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:

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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.

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    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.
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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 Sun Shining Festival Affair

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The sun shone beautifully in early April and it was out to stay for the wedding of Anna and Mark at Hargate Hall on 8th April. What more could you need for a festival inspired wedding in the middle of the Peak District for the most fantastic couple and their party loving friends?

But this was a wedding with a difference as Anna and Mark had legally married two years before in Gretna Green when the couple discovered they were pregnant with their super awesome son Zeph; so this was the party to end all parties which they had always planned….and my, what a party it was!

It was late 2016 when Anna & Mark contacted us at Mode for…Events as a recommended catering and coordination supplier at our favourite Hargate Hall and they came to visit us at home for a meal and chat through all things ‘Hargate Weddings.’ It was so great to get to know Anna and Mark and little Zeph (who is the most amazing little guy!) and soon we were on hand to not only supply some fabulous food, but to also help plan and coordinate the whole wedding, including design, styling and all the floristry, with bouquets, buttonholes and much more.

Anna wanted lots of colour and fun to be evident and with a brief of colourful lantern canopied ceilings and festoon lights, Tabby got to work planning the big event. There was colour everywhere with giant paper lantern instalments in the marquee with ‘floating bottles’ with single stems of blooms and the tables were filled with different bottles and vases of Spring blooms.

In the main house, we created a canopied ceiling of paper lanterns (all with individual LED bulbs) and festoon lights and hanging coloured bottles up the staircase with Spring blooms and fireplace was trimmed with a range of different brightly coloured flowers.

The bridal and bridesmaid bouquets reflected the fun, relaxed, colourful nature of the day but also worked well with the pastel pink hue of the bridesmaid dresses. In terms of fashion, the whole bridal party looked immaculate and full of style and grace, Mark complete with his feather adorned top hat and son Zeph looked like the most handsome trendy little guy and a heartbreaker!

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As Anna and Mark were already legally married, the ceremony was a truly personal event led by ‘Uncle Bill’ complete with his anvil in a nod to the Gretna Green tradition. The ceremony was full of love, laughter and fun before guests emerged into the sunshine for drinks, canapés and photos with photographer Steven Rooney Photography (plus his wife created an awesome photobooth in the evening! What a super talented couple).

Next it was time to head along the lantern lined path to the marquee for speeches and a relaxed meal of Antipasti sharing boards and Red Pepper Pesto stuffed Chicken with Dauphinoise Potatoes and green beans. The weather was so fabulous it seemed a shame to stay indoors so we then served dessert on the terrace in the sunshine with sharing boards of lemon and chocolate tarts. Every crumb of food went…it was a triumph!

With hot tubs and slip and slides there was plenty to keep people occupied but these guests were all party goers, so with the biggest festival ready sound system you’ve ever seen at Hargate, it was time to party, party, party….in fact, when Simon and I returned at 9am the next day to pack-up, guests were still partying! Oh, what a night!! There night time fun was accompanied by some simple perfect grazing food of pork pie cake, pies and a cheese tower.

This was such a fun wedding party and we have loved every minute of working with Anna, Mark and Zeph and so proud of everything we created from planning to coordination, food and styling, plus some lovely flowery fun. Congratulations Mr & Mrs & Master Sekree from all of us at Mode for…Events.

Love Tabby xxx