Its quarter one of another year, as for us busy florists it marks the beginning of the wedding season. I don’t necessarily mean we have plenty of weddings in which to supply beautiful bespoke wedding flowers for, but it’s certainly is the start to wedding season. As soon as January hits, those engaged couples who so many months ago popped the question suddenly begin to realise that, this is, in fact the year we get married!

Beautiful, pretty, elegant pastel shades of peach, pink & ivory for one of last years happy brides.

The venue is booked, the dresses are chosen, the invites are sent but it’s the final items that now need your attention, and flowers certainly seem to be one of items on this list. Therefore as January proceeds so do the wedding appointments. Hence the wedding season begins.

At The Flower Emporium we simply love creating beautiful bespoke weddings. We consider no two weddings the same. Admittedly we sometimes have requests for items we have produced before, take for example a classic such as an elegant white rose handtied bouquet. We do however strive to add that something different, or at least to ask the questions or offer choices which would differentiate your design from the rest. This could be down to the finishing touches of the binding, a simple addition of unusual foliage can provide an alternative look.

Wedding appointments normally take around 45 minutes, but have been known to be much longer! I love to discuss your ideas and talk you through our vast portfolio of images. It’s always best to book your appointment with one of our wedding design team. It’s really good for us to have as much information as possible, the more information you can supply to us, the more in depth detail we can supply back. As a florist with over 20 years’ experience, 10 years under the management of Michael Colclough, The flower emporium have an excellent knowledge of wedding venues in and around Stockport, Manchester, Cheshire and further afield in the North West, however each year we come across a new hidden gem. Should that be the case we make it our priority to research the venue prior to the consultation. A few years ago when we came across a venue called Peruga, a restaurant out towards High Peak, after a quick look at the website it was apparent a meal was to be had here, I’ve been back personally several times since!

The venue can have a huge impact on the styling of the wedding, and more importantly the wedding flowers that we supply. Take for example, Arley Hall, Tatton park or Adlington Hall, each venue soaked in such history and tradition, wouldn’t it be great that your wedding centrepieces reflected that certain era or style. Another good example of a venue where the options are endless, is the gorgeous boutique hotel, Didbury House. ‘A Victorian Villa’ is how is describes itself, we have supplied many weddings at this venue, and due to a quirky yet sophisticated interior really does lend itself very well to many different themes, including a modern and sophisticated look with clean lines through to a rustic homely look with a country feel.

Pheasant feathers worked perfectly with this 20’s vintage theme wedding at Didsbury House Hotel.

The next item which really in vital in discussing your wedding flowers requirements would be the dresses, and in the case of a civil partnership or gay wedding where a dress may not be required, then at least the colour of cravat, tie or bow tie. The bridesmaid dresses usually provides a colour theme, it may be that we then play about with this colour scheme, using this predominant colour in the brides bouquet and offering the reverse in the bridesmaid. For example the bridesmaid’s may be wearing a soft lilac tone, therefore the bride having a bouquet around this shade, mixed with say a darker tone such as purple, and the bridesmaid’s having the reverse in white or ivory with just a touch of the lilac or purple. We have, on many of occasions had to rethink designs if the colour of the bridesmaids dresses should be changed at later stage, there’s nothing like a challenge!

The use of coloured ribbons really complimented the choice of alternative dresses and also offered these brides a complimenting look.

The bridal gown can also further help us enhance the final finish of the bouquet, embellishing the bridal bouquet with lace, beading, pearls, or crystals, so please try and provide an image of this dress to we can offer the best advice. Don’t worry if your groom is wanting to take part in the whole process we’ll insist he leaves the room for 5 minutes, your secret is safe with us!

Mood boards, photo images and more recently using apps such as pinterest are all a huge help, one thing for sure we avoid copying other florists designs, but these images are a great way of telling us your wedding theme story. Often we reach a decision by taking a few ideas from one picture, mixing this with our knowledge and style.

Due to the fact that all of our weddings are bespoke and designed specifically with you and your theme, style and requirements, its most difficult for us to provide a full quotation until we have provided you with a full wedding flower consultation. Of course, seasonal availability will also have an impact on the price, tulips are most definitely a spring flower, but that’s not to say we can’t get them during the hot summer months, they just have the be shipped from further, hence this adding to the cost.

Tulips may be a spring flower, and if they put a spring in your wedding step, then its our job to source them, even in August!!

We like to consider ourselves as a truly bespoke wedding florist, so no matter what your theme is, from a mysterious gothic themed wedding, through to a muted vintage wedding, rustic country cottage we would be delighted to discuss your every requirement. Please feel free to drop us an email, book an appointment over the phone or simply drop in to have a quick look through one of our many look book, we’d love to hear from you.