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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.

Spring Wedding Flowers and Colours

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Most people will tell you that summer is their favourite season. But here at bridal florist Todich Floral Design, we'd stand to argue that fact, especially when it comes to weddings. 

Rose wedding boquets. Wedding flowers London, 2014.

Spring can be one of the best seasons to have a wedding for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the flowers. This is the season for bright, cheerful wedding flowers. Tulips, daffodils and other beauties are at their prime during spring and you can be sure that you will get these flowers fresh and at a reasonable price.

Tulip wedding bouquets

Tulips, for example, come in such a variety of colours that you will be sure to find the shade you are looking for, or if you are looking to go multicolour, with this wedding flower you will get a palette as wide as you can imagine. One tulip shade that is really pretty is a light dusty purple. This is a shade that will work magnificently on its own. Or you can combine it with bright yellow flowers for a wedding to make a brighter impact.

Wedding flowers London. Bridal rose wedding bouquet

This is a shade that will work magnificently on its own. Or you can combine it with bright yellow flowers for a wedding to make a brighter impact. If your wedding is going to be more toned down, refined elegance, then intersperse the light purple wedding flowers with deep egglplant coloured ones.

Rose bridal bouquets

Of course, roses are one of the main flowers symbolic of love and give you a whole palette of colours to work with. One really great spring wedding flower idea is the combination of orange, white and yellow roses, with the bridesmaids wearing pale violet dresses. The contrast and the perfect spring palette of this combination really catch the eye.

Using daffodils as spring wedding flowers

Fresh daffodils are hard to get in any other season, so if you are fan of this wedding flower, or the colour yellow, a spring wedding is the perfect opportunity to take full advantage of it. One lovely idea is to use monochromatic daffodil bouquets, with bridesmaids wearing different shades of the spring palette. This combination looks best with pale coloured dresses and bright bridal flowers, as if the dresses and the flowers are bright it can be a bit too much.

Daffodils do not only come in yellow but white as well. There is a light airiness to a bouquet of delicate paperwhites, which cannot be compared to any other flower. Bunched together this flower looks like a collection of pretty little white stars and will look very up-to-date and fresh at a spring wedding. Plus they smell wonderful too!

Spring wedding props

The one tricky part of weddings in the spring is that the weather is not quite as predictable. So you always want to have some kind of rain-proof solution, in case the weather turns on you. One lovely outdoor wedding solution is to have colourful umbrellas hanging over the seating area. If you have an indoor venue, umbrellas can be given away as gifts, and in the UK you can be sure your guests will make use of these even after the wedding has passed.

It’s not only flowers in London that bloom in spring but love as well, so if you have always wanted to have a spring wedding, we say don’t hesitate!

Fresh ideas for wedding flowers themes

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

At Todich Floral Design we love keeping up to date with what’s popular in the wedding industry and with new wedding flowers trends. Of course there will always be some themes, such as all white and feminine, pastel hues that are timeless and that we’ll continue to see year after year. But the great thing about weddings is that each bride can create her own unique twist and make it her own.

As a London wedding florist, Todich Floral Design gets to meet lots of unique people from different backgrounds, so no two weddings are ever them same, which makes what we do really exciting. We are always coming up with new ideas, but equally we often get ideas from our brides too, so here we would like to share with you some fresh and fabulous wedding flowers ideas.

‘Pure & Simple’
If you are a fan of clean, straight lines as well as the colour white with just a pop of colour, then ‘pure and simple’ is most likely a theme you will love. Envision wedding reception flowers featuring luscious white cymbidium orchids overflowing from a decadent silver vase with a touch of yellow ranunculus and craspedia for the pop of colour, along with some pussy willow sticking up a bit taller at the top. This creates a crisp and utterly stunning design.

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‘Modern Vintage’
Vintage wedding flowers are enduringly popular, but modern takes on this should be more about pretty details and less chintz. Designs and colours are romantic, feminine and delicate. Imagine the colours to be ivory, pale pinks and light green. A vintage bridal bouquet would be filled with immaculate ivory and pink garden roses with a touch of Queen Anne’s lace and ivory and light green lisianthus draping from it along with dusty miller. If old school elegance and feminity is what you are after, then this is just the theme for you.

‘Garden Chic’
This is a really fun bridal flowers idea, because it incorporates lots of colours which can be based on the bride’s personal style and taste. Imagine walking through a garden and picking wildflowers; this is the exact feeling you want to create with garden chic themed bridal flowers. The garden chic wedding is fun, with bright with pinks, yellows, purples, and greens. Visualise mason jars filled with sunflowers, daisies, sweet peas, corn flowers, anemones, irises with alchemilla mollis everywhere. It is a whimsical mix of flowers that will bring a lovely fairytale feeling to your day.

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‘Blushing Bride’
This theme is for the complete ‘girly-girls’ out there who just love pink. Picture a full, round bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets with heaps of luscious pastel pink peonies and snowberries, plus subtle pops of darker pink roses, astilbe or waxflower to add some extra texture, drama and shape. Add fairylights, crystals and candles in to the wedding reception décor, and this pink paradise really comes to life.

‘Spring Green’
This wedding flowers theme is for all the nature lovers out there, with succulents, yellow tulips and green hydrangea it’s the perfect style for spring. You could also throw in some white flowers for the bridal bouquet. This would be ideal for an outdoor spring or summer wedding, or where the venue is airy and light. With clear vases on each table filled with floating candles…it can be any brides spring dream come true.

There is literally an endless list of themes that can be discussed and created, and Todich Floral Design wedding and events florist in London specialises in working individually with each bride to realise the dream flowers for her wedding day. With Todich Floral Design, brides can rest secure in the knowledge that their wedding flowers will be custom designed with the season, ambiance of the venue and her own personal style in mind.

Contact the team today to discuss your ideas or request a free quote.

Spring Colours for Spring Weddings

Monday, March 28th, 2011

spring-colours

 

Spring is a blast of colour the sun and warmth brings out the brightest in just about everything even the grass is a brighter shade of green. If you are holding a spring wedding take some of your inspiration from the outdoors, at this time of year you do not need to hold back on colour.

This year’s most popular colours for spring weddings may seem a little held-back but they are actually just the back-drop to some brighter tones.
Just about every shade of pink is popular. If you are using a brighter shade of pink then it can take on the main role in the decoration scheme. But if a light or dusty pink is being used then bright colours, or deep green foliage can be used to set a contrast.

In just about every aspect of fashion greys have been popular since last fall. It is almost safe to say that grey is the new black! And this is no different for spring trends. It is probably best to stick to lighter shades of grey if you really want to stay current. This is another shade that goes well with just about any bright colour. Try combining it with shades of red, yellow or orange, for a truly fashion conscious look. For something a little more refined, purple and grey, have a cool beauty.

Finally, my favourite, purple! The lighter shades of purple are the most popular this season, and this tone of purple is a great backdrop for other light colours. Light pink, blue or yellow combined with purple will really set the spring mood of the wedding.

Trends do not necessarily have to dictate your wedding decoration scheme, they can simply serve as a source of inspiration. Whatever your ideas and dreams might Todich Floral Design has a team of experts available, who will help you bring your wedding ideas to life!