Monday, 16 May 2016

Creative Collective Magic

Sunday 15th May saw the first of the Creative Collective Wedding Fairs at Ocean Studios. There are going to be many a blog post about this event because it was so awesome! But I think everyone's view of the day will be slightly different, and I wanted to share mine.

Over the years I have attended many wedding fairs, I pay for a space, a box or a table. I do my very best to fill my assigned area, be different and make my space stand out from the rest. It works, and I get bookings from lovely couples that I meet.

With the vision of lovely Danni, owner of fabulous stationary and styling company Faithful Designs and The Wed Hub, this Sunday was going to be different. Wherever possible, Danni encouraged us to not have a table, to show our creative side and work with the space we had to make this wedding show unique. 

I borrowed bits and bobs from friends and with my van full of a everything from peonies to suitcases, daisies to wooden crates, I was off! 

The most amazing empty space that is Ocean Studios was filled with every Brides dream, from rings to dresses, bouquets and stationary. It was incredible to see this space filled with fantastic suppliers and lovely couples. 

My neighbouring stands included the very talented Dave Crocker, who creates a unique wedding painting of your day. Certainly worth speaking to Dave if you have ideas, he is so open to new ideas. 

Dave Crocker starting a little sketch of the day - a dedicated creative!

Danni herself out did us all on the display stakes! Bringing literally everything including the settee!! her stand was amazing!

The super lovely Mrs Jutson was just down the row, promoting her stunning wedding photography portfolio. Louise Jutson is an amazing photographer, and so enthusiastic about her work. I've been lucky enough to have my work photographed by her in the past, and, having seen her wedding portfolio she captures the moment perfectly. Louise is also very much promoting the album. I am so behind this idea! Photographs of your special day are appreciated so much more in a stunning book than on a memory stick!

Louise chatting with a couple about wedding photos

Tegen jewellery brought along some of her amazing pieces, all of which certainly caught my eye. I love the idea of buying a unique precious wedding ring that you know no one else is going to have.

Aisla Munro works wonders with a needle and thread! I have never seen such stunning handmade dresses. I have seen Aislas work before, but only in pictures, and this weekend I saw several of her pieces. My lovely bride from a wedding this weekend wore a piece by Aisla, and I also got to see stunning dresses displayed on Sunday, they are truly a work of art. 

Jayne brought along some amazing pieces from Audrey & Rose, which caught the eye of my inner magpie all day with their stunning sparkles! 

Downstairs was filled with lovely suppliers too! 
Katy Short displayed her amazing talents as a make up artist for the first time at a wedding fair. This lady works wonders with a makeup brush! 
The lovely Te Amo Brides brought along their fabulous new suit collection. Centrepiece cakes filled her space with stunning designs and Anon Designs brought along their fantastically unique stationary. 

Pretty little cufflinks from Pretty Little Treats

Without doubt, this was one of the best shows I have been too. The suppliers were lovely to chat to, and the couples that came along were inspired by what they saw. The relaxed, friendly atmosphere gave people the chance to wander and chat freely. 

The Creative Collective is magically unique, and I am thrilled to have been part of the first one!

Thanks to Stuart Brampton for the amazing event photography! Hope you don't mind me stealing the pics! 

#weddingshow #creativecollective #oceanstudios #plymouth 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

You're engaged!

You’re engaged!Firstly, huge congratulations, this is a very exciting time!

1654017_10152520646948541_6335403858452538534_nThere is so much to plan, all your ideas to write down and research and, over the next few months, I’m sure you will read through a mountain of magazines telling you what to do and when.
As a florist, flowers will always be high on my list of things to plan, but for many couples, they are often the last thing on the list. Some brides tell me that they were dreading choosing flowers or thought it would be the hardest part. I always say it should be one of the best bits!

Flowers can really tie everything together, and they can certainly finish off a room.
Here are some tips to make your wedding flower planning that bit easier..

Twelve months to go… 
– Make a list of all the flowers you need, and also of any extra bits you would love.
– Gather some ideas of flowers you like and colour schemes that you think would fit with your wedding.
– Grab some flower magazines and if you can, set up a Pinterest board of ideas you love.
– Ask recently married friends for florist recommendations, pick up leaflets at wedding fairs and Google florists in your local area.
– Email florists with a list of what you would like and ask for a rough quote.
Nine months to go…
– Pick two florists from your emails and arrange to meet up with them. Take along a swatch of bridesmaids material, pictures that you have collected and anything else you think might help the florist. Ask for a quotation in writing, checking that there are no hidden costs with set up fees or delivery charges.
– Book your favourite florist, the one you feel most confident with, that may not necessarily be the cheapest one. You will probably need to pay a deposit to secure the day. Ask for a confirmation in writing.


Five months to go…
– Arrange another meeting with your florist. Go through the finer details of your flowers, numbers of buttonholes, corsages and table decorations if you know them. If you would like your florist to label buttonholes, now is the time to give them names of Groomsmen etc.
– If your florist isn’t familiar with your venue, perhaps arrange to meet them there.
– Ask for a final quote.
One month to go… 
– Contact your florist and confirm details of times and addresses for deliveries on your wedding day. Most florists will set up two-three hours before your ceremony time, depending on how much there is to do.
– Make sure your florist has phone numbers for you, your Groom and another person on your wedding day, just in case.
– Check when your final balance is due, most florists ask for the balance around two weeks before the wedding.
A few days before…
– Give your florist a quick ring to make sure everything has arrived ok and there are no problems.
– Check what time your florist will be arriving on your wedding day.


Your big day…
– Once your florist has delivered your flowers, try and keep them as cool as possible.
– If your flowers have arrived in water, dry the stems around half an hour before you are going to carry them to your ceremony.
We have had lots of enquiries from lovely brides about their wedding flowers, and we are arranging lots of meetings to discuss their wedding flowers for this year and 2017. Our next wedding fair is Sunday 24th January at Plymouth Guildhall! Where you will be able to see some of our gorgeous work and see upcoming trends and colour schemes. It would be great to see some of you there!

If you would like to meet up and discuss your ideas, please just get in touch.
Email :
Phone : 07887 369275

Hannah x