When I got married *+!~# [cough] years ago, weddings were done differently than the way they are today.
Planning was involved, of course, but the variety of wedding-related products and services available to your average bride and groom were far fewer than nowadays. Most likely, you married locally, or near the home of your husband or wife to be. Your wedding venue was a church or registry office; at that time, registrars were not licensed to marry couples at hotels, castles, stately homes, beaches, or moors! You chose your colours, but the rest was maybe more straightforward than it can be today; then, your flowers and your cake were probably made by someone local who came recommended by a relative or friend. There was less spectacle, perhaps, but things were simpler. These days, I sometimes think, when I chat to about-to-be-married folk at wedding fayres and other floristry events I attend, that there are almost too many options.
Anyway, times change, and thankfully, the wedding industry has changed as well. More services are available online, and for those personal elements which call out to be touched, or tasted, or tried on, a Wedding Emporium is a popular option by gathering everything you need under one roof. This helps save on all the searching and driving around (and expense). Who could resist the chance to be a bit pampered by all that experience and expertise in one place? It’s almost guaranteed to make the planning and shopping not only easy and convenient, but fun. This is one improvement I wish had been around in my day…
Now no longer a blushing bride, but a freelance florist, you can imagine how delighted I was to be invited to join in with such a venture to become the florist in residence at Frocks & Frills Wedding Studio near Falmouth. It’s great not only to be able to show what I can offer, and have my flowers form part of someone’s Big Day, but to meet some of the other suppliers and see each whole event come together in a co-ordinated way.
Frocks and Frills offer a fantastic service, a full range of artisan, freelance, and bespoke services, from one lovely location, Mill House, Trewardreva Mill, Constantine. As their website says,
Choose your dress and accessories, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride outfits; try a classic wedding car for comfort and size; select your favours and flowers or candy buffet; view products and information from cake makers, photographers, chair covers & sashes, venues, outside caterers, handmade silver jewellery and stationery – all under one roof.
I’d advise anyone planning their wedding in the county to save themselves some stress and go along and have a look – it really is something special – there’s a glittering array of bridal products and services, including, for wedding flowers, yours truly…
At Floral Creations St Austell we offer a complete and personalised service with fresh flowers to order, all colours of the rainbow, all year round, so to give customers a starting point to chat through ideas and arrive at choices, I’ve made a sample range of bouquets and wedding arrangements from silk flowers. You’ll find them on my stand at Frocks and Frills, they look just like the real thing, beautiful, realistic colours, soft to the touch (See the picture at the top of this page). Silk bouquets are also available to order if you would like to keep your bridal flowers (one ‘vintage’ idea that’s come back in fashion!) as a memento of your day.
So, here’s to a new business arrangement. I’m really looking forward to working with the Frocks and Frills team at Mill House – we hope to see you there.
(There’s a tale to how I came by these silk flowers. Have a look over on my Facebook page for the whole story 🙂 )