Words and flowers by Campbells Flowers
Images by S6 Photography
Wedding Fayres are increasingly popular as a way of giving a Bride the chance to look over a venue and meet a number of suppliers in one convenient space. They can be a bit hectic, and for those who have never been to one before, a little daunting. I recently had a stand at a wedding fayre and couldn’t help noticing that quite a number of Brides were a little shy in coming forward and chatting about flowers, so I thought it might be helpful to offer some tips and advice about what to expect and ask to get the most out of your visit.
Most florists will do their best to ‘put on a show’ to try and give you some idea of what they can do. They will spend lots of time planning what to create and will order carefully chosen, beautiful flower materials to work with. Designing and making up the arrangements will take a good part of the day before, with an early start on the actual day to finish off and check over designs. A good florist will showcase examples of a full range of their wedding work and will typically include the following:-
- A large, creative, often technically demanding showpiece such as a candelabra, pedestal arrangement or focal table decoration - Several Bridal bouquets, usually in different styles such as hand tieds, shower bouquets, waterfall bouquets or structured bouquets. - A couple of Bridesmaids’ bouquets and one or two novelty items which might include a circlet, Alice Band, basket, wand etc (the possibilites are endless!) - Corsages, wrist corsages and buttonholes - A range of small, medium and large table decorations
Don’t be nervous about approaching and talking to the florist, after all she or he might be nervous too – but they are passionate about what they do. A good starting point is to talk about the venue you have chosen to get married in and discuss the style, theme and any chosen colours of your wedding. That should get the conversation started nicely!
Some Brides are attracted to a particular design and often will want to talk about that. The florist should be helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and you will know very quickly whether or not she or he ‘gets’ you. Ask about seasonal availability particularly if you are at a wedding fayre in Spring but getting married in December - again the florist should be able to guide and advise you on the right flowers for your colours.
The main thing is to have a nice, informal chat and if you feel you like the person and they’re not too pushy, then take their details or, if you know you love their work, book a consultation there and then.
Here are some tips on what to look for:-
- Look carefully at the style of design – does it feel right? Will it work with your theme? If the overall table looks very ‘corporate’ then it might not work with your Boho wedding.
- Don’t be put off if you don’t see your exact colour scheme, remember the table is only 6ft and the designs only represent an idea of what he/she can do! If you can imagine the designs you see in a different colour-way then you’ll be fine.
- Ask to see their portfolio (they should have it with them) and check there are plenty of photographs of ‘real’ weddings. It’s very easy to make-up a portfolio full of designs which haven’t actually been ordered. Or even, horror of horrors, copy and paste a photo of someone else’s work. Make sure there are lots of pictures of happy Brides!
- Check how the designs are finished, has thought gone into the details such as carefully co-ordinated ribbon on the bouquets? Is everything in tip top condition and well put together? Does everything say good quality to you?
And finally, bear in mind that unlike many other suppliers at wedding fayres, florists have to pay not only for their stand, but also for their perishable flowers. The event will cost them at least £100 extra, not to mention the time they spend making the designs. So, if you like what they do – please let them know, you can always book a consultation after you’ve had a chance to check out their website.
At one wedding fayre I had a Bride come over and in answer to my question ‘Is there anything in particular that you like?’ replied ‘Yes, everything!’ (you know who you are Kirsti!).
Hope that’s helpful and if you need any advice on seasonality do get in touch we are always happy to share, or pop over to our website for lots of British grown flowery inspiration in our ‘just picked’ style.
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