A few weeks ago I set my alarm for 4.15am, threw on a pair of jeans and scraped my hair into a quick top knot. Just 5 mins later the beautiful Stephanie Saunders arrived to pick me up and take me to her home from home, a wholesale flower market in Bristol.
Why on earth…? Well, I was to be Stephanie’s little assistant for the morning, but more than anything it was an educational process. I adore flowers so was massively excited anyway, but as a wedding planner and stylist as well as a blogger, I knew that seeing a florist at work behind the scenes would be massively beneficial.
I learnt all about stem length, filler flowers, costs, props and decor, and so much more. I can now talk a bride to be through a quote and advise them on why and how much their dream flowers might cost. I pride myself on learning as much as possible about supplier trades in the wedding industry – I feel it enables me to recommend specific vendors for each of my couples based on their personal style and budget. It also helps me sort the best from the rest!
And do you know the best bit about my work experience? I got to take home some beautiful blooms for me to practice my own floral arrangement skills. I am often asked to help brides with DIY flowers, so any chance to practice is another skill to add to my wedding styling cv, and my house smelled incredible! I picked up the most gorgeous hydrangea that I have ever seen (see image above), white fluffy ranunculus, sweet smelling stocks in pinks and purples, gorgeous pink peonies and my new fave astilbe.
Below are some of my arrangements. I am by no means a professional florist, but I was quite proud of my attempts! I happened to have some rosemary at home which I added in to some arrangements, others I kept more simple. I once painted some tin cans with white paint and tied a little green ribbon around them, and I still use those for DIY flower arrangements at home. They look way more expensive than the recycled bits and bobs that they are!
Are you attempting your own DIY wedding flowers, or are you leaving it to the professionals?
I have to say that it is really hard work taking on the job yourself, not only to you have to source and buy the flowers (taking seasonality into account), but you’ll also need to condition them and make sure you have all the right kit for creating the displays. You can always have a go in advance of course, and some brides will just do simple jam jars of flowers for table centres, but leave the larger displays and bouquets to the experts.
Flowers are so important for each and every wedding, they really form a huge part of the decor and can transform a venue. So think it through carefully!