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Alternative Wedding Flower Ideas for Summer

Friday, August 28th, 2015

It can be hard to choose the wedding style of your dreams: from the venue to the dress to the food and the flowers, there are so many wonderful things to choose from to make the day really special. And for the more alternative bride and groom, looking for something unique and maybe a little quirky, there are plenty of options. Why not choose a bright pink wedding dress, a venue on the beach, a bouquet of feathers or sparklers instead of confetti? Here is some fabulous inspiration for a truly unique wedding that will be remembered for years to come.

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Unusual Wedding Venues

A church ceremony, a stately home or a hotel – these are all traditional and favourite venues for weddings in the UK. But why not consider something different? After all, there’s only one day in your life to get married and if you’re looking for alternative ideas, the event promises to be truly memorable.

Make it a museum: there are many interesting museums in London and beyond that offer interesting wedding spaces for the special day. The Horniman Museum in South London offers a beautiful glass house for the occasion, while the Museum of Brands could make a perfect venue for a modern design-focused couple.

Quirky bars: perhaps it’s a place of special significance or perhaps it’s just the style that gets you: plenty of stylish bars and restaurants in London and other UK cities have wedding licences for an urban do.

History in the making: many historical buildings can make a special wedding venue, such as the Globe Theatre, Hampton Court Palace or Leeds Castle.

Natural settings: if the weather is benevolent, what could beat an English garden, forest or beach for a summer wedding spot? There are even caves that offer weddings in the UK, and of course plenty of city places – like Kew Gardens – can provide an outdoor option with indoor spaces if needed.

Unique Wedding Dress Ideas

Many women choose classic white, full length gowns for their special day, but there’s no need to go with the flow. Nowadays, anything goes – from bright coloured dresses to shorter looks.

Add some colour: symbolising purity, white has long been a popular option, but who’s to say you can’t choose your favourite colour? Blue, yellow or even red wedding gowns are all available – or go for dip-dyed, patterned or embroidered numbers.

Top of the crops: two piece numbers and cropped dresses with high waisted skirts are very fashionable at the moment – why not apply to wedding dresses? This look can be truly classy whilst also strikingly modern.

Try trousers: trousers don’t just have to be for the groom – there are many elegant styles to choose from the special day. Or even try a jump suit, playsuit – or go all out with shorts for a laid back summer wedding.

Glitter ball: metallic styles – such as those in gold and silver – add a true touch of glamour to the proceedings, whether as embellishment or all-over sparkle. This, after all, is the bride’s chance to really shine!

Alternative Wedding Bouquets

Flowers are a classic and beautiful choice for wedding bouquets, but for brides looking for something different there are plenty of options. Roses are more traditional wedding flowers but for summer there are lots of choices for bride and bridesmaids bouquets: such as peonies, sunflowers, wildflowers or sweet peas. More exotic choices could be anthuriums or orchids. For alternatives to flowers completely, here are some unique ideas:

Fabric flowers: silk or flowers made of another fabric mean the bride has an everlasting memento of the special day. They can be made to any specification and adorned with pearls, jewels or feathers if desired.

Paper flowers: some brides choose a single giant paper flower, and slightly smaller ones for the bridesmaids. Or the bride could hold a bouquet of paper flowers made of coloured paper, or even out of maps or book pages to create  more meaningful design.

Rustic realisations: wheat sheaves are lovely rustic ideas for an outdoor wedding, or choose herbs like lavender, sage and rosemary for a truly traditional (but unusual) option. Herbs were the original components of bouquets and said to ward off evil spirits.

Haberdashery: bouquets can really be made of anything that suits the personality of the bride – consider brooches, buttons or feathers to create colourful displays.

What to Throw Instead of Rice

There is a common misconception that throwing rice at weddings is bad for birds – this has been proven to be untrue. However, paper or plastic confetti certainly isn’t good for birds or the environment, and at the very least means lots of clearing up (many venues won’t allow it to be thrown) so here are some alternatives to throwing rice or confetti.

Bird seed: give your guests cute little printed packet of seed to throw for a nature-lovers weddings. The birds will do the job of clearing it up themselves!

Leaves: even more environmentally friendly, throwing leaves – especially autumnal ones in red and gold – will look beautiful as they flutter around the bride and groom.

Paper planes: a lovely symbol of the journey the couple are going on. Guests can make their own with different coloured paper and write on them a message for the bride and groom. Best to throw over them rather than at them though!

Sparklers: having guests wave sparklers will make truly stunning night-time photos, perfect for winter weddings but also lovely choices for the summer.

Bubbles: a whimsical idea ideal for summer weddings, especially if there’s a fairground theme for the occasion.

This special day is a chance for the bride and groom to really express their personalities, and these are only a few of the possible options for a couple looking for something a little bit different for that special day. Wedding flower ideas and venues abound online so you’re sure to find your perfect style.

How to do Summer Wedding Flowers on a Budget

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Just because the budget is tight, it doesn’t mean wedding flowers have to break the bank. There are plenty of options for couples looking to be cost-effective while still creating a beautiful, special day. There are many options to cut the wedding flower cost in the summer – with the opportunity to be married outdoors in a garden that may well have an abundance of flowers to brighten the day. In-season flowers are more affordable when looking for budget wedding flowers, or the wedding party could grow their own, opt for foliage arrangements or choose an alternative to flowers altogether. There’s no chance that wedding flowers on a budget can’t be as lovely and special as any others.


Go for green. As an alternative to a floral bridal bouquet, consider having a beautiful bouquet of foliage. This fresh look is subtle and elegant, a wonderful complement to a white dress and importantly is a more affordable option than traditional wedding flowers. Succulents are very fashionable and come in a range of textures, colours and shapes – many looking much like flowers themselves. They can make beautiful bride and bridesmaids flowers on their own or can be featured with other greenery or flowers. Ivy is ideal for winter weddings, while thistles and heather are perfect for Scottish occasions. Silvery eucalyptus or delicate, fringed ferns are another unique choice for a foliage focused arrangement.

Vegetables like artichokes and kale flowers are beautiful alternatives to flowers, very on-trend and perfect for summer wedding bouquets. Consider traditional fragrant herbs (thought to keep bad spirits away) like rosemary, sage and thyme for a simple bouquet – and these can be grown in anyone’s garden before the big day: another great way to save some pennies.

Instead of wedding flower decorations for the tables, consider creating rustic looks with moss, bark, pebbles and other findings from the forest. This is particularly good for an outdoor wedding. Of course, if the venue is a garden, field or woodland, nature provides the flowers and greenery itself! Herbs can be used again for table settings and tied to napkins and winding centrepieces can be made out of leaves and other foliage to drape across the centre of the table. Fern leaves can be displayed in mismatched glass vases to add interesting shapes and freshness to the design. Succulents are great additions to wedding flower table designs, or use potted ones as a wedding favour and place setting.

Grow your own. An alternative to buying flowers from wedding florists is to grow your own wedding flowers. As long as you get the timings right you can grow foliage and herbs for your bouquets and table displays, as well as flowers. English garden flowers like cornflowers, daisies, roses and foxgloves all bloom in summer and are perfect for creating rustic looks. It’s charming to know that the flowers have been grown by the wedding party, and adds a very personal touch to the proceedings! Some may wish to grow wedding flowers as their wedding gift. Pick flowers two days before the wedding, strip off any greenery below water level and place in water in a cool dark place to keep them fresh before the ceremony.

Flower alternatives. Instead of wedding flower bouquets, there are lots of floral alternatives that are more affordable, more unique and give the chance for the happy couple’s personalities to really shine. Large paper flowers are a striking choice – and the bridesmaids can all have different colours. Bridal wedding bouquets can be made of many different beautiful items including feathers (such as peacock or ostrich), gems and jewels, even something sweet like candy canes can be used (perfect for a fairground themed wedding!). Silk wedding flowers are another choice to go for – and these will last forever, creating wonderful memories of the special day.

Similarly, the ceremony and reception doesn’t have to be decorated with flowers. Fairy lights and bunting will look beautiful for both, and candles on tables can be a great alternative to flowers. These could be tea lights for a more rustic occasion, floating candles or elegant church candles displayed in lanterns. Branches decorated with jewels and lights are a great wedding flower alternative or go natural with natural made of wood, bark and moss. Alternatively, a sea theme could use gathered shells, pebbles and sand to create lovely decorations.

Choose cheaper flowers. Instead of expensive blooms like roses and peonies, go for none the less lovely wedding flowers like carnations, chyrsanthemums and gerbera daisies. Both of these flowers are available in a range of colours and can be made into delightful bouquets and table decorations on their own or with additional foliage. Baby’s breath is very affordable and very popular at the moment for brides flowers and wedding table displays. It’s romantic and a lovely neutral colour to suit all decors and themes. Growing your own flowers is another way to ensure summer flowers are in season, and also doesn’t cost the earth. It’s also important to ensure flowers are in season to create cheaper bouquets and arrangements that don’t have to be imported. Investigate which flowers are in season in the month of the wedding and ask your florist to create arrangements made of these.

Keep it simple. Single bloom bouquets and arrangements will always be more affordable than more complicate and elaborate looks. Many flowers look stunning on their own, and in single colours, such as roses, lilies and tulips. A bouquets of daises is perfect for a rustic, laid-back wedding (especially an outdoor do) while sunflowers are readily available in summertime and create glorious, colourful but inexpensive wedding bouquets and centrepieces. Even if the bride’s bouquet is more show-stopping, bridesmaids posies could be made up of just one of the flowers to create smaller, delicate designs. For a Scottish wedding, a spray of heather is traditional and charming while a bouquet of lavender is a lovely look for any wedding that looks to keep things simple, affordable and classic.

Go Pastel. Summer Wedding Bouquets

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Whether you’re after Boho Chic, a vintage affair, or a traditional garden theme for your wedding, the choice of summer flowers on offer, couldn’t be more exciting. Our seasonal flower guide is packed with plenty of floral inspiration, with wedding flower ideas to help you plan out beautiful wedding floral designs for your big day. Pastels are on trend this summer, elegant, rich in colour and purely whimsical, pastel coloured flowers add an element of enchantment to wedding flower arrangements. Summer is a popular time of year for weddings and if you’re planning a summer wedding, you’ll be excited to know there’s plenty of spectacular wedding flowers to choose from.


Flowers remain the number one way to decorate the wedding venues, their rich colours and heavenly scent instantly lift interiors, brightening and adding warmth to the surrounding space. Fresh flowers will completely transform and rejuvenate wedding receptions with exquisite wedding centrepieces to show stopping flower chandeliers. Some of our favourite summer flowers include pastel shades of Cafe au la Daliahs, Freesia, Clematis, Roses, Veronica, cow parsley and blushing bride Protea.

Whether you’re after pastels that wow, something simplistic and beautiful or looking for traditional classics, add a touch of summer to your special day with our beautiful range of designer bridal bouquets.

Boho Chic ~ The Boho Bride ~ Flower Crowns. Whether its a flower crown, a single flower or flower buds worked into loose plaited curls It’s no secret that, the ultimate Bohemian at heart, is the bride has flowers in her hair. What's great about this is that you can keep it subtle and elegant, incorporating cow parsley or lavender and foliage loosely together, or go bold with flowers such as peach peonies, pale yellow, soft pink or white roses, woven into a large crown with contrasting foliage or twigs.

Waterfall Bouquets. Perfect for continuing a Boho theme are cascading flowers, a big trend at the moment, cascading bridal bouquets are back with full force and become increasingly popular. From rustic arrangements of overflowing wildflowers to magnificent waterfall orchids and seasonal foliage, cascading bouquets work wonders, adding plenty of colour, texture, drama, glamour and romance to your wedding day.

Peony. A wedding bouquet of beautiful full pale pink peonies, white peonies, classic white roses and lashings of trailing lush summer foliage, adds drama, enchantment, sophistication and plenty of romance to bridal flowers.

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Roses. Wow with a bouquet of classic white roses, peach roses, white calla lilies, mixed orange and yellow calla lilies with trailing branches of delicate white Astilbe. Roses make great bridal wedding bouquets and add elegance and romance to arrangements. For bridesmaids bouquets, choose smaller quantities of the same flowers.

Daliahs. Dahlias are one of the most popular wedding flowers, a highlight of the summer garden, dahlias large bushy blooms begin to emerge from mid summer to autumn. Create exquisite bridal bouquets with a bouquet of large peach dahlias, pale pink roses, white roses and trailing branches of pale peach Astilbe.

Vintage Dreams. If its a retro vintage wedding theme you’re after, reach for an authentic feel with vintage flowers. For a blend of modern and vintage, opt for bridal wedding flowers which include, clematis, roses and lamb’s-ear foliage. Arrangements which generally include roses, clematis, and lush forest green foliage, add texture, working as the perfect balance, for a rustic, elegant feel to bridal wedding bouquets. For an added vintage feel adorn flower bouquets with crystals or pearls.

Rich sumptuous pastel shades of peonies, dahlias, roses, blossom and hydrangea look spectacular in coral, pale orange, pale yellow, soft pink or purple. Each work beautifully to form exquisite bridal bouquets, wedding centrepieces or table flowers housed in glass jam jars or vases. Ensure to add lashings of summer foliage for a wild vintage flair.

Succulence. For a bouquet with a difference, how about arrangements of blush roses, white peonies, pale pink peonies, white peonies, baby’s breath and succulents. Succulence is increasing in popularity, its thick, swollen stems, add texture and character to wedding flower arrangements.

Gypsophilia. Gypsophila also known as a lady’s breath has narrow green leaves with large clusters of beautiful white or pale pink double flowers which begin to blossom in summer. Gypsophila make beautiful wedding flowers as their delicate form add a soft vintage flair to bridal bouquets. Gypsophila look stunning on their own Handtied with silk ribbons, alternatively match with large pale orange roses, soft pink roses, pink dahlias and foliage.

Colour Celebration. For a splash of colour, mix vivid colours with pastel shades. An arrangements of bright pink and orange garden roses matched with pale orange dahlias, purple, lavender, wildflowers and lush foliage make an eye catching vintage bridal bouquet.

English Classics. If your looking to keep it traditonal and sophisticated, arrangements of classic white wedding flowers and pastel shades will do just that. Here are some ideas for traditional bridal bouquets.

White Wedding. Put a modern twist on the traditional bouquet with an arrangement of stunning white scented gardenias, delicate white Stephanotis, lilies of the valley, gages white roses and white peonies create a magnificent and truly elegant bridal. Variations of white flowers add a contemporary twist to a traditional classic.

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White Waterfall. If you're looking to create a statement, how about an all white waterfall bouquet? Create an exquisite all white cascade, made from polo roses, sweet peas, ranunculus and delicate small lilies of the valley for a spectacular all white affair.

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Pink Bouquet. A round bouquet made from large fragrant pink garden roses, volumes pale pink peonies accented with leaves make spectacular bridal wedding bouquets, complete the look with hand tied satin ribbon.

Rose Devine. Garden roses make exquisite classic bridal bouquets and add elegance and romance to any arrangement. Large garden roses arranged in an array of pastel shades, such as soft pink and white create the ultimate traditional bridal bouquet.

Floral Table Arrangements for Summer Events

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Summer is the season of warm evenings, golden light and an abundance of colourful blooms to choose for wedding flower decorations and to adorn private events. As well as weddings, there are garden parties, birthdays, baby showers and many other reasons to celebrate. Maybe even to just celebrate the sunny summer days! London florists have wonderful options for table displays this time of year – whether the occasion calls for a more natural, low-key look or glamorous arrangements. From garden flowers like delphiniums and cornflowers, to classic peonies and roses, there is an abundance of choice for floral table arrangements this time of year.


Rustic Garden Looks

Sweet Williams are delightful little flowers available in early summer. In colours of pink, purple, red and white, their frilled, velvety petals and green fronds make them perfect for creating rustic, garden looks for private events. These aren’t showy flowers, so rather than table centrepieces small bouquets could be dotted down a table in mismatched jars and bottles to act as adornments or place settings. These fragrant flowers also make lovely bridal wedding bouquets, so Sweet William table decorations for wedding flowers could be the perfect complement to the bride’s posy choice.

Cornflowers are also ideal for creating a rustic, pretty event flower look. Add them to a glass vase for a simple centrepiece at summer party, or decorate tables with small vases of these blue flowers. Dahlias, daisies and herbs like lavender can be used in similar ways. Cornflowers are also wonderful paired with long-stemmed larkspurs and delphiniums which can be used together to create harmonious displays of pinks, blues, purples and white – an ideal rustic event flower design centrepiece. Use a glass vase or a jug or even a watering can for a quirky look.

Don’t be afraid to create a party or wedding flower centrepiece that spills over the table to create a truly bountiful look. Add full, fragrant blooms like hydrangeas, geraniums and delphiniums to a pitcher or tureen at the centre of guests’ tables and dot smaller vases around the centrepiece for a full and colourful display. These flowers are available in many shades – from dark purples and pinks to pale greens, peach and white – so any look for the occasion can be created.

Glamour and Abundance

Summer is the time of year when wedding florists are called upon to create glamorous floral displays for the ceremony venue and wedding reception, including table flower arrangements. Rich, bright colours are the order of the day – with beautiful light in this warm season able to really showcase event floral design for guests to enjoy.

A silver tureen filled with candy-coloured flowers including roses, hyacinths and hydrangeas makes for a decadent floral centrepiece. Hydrangeas are a great choice for summer table decorations and add texture and fullness to bouquets. A bouquet of single coloured hydrangeas – say just white or pure pink – can create a truly elegant look for tables at events. Alternatively, incorporate other textures and colours by using flowers like roses, baby’s breath and peonies. Silvery eucalyptus leaves also work well in hydrangea arrangements, as do longer branches and twigs to create a textural feel.

Roses are perfect for weddings and any other special occasion. With their wide range of colours and shapes, these classic flowers can be used to create many different looks – whether incorporated into bouquets with other flowers or displayed on their own. Single roses in mini glass vases make great wedding flower decorations for guests’ tables and can be used as place settings. Choose colours that match the wedding party bouquets. For a soft, romantic look, choose paler shades of roses for wedding flower arrangements – like peach, mauve, white and dusty pink. When delicate foliage is added, these displays will add beauty and glamour to the proceedings in a subtle way.

Peonies are another flower available at this time of year and with their full shape and vibrant colours, another perfect choice for the glamorous look. Like roses, they range in colour from soft pinks to deep reds and can be used to create so many floral designs – from romantic, to high-end and casual. They work very well with roses and green embellishments. They can be added to table budvases too – and London florists can create these using many different flowers including orchids, roses and dahlias. These are perfect for restaurants but also work well at weddings and other private events where little details are very important.

Green Goddess

Summertime is of course a season of colour and flowers – but there are also plenty of green options to make beautiful table centrepieces. Bring the woodland to the table and use natural elements like fern, moss, branches and leaves to create centrepieces and decorations. Ornamental kale is also a great option for a quirky and on-trend look. Looking much like a flower and available in shades of green, purple and white, this is often a favourite for wedding flower bouquets and can also be incorporated into table displays at weddings and other private events. White kale flowers are paired with bright pink roses and greenery in a delightful basket arrangement that is perfect for garden parties on indoor dos with a rustic feel.

Incorporate natural elements like moss, bark, twigs and pebbles into table displays – especially for laid-back dos like garden parties or a woodland wedding. Ivy can be trailed down the centre of tables and even miniature trees can be displayed on tables for decoration. For a more exotic look, consider palm leaves either on their own or paired with blooms like orchids and bird-of-paradise flowers. Ever-popular succulents make lovely place settings and can also double as favours – whether in mini vases or as potted plants with name tags attached. With their soft shades of green, succulents also work well in floral displays using pastel shades of pink, purple and white. Take a look at more table centre flowers to be inspired for summer parties.

Urban Gardens: How to Create Green Indoor Spaces, Even in a City Flat?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Gardening is increasingly growing in popularity, and city dwellers are increasingly looking for their own green spaces. Being in nature is proven to reduce stress levels and raise mood, and having plants and flowers indoors has been shown to have a positive effect on well-being. While there are plenty of parks and woodlands in and around London and other UK cities, many people long to bring the freshness of the outdoors into their homes and there are lots of ways to do this. If you can’t afford a much sought-after allotment, it’s still possible to have indoor greenery and flowers to brighten a city home. Here are some ideas to bring the outdoors in and create green spaces even in a high rise flat.

Window boxes

Window boxes are the perfect way to create a mini urban garden – whether to create a beautiful floral look or herbs to use in cooking. Line your window box with black plastic liner to protect the box, and fill with potting mix rather than potting soil which is too heavy for a window box. The idea plants for window boxes are those that are fairly hardy and don’t mind changes in light and sunlight. Low maintenance plants are also ideal for those with busy lives and little time to spend tending to them. Salvias, ivy (which will create beautiful trailing leaves over the box) and succulents are all great choices.

Flowers are wonderful additions to window boxes – adding colour to your home and attracting butterflies and bees. Popular blooms are pansies, daffodils (for spring), cyclamen, heather and geraniums. Ornamental cabbages in shades of purple, white and green are also beautiful choices.

Herbs such as parsley, basil, rosemary and mint can be grown in window boxes or indoor containers and mean a constant supply of fresh herbs for your cooking. But bear in mind that different herbs have different needs and some are more difficult to grown than others: for example, basil needs lots of light so probably isn’t suitable for a shady spot.


Terrariums are glass containers of varying sizes that create unique atmospheres for growing plants. The glass allows heat and light and creates a humid environment with its own water cycle. Terrariums are the perfect way to create a miniature garden indoors and with the current trend for gardening, these are very trendy at the moment. As well as for the home, they can be the perfect way to add greenery to an office space or even a restaurant or hotel. Restaurant flowers can perfectly complement plants and terrariums to bring nature, colour and texture to create atmosphere and interest for guests.

There are plenty of places to buy ready-made terrariums, or ‘kits’ containing all the elements including the plants. They vary in size from tiny vessels featuring a single air plant to larger versions such as fish bowls, so are perfect for any space. Alternatively, there is the DIY option. Small vessels like jam jars or light bulbs mean you can create tiny terrariums perfect for small apartments or even for the office.

Ideal terrarium plants are those that love shade and humidity like ferns, starfish plants, moss, variegata, aquamarine and air plants. For dryer terrariums choose succulents or cactuses which are very low maintenance. The plants you choose to use will determine the base (for example sand, stones, charcoal or soil) as well as the type of vessel used, so be sure to do plenty of research before making your own.

Low-maintenance houseplants

Houseplants are the go-to option for those looking to add greenery into their homes or office. Having the signs of nature indoors lift mood and improves well-being as well as improving the look of an indoor space. There are plenty of low maintenance options for those with very busy lives and not-so green fingers too! Spider plants are a staple for offices and very undemanding. They don’t require much light and are very adaptable to different temperatures.

Succulents are very popular at the moment and are perfect for creating anything from window box displays, table centrepieces, added to outdoor pots on the balcony or porch or sitting in small pots in the window sill or kitchen table. Types of succulent include the green, round leaved jade plant; the colourful and rosette-shaped echeveria and the aloe plant.

Other low-maintenance plants include the snake plant which requires very little light (very good for offices!), the spiky leaved dracaena, ivy and bromeliad which produces a red flower. Large house plants like the dracaena can be used to create a true indoor garden look when you have these mini ‘trees’ to add greenery to the home. Offices can also be brightened by corporate flowers and plants.

Hanging gardens

There are lots of hanging plants to buy – from delicate little glasses to house air plants, to baskets for plants such as Boston ferns which freshen the air and add beautiful colour and texture. Up-cycle household waste and make planters out of wine bottles, jam jars, light bulbs – or even a birdcage! Hanging indoor plants are ideal for humid bathrooms (and add freshness and contrast to white bathroom decors) and the kitchen – adding a delightful rustic look.

Trailing plants like ivy are perfect for hanging planters, as is the beautiful senecio rowleyanus. Otherwise known as the string-of-pearls, this succulent prefers shade and will create cascading beads of greenery to brighten any home. Especially in summer, these plants add brightness and freshness to indoor settings, improving air quality and making a more natural, calming space.

For balconies and porches, or even outside your front door, hanging baskets of beautiful flowers are another option to create an urban garden. Fuschias, geraniums, pansies and begonias are great choices – creating colourful displays that will brighten any urban home. They will attract butterflies and bees and are a wonderful way to greet guests when they arrive, as well as brightening urban spaces.

Vertical Garden

In the same way as the hanging baskets are mentioned above, Rezu Khastou the founder of The Polytech explains “so often we overlook the opportunity to use our vertical space, especially in smaller yards confined by a fence or on balconies. You can use this space to create an inexpensive vertical garden by following these steps:
1. Start by getting some sticks from nature or those thrown away on a yard waste day. Look for sticks the same height as your fence or balcony, and up to 2 cm thick.
2. Position the sticks about 10 cm apart and screw into your fence.
3. Add cross bars by using additional sticks, also screwed into the vertical sticks..
4. Plant any kind of potted plant in small, plastic pots. Flowering plants make an especially beautiful display..
5. Using additional screws, attach these small plastic pots to the horizontal sticks of the lattice you just created.
These plants grow so that you can’t see the pots at all and it creates an absolutely stunning colorful garden wall. Because of the stick lattice, everything you see is natural and your fence doesn’t get damaged over time from watering because these sticks pull the pots just far enough away from the fence to allow extra water to drain off. The whole effect can be achieved for a minimal investment in the hardware to mount these sticks, pots, and plants.”

Focal Point

No matter what type of garden or green space you are after, a real focal point will enhance the space tenfold. Be this a large tree in an acre garden or a small impressive pot for your in-flat garden. Donna Atanasova from the Fantastic Services Australia suggests “transforming an old rusted cast iron urn into a beautiful focal point. These can be found in flea markets the world over and can be transformed with a little sanding and some paint.”

7 of the Hottest Wedding Flower Trends for 2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

London floral designer and wedding florist Todich Floral Design has its eye on the hottest wedding theme trends 2015 in all seasons: fall, winter, spring and wedding trends 2015 summer. Take a look at our top 7 flower trends for the year so you can plan your own dream wedding!

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1. Roses are still everlasting — Wedding décor trends 2015 don’t make any exception to the popularity and beauty of roses. Symbolic of passion, romance and elegance, there is nothing that speaks more to love than the rose, and when two people come together there should absolutely be some perfectly arranged roses to reflect that love and augment the immense beauty and delight of the day and venue where friends and family have come to celebrate.

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2. Flowers that are sensual and elegant (besides roses!) — Though flowers for wedding theme trends 2015 are consistently marked with different varieties of roses, there are plenty of other types of flowers to turn your wedding into an event blossoming with beauty. Yellow Tulips, orchids, calla lilies and peonies are just a few favorites for 2015.


3. Seasonal wedding flower displays and decorating theme that enhance the festivities — Flowers that are in season are a great way to save some money, get the freshest possible blossoms, and incorporate the natural beauty and sensuality of weather and landscape into your wedding. To fit some holiday decorating ideas, many couples are using seasonal fruits and non-floral elements, like barley or feathers, or cornucopia designs during autumn.

4. Bridal bouquets that don’t distract! — Sometimes the bride’s bouquet can become overly elaborate, busy with variety or blaring too many colours, and end up detracting from the bride herself. Simple can be better, especially for intimate wedding decorations. Monochrome roses, peonies, and delicate nosegays or posies are great options for the bride; as well as what’s popping up in bridesmaid trends 2015—we’ve seen berries, feathers, foliage, wheat and leaves (non-floral elements) in addition to smaller blossoms.

shower-bridal-bouquet-cascade-wedding-bouquet-wedding-flower-trends-2015. Wedding flower garlands  Garlands strung and decorated with beautiful wedding flowers and green leaves have an illustrious majesty. There’s something sexy and refined about them, and that’s what makes garlands perfect for weddings. Look for garlands wedding trends 2015 summer. Use them on chairs, combined into table centrepieces and receptions, and runners. Madagascar jasmine and strung votives are also wonderful!

6. Profusion, cascades and flowery abundance — By making an actual world full of flowers, you will be creating a true fantasy—a garden of delight, flowery escape or veritable forest full of blossoms—where bride and groom are at the center, and guests can enjoy and celebrate their love in this special day. Small winter wedding venues, or in any season, will glow with the warmth of love when filled with petal profusion—as table centrepieces or runners, bannister decoration, on walls and accouterments on surrounding landscape.

7. Lavish centrepieces and display dazzle — With winter wonderland wedding theme decorations, frosted and crystal trees are popular. Vintage and rustic themed weddings incorporate curlicues, garden hedge bases, branches and candelabras. More flamboyant and contemporary styled weddings rely on glass vases and elaborate (sometimes inverted!) flower displays, gold and silver glass tiered structures, and candlelit arrangements.

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Restaurant Flower Trends for Autumn

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Displaying flowers in your bar or restaurant are the perfect way to create a welcoming atmo- sphere and add colour to your décor. Flowers displayed at the entrance set the tone and flo- wers on tables, carefully arranged so as not be intrusive, are a wonderful addition to your customer’s experience. Your restaurant flowers can be anything you want them to be, and the team of expert restaurant florists at Todich Flower Design are on hand to create the perfect arrangements to enhance your bar or restaurant.

You may have in mind the exact kinds of restaurant plants or flowers to complement your eatery, or you could take inspiration from the current trends in restaurant flower design. We’ve taken some of the key flower trends of 2014 and looked at them with particular focus on autumnal ideas to bring colour and opulence to interior design as the shorter days draw in. Take a look at these for inspiration – whether you run a high-end restaurant or a relaxed gastro-pub, these trends can be adapted to suit any establishment.

1157426_10151662753273897_1111841883_nRustic richness The trend for bri- nging the outdoors in has been key throughout 2014, and the autumn months offer no end of inspiration to creating rustic displays and outdoor additions to your flowers. As the leaves turn spectacular shades of red and gold, conkers litter the ground and bright red berries dot the trees, you can look to Mother Nature for ideas for your arrangements. Restaurant florists in London will be able to help you create the perfect displays of rustic richness for receptions, bars and tables.

Berries like rosehips and hyperi- cums are wonderful additions to bouquets of roses, dahlias or chrysanthemums – which you can find in autumn shades of yellow and red. Don’t be afraid to add fruits like apples or grapes to your flower displays at your restaurant or bar’s entrance. This is the season of richness and abundance, and brightly coloured fruits can perfectly complement a display of vibrant blooms. You could even add chillies for an exotic edge, still keeping with the rich tones of autumn. Bark and twigs can be added to flower design and work well for attention-grabbing welcome displays and more discreet table flowers. Bark can be wrapped around stems, or pieces added to an arrangement. You could even incorporate autumn branches and leaves which of course can be found in a dozen different beautiful shades.

Vintage revival 1920s Gatsby-era glamour was a key interior design and floral trend for 2014, and the opulence of Autumn makes it perfect choice for your restaurant or bar flowers design. Metallics are a particular focus for this trend and flower vessels in silver, gold or bronze will add real decadence to your interior design. Roses and lilies make a great choice to fit with this trend – choose elegant white, or bring a splash of colour with red or pink blooms. Roses are also available in muted shades of mauve, off-white and pale yellow which will bring a real old-glamour feel to your interior design.

Photoshoot-6-001_900If the décor of your bar or resta- urant is more rustic, then decadent blooms will look unique and unusual in vintage vessels like antique coffee pots or mismatched glass bottles and jars. Tea cups are also a popular way to display flower heads on tables, or to grow succulent plants in. Fishbowl vases are also a beautiful way to display your flower arrangements – both at the entrance to your bar or restaurant or on tables.

Autumn abundance – Keats descri- bed it as a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, and autumn certainly is a time of richness and abundance. Celebrate this in your restaurant design by incorporating seasonal pumpkins and squashes into your display (especially appro- priate at Halloween!), or you could even hollow the gourds out and use them as vessels for your flowers.

An bountiful arrangement at the end of the bar or reception is the perfect way to greet your guests, and an autumnal display of rich oranges, reds and yellows is sure set the right tone. Whether you’re looking for an elegant, high-class look or a more rustic feel, the experts at restaurant florists Todich Flower Design can recommend the flowers and design to suit your bar or restaurant.

Roses are a great choice as they are available in so many shades – including autumnal oranges and reds. Make a statement with a bountiful bouquet at the entrance to your bar or restaurant, and choose single roses snipped near the top of the stem for tables. Dahlias are sumptuous blooms that make great flowers for restaurants. They also bloom in lots of different shades, so you can choose autumn colours or go for bright pinks and purples.

482395_10151482327088897_1607675688_nColour celebration – You don’t have to stick with the traditional autumnal colours to be on-trend this season: a vibrant rainbow of different shades has been a key look in flowers for this year. The flowers available this time of year come in an array of different colours, so you can create a bright display to greet guests and add splashes of colour to tables.

Roses, dahlias, gerberas and orchids are available in dozens of bright shades so you can choose a single strong colour or mix it up. Blue has been very popular in interior design this year, but if you feel blue flowers may be too cool for an inviting restaurant, you could always incorporate this into the design by choosing blue vases, like vintage bottles or willow-pattern cups to keep with the 1920s glamour trend.


There’s no doubt that both the colours and richness of autumn and the ideas in these flower trends for 2014 offer plenty of inspiration for your restaurant or bar flower design, and can also work for hotel receptions. Todich Flower Design will be able to give you even more ideas and, as experts in corporate flowers, will work with you to create the exact look you need to create the perfect experience for your guests.

Trending Weddings 2014/15: How to Match Your Floral Decorations to Your Dream Theme?

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

At Todich Floral Design, through wedding flowers and flower designs for all occasions, we consistently aim to demonstrate true elegance. We do this through natural grace, a blend of styles, and, above all, harmony between the different elements of our arrangements. Of course, it also comes down to using the freshest flowers—with colours, varied blossoms, fragrance, and style of wrapping and table placement. You may even discover that your flowers do more to transform your special, momentous day than the venue itself!


Now we’re going to delve into how to make sense of some the trickier, more nuanced details and underlying meanings of wedding flowers arrangements, especially for the upcoming 2015 season. So get ready to see what’s trending! This way you’ll be able to avoid any flower faux pas, and make sure you pull off your absolute dream wedding into a cohesive, well designed finish. The first stop on our list is that of vintage wedding flowers

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This type of classically styled, elegant wedding décor is still very popular. When you think of weddings with a vintage theme there is going to be lots of thin lace, pearls, feathers, brooches and ivied columns. Lavender and white table clothes are wonderful choices. Heritage rose are second to none when it comes to selecting vintage wedding flowers—popular colours and variants on shades are dusky pinks and sweet corals, eye-catching thulian, antique peach, and lavish almond. Green foliage, white (to complement the lace), and yellow are excellent ways to balance pink hues. Other types of blossoms apart from roses—but equally refined—are gerberas, carnations and peonies. Sweet Williams are also delightful!

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Rustic Wedding Flowers

A rustic wedding flowers the- me will be somewhat remini- scent of the vintage style. But the key difference is in that, while it remains somewhat nostalgic and unpolished, it’s very much bucolic. This emphasis on nature remains the biggest factor in rustic wedding flowers and similarly styled weddings, regardless of whether or not the ceremony is held in- or outdoors. The types of décor are often full of whimsy, delight and airiness. Think tulips and hyacinths, cascades and arrays of green ivy, spots of bright daises. Giant sunflowers are also a great way to mix up the dainty and more childish aspect of smaller and more delicate flowers, while losing none of the colour power, brightness or beauty. Tables spotted with French lavender or using succulents for any man’s boutonniere will make for a nice country chic look. For the ladies aiming for the rustic style, they can’t go wrong with flower headdresses or long stemmed flowers in bridal bouquets. Still need some rustic accents? Try a little burlap, twine or the muted flair of an aged ribbon.

Flamboyant Wedding Flowers

Flamboyance is all about making a scene. It’s grandiose, opulent, lavish in all aspects of wedding décor. In other words, it’s as far as you can get from the toned down luxury of the rustic and vintage styled weddings. Instead, this livened up wedding is likely to employ lots of contemporary centrepieces, slim glass vases, busy and exotic flower arrangements, and candles of varying height. True extravagance! Flower arrangements often use calla lilies, lush velvet roses, sensuous flowers such as anthuriums and flowers of paradise, orchids and blue roses. Flowers used around the base of these arrangements are better as ivory or white, to balance the colour array above. A few more affluent additions: any gold or brass ornaments, as well as rhinestones and crystals scattered across tables or draped over candelabra.

No matter what type of wedding and theme you prefer, remember that above all it’s harmony that matters. Colour, arrangement styles, personal tastes must blend together for a truly wonderful wedding. More than simple coordination, which only makes sure that nothing clashes, achieving true harmony amplifies the entire effect of your wedding décor. Just like the happy couple, it should be clear that every element is meant to be.

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Want to know a little more about Todich Floral Design?

Todich Floral Design has more than 15 years of experience in providing superior quality wedding flowers in London. Skilled florists work with you personally, offering advice on wedding styles, wedding flower budgets, and wedding flower design. We also provide outstanding corporate flowers in London, catering to many local businesses interested in office decoration and positive workspace, as well as hotels and restaurants. Todich Floral Design offers a free installation service and one week free trial. If you’re looking for a wedding florist in London or an events florist in London, and just need a little more information, then contact us at 020 7737 1166 or visit the Todich Floral Design website.


Season’s Best Hotel and Private Event Floral Design

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Private event floral design and event flower design is a year round endeavor. Every event florist knows that each season is unique, with flowers specific to festivals and holiday celebrations, or birthday flowers attached to certain months. Corporate florists and specialists in hotel flowers or hotel plants also use their flower arrangements and floral art to mirror moods created by weather and landscape, themes unique to special occasions (like new or lasting love at a wedding or anniversary), and embody the spirit of a particular season.

Autumn floral arrangements - Restaurant flowers and hotel flowers london UK by top event florist and corporate florist in London Todich Floral Design LTDWhen people think of event flowers or private events—including expert florists and floral designers—they are often searching for a design that is bold yet elegant, or subdued and perhaps slightly provocative to the eye. This can be achieved through balance of colour and texture; different petal shapes, method of arrangement, foliage, and complimentary colours (magenta and pinks, yellow and white, red roses in a brown wicker basket, or with seasonal and green foliage). Event florists in London seek to evoke or inspire a particular mood without the event flowers starkly standing out, or becoming garish, even, and ultimately detract from the overall effect of the private event. It takes skill, experience and true dedication to floral art as well as event floral design to excel and stir up excitement for any type of customer or occasion—be it a private event, a business interested in corporate displays or office flowers, or clients in the hospitality industry, interested in flowers for restaurants or hotels.

Hotel flowers and flowers for restaurants. Autumn flower arrangements by top event florist and corporate florist in London, UK. Season’s Best Hotel and Private Event Floral DesignAt Todich Floral Design we like to be bold and inventive, enhancing the overall mood with corporate arrangementsprivate events flowers, as well as with hotel flowers and bar flowers and plants. Whether you come to us as a restaurant florist, corporate florist, or event florist, every single surface is an opportunity. Table centrepieces, table runners, chairs, bridal bouquets, buttonholes and corsages are all ways to incorporate flower colours and unique patterns into your event, to beautify and commemorate the occasion for everyone who is present.Todich Floral Design is an event florist in London that specializes in a variety of different events, ranging from private events to corporate displays. Corporate plants and office flowers, wedding flowers, party event flowers, Christmas decorations and cultural flower arrangements are just some of the different varieties of flower design we specialize in. No matter type of event or type of flower arrangement you choose, however, they guarantee to brighten up the room in which they are displayed, add joy to a given occasion or enliven the space and experience for whomever is passing by.

There are some common conceptions—and possible misconceptions—when it comes to event flower design. Because the spring and summer months are so much brighter, warmer and a little more buoyant when it comes to the effect they have on our mood, people often gravitate toward summer and spring seasonal flowers, or exotic arrangements and themes in event floral design. Think of tulip, calla lilies and hydrangea flower arrangements, found in spring bouquets, or gerberas daisies and sunflowers in the summertime. These are beautiful and special aesthetically, to be sure, but the discerning, creative eye of event florists can find what’s pleasing, and ways to accentuate the shades and shapes of different flowers, in any type of seasonal arrangement.

Autumn flower design. Restauran and bar flowers. Event flowers and corporate flower arrangements. Hotel flowers and hotel plants by Todich Floral Design LTDThe truth is that autumn—and soon to be winter—have seasonal themes and floral designs which are just as wonderful as those belonging to the brighter and warmer months. And, perhaps surprisingly for some, much of the familiar floral art and same types of blossoms from summer or spring can be seen in autumn and winter flower arrangements. Colours, textures and the mood evoked by a bouquet, centrepiece or corporate display, can be repurposed within each season. The most innovative florists behind event flower design have a way of incorporating colour and theme into fresh, new pieces that match every event, setting or special occasion.

Autumn is full of warm colours—orange, reds and yellows—and earthy tones, especially in late September and early October. Bi-color roses blend the different elements of a warm palette. Red or yellow chrysanthemums in full bloom provide a distinct, ruffled texture for any corporate display, bouquet, or a striking first greeting for patrons (when it comes to restaurant plants and hotel flowers). Sunflowers and gerberas daisies combine the best of both worlds. Sunflowers, with their large, feathered yellow petals and, by contrast, a dark, solid centre, balance the colours and the textures of autumn. The earthier colours of autumn, mostly browns and dark greens, can be emphasized in wicker basket arrangements and dried flower arrangements—which mimic the crisp, idyllic look and leaves that have fallen from trees. They also use autumn foliage such as ivy and green buds. Some autumn flower arrangements even use golden wheat, multicoloured maize husks (yellow and black, or maroon and brown), or birds’ feathers to simultaneously accentuate the earth tones and brighten the overall effect of the arrangement.

Autumn arrangementsAnother seasonally appropriate and popular way to bring out autumnal themes in flower arrangements is to trade out the traditional vase or flower bouquet for something that is more rustic in style. Woven baskets, hollowed out pumpkins or gourds, and cornucopia styled holders can achieve this effect and make great centrepieces or table decoration. These pieces evoke the ideas and motifs of a warm hearth, joyfulness and abundance, and the harvest season. Wide tallow candles, pumpkin scented candles, and in-season fruits, such as brown pears or apples, also work well in autumn arrangements, and offer a more stimulating experience, beyond the visual, through the opportunity to taste and smell.

At Todich Floral Design, we take advantage of the wide-ranging autumn colours and unique foliage for the season, coming up with the best floral design for any event, be it private, personal or professional, and in all types of flower displays and designs. Our event flowers are a gorgeous enhancement and addition for any occasion!

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Design ideas for rustic weddings

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Flower inspiration for rustic weddings by top London floral sylists and wedding florists

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When you think of ‘rustic’ the first things that come to mind may be a remote log cabin or a barn on a farm, but you don’t have to be getting married in the middle of nowhere to go with this wedding theme. Reflecting a growing desire among people to reconnect with nature and towards more natural styled wedding flowers, many brides are now choosing a rustic wedding flowers theme. Nature is a great resource for decorating ideas and can also allow the wedding to include some of the groom’s tastes too.

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Going ‘rustic’ doesn’t have to mean checkered tablecloths and lots of wood. Containers such as ceramic or metal milk churns and jugs can be incorporated in wedding reception arrangements, plus plant pots, crates, jars and items such as weathered old furniture, lanterns, suitcases, ladders, watering cans, wheelbarrows or bicycles. Lights, bunting, streamers, tissue paper pom poms and balloons suspended from ceilings also help create a rustic feel. The great thing is, this type of decoration can be as simple or elegant as you want it to be.

The deciding factor of any wedding scheme is usually the location, but rustic weddings needn’t be confined to rustic wedding venues such as barns, as rustic wedding decorations can provide a lovely contrast in modern venues such as warehouses, large halls, galleries or hotels. And if you’re getting married outside, or somewhere with lovely grounds, it’s a natural fit for your bridal flowers.

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The key to a rustic wedding is making sure that everything looks natural. The wedding bouquets should be less structured, and a little asymmetrical, as if you could have just picked them from a garden or meadow and put them together yourself. Wild, garden-style flowers and foliage are usually used, but elegant flowers such as roses, peonies and lilies can still find their place in a rustic setting.

As a wedding florist, things we love in terms of rustic wedding flowers ideas include watering cans, milk churns and even wellies used as containers to put the flowers in. And a battered old wheelbarrow brimming full of wild flowers makes a wonderful and unusual entrance display. For a spring wedding, plush bouquets of chrysanthemums and daisies can make a lovely seasonal alternative to the traditional rose.

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Muted colours and tones usually work best for rustic weddings, although pops of colour can be added to give interest and contrast. Pink is seeing a comeback in the form of soft, blush tones, and although a wedding all in pink and white might seem too girly, this pretty colour creates a really warm, natural and romantic look. For an outdoor, garden wedding a mixture of cream and light pink roses look lovely on tables glowing with candles, and combined with wooden furniture will create a very relaxed atmosphere.

To give the feeling that your wedding flowers have been picked from an abundant field and to really reflect the variety in nature, you might consider combining sweetly scented white freesia with various tones of pink flowers and lots of soft, wispy foliage such as ferns. Add in a few branches and accents of wood and you have a gorgeously romantic rustic theme.

Wedding Bouquets 140 wmAt bridal florist Todich Floral Design, we believe an important element to rustic wedding flowers is lots of greenery. Cascading bouquets and flower garlands are a great way to achieve this and are very popular for rustic weddings. Delicate flowers can be woven in to garlands of foliage such as ivy, ruscus, ferns and pine and strewn across tables, woven up posts or banisters and draped across doorways or freestanding arches to give a feeling of abundance and bringing the outdoors in.

rustic wedding flowers, bridal flowers and bridal bouquetsMoss and twigs are also great for creating a natural, outdoorsy look and look lovely incorporated in to wedding table floral designs.

For lighting, a great suggestion is to use antique lanterns and do not hesitate to decorate the lanterns with flowers as well, as part of the wedding will happen during the day while the lanterns are not lit. Twinkling fairy lights are lovely too and look incredibly romantic when strung outwards from a central point.

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Of course it’s also important that the flowers complement the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses too, so at wedding and event florist Todich Floral Design we will discuss this, along with wedding flowers cost with you to provide a solution that works perfectly with your budget and theme. We will also discuss wedding flowers by season and any initial bridal flowers ideas you may have.

For more inspiration for a wedding theme that is both glamorous and rustic combined, check out this video about the new ‘RustaGlam’ design trend identified by top US design company, Kohler Co or browse our wedding flowers gallery to view a range of wedding flowers; buttonholes, corsages,  bridal bouquets, ceremony and reception designs and more. For same day flower delivery in London visit our online flower delivery shop.

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About wedding florist Todich Floral Design. Todich Floral Design is a quality wedding florist in London. We have over 15 years’ experience working with bridal parties to come up with some exquisite floral decorations and wedding flowers in London. Our expert floral designers will work with you to create bespoke designs for bridal bouquets, bridesmaid posies, buttonholes and corsages and any other floral decorations you may require. All of which will perfectly complement your chosen colour scheme, personality


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and style. In addition to weddings, we also cater for a number of events and are considered a top events florist in London.  Whatever the occasion, our experienced team of florists will come up with a personalised, original concept for your event flowers and help you set the mood for your special event.


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 For more information on our wedding or events flower service, dial 020 7737 1166 today.