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Wedding Flowers

For unique wedding flowers and bouquets in Brighton, Sussex, Kent & Surrey.

No two weddings are the same, and that’s why all our bespoke bouquets and displays are tailor-made to match your perfect day – whether it’s a stylish, contemporary creation, a nostalgic vintage posy or an elegant traditional arrangement.

From village church to grand castle, no celebration is too small or large and we’ll be on hand every step of the way with design ideas, cost cutting tips and expert advice for all your civil partnership or wedding flowers in Brighton, Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

Contact us for a free meeting to discuss ideas, colours and budgets. You can browse our portfolio, see our large selection of vases, candelabras and chair covers and get a feel for different design styles.

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Brides in Bloom – for Sussex, Kent and Surrey.

Who gets what… of the many brides-to-be that come to see me, one of the most commonly asked questions is who should have flowers?

Well the groom, best man, dads, grandfathers, page boys, and ushers all usually receive buttonholes for their lapels (worn on the left.) The groom’s buttonhole is often one of the same flowers used in the bride’s bouquet, but will have more detail or will be a little different in colour or size from the others. If she gets black feathers and diamantes, he may too!

Bridesmaids always need flowers and often carry a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet (although if the bride has chosen a ‘shower’ style wedding bouquet, then the bridesmaids may have hand-tied designs using the same flowers or one of the flower choices in the brides bouquet). Flower girls also need something floral, they can carry a variety of arrangements - a floral pomander, a basket of flowers (or fresh scented rose petals) a wrist corsage or even a wand with flowers attached - they tend to love copying the bride so a tiny hand held posy is always loved.

Mums and grandmothers typically get given dress corsages although they can be worn on their hats, handbags or wrists. If the fabric of their outfit is flimsy a pinned on corsage may well pull at it and a better choice may be to wear one elsewhere - Ask your florist about using a magnet to attach them.

It is customary for the groom to present the mums with ‘thank you’ bouquets usually done during the speeches - These can be in the same colours as the wedding flowers, or in their personal preferred colours. It is best to ask your florist to order ‘best available seasonal flowers’ for these as this way you will get more value for your money. An alternative idea to gift bouquets and something a little different is to present the mums with a plant. Perhaps an orchid or even a small standard rose bush as these are always appreciated especially if they enjoy gardening and will be a lovely reminder of your wedding day for years to come.

All personal flowers (except the gift bouquets) look best if coordinated with the bridal bouquet not necessarily the same flower types - for example if the bride’s bouquet has orange ‘Mango’ calla lilies, yellow orchids and ‘Black Bacara’ roses, the bridesmaids could have posies of just ‘ Black Bacara’ roses. If you are on a very tight budget then you could have wrist corsages for your bridesmaids - these are very stylish on a pearl or diamante bracelet with just a bloom or two attached.

Any other close relatives and special friends could also be given flowers to wear if your budget allows (corsages or buttonholes).

Don’t forget your four-legged friend; many brides are including their pets in their celebrations, especially with the huge variety of different ceremony venues now available. Floral dog collars have become very popular or even a simple ribbon with one bloom on it will make your furry friend feel special and included in the celebrations.

Reception and ceremony flowers for your perfect day

If your ceremony and reception are in the same venue then it is possible to use your table flowers twice, and of course cost effective. This works especially well if the chosen table arrangements are tall. Two of these can be placed on plinths on either side of the registrar’s table and later moved onto your wedding breakfast tables. Hotel staff are very used to doing this and on the whole are happy to help. If you have decided on a classic ‘long & low’ arrangement this can also be used initially on the registrar’s table and later moved onto your top table (this is often done while you and your guests are having canapés and champagne- and no one is any the wiser, everyone assumes you have ordered loads of flowers!

Table flowers are in my option one of the most important wedding flower purchases – people sit at a typical wedding reception for hours so it is worth pushing the boat out and spending money on them. Home made table arrangements usually look home-made and while in some more rustic or informal venues this may work, generally it is not advisable.
If you are going to do your own table centres I would advise keeping things as simple as possible- see ‘Useful ideas for table flowers’.

When choosing the table flowers for your special day take into account the decor as well as the general colours at your venue (of carpets and curtains as well as wall decoration). Low quaint jugs filled with garden flowers look lovely in a barn or an informal country setting, but they can look too low key in a chic city hotel- even a little at odds in posh country house hotels- they look best for informal events in rustic settings.

As a rule of thumb tall vases/arrangements look best in large reception rooms with high ceilings and lower vases/arrangements in more intimate spaces. However for economy and also for interest table centres can be alternated for example giant martini vases can be alternated with low glass vases of the same type of flowers. This option works well in larger venues (e.g. Marquees, grand ballrooms etc) so a giant tall vase then a low vase of the same types of flowers on the next table and so on – you need a minimum of 9 tables to do this, but it is a very cost effective way of creating impact and interest for a large wedding or event.

Table centres should be below eye level or way above it – so nothing between 40cm to 50cm tall (this is eye level) as this will drive your guests mad trying to talk around your floral designs. Tall vases typically give more impact, especially when you first enter a room and give more Wow factor.

However many experienced event managers will not use tall centre pieces if they are hosting a corporate event with any type of award ceremony or an event with wall projection screens in case of obstruction. In this case special down (or up) lighting may be used to make lower table flowers stand out more and help create impact, drama and atmosphere.

Useful ideas for table flowers

How to choose a florist

Whether you are looking for a florist for a civil partnership, wedding, party, product launch or are organising corporate flowers for an event look for a florist that has experience in doing such work especially large events. Ask what recent events they have done and have a look at their client list to make sure it was an event they designed flowers for and not just delivered a presentation bouquet for the guest speaker.

The same applies for a wedding florist – inquire to see how many weddings they typically do a year- with some florists its 10 while others it’s over 50. More is not necessarily best but it does show experience level. Blooms for Business are expert wedding and event florists, and we generally do between 50 and 60 weddings each year as well as many large corporate events and functions.

When looking for a florist, do your research and check out their portfolio (or website galleries.) Make sure all the spectacular wedding and event flowers you see there are actually their own work and not stock photos. Interflora and other relay companies provide photos of funeral tributes and gift bouquets to their members (you will be able to tell these as they will appear on every other florist’s website.) So if you are after something a little different choose an independent florist.

Check customer reviews - both Qype and Google allow people to review individual florists or ask your florist for a few traceable references you can contact.

Do ‘Google’ searches for florists in your area- and have a look at their websites.
And if you like what you see then book an appointment for a consultation, always the best way to assess a florist’s approach to your wedding. The consultation is generally free.

Be aware that some wedding venues may advise you to use their’ house florist.’ This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but sometimes they may take a commission from the florist so always worth shopping around and making your own mind up as to who you want to use.

Blooms for Business are a Brighton based florist specializing in bespoke wedding and event flowers covering Sussex, Surrey and Kent.