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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.

Warm winter wedding flowers

Monday, February 10th, 2014

If you’re having a winter wedding in January or February this doesn’t mean you have to go with a typically wintery white colour scheme for your wedding flowers. This London bride who got married last January chose a gorgeous combination of warm, burnt-orange coffee break roses for her bridal bouquet, combined with paler peaches and creams along with splashes of dusty grey amnesia and touches of pearls to create a cosy, vintage feel.

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Roses are a firm favourite for romantic wedding flowers and for creating soft, feminine, country garden and vintage style wedding bouquets. Along with peonies, they are one of the most frequently requested wedding flowers at London florist Todich Floral Design, and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only do they come in a huge variety of colours and shapes, they are very versatile and work well with most other flowers too. From wild looking garden roses and delicate spray varieties in sweet pastel hues, to bright oranges, reds and pinks, and the classic white avalanche, roses are perfect for a variety of wedding flower styles and colour schemes.

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We love how the bright orange of the coffee break roses in this bride’s bouquet was complemented and toned down with the gentler peaches and creams and how the dusty amnesia added a nostalgic vibe. A delicate string of pearls was added and trailed around for a touch of elegance and to create a vintage style.

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The wedding buttonholes and corsages complemented the bridal bouquet by picking up the hints of peach and pearl decorations, with ladies’ corsages featuring a pearl covered stem and mens buttonholes, an elegant pearl pin.

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Wedding reception flowers were kept simple and sophisticated, with posies of perfectly domed hand-tied roses set in classic shaped fishbowl and glass cube vases.

These were in keeping with bride’s dress and overall theme for the day which was very feminine and classically chic.

Whatever style of wedding you're planning, whether its modern, retro, quirky, rustic or completely unique, Todich Floral Design can help you create the perfect weddding flowers to complement your special day. Contact our weddings team now to discuss your ideas or request a quote.

Spring Wedding Flower Ideas for 2014

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

At Todich Floral Design we love working on spring wedding flowers in London. Spring is a lovely time of year to get married as it typically symbolises rebirth, life, growth and purity as trees, plants and flowers start coming back to life following the cold winter months. We have a huge number of spring wedding flower ideas for 2014. From beautiful wedding bridal bouquets with flowers that have really striking attributes and shapes, to bridesmaids flowers in a huge variety of colours that will perfectly complement their dress. Whatever your style or colour scheme, we can offer expert advice on the perfect wedding flowers for your big day.

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There are a number of early spring wedding flowers to choose from in varying colours and shapes. So if you want to start getting an idea of what spring wedding flowers are in season and what you like, we highly recommend checking out some from the following list:

Agapanthus (a large, striking flower, also known as the African Lily), Anemones (delicate flowers which come in various colours), Bouvardia (which can have either singular or double star-like blooms which open from tube-like necks), Calla Lilies (pictured here and a popular choice for spring wedding flowers), Cornflowers (also known as Centaurea Cyanus and available in a bright blue, or hot pink) Delphiniums (which have tall stems with multiple delicate flower heads), Gloriosa (a type of lily which is a dramatic yellow and dark pink), Hyacinths (wonderfully scented and available in a number of colours), Iris (which have long, straight flowering stems), Lilies (large prominent flowers with a beautiful fragrance), Lily of the Valley (gorgeous tiny bell-like flowers), Narcissus (daffodils), Orchids (which can have up to 12 flowers on one stem), Sunflowers (large, cheerful yellow flowers), Sweet Peas (which have a wonderful selection of colours and scents) and Tulips (a popular spring flower available in a number of colours).

No matter what your taste or style, spring brides are spoilt for choice, whether you’re after lots of bright splashes of colour or pretty pastel hues.

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Our team of expert designers specialise in working with brides to help them create their perfect wedding bouquet and can offer plenty of tips and advice on spring wedding flower ideas. Our florists bring with them a wealth of experience and can provide guidance on bridal bouquet designs and wedding flowers that will complement the dress, theme, colour scheme, personality and style of the couple and their wedding.

Spring wedding colours and spring wedding ideas can range from pretty pastels to bright constrasting hues and nice designs can include touches of blossom, tulips, and other sweetly fragranced seasonal blooms, as well as flowering bulbs in pots. For ceremonies and receptions that may be held in full or part outside, the addition of a lovely floral arch is a nice touch for spring too, or perhaps flowers, fairylights or hanging pomanders to decorate bushes or trees in gardens or grounds.

Bridesmaid flowers and spring flowers for wedding centrepieces

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bridesmaid bouquet will usually mirror and complement the bride’s flowers, but they don’t need to match exactly. Bridesmaids’ flowers can come in a variety of styles and shapes, from a traditional round posy, cascading bouquets, teardrop bouquets, heart-shaped flower bouquets, oval bouquets, loose round hand-tieds or even custom designs. Our dedicated florists are there every step of the way to help with flower ideas for a spring wedding and to ensure all the designs complement each other perfectly.

In terms of additional wedding flower designs, such as entrance displays and wedding centrepieces, larger flowers and foliage (as pictured) are sometimes used here to help build size, form interesting outlines and shapes, and provide added impact to wow guests. This is where tall stems of blossom could be

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With Todich Floral Design, which specialises in wedding flowers and bridal bouquets for London and the surrounding area, clients receive a complimentary consultation at a location of their choice, expert advice, bespoke designs, a wide selection of decorations, props and containers to choose from and the best wedding flower delivery in London and UK delivery throughout the week and weekend. We can take care of everything for you; so book your FREE consultation, sit back and relax.

Todich Floral Design wedding florist in London provide flowers for all seasons and types of event, from winter wedding flowers and Christmas decorations for offices and hotels, to private summer parties, baby showers and corporate events. To find out more, simply call Todich Floral Design on 020 7737 1166 where one of our friendly florists will be on hand to help.

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.

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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.