Colour, form and texture in wedding flowers

When they come to me for wedding flowers, some couples have a clear idea of what they want. They’ve planned their day with military precision and they know exactly where my work fits into their Grand Vision. Other couples, though, have less of an idea, and I’m sometimes asked the simple yet daunting question… “you’re a florist – what do you think would look good?” (more…)

Unique wedding flowers from the Gilded Lily

I’ve been creating wedding flowers for a number of years, and in that time I’ve worked with all kinds of couples having all kinds of celebrations in all kinds of venues. Whatever the circumstances have been, though, there’s always been one consistent element – a couple’s need for great customer service. (more…)

2016 wedding flowers

For many brides (and grooms too, but let’s face it, it’s often the ladies who make things happen), planning a wedding is a full-time job, hobby and obsession in one. Absolutely no detail is left unattended. It sounds extreme, but I think it’s so much better to be prepared, particularly when it comes to 2016 wedding flowers. Here’s why… (more…)

Hoghton Tower wedding flowers from the Gilded Lily

I like to think that every wedding venue has its own charm, beauty and unique selling points, and each one can make a great setting for a celebration in a different way than any others. Inevitably, though, some venues have more to offer than others, and my experience of creating wedding flowers at Hoghton Tower certainly bears this out. (more…)

Gift bouquets - the perfect gift

My work as a wedding and gift florist brings me into contact with interesting people from all walks of life. No two floristry commissions are the same, but I can’t honestly say that I’m never asked the same question twice, because some questions crop up time and time again. One of the most popular, and one which I’d like to address here is: is it really a good idea to give flowers as a gift? (more…)

Overcoming creative block

Designing wedding flowers is a creative line of work. You might even call it a vocation. Not everyone can do it, and I count myself very lucky that I’m not one of those people who sees the world purely in terms of facts and figures. In an artistic profession, though, how do you stay creative? It’s a question posed by artists of all kinds, so I’d like to share my thoughts on it here. (more…)

Alternative wedding flowers from the Gilded Lily

Whether she admits it or not, the question of style is one of the key concerns for every bride-to-be. Deep down, on some level even the most self-assured, materialism-rejecting modern girl (and modern boy too) wants people to go “oooooh” on the big day. (more…)

Late availability wedding flowers from the Gilded Lily

Planning a wedding is hard work, and anyone who tells you otherwise is being a little less than truthful. Since time immemorial, eager brides and grooms everywhere have spent hours agonising over lists, brochures and – in more recent times – websites, attending to the details right up until the very last moment. (more…)

Real wedding flowers

More and more people are asking me about the prospect of using artificial wedding flowers, rather than fresh ones, or a mix of the two. It seems to be a slowly growing trend, but I have some very serious reservations about it. (more…)

Creative wedding flowers from the Gilded Lily

Yes, wedding season is upon us already – beautiful blushing brides-to-be across the land are making all those essential preparations and busily ticking things off lists. Shoes, check. Dress, check. Venue, check. Groom… check. But have you organised the flowers? It’s a question often asked by anxious mothers and friends, and it’s all too often met with nothing but a blank stare. (more…)