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Last minute summer wedding flowers
Left ordering your wedding flowers to the last minute?
Thought you might DIY but ran out of time?
Had a wildly romantic love affair and just can’t wait to tie the knot?
Don’t panic. Not every bride or groom orders wedding flowers a year in advance. If you’re willing to be flexible, we can get you sorted with last minute wedding flowers in time for the weekend.
Here are some things to bear in mind before you call or pop in:
1. Work with whatever is in season right now.
Without plenty of notice (and sometimes even when we do have notice) it is very difficult to source flowers that are not in season. We buy all our stems from the Dutch flower markets and they are shipped to us overnight for ultimate freshness. If you’re fixed on a certain flower and it isn’t available from our growers, we may not be able to get it for you in time.
Having said that, our supply chain gives us access to hundreds of floral options, no matter the season, so there is bound to be something that puts a smile on your face. Favourite wedding flowers like roses and lilies are usually available all year round; during the summer, you can add things like hydrangeas, dahlias and delphiniums.
2. Trust your florist.
Our florists are experts at what they do. They design, hand-tie and install wedding flowers almost every weekend of the year. Give them an idea of what you’d like, show them a few photos if you have any, and then leave everything in their very capable hands.
The best way to start is by popping in to meet us for a consultation. We can arrange one for you at short notice; but if you’re REALLY pushed for time, we can discuss it over the phone.
Even if you don’t have a clue where to begin, your florist is there to hold your hand and make sure you have flowers to be proud of as you make your way down the aisle.
3. Rent your containers and vases from us.
To save time, we recommend renting your containers from Gardenia.
This means that your florist can get started straight away, as they have direct access to a large stock of vases, buckets, bottles and jam jars. It can work out cheaper as you won’t have to buy them outright – and it’s a more sustainable choice.
4. Tight budget, as well as tight timeline?
Weddings are expensive. If your finances are limited, there are ways to get real impact from your wedding flowers without breaking the bank.
For brides, a bouquet is special. To keep costs down, we can use plenty of greenery with a few coloured blooms; or stick to a single, classic variety of roses. For grooms, a buttonhole is simple and economical.
At the reception, a plain, white wedding cake can be transformed with a few, strategically placed flower heads; and table decorations need nothing more than single stems in clever containers. Raid the recycling bin for glass jars and bottles, give everything a good scrub, and group them in the centre of each table.
Got your heart set on a floral arch? They are a huge trend this year, but a full arch requires a significant number of stems. Take things down a notch with a floral ‘corner’, which needs far fewer flowers to deliver the same effect.
If you need flowers for a last minute wedding this weekend, this summer, or further ahead, give us a call to arrange a free, no-strings consultation. We’ll do everything in our power to create wedding flowers that you love.