This month at Hiding in the City Flowers we’ve been busy little flower ladeez and as the gaffa the buck stops with me and the little ‘stress vain’ in the back of my neck has had a few moments when it let itself been known. It throbbed when,
the Luton van we need to carry all our precious cargo broke down on the motorway going to set the event.
I had to watch the van go up onto a tow truck at a ridiculous angle with all our glassware and gorgeous plants and foliage and flowers inside.
I ‘bumped’ said Luton van into another of the Luton vans in the carpark outside our warehouse in the yard. Can’t blame anyone but me. The driving moron apparently.
the garage called saying how much the damage was. Eeeks! (I’m still wincing at it as I write now)
I swear, arranging the flowers is the easy bit. Kind of. (they’re not)
At the beginning of the March we were contracted to produce the event flowers for L’Oreal’s new haircare brand ‘Botanicals’. The products are formulated from 4 natural floral ingredients with no nasties, so we couldn’t wait to get involved as its ethos is right up our street.
The press event was held at THE most tranquil of settings at THYME hotel in the Cotswolds and the brief was great, ‘here are the rooms Sarah, we’d like to include the ingredients of the product, keep it natural, we want to include scientific elements, what do you think?’
So, in our signature style we decided draw from the amazing natural settings with rambling creeping hedgerows and we decided to use foliage (of course) and go big and wild and create a 10 meter long, overhead, seasonal, hanging foliage installation, complete with a Botanicals product installation, and a breathing yoga room for the guests to use and relax in. In all of our looks we tried to bring the outside in. It was fast track planning as we had 2 weeks to turn the whole thing around and it took over 150 man hours on site to install and de-rig. Take a look at some of the shots from the evening and from the bloggers who attended. (and I have stalked ever since).
We know that you already have a lot to think about and we hope it’s fun imagining celebrating with your family and friends. To help you cover all the bases, here are five handy tips to think about when planning the flowers for your wedding.
Your style – for some reason, when people think about planning their day they forget what they actually like and what reflects them as a couple. Collect images of bouquets and floral arrangements you like AND those you don’t like. They don’t have to be wedding flowers at all. In fact sometimes it is nicer if they’re not! Some of our brides pull together a pinterest board to start with and others just attach the pictures to an email.
2. The Ceremony – are you having a civil ceremony or will it be in your place of worship? Most ceremonies are only up to an hour, so it makes sense to ensure that we design arrangements that can be moved to the reception venue. Why would you want to spend money on decorations for just an hour, right? Think about BIG oversized urns to create a focal point to get married in front of rather than the more traditional arch: urns can be moved but the arch can’t.
3. Venue Tables – this is where we see a lot of the budget eaten up. Think about how many tables you will have. How many guests they will sit? Long tables, or round? How big is the room? Do you want tables to have high arrangements for impact- we can design these so they don’t interfere with conversation across the tables. Are you having food served on sharing platters? These are all aspects of the design Hiding in the City Flowers can help with.
4. Venue Décor – what else are you planning on having to decorate the venue? Is it flowers alone? If that’s the case then you may need to spend more on your flower budget to make it impactful. Is the building steeped in history and decadent or is it an ultra cool warehouse that can pull off more contemporary designs?
5. Your Bridesmaids and Ushers – the number of bridesmaids bouquets and ushers button holes can really push a quote up. We often suggest foliage bouquets for the ladies, as they are stunning and don’t eat up lots of your hard earned cash!
Don’t know your dahlias from your daisies? Well, we don’t expect you to. You wouldn’t know how to make the perfect main course for 120 guests in a catering kitchen so feel assured that you are handing over the details to us. We aim to get inside your head and create your unique day.
If you’re trying to work out what kind of look you want, get in touch for a free chat about flowers with us.
Hiding in the City Flowers displayed at BRIDES The Show to tempt lovely couples to think outside the box when it comes to their day. As part of the show BRIDES offer free talks and demonstrations from some of the exhibitors in the #imaginationroom. This year, they asked us to take part. Which was nice.
We probably took a little too long to decide what we wanted to do in our 40 minute slot, but mainly because we didn’t want to churn out the same old stuff. Hair flowers can be beautiful, and we have made our fair share of oversized head garlands in our time, but we didn’t want to keep replicating this look. So, we held a session where we aimed to walk through how to use flowers in the hair (fine)…but in a modern way (ok) …that bridesmaids could all do themselves on the morning (money saving). So (hopefully) without the help of a hairdresser on the day you could get a really modern look that’s bespoke to you for not a lot of cash.
We went about this by teaching each of the ladies how to wire hair flowers and 3 key floral hair looks that we think are en trend at the moment for both a city or big country wedding.
Our lovely friend Elanor Traves, who just happens to be an amazing wedding hairdresser, came along and demonstrated how to create the 3 key looks yourselves at home, or in a hotel room. It went down a storm and the words ‘that trick just changed my life’ actually came out of one of the girls mouths as Elanor demonstrated Fishplaits, modern knots, and glossy glam waves.
Take a look at some of the pics.