You may have guessed I am a fan of pink – even where the occasion calls for it that beautifully bright Barbie pink. But today is all about the dusky pink – and how it is simply a perfect idea … Continue reading
Flower arranging is not my forte – in fact I have been known to invite people round with that particular skill just to see them twitch uncontrollably at my awful attempt and then offer to ‘redo’ the arrangement. So a … Continue reading
Ribbons – a fantastic way to show off some pretty chairs and tie in your wedding colours. Naked bows – perfect for chiavari chairs – simple definitely equates to elegance – found on stylemepretty.com Woven – gorgeous chairs … Continue reading
I am thrilled to be part of the team at Just Perfect Wedding and Events Gallery in Cramlington, so I thought you should get to know some of the amazing businesses that are involved in this fabulous venture! Today I’m … Continue reading
Back with a bang after a very busy time Emma Pink, Boutique Floral is treating us to a post from the lovely Denise’s wedding at Wynyard Hall – not only do you get gorgeous flowers but a whole host of … Continue reading
Emma has been super busy over the past couple of weeks with some amazing weddings, Northern Pride Black Tie Ball, Harrowgate Flower show and so much more (that you should have a look over on her Facebook page – Boutique Florals … Continue reading
We are all trying to get the best deal for our wedding budget, but these package deals are they really the best for us? Are they the best thing for what you want? Do they give you what you need? Today Emma from Boutique Floral blogs a little more on this issue…
Package deal or bum deal?
You may have noticed recently that most things associated with weddings tend to come in a nice neat little package – a venue package deal, a suit hire package deal, a sweet buffet or candy cart package deal…. the list is endless!
This is intriguing, especially when all the brides I talk to want to stand out from the crowd and have a truly unique and personalised day to them. Why then, is there this culture of packages when it comes to organising your wedding?
Budget could be one of the main factors here – especially when it comes to venues and what they will provide for a set fee. However, more and more florists are also jumping on this ‘package bandwagon’ and so I wanted to explore this in relation to Boutique Floral.
Every single wedding is different. Whether it is the location, number of guests, style, seating, or even if it is a same sex wedding or not, no two weddings ever have the exact same requirements.
As such how could I as a florist ever offer a handful of packages to fit with every couple I see?
A package deal for flowers offers 1 bridal bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, 4 buttonholes, 2 corsages, and 5 small table arrangements. The price is very reasonable and so you decide to book. Nearer the date of the wedding you realise that there will be an extra groomsman and only 1 bridesmaid. How do you get your money back for the bridesmaid bouquet and will you have to pay for an additional buttonhole?
Not only that but your venue have now also gone into liquidation and your reception room is much taller and demands taller table centrepieces so as to not look out of place or mismatched in your photos that you are also spending a large amount of money on. Is this included in the package deal you paid?
Unfortunately committing to a package deal often means that there is very little compromise if you need any changes. Also have you ever questioned why these package deals are so affordable in the first place?
If we florists buy lots of the same materials in bulk then we get a discount. We can then pass on this discount to our clients however it means that our clients are all getting the same thing. You have no say in flower type, or overall style and therefore are getting a mass produced design with nothing personalising that item to you. Does this sound like the sort of thing you would like for your wedding day?
How could I as a florist ever put my reputation on the line by offering conveyor belt bouquets to each of my lovely couples? As far as I see it flowers tell a story and should therefore be personal to you and your story. If you have a strict budget then tell your florist as any one worth their salt will work with you to achieve a beautiful design that is perfect for you and on budget.
So if you’re considering a package deal for your wedding flowers, maybe ask the supplier exactly what is included, what space there is for alterations, and how they will be bespoke to you and your loved one.
After all, it is your big day and every aspect of it should revolve around you both. As such, Boutique Floral does not offer package deals as I want to learn all about you, your story, and make your designs completely bespoke to you.
Photography: Laura Pearman, Pearman Photography, www.pearmanphotography.co.uk
Flowers: Boutique Floral, Northumberland www.boutiquefloral.co.uk
Valentine’s Day has traditionally always been the time for romance and red Roses so what better time of year to tie the knot with your loved one? Over the years I have heard and catered for lots of brides … Continue reading
Good Morning everyone!
Now that the snow has passed we are well and truly on our way to one of my favourite days – Valentine’s Day! If you are like me and love a good wedding, romantic movie or soppy novel then its time to get ready for the day of Red roses, cards and unashamedly being in love! I’ve had a look around and want to share some wonderful Valentine’s day ideas for you.
Classico is a fantastic Italian restaurant based in Gosforth, just off the high street. They have a fantastic Valentine’s Day menu – 2 or 3 courses! A gorgeous evening.
Find them on facebook – http://www.facebook.com/classicogosforth or on twitter at @classicoitalian.
There is limited availability for their Valentine’s Day special so get booking now – 0191 2849900.
Roses are Red…. what would Valentine’s Day be without roses! A bouquet of these gorgeous flowers can really make anyone smile!
There are a huge ranges of florists out and about to speak to. I’d love to recommend a couple here:
Gillian at The Flower Store in Wallsend helps “make someone’s day with a great bouquet!” Drop by (60 Chicken Road, High Farm, Wallsend NE28 8NN) or give her a call 0191 234 2259. Pop over and give them a like on facebook – here!
Also Vicky from the “Floral Quarter” in Gosforth. Pop by to their facebook page and check out the wonderful flowers (and gifts and chocolates). There is an offer on also if you order before the end of January! So go on click the like and get yourself a great deal!
Flowers …. with a twist
For those who love flowers but want something a little different – check out Shindigz! Some fantastic balloon art going on here!
This picture shows their gorgeous roses bouquet made of balloons! This is available for £20! What a deal! Not only does it look amazing but no maintenance and no thorns!
Shindigz are on facebook – pop over and say hi and check out their other amazing balloon facebook.com/shindigz.northeast!
Ideas to celebrate?
What are you doing to celebrate Valentines? There are loads of places to head for meals out, nights stays – our lovely region is full of amazing independent restaurants, hotels, bars and even clubs!
Perhaps you like to stay in? We use a wonderful Indian Takeaway – the Bindi (based in Denton Burn) You can eat in at their restaurant or order some amazing food to bring home! Please check out their page The Bindi!
Romantic films more your thing? Forbes have listed their top ten here – let me know if you agree (my love for one John Cusack would have “Say Anything” with the boombox scene much higher on the list)!
For those who like a bit more kick ass-ness – “A good day to die hard” is out just in time for Valentine’s Day! Now there is no excuse not to enjoy a good film – whatever your tastes!
Want to give something that’s a bit different to flowers, personal and fantastically gorgeous – we LOVE Emma Bunting – she has a great Valentines Bunting available on ETSY. Why not pop over and have a look. You can also say hi on facebook – there are so many gorgeous pieces – Bunting is not just for Valentines Day!
Not yet engaged? This is for you!
This a cute idea from Luvverly Jubberly Cards! Have a look on facebook or just wanting to send a Valentine’s Day card – Aimee has over 20 designs for your to choose from!
Well, despite the cold, grey Tyneside sky this blogger made it to the Lancastrian Suite on Sunday and what a fantastic selection of suppliers. For anyone unable to make it, here’s a quick run down of what was on offer:
There were 3 fantastic cars on display from Webbs special occasions cars – beautiful Rolls Royce’s – one particularly stunning car from 1952 – gorgeous interiors and well maintained!
On show were the wonderful wares of Just Perfect Weddings and Events Galleries in Cramlington and Washington – a great selection on offer by their permanent exhibitors – from stationery to wellies, wishing trees to umbrellas (some quite essential to a Tyneside based wedding!) Within this was the wonderful bespoke stationary from By Wendy – from invitations to full stationary packages – all created by Wendy!
Gorgeous dresses require gorgeous accessories – hand crafted swarovski crystals and pearl jewellery is always a classic choice and is created by Gina of By Gina. From bracelets to tiara’s necklaces to hair pins she offers a huge range of jewellery and accessories. And this jewellery is not just for weddings (anyone reading this and looking for Christmas gifts – check out the website!)
Looking for something to add a bit of fun to your reception – well getting people in a Shrek mask in all their finery seems to be the way to go! Fantastic photo booth and props to hire from Snaparazzi Photobooths!
Now no wedding is complete without cake (well in my personal opinion no afternoon is complete without cake but we will leave that ….) and Brides and Grooms you truly are spoilt for choice with “A truly Scrumptious Cake.” While each and every cake on display was a work of art – I have to say a personal favourite was the Malteaser covered cake! Unbelieveable!!! A great service on offer by Tracey with free loan on cake stands and pillars, a huge range of options and styles and some very, very yummy cake to try indeed!
Music can make or break a party, and AM DJ services know this! So with a pre-event meeting (to get your fav’s and the ones that are a big NO NO!) and text request service on the night you can be sure you have the music that suit your tastes – however eclectic!
Flowers … pulling together a beautiful bouquet is not as easy as it may appear (to some), there is a lot of time taken over getting the right styles, complimentary flowers, working with in season (and depending on requests – out of season) varieties all to look perfect on the big day! So it was lovely to meet Sarah, from Pom and Flo, who had some lovely displays, particularly gorgeous rustic styles on offer!
A delightful difference to this fayre was the “wandering brides” – modelling some fantastic dresses in and amongst us Fayre attendees – a great was to see the dresses up close and how they move, if you are a particularly active dancer you may want to make sure that the dress will give you room to strut your stuff (and gravity will not win out!) Great idea Gina!
Speaking of dresses, there were some fabulous collections on show by A.J.Bridal, based in Newburn. Give them a call if you are looking for your perfect dress – they have a great selection to choose from!
Sweets, sweets, who loves sweets! I do!!! And how about a gorgeous, themed candy buffet! The Candy Buffet Studio has some fantastic ideas to make your buffet stand out from the others!
Once your big day is over and you have your photograph album back and stored neatly on the coffee table – what is left as a daily reminder of your big day is your wedding ring! If you are still looking for the perfect ring – have a chat with Polished… who offer local craftsmanship and bespoke designs.
Your big day is your day.. a day to be the blushing bride (or gorgeous groom)! So treat yourself with beauty treatments, and professional hair and make-up services by the big event. A great range of pre-wedding and wedding day treatments available.
I also got a chance to talk to two fantastic companies Made2matter and Make Bake and Decorate. A beautiful range of handmade, bespoke cakes, stationary and accessories. A couple of favourites were the stunning crystal bouquets and a dramatic black and white art deco cake! Looking to step out of the vintage trend – speak to these ladies! Fantastic and different ideas.
On my exploration I had two “assistants” – my niece and nephew! Now they say never work with children but all the exhibitors were fantastic! As they hunted around looking for their treasure (another fab idea Gina) they were looking and asking a lot of questions to people – including are we done yet! But it all made up for it when they got their goody bag from Kids Deserve the Best, a great service you can include in your wedding to allow children to be part of your big day!
Though they seemed to tire walking around they did enjoy the singing! James Entertainment have a great range of entertainment options available for your big day – from “Rat-Packed” to “Just James” and quite a bit in between.
There were some gorgeous table and chair dressing going on yesterday. The Event Dressers had a beautiful table set out with not only chair covers and sashes but they can add-on napkin ties, table runners, filled favour bags – all matching into your theme. The linen was beautiful quality and they styling was first class.
Now, I’ve spoken about event dressing, make up, rings, dresses – what have I missed – estate agents! With so many couples marrying or celebrating a civil partnership later in life or after they have bought their own home, setting up together may not require the crockery and household items it used to – more often than not its needing to offload some and decide what to do with your 2 properties! So Clarke Holland were there to offer a bit of advice to those couples with a couple of houses!
Guest books are a lovely way to see who was there and keep a special memento – but like photo albums they can find their way into a cupboard – only out at special occasions. Occasion Supplies have some fantastic guest signing frames and guest fingerprint frames for your friends and family to put their mark on your day!
Tyne Events were exhibiting with their wonderful chair covers and a lovely starlight backdrop. Not just chair covers – they have a range of packages to suit different budgets and styles – even offering a DIY chair cover service!
So from starlight backdrops to mood lighting! Premier Wedding DJ‘s Chris was on hand to talk through all your music needs – from Disco services to photography slide shows, mood lighting to add to your venue or ceremony music services and the opportunity to have your name in lights!
We’ve spoken flower bouquets, crystal bouquets – lets not forget some gorgeous button bouquets – B Dazzled had some gorgeous bouquets on offer but a favourite of mine was the pinks – silk flowers and buttons – a fantastic bouquet and gorgeous keepsake!
I resisted before but the flying sherbet saucers on offer from Daisychain Events were just too much to resist! Daisychain offer a range of services to help with your big day – from the candy buffet on offer to styling, crockery hire and more!
To capture your special day, White Rose Productions was on call to talk through all the photography and video options – from the specifics of your photos to the finished packages (and they had some delightful albums to choose from), they offer a range of packages to suit all budgets.
So all in all a fantastic day – if you didn’t make it – these are the great suppliers I got a chance to speak to! You will see a bit more from a few of these on the blog and can grab their details from our Directory!
Looking for the next Explore Wedding Fayre – Sunday 4th November in Dolphin Centre, Darlington!