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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.

Summer wedding flowers inspiration from Todich Floral Design

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Wedding floral inspiration for summer weddings by London bridal florist and floral stylist Todich Floral Design LTD. The most popular summer flowers for wedding bridal bouquets.

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Summer is the most popular time of year to get married in the UK, which is hardly surprising. Not only is it normally the warmest time of year, but the arrival of summer heralds the arrival of many beautiful flowers too, such as peonies, hydrangea, delphiniums and sweet peas, all of which make wonderfully romantic summer wedding flowers. So if you’re getting married in summer, but not quite sure sure where to start in terms of flowers, wedding florist Todich Floral Design is here to help. We have a number of summer wedding flower ideas to kick start your inspiration for your wedding day.

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Summer wedding flowers in season

Summer brings with it lots of beautiful, delicate flowers in dreamily soft, feminine pastel hues; ideal for brides that want an English country garden or vintage wedding theme. Below is a list to help you plan your summer wedding flowers.

Flowers available for summer bridal bouquets, flower arrangements, wedding buttonholes and corsages include: Aster (daisy-like flowers on upright stems), Alchemilla (a common garden flower with tiny yellow and green flowers), Carnations (long lasting and can be used on their own, in pomanders), Cornflower (a strikingly beautiful blue flower), Chrysanthemums (bigger flowers, with large petals), Dahlias (dramatic-looking flowers with a round shape), Delphinium (tall flowers), Gypsophila (very small white flowers), Hydrangea (a flower with an enormous head and often used for purple summer wedding flowers), Lavendar (a lilac flower with a fabulous aroma), Nerine (clusters of delicate flowers), Nigella (gentle, papery flowers; also referred to as ‘love in the mist’), Peonies (big, soft, papery  flowers), Phlox (a favourite country garden flower), Roses (a classic flower available all year round and in numerous colours), Sweet Peas (short-lived flowers with beautiful colours and a gorgeous fragrance), and Zinnias (similar to Dahlias).

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A simple image search online will show you what these seasonal wedding flowers look like and provide plenty of inspiration for different styles of wedding bouquets and wedding reception flowers. If you’re having bridesmaids at your wedding, you will probably want flowers for them too. Traditionally, bridesmaid bouquets are similar to the bride’s bouquet, in slightly smaller versions. However, they don’t necessarily need to be the same shape.

You can pick and choose from a number of different shapes for your summer wedding bouquet including the classical, neat, round posy bouquet, a cascading or teardrop bouquet, an oval bouquet, a heart-shaped flower bouquet, a loose, natural hand-tied, or for younger bridesmaids, pomanders, baskets, wands or mini hand-tied designs. Pretty, loose petals also make a lovely addition to summer weddings, and can be provided in baskets for younger bridesmaids to scatter down the aisle as they walk.

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Roses, dahlias, hydrangea and peonies are particularly popular for summer wedding bouquets. These full, blowsy flowers all make excellent leading ladies in summer wedding flowers and arrangements. Smaller, delicate flowers like aster, lisianthus, cornflower, nigella and phlox make lovely additions, as do sweetly scented freesia and sweet peas. Gypsophila, or baby’s breath, which features tiny clusters of pin-sized white flowers has also seen something of a resurgence and is often now used alone to create romantic, white wispy clouds of flowers. Carnations and chrysanthemums also often get a bad press, but they come in a huge choice of colours and shapes, some really pretty varieties and make great, cost-effective secondary flowers to help fill out designs. A good florist will discuss wedding flowers prices with you and help you make the most of your budget, so be sure to provide an indication of this when you start discussing ideas.

Summer weddings by Todich Floral Design

Whether you have an idea in mind of what you want for your bridal flowers and wedding reception displays, or need some assistance with ideas for your summer wedding, our team of expert florists at

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wedding and event florist Todich Floral Design can help. We can cater for all your flower needs on your big day, from the bride’s bouquet and bridesmaid’s flowers to buttonholes and corsages, plus table decorations and custom-made wedding decorations, such as floral arches, pedestals, garlands, swags or mantelpiece designs.

Our dedicated staff members have many years’ experience in all sorts of venue as wedding florists in London, and bring with them a wealth of knowledge. We will be there every step of the way to advise on your wedding flowers cost and create flower arrangements within your budget that will complement your outfits, colour scheme, personality and style.

Todich Floral Design has a reputation for offering first-class customer service, and our flower displays and floral arrangements are always unique. To discuss your wedding flowers or book a FREE consultation at a venue of your choice,

contact us todayAlternatively, browse and order bridal flowers online and book a flower delivery to anywhere in London or the UK using our free wedding flowers budget planner.

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Bride Flowers

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Todich Floral Design is a wedding florist in London that offers Bridal Bouquets in a variety of shapes & Styles – It’s the magic and romance of weddings that make the spring and summer seasons a special time of year. Planning a London wedding can be a daunting but exciting process, it is always advisable to start researching and planning early so to not get too over-whelmed and stressed for the big day.

34The bridal flower bouquet is one of the most important elements of a UK wedding day. There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing the right wedding flowers. Seasons are the first aspect to look into, it is recommended to discover which blooms will be in season at certain times of the year, for example; Tulips are available in winter , Peonies are available in spring, Hydrangeas are available in summer and sunflower are available in autumn,

If you are looking for wedding flowers in London then London florist Todich Floral Design offers an award winning service like no other.  Established in 2001; the company specialises in all aspect of providing bespoke wedding flower arrangements. The florist designs bridal bouquets, bridesmaids flower bouquets, wedding buttonholes, flower corsages, wedding candelabras, wedding reception flowers and church wedding flowers.

46_resizeThe wedding consultants will help guide you through every step until the day of your wedding, they will help you choose your wedding bouquets, London and our skilful team will even help advice suitable wedding flowers with taking into consideration the colour scheme, wedding theme, seasonality and budget. Todich Floral Design offer free personal consultations to all London brides getting married in London.

Todich Floral Design offers a timed flower delivery service to all London weddings; we deliver the wedding flowers on the morning of your special day and will even install the large flower displays free of charge! We at Todich Floral Design even go that one step further and provide a wedding flowers collection service and the end of the ceremony.

Our online portfolio is regularly updated with our latest bridal wedding flowers, take a look at our Facebook and twitter page for new blogs and wedding photo albumsContact us for flowers delivered in London, by calling 02077371166 or by emailing weddings@todichfloraldesign.co.uk.

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

A Vintage Pink Wedding with an Industrial Twist

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

At last the day has come! At Todich we can work with a bride for sometimes over a year to ensure her flowers are perfect for the wedding day. The Head Designer, Laura Fisher worked with a lovely bride who was looking to incorporate her favourite flower, ‘Memory Lane’ roses.

IMG_0417_resizeAt the initial consultation which is always about ‘fact finding’ and really understanding the brides likes and dislikes. The team talked to the bride about her dress, which was going to be halter necked with some beading. If the dress has a lot of detail, we tend to advise the bride to go for a more simple domed design rather than a more elabrote shower design. It is important the flowers compliment the dress rather than being the dominating factor. We decided on a domed shaped bouquet which would focus on the ‘Memory Lane’ roses as the main flower with accents of whites from seasonal flowers. The bride was keen to have ribbon which fitted with the ivory of her dress and delicate pearl pins.

IMG_0426_resizeThe bridesmaids wore beautiful pink long dresses and the team suggested using the same dusty pink rose for the bouquets, but this time bringing in accents of pinks with delicate seasonal flowers. These designs would be tied with pink ribbon to match the dresses. The little flowers girls who were ten and four would have the same designs but on a smaller scale. Another option which we discussed for the flower girls was to have a more relaxed posy style, which is less sophisticated and has a more relaxed feel, but the bride finally decided on the dome style to match the other designs.

IMG_0476_resizeThe church was very large and we finally decided on pew ends which would be small posies of seasonal flowers finished with elegant satin ribbon, which would hang down from the flowers. Alter arrangements were also included to create impact at the front of the church.

The reception was at Rum and Sugar, a beautiful room in Museum of London; the room had a industrial feel with exposed brick and industrial looking pipe work. The bride wanted a relaxed and fun feel to her table arrangements and after discussing this with the team, they came up with the perfect solution. It was felt glass vases would be too formal and Head Designer, Laura Fisher suggested using galvanised containers which would work really well with the soft pink of the roses. To add some softness to the containers, the team suggested bringing in the ivory satin ribbon which matched the bride’s dress, this was tied around the top of the container.

 

Brides Comments

'I have wanted to email you to say thank you for making the flowers at my wedding so perfect! I was overwhelmed with how they looked when I saw them on the day, they were exactly how I hoped they would be (actually better) – the colours looked completely perfect, as you said they would. It made me so happy on the day looking at them all the time, whether that be my bouquet, the buttonholes, the pew ends, or the table arrangements – they were just beautiful. I am so glad that we went with Todich Floral Design to do our flowers, as you translated my colour scheme and rough theme into the most beautiful flowers that really complemented the whole day – THANK YOU!!!'

The Painted Hall – June Wedding 2012

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012


 

 

 

 

 

The floristry wedding season runs from as early as March all the way to September, the busiest months being, May, June and July, We have had many brides come forward to us over the years to design their flowers and this year was no exception.
This season we were contacted by a bride who asked us to design the flowers for her wedding day, her wedding was held at ‘The Painted Hall’ in ‘The Royal Navy College’ Greenwich. A popular venue which we have recently decorated for a wedding in May 2012, we were looking forward to creating completely different designs that were unique and fitting to this bride’s style.

The painted hall is often described as the ‘Finest Dining Hall in Europe’ it is a grand room with beautiful architecture and interior, The venues purpose was originally built for prestigious
dining, and formal occasions such as weddings and events, and this is exactly how the venue is used today.

Our head consultants and florists were aware of the colours and lighting of this spectacular venue and were able to easily consult the bride as to what flowers arrangements would be perfect to suit her wedding in the venue.

This brides wedding was to a much smaller scale to the previous wedding this year, instead of the grand scale wedding that filled the whole venue, This particular wedding hired a dining area set up at the front of the hall which looked upon the surroundings and looked quaint and was a perfect size for a small wedding.

The bride’s favourite flowers were roses and she requested that these were to be incorporated into the floral designs. Her bridal bouquet was in the design of a posy and was a mix of pure white roses, calla lilies and freesias, this simple all white bouquet was then finished with white satin ribbon and decorative pins. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were created with the same flowers but of a smaller version of the bridal bouquet.

Simple, stylish and chic were the main key words to this wedding, the grooms and guests buttonholes were in keeping with the style and the theme of the wedding, they each had a white that was mixed with a small amount of decorative foliage.

The top table arrangement was the key floral feature of the painted hall, the calla lilies and roses were designed to be in the style of a breath taking flower waterfall.  The flower stems beautifully flowed down the front of the table and was very eye catching, the arrangement was mixed with palm leaves and other glossy foliage. The idea for this arrangement came from a picture from a magazine cut out that the bride bought to us during her consultations.
The venue contained 1 large top table and 4 smaller long tables, The bride and groom requested that we create 8 arrangements to complete the look of the venue, Our florists made 2 vase arrangements filled with white hydrangeas, gerberas, lilies and peonies, and 6 small arrangement filled with the same flowers, the arrangements looked classy and chic for the wedding.

Finally the couple requested 4 very large pedestals to help complete the look of the room and to also have the wow factor when entering the wedding venue. We created 2 large and 2 very large designs which matched the colours and
flowers of the other arrangements and look stunning when stood at the entrance and at the top table.

The flower arrangements created for this wedding were simple and stylish, all white flowers gave a traditional and pure look which tied in with the colours and themes of the wedding. The bride and groom were very pleased with the final look and we were thrilled to design the flowers for a beautiful wedding.

If you would like us to provide flowers for yourself or an upcoming wedding then please do not hesitate to get in touch, we would be happy to book a consultation with you and talk you through any ideas that you have in mind.

Simply give us a call on 02077371166 and we would be happy to help.

Todich Floral Design

 

The Brides Comments

‘Hi Todich and Iwona.

Just a quick post to say thanks for the lovely wedding flowers arrangements. All the flowers were gorgeous and complimented the day spectacularly and add to my fond memories of the day. Best of luck for the future :)’