May 12th, 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)

May 4th, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

How To Use Our Fantasy Brooch Bouquet Kit

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

To make this you will need the following:

Fantasy Brooch Bouquet Kit (BK1603)

A Roll of Organza (SO1112)

A Roll of Metallic Wire (MW1107)

Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)

March 6th, 2015 jamesdouthwaite

How to make an alternative Bridal Brooch Bouquet and Flower Bouquet.

This video shows how to create a gorgeous alternative to both a Bridal Brooch Bouquet or Flower Bouquet using our Superior Single Brooch Bouquet.

To make this you will need the following:

Superior Single Brooch Bouquet (SU1503)

A Roll of Organza (SO1112)

A Roll of Metallic Wire (MW1107)

8cm Rose Bunch – White (YF139W)

February 19th, 2014 jamesdouthwaite

How To Make A Prom Wrist Corsage

In this design video we will show you how to make a wrist corsage with our Naydya Corsage Bracelet in under 5 minutes. This design is perfect for a Prom, Formal, Debs or Ball.

To make this design you will need the following:

Nadya Corsage Bracelet – Purple (NY1416)

Gleaming Leaves – Silver (GL1103)

Diamond Ivy Leaf Spray – Silver (DV1203)

Kara’s Kisses Diamond Spotlight – Silver (KK2803)

Oasis Floral Adhesive (FA1754)

Wing Butterfly Clip – Silver (WZ1207)

June 17th, 2013 jamesdouthwaite

Create Your Own Brooch Bouquet

Our exciting NEW Brooch Pins, Brooch Bouquet Holder and Wings Butterfly Clips have arrived. To view these great new products click here. Our new brooch pins are perfect for adding into wedding bouquets and arrangements or even using on their own to create a fabulous brooch bouquet like the one in the picture below!

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June 3rd, 2011 jamesdouthwaite

Vote For Your Favourite Corsage Design!!!

— This competition is now closed, sorry! —

As you know we have teamed up with The Florist & Wholesale Buyer Magazine to create the Corsage Creations Competition. Now you have your chance to vote for your favourite entry.

You can only cast one vote per day so please pick carefully.

Closing date for votes is 30th June 2011.