Leah and Alex had a beautifully elegant Islington wedding with classic details for their relaxed pub wedding.Click to see more!
If you’re a creative bride, then you may want to try your hand at a fun DIY wedding flower workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society. You’ll get to learn a new skill and turn your hand to create your perfect wedding flowers!
You’d think given I meet with florists regularly about my client’s wedding flowers that I’d perhaps have picked up some good skills along the way in terms of floral designs and arrangements, but – you’d be wrong! However that all changed after I recently attended a DIY flower arrangement workshop with the lovely Anna and Ellie, otherwise known as the flower power behind The Flower Appreciation Society (and authors of this lovely flower book) and I’m pleased to say I did in fact come away with some super helpful knowledge and a wonderful new skill (as well as lots of pretty flowers, of course!).
diy WEDDING flower workshops for brides
If you are a bride, bridesmaid, mother or hey, let’s not discriminate a groom, who fancies attempting DIY wedding flowers then I highly recommend attending a workshop with The Flower Appreciation Society to get you off on the right foot. You’ll learn all the basics along with some great tips that will be vital for creating your big day flowers and in fact let’s be honest, it’s a skill for life so a good investment!
The workshops take place at their lovely studio in De Beauvoir (not far from Highbury & Islington or Dalston) and after a short intro and the all important tea and biscuits (or fizz!) to fuel you, you are free to delve into the plethora of seasonal flowers to begin conditioning them before you start arranging. I had great fun with the other attendees, but equally you could do it with your mum/mother in law or one of your bridesmaids.
See details at the end of the post on the upcoming workshops for DIY wedding flowers.
there are no rules!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with The Flower Appreciation ladies a few times on different weddings, and I really do utterly adore their pretty, wild looking floral designs so was very excited to attempt to learn a thing or two from them. The workshop I attended was learning about arranging flowers in a small boat vase for a medium size display and also a jar arrangement, and with their guidance (ahem, perhaps more than I’d care to admit!) I did manage to create something I was actually pretty proud of! I’m sure if I can do it, anyone can, although it does make you realise how easy they make it look! Anna and Ellie also give really helpful knowledge on seasonal flowers, and buying from markets which is so valuable as that’s actually half of it!
The Finished Result!
What I love about these girls and indeed their style, is there are no rules. If you want a slightly lopsided display (yes that was my intention and was on purpose!) then go for it. If you want it huge, then why not, and usually the wilder the better which is great for beginners. They give relaxed demonstrations but really it’s all about getting stuck in and just giving it a go and with their guidance along the way if you get stuck they’ll be right on hand to help.
advice on diy wedding flowers
Just putting my wedding planner hat on; I would advise if you are thinking of doing the flowers yourself, it is a fair amount of hours to put in, and can only really be done the day or two before the wedding so you have to be up for an early start to the flower market and willing to put the hours in right ahead of the day itself. I’ve heard from some brides that they did in fact enjoy spending time doing this with their mums or bridesmaids and found it quite therapeutic amongst the chaos in the run up to the day so if that sounds like you might enjoy it, then why not – just make sure you allow yourselves plenty of time!
However if you aren’t quite brave enough to create all your floral elements, then you could of course perhaps attempt maybe your own bouquet, but then have a florist on board to do the bigger jobs like the tables or larger displays as there will be much more to do and manage for this so takes a lot of the pressure off!
DIY Bridal flowers – 21st May | 2 – 5 pm | £145 per person
Learn to make your very own bridal flowers. Using the most beautiful seasonal flowers, they will teach you how to make your dream bridal bouquet, buttonholes, hair flowers and a flower crown. They’ll also be sharing tips on flower buying, flower seasons and keeping your flowers fresh.
All materials included plus a goody bag and glass of fizz!
DIY hand tied bouquet making workshop
5th april / 7th july / 1st october |
7pm – 8.30pm | £65 PER PERSON
To celebrate spring, summer and autumn they are offering three hand-tied bouquet making classes.
Using beautiful seasonal blooms and a selection of lovely foliage, they will show you how to condition your flowers, create and then wrap your bunch. Giving you all the flowery tips and advice that you will need along the way.
All materials included and a glass of wine.
I attended a workshop courtesy of The Flower Appreciation Society, however I only share details of services & brands that I truly believe you’ll love too!
Pencil the weekend of 12th & 13th March in your diaries to attend London’s trend-led Most Curious Wedding Fair for the style savvy couple.
If you’re recently engaged (congrats!) or whether you’ve been reading the blog for a while whilst the planning is well underway, you need to know about the upcoming Most Curious Wedding Fair, which is the perfect wedding show for the style savvy London Bride.
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th March 2016 | 10.30am – 5.30pm
The Old Truman Brewery, 81 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Tickets start from just £8, book here.
Back for their 12th show, the stylish and free-spirited trend-aware style of the Most Curious Wedding Fair is carefully curated with a hand-picked merry gang of ace exhibitors who range from established brands, to hip and upcoming makers and shakers of the wedding world. This means they bring you the freshest and coolest wedding inspiration.
** You may want to make sure you follow me over on Instagram this weekend and keep your eyes peeled as London Bride is giving away two pairs of tickets to the show **
The show is full of fun inspiration for you to dream big, taken from lifestyle trends, perfect for expressive, creative London Brides helping your wedding to be an extension of your own style and life and an expression of who you are as a couple.
The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is the perfect space for the 100+ exhibitors and will be feature inspirational visual displays and of course a catwalk show that should get you in the mood for doing some wedmin!
I’m pretty excited about the doughnut wall (yes you read that right!) from Vicky’s Donuts and seeing London’s most stylish duo bridal designers, Belle & Bunty showcase their gorgeous latest collections. I’ll probably be snapping the stand of floral designer Vervain flowers with their stunning visual designs and dreaming of luxurious gold tableware from Helene Millot whilst chatting to photographer Heather from the cool Eclection Photography.
Check out the full amazing list of London exhibitors for 2016 here.
So for all your curious couples out there, don’t forget to book your tickets here for entry on either Friday 11th (preview evening), Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th!
A sweet and simple Hackney wedding, planned in just a week it was a low-key but utterly heartfelt day with a beaming bride and groom celebrating in a local cafe with their family and friends and their little boy.Click to see more!