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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.

Bride with purple bouquet

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.

Amaryllis Christmas flowers; much more than just a pot plant

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum to quote their correct name, are very popular Christmas gifts in the UK. Event florist Todich Floral Design sends many of these Christmas flowers to clients in London at this time of the year.

With their tall height, thick, straight stems and multiple, lily-like flower heads, they are instantly eye-catching in their own right as Christmas floral decorations and are most often sold as simple potted plants. But they also look wonderful in a range of different floral designs.

A bulbous plant, hippeastrum usually first appear in UK shops, florists and flower markets around September and are mostly bought and sold in pots as they grow and flower well indoors. They are available in a variety of colours well in to March as a cut flower and if bought in bulb form normally take about six to eight weeks to appear.

At London florist Todich Floral Design, we often use Amaryllis in our corporate flowers and wedding flowers throughout the winter months, as well as in Christmas flower arrangements

So if you, like us, love this flower and fancy having a go at creating your own alternative Christmas floral displays with them at home, below are some ideas for festive designs we love.

Christmas Amaryllis design1. Take a rustic enamelled jug and simply add a couple of amaryllis stems, some sprigs of holly and pine. Tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jug, stand it on a tray and adorn with some festive Christmas baubles

2. Pot two stems of white amaryllis in a large silver tin bucket and top with pine cones and moss. Stand on a matching silver tray scattered with more pine cones and wooden stars

3. Create a wild winter centrepiece by taking a small table urn and filling with floral foam, then adding an assortment of peach amaryllis, red and gold cympidium orchids, peach roses, ranunculus, berried ivy and flowering eucalptus. Keep the outline assymetric for that ‘just thrown together’ look

4. Pot some bright red and white striped amaryllis in a mini wicker hamper, top with moss and scatter pine cones around the base for an English country garden style Christmas centrepiece or windowsill display

5. (Pictured above) Take a white glass cube vase and fill with floral foam. Add tall twigs sprayed sparkly white, then some shorter stems of pine as a filler around the base. Cut five to seven stems of red and white amaryllis at varying heights and you have a bright, tall and modern display

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species of bulbous plants in the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, from Argentina, north up through Mexico and the Caribbean. Ideally you should have planted them by now if you were hoping to appreciate their wonderfully striking blooms at your Christmas table, but the plus is that if you’ve missed this deadline, you can plant them in the New Year to enjoy them well in to Spring.

Todich Floral Design is a luxury London florist specialising in event flowers, including Christmas flowers delivery and Christmas decorations. The company also offers a competitively priced service for office flowers and contracts, including real Christmas tree delivery and decorated Christmas tree delivery within London and the UK. Contact Todich Floral Design today to arrange a meeting and 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.