of £150 for your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, consider bringing other spring wedding flowers in season in to the mix to pad out designs.
  • If it’s out of season or budget is a concern, look at similar, substitute flowers. Good spring wedding ideas that provide alternatives to Lily of the Valley include white hyacinths, campanula, bouvardia, stephanotis, muscari or snowdrops.
  • For those attracted to Lily of the Valley’s ability to bring a wonderful scent to their wedding flowers and bouquets, London florist Todich Floral Design recommends incorporating freesias and sweet peas too, to add more body and scent.
  • Consider just using it in your bouquets and/or wedding table centrepieces. Additional items like chair/pew-ends and entrance arrangements may only briefly be in view, and as Lily of the Valley is such a small, delicate flower, it may also get ‘lost’ in larger displays.
  • Find or hire a vase/vases which you can place your bouquet/s in after the ceremony. This way they can double up as displays for entrance or bar areas, your seating plan or cake table flowers, for example.
  • For all-white wedding flowers or bouquets, Lily of the Valley looks lovely combined with sweet william, hyacinth and murtle, which were the flowers in Kate Middleton’s bouquet.
  • To create a beautiful Lily of the Valley bridal bouquet with a bit of colour, combine with fluffy peonies, garden roses and sweet peas in cream and blush pink tones, or delicate delphiniums, campanula, hydrangea and lavender to bring in ‘something blue’, a huge trend for spring wedding flowers in 2014.

Finally, in case you’re wondering, below are the meanings of the flowers in Kate Middleton’s bouquet:

  • Lilly of the Valley: Return of happiness, purity of heart and sweetness
  • Sweet William: Gallantry, smile, finesse
  • Myrtle: Love (the stems were from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 are traditionally used in all royal wedding bouquets)
  • Hyacinth: Constancy of love

Do you want to discuss wedding flowers ideas? If so contact event florist and wedding specialist Todich Floral Design for a free consultation and quote, or browse and order bridal flowers online using our free wedding flowers budget planner.

You can also order professionally designed flowers online for same day London delivery through our online flower delivery shop.

Meet top bridal florist Todich Floral Design at the National Wedding Show

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

On 21 to 23 February, London wedding florist Todich Floral Design is excited to be attending the National Wedding Show in London Olympia following an extremely successful presence at the September 2013 show.

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In the lead up to the show we’re running a competition to win £500 worth of wedding flowers and we’ll also be running a competition on our stand, G101 on the day, so be sure to pop buy and meet us if you’re heading down.

We love the opportunity these events provide to meet with brides face to face and help provide inspiration and guidance on bridal flowers for their special day. At the September show we spoke with literally hundreds of London brides who flocked to the stand to see our fabulous floral dress display, and we’re equally excited about this year’s stand.

Not only does the event give us a chance to meet with clients face to face, it’s also great fun for our wedding florists. London is always as the forefront of design trends, so it’s a fantastic but also extremely competitive place to work, and our team is already hard at work thinking about designs for our stand. Last year, as well as our floral dress, the Todich Floral Design wedding flowers stand featured a gorgeous, overflowing urn wedding reception arrangement and an autumn-coloured bridal bouquet.

Choosing your wedding flowers can seem like a daunting task, as there’s not just your bridal bouquet to consider, but also bridesmaids bouquets, wedding table arrangements, buttonholes, corsages and sometimes arrangements for other areas too. But you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed as this is exactly what your wedding florist is here to help with.

Many brides feel under pressure to come armed with ideas, but this isn’t the case. If you’re feeling slightly daunted at the prospect of planning your wedding flowers, London bridal florist Todich Floral Design provides our top 5 tips for wedding flowers in 2014 in the Experts section of the National Wedding Show website, so be sure to take a look at these before you start planning and gathering ideas.

Whether you have a clear idea of what you want or need some help coming up with ideas, Todich Floral Design wedding florists in London can help deliver your vision of your dream wedding day. From chic, contemporary flowers to traditional church pew ends, candleabras and table centrepieces, the company has gained a reputation for providing stunning floral decorations and an excellent service, and has a huge variety of props, containers and vases to choose from. We’ve worked in some of the top wedding venues in London including Café Royal, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Dorchester Hotel, The National Portrait Gallery and many more, so come and see us from 21-23 Feb at Olympia or contact us to discuss your requirements today.

2014 Bridal Fashion Trends

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The wedding dress is such a key element of the bride’s big day and something many women have dreamed about since they were little girls. London florist Todich Floral Design specialises in creating bridal flowers and wedding flowers to complement all types of dress, from full, fairytale Princess styles, to classic gowns or fashionable modern designs. The range of wedding dresses to choose from is huge, and whether your style is traditional, retro or at fashion’s cutting edge, you will always have a ball when it comes to selecting something special for your wedding day.

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However, bridal fashion trends, like normal fashion trends, vary from year to year, presenting each year’s new brides with a sometimes bewildering choice, over and on top of the style they may have been dreaming about for years! But it’s always worth checking out what’s in vogue, as designers are experts in incorporating fashion trends in to classic designs so you don’t have to opt for something too far-out. When it comes to wedding flowers for London brides the same applies, and with expert input it’s easy to achieve your desired look and match the style of your bridal flowers to your dress and theme. At Todich Floral Design, we love helping brides create bridal bouquets and bridesmaids’ bouquets that perfectly complement both.

The 2014 bridal fashion trends shown on the catwalks this year illustrate this point well, and show that bringing your ideal dress up to date can be achieved in a few simple ways.

Dominant themes combined slightly more conservatism via higher and covered necklines, lace sleeves and detailed backs, but also a touch more casual too with loose, floaty layers, dainty flowing slips and empire lines. There was a move away from the plainer vintage styles of late with dazzling embellishments and beads and a strong art deco influence, and sexy became more girly with playful, shorter gowns.

Here are some key bridal trends wedding florist Todich Floral Design noted for 2014:

High necklines: these were really popular in 2013 and are set to be even more popular next year. Covering the neck area with sheer fabric or lace, or going for a halterneck style instead of strapless gives a nod to this bridal trend.

Sparkles and embellishments: bridal fashion for 2014 has started to move away from the plain, lace vintage trends of recent years and many collections featured lots of beading, sequins, embroidery and lace, as well as 3D flowers made of organza and silk.

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Lace sleeves: blame Kate Middleton if you will, but lace sleeves featured again heavily in 2014 bridal fashion shows so this trend shows no sign of slowing down. From short, sweet caps to elbow length and long, many designers included gowns with sleeves in their collections for next year.

Lots of layers: there was lots of layering on this year’s Spring/Summer runways, which included layers incorporated on the dresses themselves, but also additional layers to the bridal outfit such as tulle wraps and fur capelettes.

Short cut: another huge 2014 bridal fashion trend was rising hemlines on both full and straight skirts, which varied from above the knee, to more conservative on the knee and three quarter length designs.

Casual and cool: moving away from structured, rigid designs, these dresses are easy to wear, light, floaty and cool. Think dainty slips, thin straps and loose, flowing empire-line gowns.

Detailed backs: from open-back keyholes and beading, to contemporary and pleated trains, there was a strong focus on backs for 2014 as an additional way to add some wow factor to your dress.

Art deco: thanks to the Great Gatsby the art deco trend is firmly here, in bridal fashion as well as on the high street and for the home. The 1920s has truly taken over with its decadent detailing and elegant silhouettes.

Todich Floral Design is a London based floral stylist specialising in flowers for weddings and events. It has many years’ experience working on weddings both large and small, and has installed wedding flowers in some of London’s top wedding venues including The Painted Hall in Greenwich, Café Royal, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Dorchester Hotel, The National Portrait Gallery and many more. As a corporate florist, Todich Floral Design can also provide office flowers, event flowers and hotel flowers in London.

Contact the team today to discuss your flower requirements and request a quote.

Five alternative floral designs for Christmas wreaths

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It seems like all of a sudden Christmas is upon us and our workshop is filled with the lovely scent of pine, festive branches, decorations and leaves. But Christmas wreaths don’t have to just be pine, baubles, bows and cinnamon sticks. If you fancy a break with the norm there are many different types you can try or buy. At London florist Todich Floral Design we love experimenting with new materials and styles and are always on the look out for unusual twists on traditional floral fashion and designs. And Christmas provides the perfect excuse to get creative as we start installing corporate flowers and decorations at London offices,

Christmas wreaths by Corporate and event florist  in Londonrestaurantshotels and for media events. Although red, green and gold is the classic colour palette for Christmas, there are many other combinations you can use to give your Christmas flowers and arrangements a fresh and contemporary colour scheme. Deep purples and blues bring a luxurious feel to designs; cool whites, silvers, icey blues and lilacs help set a winter wonderland mood; pinks worked in with reds provide a softer, romantic vibe; and for a really modern look, a simple monochromatic colour scheme can look striking and chic. In terms of materials, twigs, nuts, mistletoe, berries, rose hips, ferns, herbs and of course flowers are additional natural items you can use, plus things like feathers, lace, pearls, crystal drops and of course various baubles and bows.

So without further ado, here are some of our ideas for alternative Christmas wreath designs:

Wild twig wreath with berries or rose hips: it’s possible to buy ready-made wild twig wreaths now which you can then decorate yourself, but if you want to do it yourself, you can create one using chicken wire and moss. Then make some individual bunches of twigs, before wiring these on in a spiral shape. Adorned simply with some ilex or holly berries, or alternatively plump rosehips and a red bow, this provides a really wintery-feeling, rustic display.

Natural bark & baubles: Less is sometimes more and when we want to create a natural look, our florists often use pieces of bark. These are easy to find at the flower market or in many shops and can quite simply be wired on to a mossed base. Do this first and then simply wire on a selection of different silver baubles too; a mix of matt, glossy and sparkly and then a simple silver bow at the top is just enough to finish of this design.

black and white monochrome wreath by Todich Floral Design

Purple power: Symbolising power, wealth and nobility, purple brings a luxurious feel to flower arrangements and the bountiful hydrangea, available in a range of colours from light lilac to deeper hues provides the perfect base for a wreath. Add in some roses and black-centred anemones and you really need little more in order to create quite a spectacular, eye-catching design.

A wreath full of baubles: OK, so baubles are pretty traditional, but an entire wreath made just from these gives a different twist. And the best thing about this one is the possibilities are endless! You can choose from thousands of different colours and styles, whether you want to create something shiny and bright or in more muted, understated tones.

Black and white: Nothing quite makes a statement like black and white and this design, created for one of our corporate clients, was made by glueing sprayed pine cones and baubles on to a dry oasis base. Finished off with a luxurious black satin ribbon wrapped several times around the top quarter and then trailed elegantly through and down the back, it certainly made an impact!

Todich Floral Design specialises in creating bespoke designs for corporate flowers, event flowers and flowers for hotels, restaurants and bars. Contact us today for a free consultation.

A Blooming Success at the National Wedding Show

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

This year Todich Floral Design was lucky enough to be part of London’s National Wedding Show. Held in Earl’s court, the annual event takes place over one weekend during the autumn season.

WP_20130927_035The show ran from 27th-29th September and was set to be ‘the UK’s largest wedding show’ of all time.  The venue was filled with over a 250 wedding specialists who ranged from London wedding flowers, photography, wedding dresses, stationary, jewellery, cakes, shoes, music, hen parties and men’s wear.

This year it was vital for our florists to design a beautiful and mesmerising stand that would be eye-catching and impress the brides.  Having secured a stand at the front of the exhibition hall, Todich Floral Design wanted brides to be wowed over with the display.

Keen to stand out from the crowd, the floristry team worked together in planning a stunning display that has never been seen before. Head London florist Kalina Lokinska wanted to ensure that the flowers were stylish, affordable and in line with current trends.

Our florists decided to theme the stand around our recently bought French antique mannequin. We would create a wedding dress made entirely with wedding flowers which are easily availble during the autumn season.

One day before the wedding show, our florists shaped a wire mesh around the waist of the mannequin. The mesh was made with chicken wire and formed the base shape of the London wedding dress. Next, English moss was hand-woven into the design which was then followed with preserved oak leaves

IMG_7318The wedding dress was then decorated with white gypsophila wedding flowers and white phalaenopsis orchids which draped beautifully around the display.

The floristry team then designed a wedding bouquet to suit the autumn season. The bridal bouquet was a simple design that included orange and cream roses with a cream ribbon and pretty pearl pins. We designed an urn with orange and cream roses which was placed in the corner of the exhibition stand. The flower arrangement stood on a white surrounded by autumnal coloured wallpaper.

The overall design was eye-catching, modern and unique to any other florist. The flower dress drew a vast amount of attention from the media and brides, and many couples came over to the stand to compliment the design. The wedding show was an incredibly busy weekend which was enjoyed immensely by the floral team.

Todich Floral Design will be exhibiting at the Grand Olympia, London on the 21st-23rd February 2014. Keep a look at our Facebook and twitter accounts for further updates on flower designs.

A New Flower Vase for a Royal Baby Boy!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The Todich Floral Design florist team have been looking forward to the arrival of the new Royal heir to the throne. The Todich team had planned for weeks to design a mesmerising flower bouquet which welcomes the new royal baby.

Royal Highness_resizeCatherine Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) fell into labour in the early hours of July 23rd, she was taken to St Mary’s hospital where she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy of whom her and Prince William have called him George Alexander Louis. The future king weighed a healthy 8lb 6oz

The floristry team at Todich Floral Design designed the bouquet in hues of soft blues and whites. The arrangement included hydrangeas, delphiniums, eryngium, roses, bovardia and veronica. The flowers complimented each other beautifully and would make an ideal floral decoration to make a home seem like a palace.

‘The flower vase would make a great table arrangement for any home or office, says florist Kalina Lokinska. ‘Customers are welcome for the Todich team to make the design for any wedding or event, simply call 02077371166 and quote ‘Royal Highness’ to our friendly consultants.

Cottage Kitchen Garden at the French Brasserie

Monday, July 8th, 2013

1So for our next installation at the French Brasserie we, as usual! had so many ideas and we really wanted this one to shout ‘summer’! We wanted to create a fresh and relaxing feel – and what with the hot weather and busy location of Mayfair, we thought that what the Brasserie really needed was some tranquillity.

The team discussed lots of interesting and diverse ideas, which always starts with a brainstorm and looking at lots of lovely images; we eventually decided to install a Cottage Kitchen Garden in the window!

Gardens can incorporate such a variety of flowers, fruit, and vegetables that we really needed to research which would work best in the window so as to narrow our selection down and give the desired effect.   

3For the vegetables we chose beautiful vine tomatoes, capsicum peppers, and red chilli plants.  The team had been out collecting lots of quirky items to display the plants in which resulted in the chillies being planted in large logs which had been carved out – the effect was stunning with the vibrant colours of the chillies really popping against the dark wood -, and the tomatoes and peppers in French wooden crates – which are a great idea for your own gardens; if you are short on space have a go!

The central focus of the window display were wild strawberries, which we grew up garden canes in the preceding weeks, and again planted in a shallow crate; and another interesting prop that we found was a very old children’s wheelbarrow which we filled with2 stunning foxgloves – which are perfect for a pretty summery vibe with their striking white heads decorated with little spots of purple – and herbs; we wanted to create the effect of them just having been thrown into the basket! An old French chair was placed at one end of the design with a sunhat placed jauntily atop , and a wooden trug filled with gardening gloves and pots at the other –  carrying on the idea that the garden was very much in use!

Our final idea was to create the effect of a real lawn in the window, so we mossed the entire window sill, which was the finishing touch to our beautiful Cottage Kitchen Garden!

 

A Neutral Wedding – Whites & Greens

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

 

 The design team worked with a very organised bride who started planning her flowers a year prior to her wedding.   This was fantastic for the team, it meant we had time to plan the flowers and that there was an ongoing dialogue with the bride throughout the process.

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We like to start the design process with an initial conultation when a member of the design team can meet the bride and sometimes the groom to discuss ideas.  We like to get to know each bride, this really helps us to decide on the style and feel of the wedding and to make sure the flowers work for each individual.  We discussed the flower ideas to the bride and she wanted a very fresh feel to her designs.  The team suggested cream roses for a classic element and to introduce freshness, by adding vibernum and seasonal foliage.  The bride was wearing a very simple classic dress which was thankfully light on embelishment 8_resizedetails. so we suggested a shower bouquet, these are very much back in fashion, but it is important it works with the design of your chosen dress and we felt this design would suit her perfectly.

The ceremony was to be held in Trinity House which is a beautiful venue that overlooks the Tower of London and the River Thames.  The bride decided on two simple vase displays which fitted with the bridal flowers of cream roses and vibernum, these were placed on the cermony table.

The reception was a restaurant called The Distillers, in Smithfield Market, when we visited the venue we noticed the galleried staircase and felt this could be the central feature for the designs.  The team suggested using cream fabric and ivy which was draped along the staircase to give a soft, romantic feel when the guests and bridal party arrived.  The tables were dressed with simple posy arrangements of cream roses, vibernum and seasonal foliage.  The bride had also collected a selection of props which included, white laterns which we dressed with ivy and these were lit in the evening with tealights.  All very romantic ….

 

 

Brides Comment

''Hi Laura and Carol

Just to say a massive thank you so much for our wedding flowers.

They were amazing and are more beautiful than we imagined and we had so many lovely comments on them. The fabric looked so lovely at the reception venue – it looked so much better than I thought it would.

Our house is now full of the table arrangements and my bouquet has been taken off to get preserved as I want to be able to capture the beauty of them forever.

The level of service we received from you both has been outstanding and we are happy to recommend you to people in the future.

I will post you a proper thank you card and a couple of pics from the day soon !

Brigitte and Daniel ''

xxx

Ooh La la – Summer Colours at the French Brassiere

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The designers who work on the London French brassiere have been very focused on using lush greens which have included lots of seasonal herbs and other lovely plants for the last three designs.  The design team felt this time they needed ‘colour’, to fit with the lovely warm weather that England is having at the moment.  Finger’s crossed it lasts!

We looked at different options and we always like to include some height in the window so you get both impact from inside and create interest from outside of the restaurant.  There were many options and different designs discussed within the team but we finally decided to look for an old ladder which would fit with the rustic theme.  We have a wide range of props which we hire out for wedding and events and we feel it is really important, to use interesting items alongside the flower designs.

The team worked on a range of ideas and finally decided on ‘Ladders and Baskets’.  To create an impact we decided to use seasonal hydrangeas of all different colours placed in different sized baskets.  We felt this would give ‘wow’ factor as soon as guests entered the restaurant. The ladder was also styled with natural looking containers filled with seasonal plants that finished off the design; we also included jasmine which hanged down from the top of the ladder.

We installed the design at the beginning of June and will continue to change the theme; we will keep you updated for the next month.  We are already planning July and have some amazing ideas!!

May Wedding – Wild Flower Birdcages

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The design team at Todich Floral Design worked on a lovely wedding over the May Bank Holiday weekend. It was held at the beautiful Kew Gardens in West London; and after a number of consultations to establish the design brief from the bride, the final theme that was chosen was ‘Secret Garden’

The bride wanted her centre pieces to have a very natural feel and we wanted a design which would work with the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens.  The team proposed the idea of using birdcages filled with seasonal flowers and foliage.  We used beautiful white peonies, blue nigella, white freesia and cornflowers, which fitted with the bridal flowers which were white with a hint of blue.

On the day, the team styled the event by adding more trailing ivy and jasmine to the designs once they were placed onto the tables.  Tealight holders were placed around the birdcages to create a romantic effect.  The styling at the venue is very important and we provide a full service with a very experienced team.

We also created a ‘Secret Garden’ theme within a large fishbowl, which was magical with the flowers all covered with berried ivy and jasmine:  To finish the effect we placed storm lanterns alongside the outside of the conservatory which were lit when it got dark.

If you require a quote for a wedding, or would like to meet with one of our consultants for a free consultants then please email us on  weddings@todichfloraldesign.co.uk, or call 02077371166.