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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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.

May 12th, 2017 jamesdouthwaite

Bold & Bright Butterflies & Birds

Christmas might seem like decades away but it took place in February for designers all over Europe as they flocked to Christmasworld, one of the continent’s largest trade fairs and a true reflection of upcoming trends and not just for the festive season. We were there to spot not only butterflies by the bucket-load but also faux feathered birds and in bright clashing colours which made an appearance at exhibits featuring upcoming interior and décor trends.

They were most prominent at Surprise Surprise, a showstopping section of the show curated by top European florists Rudi Tuinman and Pascal Koeleman who designed a feast for the senses which, be it a little bit too kitsch and clashing for some tastes, gave a very clear signal for upcoming trends: loud, bright, colourful, optimistic, scattered with butterflies, birds and spring blossoms with pastel blooms frosted in glitter and ruffles. They explained, “Creative thinking nowadays is a must… we’re not simply selling products we’re selling emotions and a lifestyle. The more theatrical and shocking your effect is, the higher the turnover.”

So to tantalise your inner child why not take a leaf out of the designer duo’s book and bag yourself some loud and proud products like the new feather butterflies, colourful butterfly brooch pins, fluffy or sleek flutter feathers and for some seriously loud clashing colours use Bling it on stickers or Amazing glitzy wraps which can be used to cover anything and everything in enough dazzling colours to cover the eyes. Top it all off with their selection of metallic or bullion wire which comes in a whole range of bright colours to bring the theme through to every element of your design.

“Butterflies are increasingly appearing as a buoyant, happy motif”, says Elle Décor magazine in their feature listing key trends for 2017, meanwhile trend site My Design Agenda reckons “while 2016 was all about minimalism, this year will be slightly more fun!” Their take on the year’s looks predict butterflies will shape fashion and interiors bigtime because they’re “a symbol of grace and optimism.”

Our new feather butterflies are light enough to be glued or wired to any design be it wristlets for prom-goers, fun hand-tieds going out as gift orders, perched atop your spring plants or among wedding work for the fun bride not afraid of a bit of fun and colour. Or opt for the white glitter alternative for a subtler touch, and all are available in two sizes.

Browse it all online at corsagecreations.co.uk, and flick through our latest catalogue here.

April 22nd, 2017 jamesdouthwaite

9 Skills You Only Have If You’re A Florist

Being an independent florist doesn’t just mean you’re good with flowers, as competition grows from both supermarkets and online operators what now sets a serious florist apart is a whole load of niche business knowledge as well. Like knowing how to get hold of unusual specialty flower varieties, providing top notch customer service, using beautiful branded packaging and knowing where to get the very best sundries to add genuine value to designs. Which is where we come in; renowned as the wedding and prom specialists but also offering hundreds of lines suitable for everyday work they’re a one-stop-shop for sundries and accessories to make every design extra special.

 

You can do anything with a piece of wire

It’s a longstanding industry joke that floral laymen couldn’t handle a double leg-mount, but it’s also true as it takes training and practise to really get your fingers round a 22 gauge. So many floral designs involve wire-work, and the extra special ones will often require a lot of it. Like this princess-perfect creation by Jens Jakobsen on which he’s wired succulents, seed heads, orchid heads, diamante sprays and… A WHOLE TIARA!

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And a tube of glue

Also a crucial part of training and if you’re keen to compete in national floristry competitions like RHS Chelsea you’ll find a tube of cold glue may become your best friend as it allows for seriously intricate design-work. But it’s also so handy for weddings, proms and even everyday arrangements as it’s crucial for so many corsage and buttonhole designs plus it’s used for gluing accessories like pearls, sparkles and other flowers to anything and everything.

 

 

And a knife!

An obvious one but it’s what you do with it that really matters, for example only a true creative florist would think to slice an Angelica flower in half in order to affix it to a flower girl’s wand, like this bright idea from Jens Jakobsen.

 

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You know where to find the smartest products

A few years in the industry means you’ll know your preferred suppliers and you’ll be in the know when any new product comes out; be it new solution to make your flowers last longer, the latest leaf shine, a clever new rose stripper or handy buttonholes and corsage clips like these from Corsage Creations which mean you can say goodbye to awkward pins as they’re all magnetic and come in a range of styles, all with design disks specially made for gluing flowers.

 

 

You source unusual materials

Renowned for thinking outside the box, creative florists don’t minimise materials to whatever’s on the flower stand. Instead shells, pearls, seed heads, quirky foliage, brooches, metallic leaves, fruit, snipped garden flowers, sparkly pins, skeleton leaves and so much more all add value and special touches to unique designs that can’t be found anywhere else.

 

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You’ll create bespoke designs for all tastes

Catering to different tastes and not being afraid to break the rules is a key factor for florists who care about pleasing their customer base, like this punky prom design created for a new teenage customer by Pip Holley.

 

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You have an eye for shape and texture

Designer Jens Jakobsen created this bridal bouquet with a serious eye for design, with no typical ‘flowers’ and petals, he’s used craspedia and rose hip berries to echo the shape of Corsage Creations pearl and flower brooches. And by immersing a large brooch in this en-masse gyp bouquet he’s created a dazzling combination of textures, plus only a creative florist could think to bend callas to make this circular chair back.

 

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And an eye for detail

Add immediate interest to a classic design with a string of pearls or pearl sprays, as Cathy Penrose from The Flower Shop in Oxfordshire has done here. Or in this design by Hattie Ali, a few simple butterfly pins hold the bouquet handle in place and immediately add a special touch for the bride who loves to sparkle; so much more exciting than a plain-headed pin.

 

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Your creations last forever

Your designs are so special they’ll be treasured in memories and photos long after wedding days have long gone, but actually with Corsage Creations you can genuinely leave customers with a keepsake as so many of their products can be kept and reused, like their tiaras, hair clips and massive range of corsage wristlets. Plus, flower crowns are still a mega trend but how many brides can boast being able to keep theirs long after the big day? Source your headdress from Corsage Creations and she can.

 

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Thanks to designers Katie Jane-Pridmore, Pip Holley, Jens Jakobsen, Hattie Ali and Cathy Penrose for these gorgeous ideas.

October 4th, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

Special Touches To Add Value To Every Order

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Pinterest is brimming with unique and quirky ways to add personality to bridal bouquets, event flowers, corsages, buttonholes and everyday blooms. Not just reserved for Etsy sellers, crafty and unusual accessories needn’t be extra effort or costly. In fact, Corsage Creations are sharing ways for florists to add sparkle to florals of all shapes and sizes, allowing you to offer special touches with serious added value.

Take our bunches of faux baby’s breath. Felt and fabric flowers are making a comeback thanks to cute arrangements appearing all over the internet. A pack of pearled baby’s breath contains six bunches at £3.95 per pack trade price. With a 2.5 mark-up each bunch can retail for £1.65; that’s cheaper than many mid-range fresh stems and fills a large surface area with a unique, permanent alternative.

There’s a huge market for romantic red rose bouquets, each adorned with its own special sparkle, and while some might say only diamonds will do, we offer tons of perfect alternatives. So if you’ve a customer-base with a penchant for things that sparkle, then we’ve got something for you.

 

 

We’ve the widest range of diamante pins around, and their crystal bunches total just 25p per bunch with a 2.5 mark-up; that’s a very small cost for an addition that could give a big boost in perceived value for your customer. Pick up a few packs of diamante branches to make a seriously sparkling statement with your florals, or create a dazzling window display using scatter diamonds and clear vases.

If your customers are more likely to wear pearl earrings over diamante bling have a go at wiring some subtle cream bead bunches into your work. At just 20p per bunch with a 2.5 mark-up they’re a steal and can add a thoughtful detail to orders of all sizes.

 

 

Pearl pieces are in abundance at the our webshop, be it whole loops perfect for spiralling into hand-tieds, plus sprays, pins, garlands, stick-ons and more.

Try designing with mini bunches or iridescent mixed mirror crystals for an other-worldly style, and check out our bling stickers and stick-on rhinestones for final finishing touches.

 

 

We also offer a wide range of leaf designs, with popular gleaming leaves at a trade price of just 33p per piece (£3.95 per pack), and a wide range of other styles in colours from silver to green to gold, with added sparkle or demure lace designs.

You might just be used to adding a novelty pick to orders at Christmas, but with this selection, non-flower pieces don’t have to be reserved for the peaks.

Browse the full range at corsagecreations.co.uk or view the latest brochure.

Images: designs by Hattie Ali, Philip Holley, Katie-Jane Pridmore & Jens Jakobsen. Article created in collaboration with Corsage Creations.

September 26th, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

Floral Headdress & Hairpiece Designs

Popularity of the flower crown isn’t fading any time soon; increasingly sought after for weddings and events; parties, festivals, even christenings or birthdays, and we’ve seen a surge in florist workshops across the country, where guests learn the art of floral headwear.

Letterbox service Bloom & Wild held a sell-out flower crown pop-up in central Shoreditch, meanwhile Blue Sky Flowers, based at New Covent Garden Market, are preparing to celebrate National Flower Crown Day on 23rd September.

We love our lines in glitz and bling, there’s an array of silver and diamante pieces, like this Accent hair clip and Willow headband. Every item comes with a plastic attachment for cold-gluing flowers.

 

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Plus our accessories allow florist freedom and creativity, for example this diamante wire has been twisted into a headdress with delicate yellow flower heads. You’ll also find clear hair combs, a clear plastic and plain silver head band for fully flowered pieces, plus hair pins for finishing touches.

 

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For extra detailed head wear, check out the Imagination and Luxurious Head pieces, both have a 1940’s feel, as does the Gatsby Lace headband which comes in cream and would work well with ever-popular lace bridal gowns.

 

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But it’s not all bling and glitz. We also offer a range of festival style headbands. Available in a variety of colours and styles, these make natural-looking flower crowns a million times easier because you simply have to wire onto a pre-made head piece, giving you the freedom to create crowns as big or as dainty as you please.

 

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All Corsage Creations pieces are created with florists in mind, so you’re offered ease and flexibility with your products, with a focus on where you’ll place flowers.

 

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Designers: Jens Jakobsen, Philip Holley, Katie-Jane Pridmore

June 17th, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

Prom Buttonhole Ideas

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We’re in the peak of prom season so prime time to get your name out there amongst your local teenage scene, promoting your wares and making it known that corsages and buttonholes are an essential item for the end-of-year ball. This week we’re sharing inspiration for buttonholes; because the boys need a special school-leavers accessory too, and the range of boutonnieres from Corsage Creations is perfect for teen prom-goers because it allows for maximum creativity and lets you be a bit more ‘out there’ than your average grown-up groom.

The Florentine offers a large flat surface perfect for getting the cold glue out and getting creative. Below.

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Say goodbye to fiddly stem-wrapping with this Calla Lily boutonniere which acts as a miniature vase for the most delicate of flower heads, with just a touch of glue needed to hold everything in place. We love Philip Holley’s choice of colours and materials here; kanga-paws combined with blackberries! Above.

This simple and elegant idea also uses the Calla Lily boutonniere plus some Chic Leaves with a dainty, tight rose head on a bed of skeleton leaves. Below.

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The Monstera Bouttonniere is another piece perfect for gluing. If you’ve a pick ‘n’ mix prom bar set up in-store, have some delicate flower head ideas on-hand so your customers can pick the materials themselves. Above.

The Calla Lily boutonniere also works with larger stems too, and looks sleek with its namesake. Below.

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The same goes for this art-deco style Grecian boutonniere; a classic design and one teenage boys can keep forever for future events… why not suggest they come back to you for fresh flowers. Remember he could be your customer for many Mother’s
Days and more occasions to come. Below.

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Use the Grecian or Florentine as a blank slate and completely cover in flower heads or just add a few adornments. Above.

For easy-to-glue boutonnieres in a whole range of styles plus loads more prom accessories and essentials, visit corsagecreations.co.uk.

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May 4th, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

How To Use Our Fairy Tale Brooch Bouquet Kit

In this video we show you how to make a Brooch Bouquet using our Fairy Tale Brooch Bouquet Kit:

Fairy Tale Brooch Bouquet Kit (BK1612)

A Roll of Organza (SO1112)

A Roll of Metallic Wire (MW1107)

Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)