October 29th, 2013
Wedding Rings Direct
Nikki and I were invited to an event at the workshops of weddingrings-direct.com who are based at Unit 1, Level 4, New England House, New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GH.
Wedding rings direct offer a high quality bespoke wedding ring service online and also directly at their workshops and as they don’t have the overheads of high street jewellers, can offer the same product at considerably lower prices.
As we at Blooms for Business also provide high quality bespoke floral design there is an obvious synergy for the two businesses to offer their services to brides, so we went to their workshop to learn more about the company and how their bespoke service operates
We arrived at their showroom to be greeted by Marketing Manager Kate Rivera and Company owner Anthony Edwards and other members of the team.
It was a very relaxed atmosphere and over a glass of sparkling rose and delicious canopies we chatted to Anthony about the company and how it was different to a high street Jewellers. He explained that all their rings are made to order and the client can take advantage of their sample service which allows the customers to try on silver replica rings to get the right size, style and width before the final ring is produced. The sample service allows customers to borrow up to 10 sample silver rings and try them on in the comfort of their own home!
We were then shown the various metals that rings can be made of, not only gold and silver but also platinum, palladium, titanium, tungsten, stainless steel, ceramic and even wood!
They also told us about the 4 Cs which are important when choosing a diamond-Cut, Colour, Carat and Clarity
We were finally taken to see the highly skilled craftsman working at their benches, it was really fascinating to see how a plain piece of metal can be turned into a finely cut sparkling ring. Not only were they making rings from scratch but also repairing and altering customers existing rings and even remaking one earring from a missing pair.
We had a most interesting and informative visit and learnt a lot about the process of choosing, designing and the end product of the bride (and groom) receiving her ring and in my opinion a much more personal, less stressful way of finding the perfect piece of jewellery.
Wedding Rings Direct are offering all Blooms for Business brides to be 5% off the price of already discounted jewellery- simply inter BLOOMS in the loyalty area at the checkout (www.weddingrings-direct.com) and you will automatically receive the discount.
August 28th, 2013
British Airways beach side event at Hove Lawns
We have just finished doing the flowers for the British Airways beach side event at Hove Lawns – It has been running from the 22nd through to the 27th Aug.
Each day a new BA destination was showcased. We designed storm vases of white scented oriental lilies with aralia leaves in the bases and bear grass with dark glossy green foliage for Italy. On Friday Lanzarote featured, and we made up low vases of white margarites with lemon balm and rosemary. Sunday was Morocco where vases of bright red roses with asparagus fern and flowering fragrant mint were used. Yesterday it was St Kitts turn and arrangements of red gingers (Alpinia purpurata) with tropical foliage was chosen and today (final day) we have just delivered vases of bright pink dahlias to showcase Mexico.
The highlight attraction for the event has been the innovative ‘dine in the sky’ experience where 15 lucky diners are suspended 100 feet over the city and treated to a ‘fine- dining’ lunch or dinner (not for the faint hearted- though I think the champagne helped!!).
Photos soon to be up loaded here:- www.bloomsforbusiness.com/events-gallery/
June 28th, 2013
Recent corporate events & weddings
Some recent corporate events and weddings we’ve provided flowers for include:-
- Sara Northey wedding at the Shelleys Hotel in Lewes
- Porsche event at the Grand Hotel Brighton
- Open University award ceremonies at the Brighton Dome.
- ‘Up Stage’ CMT conference Grand hotel Brighton
- Carys Lawson Metropole Hotel Brighton
- University of Brighton- Huxley theatre event
- Arthur J Gallagher corporate event in the stunning Royal Banqueting Hall at the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
- Alexandra Hanson wedding at the Grand hotel Brighton
Photos for all events soon to be up loaded at www.bloomsforbusiness.com
If you’re planning an event, then choose Blooms for Business to provide beautiful flowers for the occasion. We are one of the leading florists in the Brighton area.
May 1st, 2013
Top tips for summer weddings
Summer is a wonderful time of year for wedding flowers and the most popular season in which to get married. There are such an abundance of colourful scented blooms available, brides-to be are spoilt for choice.
Some favourite summer wedding flowers suitable for bridal bouquets are:
Alstromeria, antirrhinums, asters, calla lilies, corn flowers, carnations, celosia, eryngiums, golriosa lilies, gentians, hydrangeas, lisianthus, nigella, orchids, peonies, roses, scabious, sweet peas, stocks, phlox and veronica.
Not forgetting the foliages:
Eucalyptus, clematis, sage, mint, rosemary, thyme and jasmine all look beautiful with vintage and romantic styled flowers, they also help add fragrance andtexture and give a just-picked-from-the-garden look.
Taller summer blooms such as aconitum, agapanthus, delphiniums, gladioli, larkspur andlupins are perfect for adding drama and impact to larger arrangements for both table flowers and large ceremony arrangements. Tall vases filled with a mass of gladioli give the ‘wow factor’and are cost effective.
One of the most requested colour combinations for early summer weddings are pastel shades of pink, soft purple, buttery cream and pale blue, by mid-summer deep, hot pinks and vibrantblue coloured flowers which tend to dominate our gardens and so are in demand for weddings, events and parties.
Top tips for summer weddings:
- To help create an intimate feeling at your wedding reception and ensure people areable to mix and talk more freely have long rows of trestle tables (refectory- style)instead of the more common circular ones.
- Get creative and make your own wedding invitations.
- Add sprigs of herbs or small flowers to each guest’s napkin and tie with organza or silk ribbon to match or compliment your chair sashes. This not only makes your guests feel special but adds another element to the table décor.
- Outdoor ceremonies and receptions can be made more stylish and glamorous by using tall storm vases filled with fresh, scented rose petals and candles to line the aisleways and pomanders of seasonal flowers or small white wicker hearts can be hang over the end of every other end of aisle chair back- these can then be easily moved onto the top table chairs for your reception.
- Table runners (to match the chair sashes/ bows) are a cost effective way of adding colour and interest to your table décor.
- Think about using 4 to 8 tall (olive, bay or other) trees to line your aisle- stunning for both outdoor or indoor wedding ceremonies.
- Small pots of lavender or rosemary make lovely favours and are great keepsakes for your guests.
- Baskets of fresh rose petals in cones make wonderful confetti and are completely biodegradable.
- Ask your florist to make some small wrist corsages for any young flower girls.
- Don’t forgot get to order a ‘throwing bouquet’ if you want to hang on to yours!
Choose a quality florists in Brighton to ensure that your summer wedding is perfect.
January 28th, 2013
Themed weddings for 2013
A happy and prosperous 2013 to all our customers and a special big congratulations to all newly engaged couples whose weddings I’m so looking forward to being a part of this year.
The love of all things vintage, especially vintage-themed weddings shows no sign of letting up this coming year. There are different varieties of vintage; ‘classic vintage’ (large urns of tumbling blooms using muted palates:-antique roses, bi coloured hydrangeas and blowsy peonies) being the most popular to date. For this coming year there has been quite a bit of interest in 1920s/30s-style ‘Hollywood Glamour’ themed weddings with emphasis on opulence and glamour. Think tall sparkling crystal candelabras and large impressive vases of white ostrich feathers teamed with glittering sliver birch and hanging crystal garlands, or an abundance of dramatic red flowers – a firm staple of the 1930’s Vintage Hollywood era was blood red roses.
Black and White
For fashion conscious brides-to-be, black and white themed weddings are seemingly making a comeback this year. For this monochromatic colour scheme there is always a profusion of white flowers but very few true black as they tend to be darkest red or have a lot of purple in their composition. They are however always stylish, contemporary and dramatic.
Some of the more poplar ‘black’ wedding flowers include:-
- Black calla lilies
- Viburnum berries
There are also some lovely white flowers with touches of black that work well with this theme e.g. Ornithologum, ( tiny white flowers with black eyes) or white anemones. These beautiful spring flowers have dark centres and look stunning en-mass in low black (or white) cube vases on reception tables as well as used alone in a hand tied bridal bouquet. Calla lilies also are available in white with a black (dark purple) throat – very sophisticated. As are gerberas, and these make inexpensive bridal bouquets and table centres.
January 28th, 2013
Prize winner competition draw
Congratulation to Marta Finlay Morgan who won the free draw for a wedding bouquet.
January 28th, 2013
Come as visit us at the South Lodge wedding fair on Sunday 27th between 11am-4pm
South Lodge Hotel
May 9th, 2012
Mad about roses
Roses remain one of the most popular choices for weddings- they originated in China but are now grown in most parts of the world. There are 100s of different varieties and they come in most colours (except true black and blue/purple). Some are scented like a lot of the garden varieties, particularly the David Austin ‘Patience’ ( buttermilk in colour) and ‘Keira’ (vintage pink) but also roses such as ‘Jacaranda’, ‘Sterling Silver,’ ‘Extase,’ ‘Ritz,’ ‘Norma Jean’ and the very popular ‘Margaret Merrill’ spray roses.
Some of my favourite ‘vintage style’ roses are:-
- ‘Cezanne’ – which is a bi-coloured cream and pink rose.
- ‘Amnesia’ - a very popular antique, lilac toned rose
- ‘Carousel’ - large headed cream, green and deep pink edged rose.
- ‘Peppermint’ - palest pink and light green in colour
- ‘Vendela’ - champagne coloured rose (cream with a peachy pink blush)
- ‘Old Dutch’ - antique lilac coloured green under petals
- ‘Metalina’ - subtly coloured cream/silver with flecks of pink
- ‘Little Silver’ - vintage lilac/lavender spray roses
- ‘Miranda’ - rose pink.
- ‘Juliet’ - peach- stunning!
- Hypnose’ - lavender coloured
- ‘Patience’ - buttermilk.
- ‘Quick Sand’ - creamy beige.
- ‘Memory Lane’ - dusky pink with lavender hues.
To obtain the vintage look, mix some of these roses with other English country blooms such as big blousy peonies (they come in lovely shades of pink, buttery cream and apricot), scented garden stocks, phlox, wax flowers or astrantia. Team them with herbs such as rosemary, sage, mint or alchemilla mollis foliage. Ask your florist for unstructured designs with a “just picked” from the garden look.
The best red roses are:
- ‘Grand Prix’ - deep, rich ruby red with a large flower head and petal count
- ‘Red Naomi!’ - large flower head and lightly fragrant.
- ‘Passion’ - medium sized flower head – bright red
- ‘Freedom’ - pure and clear bright red rose- long lasting
- ‘Black Baccara’ - darkest red, with velvety petals
- ‘Black Magic’ - dark garnet red, strong stems.
The best Ivory/white roses are:
- ‘Avalanche’ - stunning large headed ivory rose with green tinged under petals
- ‘Akito’ - small headed off white roses ( no rose is pure white)
- ‘F White’ and ‘Bianca’ - are medium sized ivory/white roses
- ‘Maroussia’ - medium/large flower heads ivory with a creamy centre.
- ‘Norma Jean’ - large headed, strong stemmed and scented ivory rose
April 13th, 2012
We do many high profile corporate events each year and the University of Brighton is one of our oldest (since 2005.) The graduation event lasts for 3 days in the winter and 5 days in the summer, with award ceremonies held each day. We decorate the theatre stage at Brighton Dome with 10 metres of continuous cascading flowers. This year the first event was themed ‘spring’ and the colours were yellow blue with a touch of white. We used fragrant lilies, blue iris, yellow roses, purple statice and spray chrysanthemums. The university also hosts VIP lunches at the Royal Pavilion where we coordinated the table centres to compliment the main stage flowers. The Founders Room, bar and VIP dressing rooms are also decorated with the same flowers. See photos http://www.bloomsforbusiness.com/corporate-and-contracts-gallery/
We are now well into our wedding season, our first wedding of this year was mid February, again aptly themed ‘spring.’ For this the bride chose blue scented hyacinths, cream spray roses, white tulips, and purple lisianthus, the same flowers were used for her reception table centres and ceremony flowers – see photos at: http://www.bloomsforbusiness.com/weddings-gallery/
The ‘Open University’ award ceremonies, ‘Martin Associates’ at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, ‘Brett Landscaping’ at South Lodge, Horsham and of course our many weekend weddings.
January 31st, 2012
‘Lollipop’ Olive or Bay Trees
Lots of our new brides-to- be are ordering our lovely ‘lollipop’ olive or bay trees to decorate their wedding or ceremony venues, they look beautiful both inside and outdoors, especially in the evening if they have gently twinkling fairy lights on them – pictured here at the Grand Hotel Brighton, they are flanking the Empress suite hallway.
January 28th, 2012
Flowers for University of Sussex award ceremonies
We’ve just finished the three day award ceremonies at the Brighton Dome for the University of Sussex – see photos. The Dome stage was decked with 10 metres of flowers, this year the choice was jewel colours, deep pink, purple, emerald green and red. The flowers used were:- scented oriental lilies, red roses, purple limonium with daisy chrysanthemums and gerberas.
The graduates, university and Dome staff took away armfuls for flowers after the event breakdown on Friday 27th- some were practising their floristry skills in’ hand tied’ bouquet making!
We also designed the flowers for the VIP lunches at the Royal Pavilion for this event.
This year the William IV room was decorated with tropical deep pink gingers, green and pink bicoloured anthuriums, green orchids and red cornus. They were arranged in tall vases of crushed ice- colourful and very eye catching.
January 2nd, 2012
Happy New Year!
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.
This month we are busy seeing brides and organising this year’s weddings calendar.
July and August are already quite full (especially Saturdays) – dates are still available for June though.
Don’t forget to order your Valentines flowers early and take advantage of our free fresh rose petals with each order (online orders only). Our prices are the same as last year, our roses are top quality and large headed- they can’t fail to impress!
December 31st, 2011
Another busy year!
2011 proved to be another busy year for both weddings and corporate events, Nikki was asked to design flowers (for the 3rd year running) for the prestigious BBC Showcase events held in Brighton each year. These are 3 day events with 50 table centres per evening plus stage flowers and other props. See photos in the ‘events’ gallery.
We have also just been awarded the tender for another 3 years to provide the ceremony flowers for the graduation ceremonies for the University of Brighton.
They have been clients of ours for the last 7 years along with the University of Sussex and the Open University plus many more.
We have just provided the flowers for the annual Veteran car club at the Grand hotel. And are now busy gearing up for Christmas and New Year parties.
January 6th, 2011
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! To all our corporate and contract customers and brides old and new it’s been a pleasure designing flowers for your events and weddings.
We have been extremely busy working on our website, and have just launched our online shop offering beautiful gift bouquets and Valentines roses presented in our unique hatboxes, as well as 25% off all featured funeral tributes (see ‘Funeral’ page- online shop).
We are now able to supply chair covers with bows/sashes, plus table runners (big selection of colours and fabrics available) for all our wedding and event clients, call 01273- 301813 for more information.
Our budget range of table centres is proving popular – suitable for both weddings and events with prices from £12.50 (includes vase hire).
Email me at: – firstname.lastname@example.org for information and images.
For all of you feeling creative we also have available a ‘To Hire‘ range of vases, flower stands, candelabras, mirrored plates, tall standard bay trees and lovely vintage bird cages plus more (click on ‘Weddings’ above and have a look).
November 15th, 2010
Another busy year with just over 60 weddings completed
Another busy year with just over 60 weddings completed- we are now well into autumn/winter which is typically ‘event/party’ season and have just created several metre long arrangements for a 3 day event held at the Brighton Centre for Hampton Medical. Earlier in the year Nikki was asked by Thomson Reuters to design table centre arrangements for a lavish event they were hosting in Brighton.
In Spring next year we will be designing the flowers for the bi -annual award ceremonies for the universities of Brighton, Sussex and the Open University.
These events last between 2 and 6 days long and are held at the Brighton Dome. We design in situ cascading stage arrangements, sometimes up to 21 metres long , the whole length of the theatre stage- they comprise of scented, seasonal flowers. we refresh and maintain the displays for the duration- the colour palette and theme is changed for each event.
We have just launched our ‘to hire’ range of vases, stands, bay trees and bird cages.
As well as our complete ‘event packages’, which consist of chair covers, flowers, tea light candles and mirrored plates.
August 21st, 2010
South Lodge Wedding Fair
Come and visit us at the South Lodge Wedding Fair on 26th September and take advantage of our exclusive special offer on wedding flowers. Time: 10:30 – 4pm.
South Lodge Hotel
For further details: http://www.southlodgehotel.co.uk/EXCLUSIVE_HOTELS/weddings_and_ceremonies.aspx
We are also exhibiting at the East Sussex National Golf Hotel and Spa wedding fair on 31 October from 11ma to 4pm.
For further details: http://www.eastsussexnational.co.uk/events.php?id=22
April 6th, 2010
A busy start to the year…
We’ve had a busy start to the year, beginning with the university of Sussex award ceremonies at Brighton Dome in January. This was a two day event and we used scented white and pink flowers, the colour theme was carried through to the William the IV room in the Royal Pavilion for the VIP lunches.
This was closely followed by the university of Brighton ceremonies, again held at the Brighton Dome, for these ceremonies we did a spring theme in blue, white and yellow flowers that were arranged cascading over the 21 metre theatre stage.
Then Nikki was asked again this year to design the flowers for the BBC Showcase events that were held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton from the 20th to 24th Feb. The themes were ‘Sci- fi’, ‘murder mystery’ and ‘music festival’, the Sugababes were performing and many celebs turned up.
February 1st, 2010
Wedding flower workshops & bespoke valentines roses.
Our first spring ‘Wedding Workshops‘ will be held with Debenhams Brighton on the 20th and 21st of February. They are for anyone wanting to learn how to make some of their own wedding flowers, click here to book a place and pay on line, or see ‘Specials’ above for course information.
We have also just launched our on-line shop where you are able to buy bespoke Valentines roses, presented in our stylish hat boxes and vases. – Click the red bow above or go to our on-line shop to view.
December 1st, 2009
Royal pavilion wedding fair on Sunday 7th February 2010
Come and visit our stand at the Royal pavilion wedding fair on Sunday 7th February 2010 where you will be able to see some beautiful wedding bouquets, and get ideas for your reception and ceremony flowers. Maybe enrol in one of our spring workshops and learn how to make some of your own wedding flowers- and keep your costs down at the same time.
We are also exhibiting at Stanmer House wedding fair on Sunday 14th March 2010- come along and fill in a consultation request form (without obligation) to take advantage of are wedding fair special offer of a free presentation bouquet. This is only valid when we do your wedding flowers.
Terms and conditions apply
April 2nd, 2009
BBC Showcase Event
We were commissioned by the BBC to provide ideas and designs for their annual Showcase event in Brighton which attracts attendees from around the world. The event consisted of two themes evenings – “Moonscape” and “Centric Circles” held over a week in the ballroom at the Grand Hotel. We were honoured to be selected for this high profile event – See images in the events gallery.
October 6th, 2008
Win a bridal bouquet at the Royal Pavilion wedding fair.
Come and visit us at the Royal Pavilion Wedding Fair on Sunday 22nd Feb 2009. We will be there from 10.00am – 4pm to discuss all your wedding flower needs…. and give you the chance to win a Bouquet plus 10 runner up prizes of presentation bouquets.
Terms and Conditions apply.
July 31st, 2008
New website and our busiest 12 months ever!
No sooner had we completed a huge spectacular event at the Brighton Corn Exchange with nearly 500 guests for the Institute of Chartered Accountants complete with VIP guest speaker William Hague MP.
Nikki was asked to design the flowers for the opening of the Chinese Whispers: Chinoiserie in Britain 1650 -1930 exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. She chose blood red roses with gold bamboo in black lacquered containers to replicate the glamour of this period. (This exhibition continues until the 2nd Nov 08).
Our next large event was at the Royal Pavilion for the UBS investment bank. They held a VIP dinner in the magnificent Banqueting Hall, with a drinks reception in the great Kitchen.
We used our 3ft tall table candelabras for the dinner decked with roses, glossy green foliage, trailing green amaranthus and ivy. For the entrance a large classical urn of green hydrangea, deep pink ‘Milano’ and ‘Grand Prix’ roses with metre tall green gladioli was chosen. The look was opulent and sophisticated, the flowers looked stunning.
We have also just taken on the contract to supply the flowers for the new boutique hotel in the North Laines,’ My Hotel’ – They have just had their grand opening party, (with a difference!) they staged an ‘American Beauty’ style themed evening (we used over 400 red roses for petals) as well as filling the restaurant, bars, Carousel suite and function rooms with arrangements which added the perfect finishing touch.
Come and see us at the Royal Pavilion wedding fair (Spring 09); this popular event with hand picked exhibitors will give you lots of ideas and inspiration.