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  1. Confetti

     
    As wedding and events florists we are lucky enough to be sent a huge number of wedding photos. We love seeing them all but we often notice that the most joyful and natural photo of the big day is the 'confetti shot'. There is something about throwing hands full of glorious dried petals at your friends and loved ones which, apparently, brings out the inner child in many of us. Because of the resultant mess it makes, most venues will not allow the throwing of any confetti except dried petal confetti - this is not a problem though, because, as confetti experts, we believe dried petal confetti is the very best confetti you can get!!


    As flower growers we use most of our blooms to make our wild and romantic wedding arrangements but, in an effort to use all our hard grown flowers, we also make dried petal and flowers confetti.

    We have learnt a thing or two about confetti over the years; the first one seems to be that when it comes to buying confetti it is difficult to decide what to buy and, in particular, how much, so this is our quick guide to buying confetti

    1. throw your colour scheme out of the window - lots of different, bright colours make the best confetti photos as the colours show against even the palest dresses (bride!)

    2. choose a mix that has a mixture of sizes of petal so that they fall at differing speeds giving a longer 'in the air' time. The smaller, lighter petals are the slowest to fall and give a lovely fluttering.

    3. Buy your confetti a couple of months in advance and keep it in a safe place in the dark - the colours fade in daylight so back of the wardrobe is ideal.

    4. we find a basket is the best way to hand round the confetti - this enables committed throwers to take a couple of hands full. Some prefer cones but it leaves a lot of litter to be dealt with and there is always so much left over as no one takes more than 1 cone - don't give yourself an extra headache - stick to baskets!

    5 many men don't/wont  throw confetti! There are, of course, many exceptions but most men seem reluctant to grab and throw the way women do - encourage the men in your life to join in the party!

    6 to work out how much you need 1 litre of dried petal confetti gives roughly 10 hands full of confetti. In our experience about 3/4 of your guests will throw confetti so if you have 80 guests, buy confetti for 60 of them.You will get 60 hands full from 6 litres of dried petal confetti.

    7. tell your photographer that the confetti shot is important to you so they can direct the count down to throwing!

    Hopefully these 7 tips will help on your confetti quest. Look for confetti on our website www.thecountrygardencompany.co.uk or in our etsy shop - little bee and the owl.

  2. Choosing wedding flowers is something that seems to divide engaged folk into two distinct camps; those who know exactly what they want and those that really have very little idea.
    This is a series of blogs taking you through the process to try to ensure you get the flowers that you want.
    One of the first things that needs to be decided is the budget. There is so much variation in the cost of flowers that the choice of the actual blooms impacts greatly on the cost of the arrangement. Last year we decorated candelabras with ivy and very few flowers for £35.00 each and we arranged fully decorated candelabras using dozens of flowers including dahlias, garden roses, astrantia and sweet peas for £185.00 each. It is so important to have an idea of what you expect to pay for your flowers before you go to discuss it with your florist. Most florists and flower growers are experts at making sure you get 'bang for your buck' and you should not be shy to discuss this.
    Choosing flowers that are in season is an excellent start to ensuring that you get the most for your money. Peonies in season are absolutely glorious, out of season they are less so and about triple the cost - there is always something wonderful in season in British flowers - it makes sense to embrace that rather than insisting on expensive, out of season blooms. A clever florist or flower grower can always suggest a wonderful alternative that will help you to stick to your budget.
    It is useful when considering the budget to have in your mind a list of absolute essentials - most folk would say bouquets, buttonholes and table flowers, and a secondary list of what you would like - ceremony flowers, extra buttonholes, floral crowns.... but it is important that these are your own priorities. I am currently working on a wedding with 22 buttonholes but no bridesmaids bouquets - your wedding is your own and you should never accept a 'package' unless your theme is actually 'generic wedding'!
    I often think that the flowers at the reception are more important than the flowers at the ceremony - people stay for longer at the reception and it is more of a reflection of your own personalities than the ceremony venue. Also, at the ceremony, the focus is very much on the couple, the words that are being said and the vows they are taking. Although it is lovely to have flowers at the ceremony they are quickly left behind as guests move to the reception. It is entirely possible, of course, to re-use ceremony flowers at the reception. This is something that can really ease pressure on your budget but the logistics need to be carefully thought through. I find that florists and flower growers are masterful at innovative ways to use, move and re-use flowers. It makes not only economic sense but is also eco friendly and less wasteful.
    In summary decide and stick to your budget, be realistic about how to get value for money, prioritise your lists of needs and wants, and work with your florist to ensure you get what you want without breaking the bank.