Thursday 2 February 2023

Frequently asked questions

 I’ve had a lot of couples enquiring just lately and I thought I would share some of the common questions I get asked, or points that you are wanting to know but shy on asking.

Consultations. Where are they held.

I now offer an initial phone call to chat through the basics and see if we are a good fit. Zoom meetings are also new, these last 40 mins and are perfect if time is short or you live away. We can share images and more details than from emailing back and forth. Face to face consults are still available, usually here at The Studio or I can visit you at home or your venue.

Can I bring someone along?

Yes please do!  Either face to face or zoom anyone that can help you make choices and can see the bigger picture of the day. Just don’t bring too many as you will get conflicting advice. Grooms are welcome but tend not to have too many thoughts re flowers and we do discuss your dress, however they can leave for 5 mins while we do that.

I already have a few ideas of what I like, can I bring photos?

Yes! Please do! Anything you have seen previously that you like (or dislike) helps to narrow the choice and helps you decide. If you have a Pinterest board please send me the link.

I have a colour that’s hard to describe.

Any samples or ribbons can be brought and dress images help.

How and when do we pay?

A non refundable booking fee of £100 secures the date and is payable once you are happy with the initial quote.This is deducted off the final balance, which is due 3 weeks before your wedding date.

How do we pay?

I prefer BACS but cash or card are also accepted. (cards not for booking fee, sorry)

What if I change my mind on flowers/colours?

I ask for all items to be finalised a month beforehand. At any time you may change, add or subtract items but any substantial changes will require a new quote to be sent.

Do you deliver?

Absolutely! I much prefer to deliver your flowers as I have the means to do this safely and securely to allow your blooms to arrive fresh and in one piece. If you do want to collect , this can also be arranged.

Do you need to see me on the day?

I really do prefer too. I want to make sure you are happy with your bouquets and buttonholes and it is all part of the wedding morning. If you are out at the hairdressers let me know and I can arrange delivery around this.

Do I need to arrange someone to set up my venue flowers?

No, absolutely not! This is all included in the price quoted. I set up any church and venue designs. I have the time, skill and knowhow each item needs to be shown off to perfection. Please provide contact details for your church/venue and I will contact them to arrange times.

I have hired items, when do they need to be returned?

All hired items are collected from your venue. I will arrange this with them but if it is a hotel and you are staying I will try and collect before you check out so should there be any problems they can be dealt with immediately.

If you are hiring only then it is a maximum of 4 days from collection.

What happens if Covid strikes again?

Any weddings that fall under Government wedding restrictions can be postponed to a later date. Please keep me informed of any likely changes and I will work with you to minimise costs. **Once flowers are ordered payment must be accepted, they are yours to take away.

What happens if a flower isn’t available?

I endeavour to fulfil your flower requirements exactly, if due to circumstances a bloom isn’t available I will substitute with the nearest available. If there isn’t a close match I will be in touch with your options.

I hope that helps, but if you have anything further please let me know. No question is silly or unreasonable.

Sandra x

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Regional finalist in The Wedding Industry Awards 2023

 Once again I am behind on posting lots of lovely images for you all, but for now I have some amazing news! Once again I entered The Wedding Industry Awards and I have received notification today that I am one of the East Midlands regional finalists!! I love these awards as, at this stage at least, they are wholly dependant on couples who have used a suppliers services, testimonials and scoring. This means that my lovely brides and grooms from Nov 21 - Oct 22 have given me excellent feedback on their flowers and designs. I never take this for granted and appreciate every single one who took time to vote and score.

Small businesses like mine depend so much on testimonials to keep moving forward.

The next stage is on 15th November, who will be crowned top florist in the East Midlands?

Thank you once again.


Monday 11 April 2022

The Lincoln Hotel wedding ceremony and reception flowers

The ceremony and reception of the first indoor wedding pre lockdown was held at The Lincoln Hotel.
The Tennyson suite is the place for saying 'I Do' and we decorated the registrars table with a long and low display in flowers to match the bride's bouquet. Peach, pink, white and lilac with the all important single yellow rose to represent a lost loved one.

Roses, spray roses, eustoma and gyp with fern, jasmine and ivy foliage.

We were still in Covid restrictions so seating was spaced accordingly.

As there were a small number of guests everyone was seated (within social distancing regulations) around a large oval table in the Cathedral suite.

A singular display in a large birdcage with trailing jasmine and ivy filled the central space with a couple of single roses to add a little height either side.

If you are having limited guests this seating is more sociable and you can fill the central space with one large display or lots of smaller designs. Get in touch to discuss your options

Sandra x


Friday 8 April 2022

Bridal flowers in pale pink, peach, white and lilac

Here we are once again and I am now sharing the weddings post lockdown but still with many restrictions in place. This, my first of 2021 was held on the day weddings and receptions could go ahead inside but limited to 30 people. 
This couple were always having a small 'do' and kept to their small numbers despite being officially allowed a few more.

The bride had requested a trailing hand tie in an unusual colour scheme of pink, peach, lilac and white and loved roses. To give variety we used large avalanche roses in pink and peach with white spray roses and gyp with lilac eustoma. A single yellow rose was also requested to represent a lost loved one.

Trying fern and jasmine was added for length and movement from the bouquet

The single bridesmaid wore a wrist corsage on a pearl band with a few blooms to match the brides bouquet

The Groom and his men each wore a single pink rose with traditional asparagus fern.

The bride and grooms mum's each wore a corsage with a single white rose with pale pink eustoma blooms with foliage

Special ladies were presented with a single white rose buttonhole. Something I quite like to do especially with a small guest list, makes everyone feel included.

The bouquet and buttonhole ready for delivery on the wedding morning.

These colours work well together even if a little unusual! If you love colours that are not the usual please don't be put off putting them together, the flowers should represent your style and personality not just be, as it's trendy!

If you are looking for something away from the norm, please get in touch to discuss how we can create your dream flowers. I won't say no to any colours scheme!

Sandra x


Monday 14 March 2022

White and cream wedding ceremony and reception flowers at The Lincoln Hotel

The wedding ceremony and reception of R & J was held at the lovely Lincoln Hotel.
The  ceremony is in the Tennyson suite and this was styled with a long and low for the ceremony table (later transferred to the top table) in the same mix as the brides flowers.

The room was set following social distancing rules and with the limited numbers allowed.

We also added our 200cm ivory blossom trees which look fabulous in this space

The covid regulation set room

Our trees really make a statement whatever your colour scheme. Move them around your venue once the ceremony has finished and adorn the entrance to your reception, place either side the top table or drinks/gift/cake table.

The entrance and bar area were treated to 3 small cylinder vases with a rose, freesia and eustoma blooms submerged with crystals and a floating candle.

The drinks reception table enjoyed its own floral display with a mix of scented flowers from the bridal bouquet

Garden roses, stocks and freesia with a mix of eucalyptus

The table plan was to be set by the entrance with its own version of the table displays.

Each table was styled with 3 differing height cylinder vases. The tallest had stocks, then eustoma and the smallest a rose. The flowers were submerged and sat on a bed of clear beads and had a floating candle on top.
Again the tables were following Covid numbers and social distancing measures.

These are pretty yet compact designs for neat classic table settings

The top table was adorned with two vase displays at either end

and after the ceremony the long and low was added in the  centre.

Photo credit- Stuart Collins Freelance photography.

If you are looking for classic wedding flowers for your day or are getting married at The Lincoln Hotel (I am a preferred supplier) please get in touch to discuss your plans



Friday 11 March 2022

White and cream bridal flowers with eucalyptus

Still looking back at previous weddings, this was the one and only wedding I created during the Covid hit 2020. It may seem long ago to some but this pandemic hit our wedding industry like nothing ever has and probably will again. A business which normally crates 40-50 weddings a year reduced to 1!
This one was a stunner though!!!

The wedding of R & J was the perfect blend of white and cream flowers with plenty of foliage, especially eucalyptus. 
The bridal bouquet of roses, stocks, freesia, garden roses, astilbe and eustoma with trailing eucalyptus and gorgeous senecio silver foliage. A lot of these are scented to adding a beautiful extra dimension.

R also requested some silver diamanté's to be included throughout and added to pin the cream satin ribbon in place.

The flowers and foliage lend themselves to the gorgeous country style that is still popular.

This eucalyptus was chosen as it has longer thinner leaves and usually has seed heads too.

The single bridesmaid carried a similar posy but without the trailing foliage and diamanté's.

And the two flower girls carried a small version with a couple of each flower variety and foliage

The groom and his men each wore a single rose buttonhole with a eustoma bloom,  eucalyptus leaf and seed heads, senecio leaf and a sprig of Rosemary for the traditional luck. The stems are bound in cream satin ribbon.

The mother of the bride wore a slightly fuller buttonhole and we added diamant√© for a touch of glitz. 

All buttonholes are presented pinned on a board and can be labelled for ease on the day.

I always appreciate when couples send over a few professional photos of the day. Unfortunately I wasn't given their name, so if these are yours please get in touch.

The next post will be the ceremony and reception flowers from this gorgeous wedding. 
If you love these designs and/or colour scheme and would like to chat through your own designs please get in touch

Sandra x