Top Seven Tips for Wedding Flowers … giving you maximum impact on minimum budget

Flowers can have a huge impact on a wedding but they don’t need to cost the earth. Yes, florists are amazing and they earn every penny of their fees; with early mornings, hours of preparing and conditioning flowers, designing, sourcing and purchasing the best flowers and that’s all before they’ve created an arrangement and set-up floral installations or delivered beautiful bouquets to you.

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Flowers can have a huge impact on a wedding but they don’t need to cost the earth. Yes, florists are amazing and they earn every penny of their fees; with early mornings, hours of preparing and conditioning flowers, designing, sourcing and purchasing the best flowers and that’s all before they’ve created an arrangement and set-up floral installations or delivered beautiful bouquets to you.

But you really can create maximum impact on minimum budget by following my seven top tips:

Bottles with single stems
Bottles with single stems and a touch of greenery and candles. Simple, effective and stylish
  1. Less is more. Don’t think that the bigger the floral display the more impact it will have. Smaller floral details can have just as much impact as large arrangements. Such as using single stems of flowers in individual vases or bottles can create a truly striking look. 
  1. Go green. Greenery is all around us. So, keep things green by using lots of foliage. Some foliage such as eucalyptus is more expensive but using ivy from gardens of friends and family is a great budget cutter. 
  1. Go natural. Whilst you’re out grabbing the greenery, look around and see what natural flowers are about. Finding anything from flowers to feathers, fir cones to ferns can give your wedding a natural look and, best of all, looking luscious and expensive without spending anything.

    blush rose and burgundy bouquet
    Hand-tied bridal bouquet of roses, lilac and peonies in blush, burgundy and white, made by Tabby at Mode for…
  1. Grow your own. Granted, it can be a little riskier and you don’t want to be reliant on home-growing your complete crop of wedding flowers, but some home-grown elements can be really effective and give a super, personal touch. Flowers such as roses, sweet peas, peonies, cornflowers and narcissi can work well for the green fingered bride or groom. 
  1. Keep it seasonal. Staying away from expensive, exotic or out of season flowers is a great way to control your flower budget. Research what’s around in the month of your wedding and select these flowers with lots of greenery. Think daffodils and tulips in March / April time for instance.
daffodils and green bottles
Daffodils and single stems in green bottles. Huge impact and low cost for a March wedding.

 

  1. Go wholesale. If you’re lucky enough to know someone who can purchase direct from the flower wholesaler for you to arrange your own wedding flowers then this is a great option. You could also ask your florist or event stylist if they would consider supplying flowers to you conditioned but un-arranged so you can both save some money and hand the task over to any budding florist friends and family. 
  1. Be flexible. Most importantly, if you really want to cut your floral budget but still have flowers be flexible and wait and see what’s the most cost effective the week of your wedding. No-one will judge (or even know) if you’ve grabbed some flowers from the supermarket or your garden to create some small posies for vases and jars on a table. So be flexible, creative and have fun creating your unique floral arrangements and not just copying images of other wedding flowers you have seen in magazines and blogs.

Check out my Pinterest board for wedding flowers at: www.pinterest.co.uk/modefor/wedding-flowers/

For more images go to: www.instagram.com/tabbyatmodefor or www.facebook.com/modefor

Enjoy the flowery loveliness.

Tabby xxx

A Little Tropical Fun at The Arches

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

At Mode for… Events one of our most frequently spoken top tips has always been “Don’t plan your wedding day around the weather.” The weather should always act as the icing on the cake of a wedding, it should never be dependant on the sun shining gloriously or a crisp layer of white snow creating a picture-perfect image!

However, it can often feel serendipitous when the perfect weather for the style of the event happens to occur…

On the 26th May we opened the doors to The Arches for the wedding of Erin and Jordan and raised a glass to both their marriage and to the hottest and most beautiful day of the year so far! With the theme of the wedding being set as ‘tropical and brightly coloured,’ it was an easy brief to meet with regards to beautiful florals and greenery. Mode for…Event’s own styling featured a mixture of splendidly colourful flowers including sweet Williams complimented by vivid greenery such as ivy, eucalyptus and a sprinkling of moss. As an out of the ordinary tropical touch the banqueting tables also featured gold  sea creatures lovingly hand decorated by the groom. As temperatures soared to a balmy 27 degrees, you could definitely forgive guests for briefly confusing Yorkshire with the tropics while sat in our courtyard catching the sun and sipping ice cold drinks!

Tabby was in her element creating beautiful arrangements with the most vivid of flowers. As a request from Erin she used striking Ranunculus with a threaded finish for the bridal party’s buttonholes, with the addition of a variety of Lego pieces for the children’s buttonholes. The Lego pieces added a fantastically fun element to the buttonholes and allowed the suited and booted toddlers to have a bit of fun!

buttonholes

Erin and Jordan had aimed to have a fun and relaxed day to mimic both their character and their relationship. We think it’s fair to say that all involved would agree that they by far exceeded their initial brief, and blew their guests away with the additional detail they went into to assure all guests had an amazing day. From glitter face painting supplied by ‘Wish Upon a Sparkle’, to fantastic live music supplied by ‘Bare Brass Band,’ from flamingo topped naked cakes supplied by ‘Sweet Sugar Sixpence’ to our favourite VW camper van photobooth, Herman, supplied by ‘The Volkswagen Wedding Co.’ guests were entertained at every stage throughout the day! Plus, two ‘Arches firsts’ as we even welcomed a dance troop (featuring Erin’s Aunty) who kicked started the party in excellent fashion and a doggy ring bearer called Jack (the family’ Border Terrier) who also acted as Chief Videographer with a Go-Pro camera strapped to him (and he did an awesome job!).

Here’s to Erin and Jordan – may their marriage be as fun as their wedding, always entertaining, and with plenty of sunshine!

Love Abi xxx

Get the Look:

Venue – The Arches @ Dean Clough

Wedding Planning & on the day Coordination – Mode for…Events

Styling & Floristry – Mode for…Events

Food – Eat Me – Drink Me

Cake – Sweet Sugar Sixpence

Meringues – The Meringue Girls

Photographers – The Twins

Photobooth – VW Wedding Co.

Live Music – Bare Brass Band

Glitter Face Paint – Wish Upon a Sparkle

Tables – All Things Borrowed