Flowers give a finishing touch to any event, adding colour, softness, warmth and a piece of nature indoors. But we know that they can also cost the earth too. For event managers or wedding couples, it’s always useful to know which flowers are in abundance, or not, in each season, so you can sensibly allocate your budget. Here we get some useful guidance from Maria Willcox, a Gloucestershire based florist and friend of Elmore Court, who regularly provides beautiful flower displays at the events and weddings there. Over to you Maria.
Event planning whether large or small can be many different styles catering for a diverse range of clients and depending on season and of course budget.
As designer florists and stylists we would like to share with you some of our knowledge and show you a few of our designs from the very large and grand to the much smaller and more intimate.
Whatever the budget, the seasons will play a huge part in your event. Here we give our suggestions of which to use and when.
Best flowers in Spring
Many smaller more delicate flowers and foliage are available in the Spring. Tulips, daffodils, anemone and the pretty rosettes of ranunculus look so lovely combined with twigs, blossom, pussy willow and catkins foraged from the hedgerows. Fresh and new this can work with any colour palette.
Best flowers in Summer
Flowers are available in abundance – you pretty much have “the pick of the bunch” if you’ll excuse the pun. Scented roses, sweet peas, peony, larkspur, delphinium, cosmos and dahlia to name a few!! Foliage is also freely available and scents of lavender, sweet peas and stocks are always a winner.
Best flowers in Autumn
“The season of mist and mellow fruitfulness”. Nature throws at us so many lovely textures and colour at this time of year. Harvest time with lots of berries, coloured foliage and stunning flowers available such as dahlia, hydrangea, roses, carthamus, thistle, celosia, amaranthus, the list is endless.
Best flowers in Winter
We love nothing more than foraging in the hedgerows for scented pine, cones, vines and lichen laden twigs. Add to these lovely roses and gypsophila for the ultimate winter feel. Lighting also plays a huge part at this time of year for a touch of ambience so add tea lights and candles for a warm and inviting feel.
Ways of using your budget…
Cost effective ways of getting the most out of your flowers would be to visit your local home-style shop for jars, vases, tea lights and general decoration. You can add to these simple blooms for a great effect. Why not also invite some of the team to help with the décor. A great way of bonding before the event!
For those with a little more to spend, our advice would be to speak with a professional florist for inspiration. They have an extensive knowledge of flower availability and will also have vases and other items available to hire. From the first meeting to delivery, they will handle all the floral aspects for you.
As high-end floral designers ourselves, we can offer a no obligation consultation with both ourselves and an event stylist to chat through your ideas and themes for the event. We would work with Pinterest (see our boards here) and mood boards pulling together colours, styles and themes working together as a team to help create something unique and memorable for you. The flowers and styling combined create that luxe, opulent design for the total “wow” factor.
Florist, Sorori Design
Why not check out our sister company and come and spend a day with us in the Cotswolds. Join us at one of our “make and take” workshops at the stunning Elmore Court.
Check our website for up and coming events www.willcoxandtuckey.co.uk
Creators: www.laurengreystylist.co.uk www.sororidesign.co.uk
Photographers: www.laurapower.co.uk www.robtarren.co.uk www.fearphotography.com
Venue: Elmore Court, Old Down Manor
We have five beautiful country house venues, each of them unique in style but bound by the same great quality in delivering exceptional events. There are no boundaries to what can be created at our venues, so why not get in touch today and find out what our event teams and their raft of ideas can do for you.