Feature, Flowers/Decoration, Gallery, Wedding Planning

5 beautiful handmade fabric flower bridal bouquets from Etsy

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 31st, 2012

Flowers is an essential part of any wedding, from table decorations to the bridal bouquet. And for most brides their bouquet is one of the most important keepsakes from their wedding day, however dried flowers are a pain to keep beautiful as the years pass – not to mention dust free!

One trend is to opt for a bridal bouquet made from other materials such as brooches and fabric. You can even incorporate an old heirloom into it to make it extra special. We’ve taken a little look around our favourite online shop, Etsy, to see which floral delights were around.

Here are five gorgeous handmade fabric flower bouquets.

All for love LOVE

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Embrace Halloween with this white, orange and black bouquet from all for love LOVE, £159.61

Flowers/Decoration, Gallery

Wedding tip: Be an eco bride with wedding flowers made from recycled materials

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on October 8th, 2012

Weddings can be very hard on the environment, what with all the flowers, ribbons and printed invites that go with making it a memorable day.

If you want to enjoy your wedding with the satisfaction that you’re not making the environment and flowers suffer unnecessary, how about choosing to have your wedding flowers made from recycled materials?

Crafty and creative Tennessee artist Lauren Karnitz makes plastic flowers from materials most of us throw away: milk cartons, straws, medicine bottles and sweetie wrappers. Crafts roses, peonies, magnolias, sunflowers and other flowers, Karnitz have been working in the wedding flowers business for around two years, helping out brides with their bouquets, corsages and wedding cake flowers. And they prove to be relatively affordable as well!

Prices range from $45 for boutonnieres and corsages, while flowers from cakes range between $150 to $450 per cake depending on the size and design.

Now there’s a wedding bouquet that will last forever…

All images: Lauren Karnitz

Flowers/Decoration, Sponsored posts

Popular wedding flower trends for 2012

By shinychris on February 24th, 2012

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Wedding trends change as often as the latest fashion looks and are influenced by what goes on at wedding shows, as well as on the catwalk. And such changes in what’s hot also have an effect on what wedding flowers will be popular.

So, here’s our list of the top wedding flower trends to look out for in 2012.


Imagine walking down the aisle with the scent of roses trailing after you. Florists are going to be adding all sorts of aromatic herbs to sweet-smelling bouquets this year. Flowers such as roses, peonies and lilies are expected to feature heavily alongside herbs such as mint, rosemary and oregano!


There’s been a lot of purple showcased on bridal catwalks and this is going to be reflected in the flower choices couples are making for their weddings. Karen Barnes, Head of Floral Gifting at Interflora, says: “Purple is going to feature heavily in bouquets and other wedding flowers this year. Look for rich, opulent purples and pastel lavenders. This could also be tied in with other decorations and bridesmaids’ dresses.”


Wedding flowers have been heavily influenced by the royal weddings in 2011. Because of Kate Middleton’s beautiful bouquet of lily of the valley, myrtle and hornbeams, the simplicity of white and green is going to see a surge in popularity.

Karen Barnes says: “White and green are always popular with brides because they are so classic and timeless, but what will change is the horticultural materials florists will be using in these bouquets.”


This is a trend that will continue to be popular throughout the coming year. Pastel shades of roses, carnations and tulips look great when mixed with pale greens and whites such as narcissus, rosemary and salal. These bouquets also tend to smell fantastic too and the combination of sweet-smelling flowers and herbs can really add something special to a wedding venue.

To see more flowers or to get information on flowers by post visit

Flowers/Decoration, Gallery, Wedding decorations, Wedding Idea, Wedding Trends

Wedding idea: Sweet trees as table centerpiece decorations

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on December 19th, 2011

Retro sweets has grown in popularity in recent years and this is something which we think we’ll see a lot more on the UK wedding scene in 2012; already popular in America sweet trees make great table centrepieces or wedding favours. Simply choose which sweeties are your favourites- chocolates, love hearts, flying saucers – and see people’s faces light up when they realise they can eat your wedding table decorations!

Flying Saucer, Sweet Tree by Rivera - £46.00

Strawberry jellies - Sweet Tree by Rivera - £35.00

Enchanted Mashmallow - Sweet Tree by Sweet Creations - Price upon request

Marshmallow - Sweet Tree by Rivera - £35.00

Images: Sweet Tree by Rivera / Sweet Creations

Flowers/Decoration, News, Relationships

The decorating battle of the newlyweds

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 20th, 2011

When you’re in the blissful state of newlyweds on honeymoon, day-to-day chores and other domestic trivialities seem so far away. But wedded bliss appears to be left firmly at the door for most newlyweds and no sooner than having walked across the threshold cracks begin to show if we’re to believe a new study by Crown Paints. What do people argue about you ask?

According to the survey it’s not about which school to send the future offspring to or who’s going to take out the rubbish, but how to decorate the new marital home. 6 in 10 newlyweds cite differing decorating ideas as one of the greatest causes of severe arguments between them.

The survey found that 19% of men wish to banish photos of the in-laws and their partners’ family heirloom, while for women the greatest bugbear is their partners’ games consoles and DVD/CD collections, with 30% wishing to ban them from the house altogether.

I totally understand that personality and interior design ideas can cause big clashes. If anything these new findings emphasise the importance of talking through any crazy decorating wishes and collector obsessions before tying the knot. After all you wouldn’t want to find your house filled with a massive collection of Super Mario memorabilia or have the whole flat painted in pink after you’ve got married, would you?

Accessories, Flowers/Decoration, Gallery, Keepsakes & Favours, Lingerie, Rings & Jewellery, Shoes

Etsy finds: Something blue…

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 14th, 2011

We all know the saying ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’ when it comes to weddings.

So we thought we’d look at Etsy, the site for handmade and unique items, for something blue – it can also act as your ‘something new’…

Blue Tulle Skirt

Flowers/Decoration, Product news, The Royal Wedding

Celebrate Kate and William’s royal wedding with this cute cake stand

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on April 4th, 2011

We don’t know if you’re planning a proper afternoon tea on Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding day later this month, but thought this cute cake stand was too good to keep to ourselves.

The cake stand features the well-known London sights that the royal couple will pass by on the procession, like Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the Mall.

It’s by Esther Coombs and is available from for £148.00

Now where are our scones…

Flowers/Decoration, Gallery, Keepsakes & Favours, Wedding Themes

Wedding trends: Butterflies

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 31st, 2011

With summer just around the corner – hey we can but dream! – we’ve been thinking about what the next theme for weddings will be. Many will choose to keep the theme around a particular colour, a motif or dress code, while some go all out and opt for fairytale characters or just all gone crazy Big Fat Gypsy Wedding style.

According to The Last Detail, one of the most popular motifs in recent times is that of the butterfly, with some couples even choosing to release live butterflies at their wedding as an alternative to the traditional white doves as a symbol of love.

If butterflies will be the hottest must-have wedding theme for 2011 remains to be seen, but these wedding decorations are adorable. The Last Detail has even created a Butterfly Wishing Line where guests can write promises, hopes and dreams for the newlywed couple, creating a magical line of butterflies that can adorn a tree or along the aisle of an outdoor wedding. What a wonderful keepsake too!

Feature, Flowers/Decoration, Know How, Venues

How to have a wedding in your own garden

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 30th, 2011

When it comes to deciding on the venue of your wedding, it might be that the perfect location is right at your doorstep: your back doorstep in fact!

As more couples are opting for bespoke ceremonies and less formal receptions for their big day, finding the right venue will often prove difficult. Most venues will insist on a specific package, a minimum number of guests, money spent on drinks and so the costs just keep on mounting up. And the wedding isn’t necessarily going to be that personalised as it will be what the happy couple before you had and the happy couple before them and so on…

If you’re lucky enough to have your own garden (or know someone that does) why not turn your little plot of land into a stunning setting for a wedding tea party.

Yorkshire based company Backyard Weddings has noticed this trend are offering a bespoke service for Northern brides and grooms who wish to say their vows in the comfort of their own garden. Backyard Weddings will come to you, set up the marquee in case it rains complete with chandeliers, deck the furniture (they’ll bring it!) with vintage twist – making it perfect for a vintage tea party. The service also includes a bespoke wedding ceremony, so you’ll be able to decide on every little detail! And if you’ve got 150 friends, it doesn’t matter as they can cater for very small to more meadow sized wedding parties.

Are you planning a garden wedding? We’d love to hear from you.

Feature, Flowers/Decoration, Gallery, Get the Look, Vintage, Wedding Planning

Wedding glamour with Vintage Simplicity

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 12th, 2011

If you’re planning a wedding that draws on the fashion and style from the 20’s and 50’s – here’s a little treat. Unless you breathe and live in the eras gone by, chance is that you haven’t got the necessary accessories to make your wedding picture vintage perfect. And scouring markets for china and trinkets that are probably overpriced anyway, is bound to set you back lots of pretty pennies.

Luckily there are people like Kerry Smith out there, whose passion is all things vintage. Kerry has collected an eclectic mix of vintage china and accessories for over a decade which she now uses in her events company Vintage Simplicity. Based in South West London, Kerry will help you create wonderful weddings that reflect bygone eras of sophistication, elegance and style.

Everything in this unique collection – all items are sourced in the UK – is handpicked by Kerry, and is certain to make your beautiful vintage day flawless. You can either hire the collection or take advantage of Vintage Simplicity’s bespoke styling service to make sure you get things right.

Vintage Simplicity is able to deliver throughout London, The Home Countries and The South of England. For more information visit

Vintage wedding party

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Photo: Lily and Frank Photography

Looking for a perfect vintage inspired wedding dress? Check out our vintage wedding gowns gallery.

Flowers/Decoration, Know How, Wedding Answers

How to make your own bridal wedding bouquet

By Andrea Petrou on December 7th, 2009

round bouquet.jpgWith some bridal budgets being tight, sometimes flowers fall onto the bottom of your must have list, after all a dress, shoes and groom’s outfit are much more important. However, as we’ve said before, flowers are seen by many as an essential part of the day, especially the brides wedding bouquet. So we’ve put together a few steps on how to make a hand tied bouquet, which will work out a lot cheaper than visiting a florist.

Bouquet step one: Decide on the style you like.
Before you begin even thinking about putting your bouquet together you have to be sure about what you want. You may like something in a magazine, but once you’ve put it together it may not be what you’re looking for. Therefore its advisable to visit a florist and ask them for a mock up of the design. As you won’t be hiring them, you may have to pay a small charge but this shouldn’t be anymore than £20 or an average bunch of flowers. You’ll also be able to discuss the types of flowers that will be in season at the time of year you’re getting married. As we’ve said before, this is important as flowers not in season will cost considerably more.

Bouquet step two: Choose your flowers.
A wedding bouquet consists of three different flower types: The focal flowers, which are the main bloom that will catch your guests eye. The transitional flowers are the ‘fill-in’ flowers, which pad out the arrangements, and the foliage is the greenery that complements the flowers. Therefore you should focus most of your budget on the focal flowers. If you opt for more than one type then keep the transitional flowers at a minimum so the display doesn’t look too busy. Mini gerberas are a good filler here.

Bouquet step three: Buying your flowers
You’ll want to get the cheapest price possible for your chosen flowers, so it’s wise to ask around different florists to see what they can offer. However, a cheaper, and more interactive way to choose is to also consider visiting a flower market. There are many of these scattered around the country, but Covent Garden’s flower market is probably the most well known.

Flower markets are traditionally for florists, who buy their stock here at wholesale prices. The good news is many are open to the public. The bad, you’ll have to be there at 4 in the morning to get your stock. Call your local market to find out exact times, and to check if they are open to the public

Bouquet step four: Making the bouquet.
Practice making your bouquet a few times before the real event to ensure you have everything right. It’s advisable to make your bouquet the night before your big day and it will be perfectly fine if stored in a cool place such as a garage.

Take your focal flowers and arrange them around the middle, in the design you want. You can also opt to decorate them further but adding glitter. If you want to do this, a simple glitter spray will suffice. However, its also wise to ask a florist what the best way to do this is.

Once you have your focal flowers in place scatter the transitional flowers in between and around the sides, before adding the foliage. You should make sure that this sits around the edges of the flowers. Use a piece of twine to hold these together and cover it using a ribbon. It’s advisable to stick this to the twine to ensure it doesn’t slip off during the day.

Flowers/Decoration, Wedding Answers

How to choose your flowers and florist

By Andrea Petrou on December 7th, 2009

wedding flowers.jpgFlowers are a must have for any wedding, and can really finalise the event, giving colour and adding decoration. However, like everything on your day, choosing whats right for you and the mood you want to create can be difficult. Then there’s the traditional methods behind these, and what you’ll need to go down this route.

We give you a few tips on what to look for.

You may think your choice of flowers is reflecting your colour theme but to an older generation they could mean something else. As far back as the ancient Greek era, flowers in weddings have meant different things. For example, the popular Lily in some cultures can be associated with death. Check with you’re florist who will be able to give you some more information on your flowers of choice and what they mean.

What you need for the big day.
A bride wouldn’t feel complete without a bouquet, and there are many varieties out there. The trend for these are currently a hand tied posey, which is small enough for the bride to hold and won’t detract from the detailing on her dress. However, those with a plainer frock may want to opt for the 80s mounted arrangement, which involves hanging flowers and leaves and mounted onto a plastic piece, which is then held by the bride.

Button holes.
Button holes are usually worn by the best men and close family to indicate their relationship to the groom or bride. While many couples traditionally opted for carnations, the trend has developed into roses and, if you have a big bridal budget lilies. Some button holes often go beyond just the flower, with many brides opting for little diamantes and crystals to add decoration. Once again speak to your florist about this and agree a charge.

Choosing your florist.

The florist should be booked approximately five to six months before the wedding, if not sooner, and a meeting arranged at approximately six weeks to discuss and finalise ideas.

A professional florist will be able to do just about anything when it comes to your wedding flowers, However, its wise to take a few tips to ensure you actually get the best from them. This includes asking friends and family for personal recommendations. Some florists also leave their business cards on a wedding table they have designed the arrangement for so next time your at a friends wedding and like the design look for a card.

You should also shop around. Take a few examples of the style you like and ask the florist to make them up for you (many do this free of charge), as well as getting quotes. It’s also important to take into consideration the season and whats available as asking for a flower thats not naturally grown within the season you’re getting married will drive up the cost.

It’s also a good idea to ask about visiting the florist early on the morning of another wedding to look at the flowers and the ways they can be arranged. If you are getting married in a church and want to move flowers to a reception its also worth asking if you’re florist will take care of the transportation.


Night Sky Laterns launch dove shaped balloons as an alternative to flying doves

By Andrea Petrou on September 11th, 2009

prodshot.jpgIf you like the idea of releasing Doves on your wedding day but don’t want to spend a fortune for the privilege (prices range from around £150) then you might like this alternative.

These Dove shaped balloons from the Night Sky Lantern company, who are well known for their range of Sky Lanterns, have been designed to mimic a flying dove and are a great way to get your guests involved. I even think they may be a nice alternative to confetti.

Eco conscious brides will also be pleased to hear that they are also 100% bidegradable when exposed to water and take only 10 days to 3 months to decompose, so there won’t be any pollution to the environment.

They cost £40 for 10.

Flowers/Decoration, Green/ Organic/ Eco Weddings

Keep your wedding memories growing

By Andrea Petrou on September 2nd, 2009

Philipa Cradock.JPGIf you want something a little bit different to give your guests at the end of your wedding day, or perhaps want a keepsake of your own, then you’ll love this new idea from Philippa Craddock.

The new company claims to be the only one in the UK to offer high-end indoor and outdoor plants, beautifully packaged and delivered to your wedding venue. After the day is over the plants can be taken away by guests or by the bride and groom and planted in their garden’s as a reminder of the day.

A representative for the company told us: “We have recently completed a wedding design where we used miniature rose bushes and potted herbs throughout the arrangements. The roses and herbs will be replanted to create a special herb and rose garden in the bride and groom’s garden.”

And those that want to add an ethical twist to their day without going too far, will love the fact that the company uses 100% recyclable packaging. It also donates 2.5% of its profits the Growaforest charity, which plants native trees in the UK to help reverse the damage done by CO2 emissions.

Prices range from £35 to £75.

Celebrity Weddings, Flowers/Decoration

Get the look: Milla Jovovich’s hair and flowers

By Andrea Petrou on August 26th, 2009

Milla.jpgSo we’ve told you about the dress, but brides that want to create the rest of Milla Jovovich’s look are in luck.

We’ve been talking to florist Laura Kuy, who gave us a run down on the flowers and hair accessories used on Mrs Anderson’s (as we assume she is now known) big day.

She told us: “The flowers in Milla’s bouquet are stunning white Phalaenopsis Orchids, Marroussia Roses and Hydrangea.”

According to Laura a trendy idea for flowers now is to mix different shades of white.

“The clean white crispness of the Orchids sit above the slightly more cream tones of the Roses and Hydrangea. Although all would be considered to be ‘white’ in world of flowers, you can always be sure that each flower will be a slightly different shade of white.”

And now for Milla’s hair, which Laura says is a very natural looking hair piece and looks like it may be some kind of dried foliage or woody effect cones.

For brides-to-be interested in having a similar bouquet and hair piece to Milla, Laura Kuy can create the look for around £200for the bouquet and £60 for the hair piece.

Hmm we hope we haven’t created a bunch of Milla bride clones now.

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