August 20th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

How to run a flower crown workshop – the easy way

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Workshops in all forms are becoming more and more popular, and for florists they’re a way to target a new customer base and really engage with them to create long-lasting customer relationships. Thanks to Pinterest and fairy tale wedding shoots, flower crowns are a number one choice. Here’s how to do it like a pro, and with a handy shortcut so it runs without a hitch.

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Planning

• Think about your target market and timings. If you’re targeting professionals who work 9 to 5 then you’ll need to run your workshop during evenings or weekends, but if you have a lot of customers who are retired or stay-at-home mums and dads then a weekday would be a better choice.

• Decorate the room with flowers and lay out all tools and extras needed before guests arrive. A beautifully full flower stand is always a bonus and don’t forget a mirror, so that they can check themselves out in their crowns.

• Choose whether to run a free-flow session where guests can select their flowers from the stand, or plan a set flower recipe beforehand – this can often be easier from a costing perspective as you can add up each ingredient by the penny.

• Always make a mock-up flower crown with the materials you’re planning on using to see how they handle and how long they last.

• Try to use some special or unusual flower varieties, because you want to impress guests enough that they buy from you again.

• Prepare drinks and refreshments. Think ahead as local food businesses might be willing to sponsor a free or discounted spread if you promote them at the event.

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Products

We promised a shortcut for workshop novices, so here it is: headbands.

Flower crowns are hugely popular but unlike hand-tieds they’re a lot harder to get right. To guarantee future custom, it’s crucial that guests go home clutching a beautiful creation that they’re proud to show off online, and not a scrappy heap of flowers and wire that falls apart as soon as it’s picked up. So, we advise using headbands as a base to wire blooms onto. They won’t fall apart, they make teaching non-florists a million times easier and your guests will go home with something substantial and even reusable.

Our rose and daisy headbands (pictured below) are £4.95 for trade customers, a cost you can add straight onto your per person workshop fee to immediately add value and guarantee quality. You can incorporate the artificial flowers into your design, or remove or cover up them up completely.

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Unique ideas

Offer something even more special and run workshops in floral jewellery or hairpieces. We offer a selection of unique headwear, and all with specially designed plastic attachments for gluing flowers onto.

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The Luxurious and Imagination head pieces (below left), Accent Crystal Corsage Hair Clip (below centre) and Excitement Crystal Corsage Hair Band (below right) are great for hen do’s or promoting as a fun pre-party activity. Why not research events happening in your area and team up with organisers to run an offer.

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Our plastic headbands (below left), Kyra headbands (second below) and Chelsea hair combs (third below) are fantastic value for ordering in bulk, so they’re great for workshops with large groups of people.

Don’t forget Finishing Touch silver hair pins (below right) for low cost bonus points.

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Costing

• It’s not just flowers that need to be costed, don’t forget any food, drink and extras, and always cost up your own time properly, including the prep, clean up, ordering, marketing and every element involved.

• Running workshops in making headwear means you can order short-stemmed flowers and maximise use of every flower head; spray roses and stems with multiple heads are a good choice.

• Try to pair up with other businesses to decrease costs. For example, host it in a local pub or restaurant where guests can get a discounted meal or drinks if they stick around afterwards.

• Customers are willing to fork out for a memorable experience, and we’ve seen standard rates range from around £25 to £40 per head for flower workshops of varying kinds, usually lasting between one to two hours.

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Marketing

• Offer incentives like a percentage off if more than one person books, or discounts on future orders.

• Maximise promotional options by making sure workshop attendees do lots of social media activity while they’re there and give them the right hashtags and business pages to tag.

• Workshops are a great way to collect customer details to follow-up with email newsletters and other promotions.

Find our large range of specialist floral headwear right here, from headbands for wiring stems to hairpieces with plastic attachments for gluing flowers.

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July 25th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

Results revealed: how much you charge for buttonholes & corsages

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It’s difficult for small business owners to discuss pricing structures publicly, so as leaders in the corsage and buttonhole world we decided to survey our customers to help guide florists on making those important decisions.

The results have allowed us to pin down a set of average prices among British florists, however they also showed huge amounts of discrepancy with large ranges between different florists’ rates. Naming your price depends on a number of factors; overheads, location, peak times, design style and size should all come into account, and our research proves that one size certainly doesn’t fit all. Here’s what we found.

 

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Key points explained

  • The results show a lot of variation and a large range between the most common prices charged. Simple carnation buttonhole prices range from £1 all the way through to £12. There was a particularly large amount of discrepancy between prices from those who work from home as opposed to florists working in a shop.
  • The average* price of a simple carnation buttonhole is around £4.20.
  • The average* price of an upgraded mixed buttonhole is £7.92.
  • The average* price of a wrist corsage is £14.78.
  • The largest chunk of responders, 37%, mark-up accessories and extras by x2. The second most popular mark-up choice is x2.5, voted for by 30% of responders.
  • The majority (around 67%) of participants charge between £2 and £4.99 for a simple carnation buttonhole.
  • Surprisingly, florists who work in shop premises – with rent and overheads to pay – charge on average slightly less for a buttonhole than those who work from home.
  • Comparing florists based in a rural, town and city area; those who work in a rural area charge the smallest amount, those in a town slightly more, and those in a city charge the most with £9.36 being the average price for an upgraded buttonhole.
  • Those who work in a shop said the most popular mark-up for accessories is x2, while those who work from home gave x1.5.

 

About the participants 

Click here or hit the button below to find out much more about what sort of business our participants run; whether it’s from a shop or home premises, the sort of work they do, the amount of buttonholes they sell, the location they’re in and whether they’re in a town, city or rural area.

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Corsage Creations sell the widest range of wrist corsage bracelets, all of which come with a special plastic attachment designed for gluing fresh flowers onto.

 

How much they charge

How much do they charge for a simple wired buttonhole with a single low-end priced stem (e.g. carnation)?

 

  • The average* (mean) price of a simple carnation buttonhole is around £4.20.
  • The majority (around 67%) of participants charge between £2 and £4.99 for a simple buttonhole.
  • £4 to £4.99 is the most common price for a simple buttonhole, with a quarter of responders giving this answer.
  • 7% of responders charge £1 to £1.99 for a simple buttonhole.
  • Just over a quarter (around 27%) of responders charge between £5 and £12.99 for a simple buttonhole.
  • None of our responders charge more than £13 for a simple buttonhole.
  • Several participants said that accessories such as beads and extra flowers are charged as extra.

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How much do they charge for an upgraded buttonhole (e.g. mixed flowers, unusual design, higher-value flower)?

 

  • The average* (mean) price of an upgraded rose buttonhole is £7.92.
  • Just over half (around 56%) of participants charge between £6 and £9.99 for an upgraded buttonhole.
  • The most popular price for an upgraded buttonhole, with 23% of votes, is £7 to £7.99.
  • None of our responders charge more than £20 or less than £1.99 for an upgraded buttonhole.
  • Some participants commented that the price would be higher during peak periods, and again that there would be extra charges for accessories such as Corsage Creations magnetic boutonnieres.

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How much do they charge for a wrist corsage?

 

  • The average* (mean) price of a wrist corsage is £14.78.
  • The majority (around 62%) of participants charge between £13 and £24.99 for a wrist corsage.
  • The most popular price for a wrist corsage is £15 to £16.99, with 21% of participants giving this choice.
  • The next most popular price for a wrist corsage drops to £9 to £10.99, with 18% of participants giving this choice.
  • 2% of participants charge more than £25 for a wrist corsage, and none charge more than £30.
  • Several participants commented that the price for a wrist corsage can be much more variable since the materials used can differ so much, and again prices will vary at peak times and increase with accessories and more expensive bracelets.

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How do they mark-up non-floral extras, e.g. pins, picks, brooches and sparkles from the Corsage Creations range of accessories?

 

  • The largest chunk of responders (37%) mark-up accessories and extras by x2.
  • The second most popular mark-up choice is x2.5, voted for by 30% of responders.
  • Just 1% of participants mark-up accessories by 3.5.
  • Many participants said this mark-up varies depending on the items used, while others add a standard £2 per each item.

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Business type comparisons

 

  • Below is the average* (mean) price of an upgraded mixed buttonhole from responders with different business types or in different locations.

With a shop premises: £7.93

Working from home: £8.19

Based in the North of England: £8.21

Based in the South of England (not including London): £7.50

Based in Scotland: £7.89

Large-scale business (selling more than 100 buttonholes per year): £7.95

Smaller-scale business (selling less than 100 buttonholes per year): £7.89

Based in a town: £8.05

Based in a rural area: £7.14

Based in a city: £9.36

 

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Find a huge range of buttonhole tools, add-ons and accessories at Corsage Creations. 

 

*Average is worked out using rounded figures.

 

July 5th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

Recreating a royal wedding: advice for large-scale venue dressing

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William and Kate were wed way back in 2011 but as proven by industry sales since then, royal weddings really do set trends for a long time after the big event. Experts at Bridebook shared the stats, “Ever since Kate and William’s wedding, lace has dominated wedding dresses in the UK, with 45% of UK brides wearing lace on their big day in 2017 and only 16% wearing satin or silk. Just as with Kate’s influence, we are sure to see Meghan’s dress completely transform the wedding dress styles for many years to come.”

While Meghan chose to carry a small bouquet, her royal nuptials with Prince Harry were dominated by an enormous flower wall which adorned the entrance to Windsor’s St George’s Chapel. It was no doubt one of the most show-stopping elements of the wedding and most memorable among the general public, inspiring brides and grooms around the world to opt for similar floral décor.

Royal wedding florist Philippa Craddock did an incredible job but with a reported team of 28 it took immense manpower as well as flowers and foliage worth thousands. An event of this size involves huge amounts of labour, logistics and even heavy machinery to reach such heights, not to mention serious health and safety requirements.

For advice on recreating the look, we spoke to award-winning florist Jenny Murphy of Flowers by Moira who shares her insights on large-scale venue dressing below.

 

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Invest in planning and timing
“It always takes longer than you think! For large-scale designs, we always create a sample, even if it’s only a small-scale version, as it allows you to walk through the process. From this, we estimate how long it will take to create and can plan our tool box list and mechanics, making any improvements as we go. Ensure you have tall enough ladders and know your insurance limitations. A stem count is also essential for costing and keeping your profit margins in-tact.”

Recce the venue and access points
“A marquee for an event will usually offer access the day before, while a wedding venue may only allow you access on the morning of the wedding which means more hands will be needed to install quickly and efficiently. A site visit is essential to ensure that the venue will allow you to install large displays, and to confirm there are no health and safety issues. When you visit, make sure you take correct measurements for the size of the designs and check that you’ll have easy access to transport them into the site.”

Work in a timely and efficient manner
“Ensure you’re given clear timings for installation so that the event team have time to set up the rest of the ceremony or tables after you install. Clean as you go and use drapes and dust sheets to minimise debris and clean-up. Hire more people than you feel you need as when you’re on-site setting up time will fly by and any hold-ups or delays in access to the area will cause knock-on problems.”

 

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Insurance and health and safety are major elements to consider
“Review your policies for health and safety and working on ladders. For some large-scale events we’ve had riggers install our displays as the rules for corporate events can be much stricter, although booking your own rigger can be very costly.”

Make sure you have a fast and efficient team
“The size of your team will depend on the size of the installation. We have a team of five and if needs be everyone will be there, and extra hands might be drafted in too. You don’t necessarily need a huge team of trained florists though, often extra pairs of hands to load and unload vans, assist with feeding flowers to florists and sweeping up will create an efficient team.”

Bear in mind the breakdown
“Breakdown in wedding venues always takes place early the following morning. Timing will be dictated by the venue and you must clear as agreed. For us, it’s usually done before 8am the next day. Breakdown is brief; it takes a few hours to install but it all comes down so quickly. Make sure that if you agree to do the breakdown, it must be included in your costings along with disposal of materials.”

Make a base for your blooms
“In super-hot weather, especially if in a glass marquee or venue, we’ll often use faux foliage as a base for a hanging installation. We might also use plants with sealed roots and mosses to add volume to displays, for example trailing ivy and Boston ferns work well.”

 

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Products to aid the way
Foliage is still a huge trend with many couples opting for predominantly green floral décor, and Corsage Creations offer a great selection of faux flowers and foliage to include in your large-scale designs.

 

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As Jenny mentioned, trailing ivy works particularly well, and you can buy green or variegated ivy sprays at 65cm long, bushes in 85cm and 182cm length or garlands at 6 feet long. You’ll also find large cherry blossom sprays at 95cm long in a range of cream, white and pink shades. We also offer smaller artificial rose bunches in cream and white, perfect for wiring onto beds or canopies of foliage, as well as anemone, baby’s breath and rose bushes in vibrant colours. Our stephanotis garlands at 175cm long are perfect for draping across venues and provide that elegant royal wedding look, as do our bushes of lily of the valley – the Duchess of Cambridge’s chosen flower.

 

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Top image: King’s Church International on Unsplash

June 15th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

Win a dream creative wedding kit!

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We’re offering the chance to win a selection of florist-favourite items from our huge range of designer tools and accessories plus a stunning ready-made brooch bouquet of your choice worth around £65 each, perfect for accessorising with fresh flowers and personal jewellery, or stunning on its own!

Head over to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page and you’ll simply need to Like, comment or retweet the competition post to enter the draw.

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The prize

£50 worth of products of your choice and a ready-made brooch bouquet!

Our ready-made brooch bouquets are huge sellers among wedding planners and bridal boutiques, with a real luxury feel they’re a special choice for your wedding day, and they’re great for florists to hire out as they can be transformed into something individual each time with fresh flowers and personal keepsakes.

An elegant choice for any discerning bride, brooch bouquets are a huge wedding trend and perfect for anyone with a penchant for sparkle, offering a whole range of creative possibilities. They’re easy to hold and lighter than you’d think, and each bouquet can be adorned with fresh flowers, personal jewellery and antiques, or they’ll look stunning carried down the aisle exactly as they are. The lucky winner can choose from our wide range of ready-made Fancy’ diamante encrusted silver brooch bouquets.

Not only are we giving away a dream bridal bouquet, the prize also includes £50 worth products from our huge range favoured by florists and creatives of all kinds. We’ve got hundreds of brooches, buckles, picks and pins in different styles from hot pink crystals to elegant pearls and miniature rhinestone photo frames for including absent loved ones in that important day.

If it’s a rustic celebration choose from our natural jutes and décor accessories, and we can even help with an elegant Kate Middleton-inspired look with our range of lace items.

We even offer a selection of tiaras and hairpieces – sparkling, boho or lace – perfect for wedding florists and hair stylists to use as a base to get creative by adding fresh blooms and accessories, as well as event pieces and accessories like cake stands and rose petals for scattering down the aisle.

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• This competition, hosted by Corsage Creations, is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

• Competition closes at 12pm on Monday 2nd July 2018.

• Entering the competition can be done via one of three methods, and the winner will be selected from all entries across all three platforms:

a) Liking and commenting on the relevant competition Facebook post

b) Commenting on the relevant competition Instagram post

c) Retweeting the relevant competition Twitter post

• Competition is only open to residents of United Kingdom and Ireland, apologies to our international customers!

• The winner will be selected at random from the collective list of entrants from all three social media channels. Depending on the method of entry, the winner will be informed the following way:

a) If on Facebook, we will reply to their comment requesting an email address or telephone number to organise delivery of the prize.

b) If on Instagram or Twitter, we will send them a direct message requesting an email address or telephone number to organise delivery of the prize.

• The full prize is: a brooch bouquet of the winner’s choice from our ‘Fancy’ range (Fancy Brooch Bouquet Elegant – Silver; Fancy Brooch Bouquet Eternity – Silver and Cream; Fancy Brooch Bouquet Everlasting – Purple; Fancy Brooch Bouquet Fascination – Silver; Fancy Brooch Bouquet Glamour – Silver; Fancy Brooch Bouquet Lovely – Silver), as well as a selection of their choice of Corsage Creations products worth £50 (product choice subject to availability and confirmation).

 

Read the full terms & conditions here

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June 11th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

How to guarantee serious prom sales this summer

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School prom sales are a secret weapon for many local florists. Buttonholes and corsages for teens to wear to their end-of-year ball might seem a lot of effort for little reward, but by selling to youngsters you’re in fact inspiring your own future customers to come back for many years to come. Think Mother’s Day, their next party, their own wedding day and much, much more. Catering to teens also means you can really get creative, so you might find you enjoy every minute of making them, too!

We offer everything you need to tempt local teens with beautiful corsages and buttonholes – check out our huge range of wristlets, accessories and boutonnieres.

Take action – right now!

Now is the time to jump on the summer ball bandwagon as school proms are taking place throughout June and July. Most UK and Ireland school terms end in July this year, so you’ve a few weeks to put plans and promotions in place to maximise sales.

Take our poll below, read on for 9 top tips to prom success, then check out our bumper prom and wedding marketing pack for tons of seriously helpful reading material on how to sell more this season – including template letters for schools, flyers and more.

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Which corsage would be the bestseller for your customers?

No.1 – Your Time Corsage Bracelet & Watch

No.2 – Southern Belle Lace Corsage Bracelet

No.3 – Classic Corsage Bracelet – Hot Pink

No.4 – Princess Corsage Bracelet – Silver

No.5 – Zoey Corsage Cuff

No.6 – Open your Heart Corsage Bracelet

 

 

Top tips to boost summer ball sales

1. Write to prom organisers

Check the dates for your local school proms and find out who is in charge of prom decision making at your local schools; there may be a prom committee, or it might just be the heads of year 11 and year 13. Write a polite email and offer to donate a small percentage of your corsage sales to the school and you could become the official supplier for years to come.

 

2. Set up a pick n mix prom bar

Set up an in-store prom display and have all your wristlets and accessories on display plus a few made-up designs with flowers with prices for everything clearly marked. We sell a range of wristlet display stands, and even a display hand for modelling corsages. A pick n mix prom bar can work wonders as teens who visit the shop are excited to pick their items and add-ons.

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3. Visit local schools

If you visit a school at the start of the day, try offering a few freebies for them to wear during the day (and hopefully they’ll get attached!) Or bring a number of corsages for teachers, secretaries etc. They’ll appreciate the extra effort and as they wear the flowers around school, they can tell everyone about your event and your store. Remember, the staff could be your customers too. Have your offerings mentioned in the morning announcements at the school or college.

 

4. Perfect your prom portfolio

Sort through your wedding and prom photo libraries; pick your best shots from previous years, create catalogues and online albums and make sure you’ve a strong pricing structure to match. Remember, teens have their own tastes so make sure you have lines that the younger generation likes, not just things that you like. The Zoey corsage cuff is perfect for a large design for an individual teen (pictured top).

 

5. Collaborate with likeminded local businesses

Contact local prom and wedding related businesses and see if you can collaborate. Offering packages or simply displaying one-another’s leaflets and sharing social media posts all helps.

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6. Plan ahead with an event

Something to schedule and start thinking about now for next year: plan ahead with promotional events like an open house, design show, prom party or another event to promote your business as the number one place for prom accessories. Make sure you plan the date to give your customers enough time to order what they will need.

 

7. Offer add-ons

Suggest affordable add-on gifts for their prom date or even for mum and dad, to gain their custom too. Try offerings a single short-stemmed rose as an add-on at a discounted price and – especially if the corsage is a gift for a date – they’ll be hard-pressed to turn it down.

 

8. Set up a referral programme

Have students hand out cards with their name on it and for every (xx) cards returned with an order, they receive a free corsage.

 

9. Sell the sparkle first

You might find it’s easier to attract teens with pretty jewellery before getting to the fresh flowers, so really promote the wide range of bracelets available that can all be kept as a keepsake afterwards. The Your Time wristlet – complete with a watch – is great for this.

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May 23rd, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

11 innovative essentials only a florist can use best

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If the competition pieces at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show are anything to go by, florists have a special set of skills that mean they can create just about anything with unlikely materials. While everyone knows a florist can pull together a hand-tied in a matter of minutes, the average Joe Bloggs probably doesn’t realise that they can also build competition-winning floral thrones using recycled bannisters, fashion chandeliers out of hula hoops, build chuppah structures out of sticks, and there’s a world of possibilities with chicken wire.

While we pride ourselves on sourcing gorgeous accessories for your wedding and event work, we’re also always on the hunt for those niche tools of the trade that only a professional florist could make strangely good use out of.

Check out our 11 favourites and let us know if you can think of any new and imaginative uses for them!

 

1. Foam bouquet handles
Such a simple way to solve those lumpy bumpy stem situations; just slot into place and cover in ribbon or fabric to give brides something sleek and comfortable to hold. They’re also essential if you’re making your own brooch bouquet frames.

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2. Design disk
Our famous patented attachment comes with all of our corsage bracelets, but it’s also available standalone with magnets so it can be attached to just about anything. Add some cold glue and fresh blooms to equal endless creative possibilities. They’re specially designed in the perfect material for gluing flowers, so you can use them to create anything from handbag accessories to venue décor, artistic sculptures to small add-on sales.

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3. Tulle & organza
Unusually useful when it comes to weddings, keep a roll of tulle or organza in the van or shop and you’ll be surprised at how often it comes in handy. Use tulle to create decorations such as pew bows, chair back bows or even to decorate balloon weights, and organza is great for table runners and other venue decorations. Use it to strengthen large designs or to cover-up mechanics, for wrapping around bouquet handles or for stuffing the gaps between brooches on brooch bouquets.

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4. Bouquet armature
An amazing tool to make creating brooch bouquets as well as fresh and faux flower bridal bouquets easily and beautifully. Available in large, small and tear-drop shaped, our armatures are like a blank canvas for you to work from. They’ll provide the perfect shape for a tight round design, or use them as a base to build on for something larger – offering complete creativity as you can wire absolutely anything into them and still finish with a neat handle to hold.

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5. Corsage clips and magic corsage magnets
Stop being restricted by heavy flower heads and fiddly pins and instead look at buttonholes and corsages in a creative new light. Our corsage clips come in green and metal and they’re perfect for producing lots of buttonholes on a budget as it’s so quick and easy to attach flowers, either with wiring or gluing. Or, trial our magic corsage magnets which allow you to place designs vertically, horizontally or at any angle you choose while offering total flexibility to create anything you can think of – all firmly held in place by our powerful magnets.

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6. Wooden pegs
A fun way to attach cards to arrangements, wooden pegs can also be used for fixing photos, pictures or other accessories to your designs and projects. They’re also great for window displays and can even make a cute way to decorate venues – think pegged photos of the bride and groom strung across the room or thank you notes pegged to the bouquet for the mother of the bride. We offer two sizes with mini versions and sets accessorised with little ladybirds.

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7. Cold glue
If you’ve ever made a corsage before it’s likely you’ll have already picked up a tube of cold glue, so we don’t really need to remind you of its immensely useful qualities. Always have one in the shop for both extending your creative possibilities in all elements of floral design and for fixing floral mishaps.

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8. Jute
Jute is a one-track route to success in achieving that sought-after natural aesthetic. Use it instead of cello for wrapping hand-tieds, nestle your wedding deliveries in it, decorate the shop with it, or use it to make table runners or decorations for a rustic wedding. It’s great for getting creative; think wrapping tin cans in it to create a quirky DIY container or adding it to corsages and buttonholes. Ours comes in 15cm, 30cm and a ribbon-like width of 7cm x 5m.

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9. Corsage box
Your work is precious, don’t let it get destroyed during delivery. Ship corsages, buttonholes or other small designs in our plastic corsage boxes both for protection and to give your business a professional appearance. Just add organza or ribbon to decorate.

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10. Skinny, bullion and aluminium wire
Always, always, always have wire on hand at all times – we didn’t need to tell you that. Snapped a stem? Lost a button? Broken a piece of kit? Need to attach some obscure object to an arrangement? Just wire it. Make sure you’ve a range of different widths and strengths in your stash as our tough aluminium wire can add strength and shape to a design while our skinny bullion is great for attaching things and adding an unusual texture. All are available in a wide range of colours.

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11. Satin ribbon
Another item you probably already store by the bucket-load, but something you can seriously never have enough of. Use it for wrapping stems, hiding mechanics, decorating packaging and making corsages through to stringing things to the ceiling or even fixing furniture; we won’t list its endless uses but make sure you’ve got it in endless supply and in the wide range of widths and colours available from our range.

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April 24th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

10 reasons to incorporate animals into floral designs

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Animals – from ceramic figures to animal print patterns and living things to life-sized models – according to a host of magazines, bloggers and influencers, are officially in vogue. Cropping up in all sorts of unexpected places, they’re decking the shelves of the coolest stores and gracing the feeds of the most on-trend Instagrammers. Here at Corsage Creations, we do try to help you stay on top of the trends, so take advantage with our brand-new range of bugs, birds and butterflies.

We did a little digging to prove it’s not just us working wildlife to the max, so check out our list of trend insights on all things animal, then share them with your customers and shop our new lines which include faux blue tits and thrush, ladybird pegs and stickers and feather butterflies which come in a wide range of colours and glittered varieties.

 

Quirky animal sundries were all the rage at a recent flower industry trade fair

Eva Olbrich, Show Director of Christmasworld and Floradecora, leading international trend-predicting trade fairs, commented, “We saw a real surge in unusual, surprising ideas at this year’s show. Quirky sundries and decorations were a huge hit… and exhibitors showcased a wide range of animals of all kinds.”

 

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Channel the chicest luxury lampshades

Designed in France by Mathieu Challieres, the La Volière Pendant Lamp range has become a luxury lampshade icon. Described as “aviary-inspired pieces of art as a light form… Handmade in Paris, this playful quaint piece has been individually crafted by hand with intricate copper wire, while elegant decorative birds, made with real hand-dyed goose feathers, perch within the shade.” They’re not cheap at around £600 for a full shade, but you can offer brides, grooms and event customers your own floral take on Mr Challieres’ design with our faux feathered blue tit and thrush.

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Animal print never goes out of fashion – but it is really big right now

According to Morgan C. Schimmingera at The Fashion Spot, “Over the past two seasons, designers have fallen back in love with everything from tigers to zebras and even snakes. The recent Fall 2018 collections were packed with animal prints.”

 

Save the butterflies

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the perilous fate facing the friendly bumblebee and butterfly, so seeds and plants that produce bug-friendly flowers are growing in popularity. A little floral philanthropy goes hand-in-hand with memorable marketing, so why not offer a range of product designs that donate to support the conservation of bees or butterflies and use our brand-new range of ladybird stickers and pegs or feathered and glittered butterflies, available in a whole host of colours.

 

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Llamas are the ‘new unicorns’ – and they are genuinely a new wedding trend

According the Guardian, “the South American camelid is this season’s must-have animal adornment,” in a fashion report quoting llama shower curtains and doormats as must-haves. While that might have been tongue-in-cheek, the company now offering real life llamas for hire for wedding photos is real, and also making the papers.

 

 

As are life-size hanging model giraffes 

Aynhoe Park, an estate and country house in Oxfordshire, is no ordinary wedding venue. Packed to the rafters with curiosities, there’s a surprise behind every corner and in its orangery is a life-sized giraffe that hangs from the ceiling, usually strung with helium balloons to give that ‘lifted’ look. We started spotting the eye-catching creature on various florist Instagram feeds and realised it’s part and parcel of the venue, floating among the floral displays and always making a show-stopping prop for photographs.  

 

 

 

Playful animal figures are everywhere

Often plastic, usually brightly coloured and sometimes simply children’s toys, animal figurines can be found in styled photoshoots, hip homeware shops and Etsy stores everywhere. Dinosaurs and giraffes are particularly popular, and they’re a big trend in the houseplant world where they’re found repurposed into containers for mini cacti and succulents. Prestigious London florist Pulbrook & Gould created an entire safari wreath with them at Christmas.

 

       

Inviting pets to weddings is now a thing

In a recent trend report, Brides magazine said, “According to Etsy, 8 percent of weddings in 2016 featured appearances of the newlyweds’ animal counterparts, and this stat will most likely continue to increase.”  

 

Animal ceramics are all over florist Instagram feeds

From ceramic pugs sitting atop tables to wall-hanging tiger heads, we’re spotting vintage-style animal-shaped ceramic vases appearing on many UK florist feeds including London’s popular Grace & Thorn, and of course all with beautiful flowers and plants displayed in each.  

 

 

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Taxidermy is now on-trend (at least in East London)

It’s definitely not everybody’s cup of tea, but a wave of taxidermy workshops has begun hitting some of London’s coolest spots. As East London Lines magazine puts it, “The art of preserving and stuffing dead animals has everything east London needs to secure its reputation as a hipster haven: kitsch, irony, randomness, a vintage feel, and a slight air of sophistication… It’s not just a Hackney phenomenon. Urban Outfitters sells cardboard deer heads, and Juicy Couture recently bought a woodland of antelope, deer and elk heads to decorate their stores.”

Don’t fancy trying DIY taxidermy? Us neither. Do it the easy way with our faux feathered birds.

 

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April 20th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

The gypsophila debate: love it or hate it?

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Gypsophila, a Marmite flower, is constantly skipping in and out of the limelight; one month it’s the biggest floral trend while the next it’s frumpy and outdated. Over recent years we’ve seen its popularity surge as it’s taken pride of place in celebrity weddings, fashion shows and glossy magazines.

While many florists might hate the stuff or see it as a cheap alternative to offer brides on a budget, the fact that celebs and the super-rich are opting for this so-called filler flower shows it’s still got plenty of commercial potential. As wedding season draws in we thought we’d settle it and find out what you really think on the matter, so take our poll below, then check out our facts on the much-maligned flower so you’ve insights and ideas to share with your customers.

Pictured above: a ‘just gyp’ bouquet encrusted with one of our many brooch bouquets.
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So tell us, what do you really think of gypsophila?

Click a button below to have your say, we’ll track the results and share them in our next newsletter!

Love the stuff!
Yuck, no thanks
Not for me but my brides love it

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When ex-TOWIE star Mark Wright married Corrie actress Michelle Keegan, the glam pair commissioned Interflora florists to decor the day using 16 different varieties including, you guessed it, gyp taking a lead role in everything from 12ft flower trees to corsages made with pearl bracelets. Michelle carried a hydrangea, lisianthus and gyp bouquet complete with diamanté and pearl pins, while hydrangeas were laced with diamanté encrusted monogram letters. You can recreate the look entirely with all the extras offered at Corsage Creations. 

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Gyp is particularly popular used on its own en mass; suddenly turning from forecourt filler to floral chic, and it makes a great budget-friendly alternative to Lily of the Valley which has been highly sought-after following the Duchess of Cambridge’s decision to have it for her big day.  Wrap your just-gyp bouquets in a complimentary pattern with our cotton lace ribbon.

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Gyp flower crowns are particularly popular, especially since Pippa Middleton opted to dress her flower girls in them. Creating gypsophila headwear becomes so much easier if you base your mechanics onto one of our many headband, hair comb or tiara accessories. 

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Most recently, top fashion designer Rodarte surprised fans by adorning models in swathes of gyp as they strutted the catwalk; from oversized gypsophila crowns to long shawls made of the stuff.  Channel Rodarte with Baby’s Breath buttonholes; an easy way to create a co-ordinated look. If you’re tired of the traditional sprigs with wire and tape or twine, check out our large range of unique buttonhole options or try our corsage magnets for a natural and easy approach.

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In June 2017 Victoria Swarovski, a member of the famous Swarovski family, married in an extravagant ceremony in Italy wearing a princess-style gown and cathedral-length veil, coated head-to-toe in  Swarovski crystals, clutching a bouquet of gypsophila and walking an aisle lined with trees of gyp. Gyp also made appearances at the weddings of Pippa Middleton, Geri Halliwell and Jessica Ennis, to name just a few.

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Why not share photos of Ms Swarovski’s weddingwith your clients and suggest they follow suit by adding interest to the simple stem by incorporating accessories like our pearl sprays and loops, diamante branches, pearl and diamante pins and amazing wraps (pictured above); all perfectly complementing the cream hues and cloud-like sprinkles of gypsophila white.

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We also offer a whole range of faux Baby’s Breath in all sorts of colours.

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March 27th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

10 things you didn’t know about rose gold: the perfect floral accompaniment

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As the rose gold trend continues to shimmer across all kinds of industry and still with serious celebrity backing, here at Corsage Creations we knew we had to lead the way in rose gold floral accessories for the 2018 wedding season. To ignite your inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of lesser-known facts about the special metal, and to make sure it’s insanely easy to incorporate into your designs we’ve added a rose gold option to a large number of our most popular product lines.

See the full rose gold selection here, which includes brooches like favourites Heirloom and Aurora, as well as our chair backs, amazing wrapsdiamante branches and rhinestone quintetspearl sprays and loops, plus buttonholescorsage bracelets and our gleaming and lacey leaves.

 

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1. With flowers, it’s perfectly paired with pale pinks and serenity blues

While there are a million colour combinations to be made, rose gold accessories are particularly striking when paired with pale pink blooms, naturally. Think Sweet Akito roses, Pink Lollypop hydrangea and Fantasy snowberries. Head down the vintage route with an Antigua or Babylon carnation and you’ll find your rose gold accessories will draw-out that antique appearance.

If you’re looking for contrast, be led by Pantone. Their colour experts paired ‘Rose Quartz’ (a pale pink) with ‘Serenity’ (a cool blue) to create 2016’s Colour of the Year, so opt for a similar serene shade of blue to follow suit. Delphinium, nigella and scabiousa make the perfect choice for summer, while muscari looks sweet in spring and there’s a huge selection of cool blue hydrangea varieties, including Blue Lollypop.

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to the rose gold aspect, so scour the range at Corsage Creations where you’ll find a whole host of pins, picks, brooches, stickers, corsage bracelets, buttonholes and more; all designed for pairing with flowers.

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2. Its Russian history

In nineteenth-century Russia, Carl Fabergé (of Fabergé egg fame) brought the luxury metal to public attention when he opted to blend yellow gold with copper to create an alchemic, blush-toned hybrid, originally called ‘Russian gold’, but very similar to the rosy shade we see today.

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3. Its (even earlier) ancient Colombian history

Researchers found that Colombia’s Nahuange people, who lived during the first millennium AD, were capable of making impure gold appear more valuable by giving it a rosy sheen. After studying 44 pinkish metal artefacts including nose pendants, necklaces, earrings, belts, and bracelets, experts discovered that they often intentionally over-polished, refined and burnished their gold products to reveal pink and orange tones underneath, creating fashionable rose-gold jewellery.

 

4. It became an icon with Cartier

It returned to the spotlight around the 1920ѕ when Cаrtіеr launched their Trinity ring. It may be almost a century old, but the Trinity ring remains one of Cartier’s most iconic creations. In the jewellery world it’s a cult classic and comprises of three bands of gold in shades of grey, yellow and of course, rose.

 

5. Pantone gave it the nod

It’s commonly known that the famous paint company’s trend predictions almost always come true, with their Colour of the Year consistently infiltrating all sorts of industries for years after it is announced. Rose gold was given official permission to shine in 2016 when Pantone cited it as one half of its first duo Colour of the Year, named Rose Quartz & Serenity.

“It’s hard to dislike a colour that you will naturally look good in,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, told Allure. “With pink and any of the rose colours, whether used in a ring, a piece of jewellery, or something you wear around the face, it throws this wonderful glow onto the skin.”  

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6. As did Apple

Not just a tech company, Apple is widely recognised for pushing boundaries in trends and stylish product design, developed to clothe its ground-breaking technology. And while it didn’t invent rose gold gadgets (Wired tell us Samsung did that with its Galaxy Note 3 in 2013), Apple did make them mainstream with its iPhone 6s in 2015.    

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7. Vogue says: avoid using it everywhere at weddings

But DO use it to accessorise. In the magazine’s recent report named “wedding trend mistakes to avoid”, Mindy Weiss of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants says: “Don’t get me wrong, I love this elegant colour and it’s still very much in-demand right now. But going all-in with rose gold can make your wedding feel dated years later. Instead, opt for touches of rose gold throughout your wedding decor. It will make the colour pop and feel less overwhelming. Take it a step further by mixing other metallics as well.”        

 

8. It’s going to be 2018’s big engagement ring trend 

According to leading jewellery blog JewelryKind it will be this year’s top engagement ring choice for soon-to-be-weds, as demand is still sky-rocketing and it’s still regularly spotted on celebrities.    

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9.It’s a huge current hair trend

The shade of hair dye, which goes by an interesting mix of names from ‘buttered rose gold’ to ‘rose brown’, is all over beauty blogs and magazines right now. Experts at L’Oreal Paris and Wella Professional have given their seal of approval while even Kim Kardashian has dabbled with it too. 

 

10. It can be found everywhere (even in plumbing)

And finally, just to name a few more places it’s appeared: Northstar Balloons said it was their most popular line in 2017, it’s a trend spotted in plumbing fixtures (according to top US interior designer Danny Russo), Ferrari has made a rose gold car, it’s sprinkled on wedding cakes, all over interior accessories, lining fabrics, it’s taking over technology, oh and of course it’s one of the biggest new lines at Corsage Creations.

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January 23rd, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

5 key trends you’ll need this season: your SS:18 forecast

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We travel the globe to source unique design tools and accessories, all with florists and event planners in mind, so we’re often first to spot the latest industry trends and innovative new ideas.

Our new catalogue is landing on doorsteps up and down the UK this week (flick through online here), and we hope that our 2018 collection will tick all the boxes; whether you’re adding special touches to florals, in search of clever cost-effective ideas or in need of innovative tools to save time and money.

Make Ultra Violet go the extra mile

Global trend experts have spoken, and purple has officially been crowned the colour of 2018. Since Pantone named Ultra Violet its Colour of the Year, designers around the world have included purple in their predictions; and we’ve a huge host of products in a similar shade – see our full selection of purple products here.

Check out our brand new glitter lilac butterflies on a wire, and in the classic range you’ll find a variety of purple corsage bracelets, brooches and feathers. Plus, in perfect purple we’ve got Kara’s Kisses, bling it on stickers, metallic wire, amazing wraps, faux rose petals, satin ribbon and more. Take full advantage of the trend and get your hands on our stunning, ready-made purple everlasting brooch bouquet while stocks last, at its lowest price!

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More, more, more rose gold

2017 was a rose gold frenzy, in the jewellery world and beyond. It’s a trend set to stick around so we’ve added a rose gold option to a number of our most popular product lines, see the full selection here. It includes brooches like favourites Heirloom and Aurora, as well as our chair backs, amazing wraps, diamante branches and rhinestone quintets, pearl sprays and loops, plus buttonholes, corsage bracelets and our gleaming and lacey leaves – perfect for adding a subtle gleam to all sorts floral designs.
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Go faux

With quality increasing at a spectacular rate, silk flowers have become increasingly popular over recent years and are no longer shunned as an ugly alternative – even favoured by stylists, interior designers and fashion mags for certain occasions. We’ve expanded our range of faux flowers and foliage to include a host of ivy, cherry blossom and anemone (coming to the web-shop soon), and all are an extremely cost-effective way to transform a venue. Another popular option is scattering petals, so we’ve just added a new line of romantic colours to our silk range, including grey, blush pink, wisteria, pure white and burgundy.
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Animal-around

Animals incorporated into design are predicted to be big this year (from Pulbrook & Gould’s safari wreath to ‘grammable wildlife ceramics and luxury bird-cage lampshades) so you’ll find new feathered friends in our collection including a thrush and blue tit – perfect for replicating the top interior trend. Plus, our colourful butterflies have had a glittery makeover, and we’ve launched a line of ladybird pegs and stickers, great for making orders more memorable.

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Little trend-setters

We’re especially excited about our large new line of children’s corsage bracelets – created especially for little wrists, they offer a great add-on sale for wedding bookings so that even the smallest of bridesmaids can take to that aisle like a catwalk.

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See the catalogue

We’ve added too many new products to list them all here, so browse the full webshop, flick through the catalogue online or order one in the post.