Posts in the ‘Floristry Musings’ Category

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Free floristry ebook from the Gilded Lily

We all know flowers can make the perfect gift for almost any occasion, but as we’ve said so many times, blooms from the garage forecourt or local supermarket aren’t a patch on a well-thought-out arrangement hand-crafted by your local, independent florist.

Mother's Day flowers from the Gilded Lily

It might seem clichéd, but Mums really do still love to receive flowers on Mother’s Day – or any other time of the year, if it comes to that. So, now that Mothering Sunday is nearly upon us, maybe it’s time – for the benefit of all the bewildered kids out there – to take a fresh look (see what we did there) at why Mums just love those beautiful blooms.

Beautiful wedding flowers from an independent florist

People say you can’t expect anything in life for free – if you want to be successful, you have to make your own way. But for those of us who love floristry, who delight in the creative process, who relish the challenge of devising glorious arrangements for our clients, and who do this as independent florists, what does that really mean in a changing world?