May 13th, 2019 jamesdouthwaite

34 wedding hoop ideas in all styles

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The hoop, officially one of 2019’s biggest wedding trends.

This simple stand-out look has now been endorsed by an array of leading wedding blogs including Rock My Wedding, Love My Dress and Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, as well as Martha Stewart and of course hundreds of brides and grooms.

They’re a symbolic choice for a wedding since these never-ending circles embody the eternity ring while creating striking venue décor and offering a totally different option to the standard bouquet.

Anything can be done with a hoop; cover it completely in moss or twine for a natural look, add gold leaf or colour with spray paint, or stick with the popular choice of white to complement the dress. Wrap flowers all the way around, just add foliage or bind blooms to one small section to draw the eye.

Buy wedding hoops online now and get creative with them

 


 

On a budget

Thanks to the structure of hoops, they provide far more bang-for-buck than traditional arrangements and hand-ties. Suggest hoop bouquets for bridesmaids to carry as they can be hung up to decorate the reception venue once the ceremony is over.

Cash to splash

For couples seeking something spectacular, alongside hoop aisle ends, chair backs, bridesmaid hoops and smaller decorations, create amazing visual consistency with a 6ft structured floral circle for an incredible photo-worthy backdrop as they say their vows.

Ideas for hoop designs

•  Wrap in twine or moss, colour with paint or gold leaf
•    Hand-held hoops carried by brides and bridesmaids
•    A hoop to frame the cake
•    A selfie hoop for photo opportunities
•    Hoops stood on a base as table centrepieces
•    Hoops used to frame signs or the table plan
•    Hoops hung up as venue decoration, vertically or horizontally suspended to appear chandelier-like

Click here to buy wedding hoops now

 

 


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April 8th, 2019 jamesdouthwaite

9 reasons to offer this trick at wedding consultations

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As reported last month in the national news, artificial flowers are seeing a comeback.

John Lewis has seen a huge surge in sales of artificial blooms while a rising number of high-end independent florists and interior designers are now advocating beautiful faux floral creations.

Forget their tacky reputation of the past. As new generations become key target groups and product quality continues to improve, permanent botanicals are no longer seen as second-rate alternatives to the real thing. With this change in attitude comes a shift in perceived value, as businesses can now charge higher, if not luxury, price tags.

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John Lewis is offering a hydrangea arrangement for £200, but it shouldn’t just be corporate brands able to take advantage of the trend. To help you get in on the act, we’ve launched a large new line of artificial flowers and foliage in time for wedding season!

Faux blooms are now accepted in all forms, and they’re particularly useful in wedding and event work for a plethora of reasons …

  • You’ll immediately lower expenditure and increase profit as they can be used over and over again.
  • Forget all worries about important flower deliveries arriving late, or with incorrect or poor quality product.
  • The bride wants peonies out of season? Now she can have them.
  • Offer more for couples on a budget by creating pre-made arrangements and hiring them out at a lower cost than a bespoke design.
  • Artificial foliage is immensely useful for making a thick, reusable cost-effective base for large-scale flower designs.
  • Artificial flowers and foliage are perfect additional venue decorations, whether it’s ivy framing the room or small floral details scattered in different areas, even if the bride still wants her key pieces to be fresh.
  • Flower walls made famous by stars like Kim and Kanye can be created quickly, easily and will be more eco-friendly with reusable foliage tiles.
  • More and more couples are requesting eco-friendly, plastic free weddings. While most florist businesses can’t claim to be perfect when it comes to our footprint, one option is to market your faux flower to the growing number of planet-conscious consumers by promoting the fact that they are reusable blooms.
  • “Real touch” blooms are now available, even closer to the real thing than traditional plastic versions of the past. Check out our range of “real touch” flowers and foliage.

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February 6th, 2019 jamesdouthwaite

Add value to roses all year round!

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“If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

 

…wise words spoken by Hugh Grant playing the Prime Minister, but which film did he say them in? Our newsletter subscribers were treated to Valentine’s giveaways on answering correctly, sign-up now to win next time!

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We’re officially entering the season of love, kicked-off by Valentine’s next Thursday followed by Mother’s Day on 31st March and weddings filling the diaries from spring onwards. At Corsage Creations it’s our favourite half of the year, and we’re here to help with all of your product needs, whether it’s a little bit of sparkle to add value to Valentine’s roses, faux event flowers to dress any venue, ribbon, jute, wire, or special accessories for creating wearable flowers from corsage bracelets to hair pieces.

Our Princess Brooches, each on a 15cm pin, are perfect for including in red rose bouquets to add value and bring those one-off customers back again. Order bestselling brooches and pins to add sparkle to your roses all year round!

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November 22nd, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

Winter wedding trends in the spotlight: natural vs sparkle

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Winter weddings are on the rise!

More and more couples are tossing the rulebook when selecting the date for their wedding day. Ceremonies are no longer confined to weekends and while summer remains peak season, a growing number of brides and grooms are opting to wed over the colder months instead. In fact, statistics have shown that there was a 69% increase in winter weddings between 2013 – 2014 and this figure has been rising in thousands ever since.

 

Here’s why…

  • Wedding suppliers offer lower prices
    …According to one poll, this is the reason for 57% of couples.
  • Coincides with a special occasion
    …Christmas and New Years Eve are popular times for proposals.
  • No weather expectations
    …As if you can guarantee good weather in British summertime anyway.
  • Added Christmas magic
    …Providing an easy theme choice and good for creating an intimate, cosy atmosphere.
  • More people might be able to come
    …Because you’re not clashing with summer holidays, particularly for those organising it last minute, which is also a trend on the rise.
  • Winter weddings stand out more
    …For guests at ‘wedding age’ the summer diary can quickly fill up with ceremonies most weekends, while in winter yours might be the only one.

 

Winter wedding trends: natural vs sparkle

  • Rich, dark and bold colours were the top picks for winter couples shown in a 2018 survey by Easy Weddings, with most opting for blue, followed by red, pink, then white and purple.
  • Burgundy is also a hit this season, especially for grooms, where the bridal site noted that nine per cent of grooms will wear the shade.
  • It also noted that thanks to the influence of the Royal wedding, more brides than ever are choosing long-sleeved dresses, perfect for a winter wedding.
  • Glitz and bling is often seen in abundance over the festive period, but when it comes to weddings, earthy and natural is still a huge trend.

We’ve split our top wedding accessories into those that’d suit a rustic affair and those for brides seeking a splash of sparkle. We’ve styles to suit all, but which do you prefer?

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Plastic headband
Attach fresh flowers to the top and the rest of the clear band can be hidden beneath hair.

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Dazzle silver hair comb
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Eden Corsage Cuff
A sturdy cuff complete with the patented plastic attachment for gluing flowers onto.1a-eden-corsage-cuff-florist-flowers-corsage-creations-wedding-2
Sophisticated Lady Bracelet
Dainty, elegant and complete with the plastic attachment for gluing flowers.
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3 rose headband
The simple way to create a flower crown, either cover up the artificial blooms with wired fresh flowers or include them in your design, and the band is adjustable.
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Excitement crystal head band
Perfect for combining sparkle with fresh flowers for hair accessories – complete with the patented plastic attachment for gluing.
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Cotton lace ribbon
This makes a nice alternative to the standard twine when wrapping natural-style buttonholes.
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Florentine Boutonniere
Simply glue your own floral creation onto this design base.
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Trillium Leaf Spray
These delicate faux flowers can be wired into any arrangement to add a little texture and interest – great for winter when fresh blooms are scarce.
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Diamond Ivy Leaf Spray
It’s easy to add interest, texture and sparkle to any design – corsages, buttonholes or bouquets – with our diamante sprays.5b-diamond-ivy-leaf-spray-florist-flowers-corsage-creations-wedding
Tear Drop Pearl Spray
For some subtle texture when winter blooms are scarce, opt for pearls.  
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Diamante Branch
We offer all sorts of sparkling diamante branches, sprays, picks and pins in a range of colours including silver, gold, iridescent and rose-gold.
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Ladybird stickers
These sweet little stick-anywhere ladybirds can be attached to place cards, foliage and anywhere you fancy – they’ll be loved by little ones.zz-ladybird-stickers
      Mixed size stick-on pearls & rhinestones
We offer stick-on pearls, rhinestones and dots in a range of colours, perfect for decorating anything and everything including glasses and place cards. 
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Wire beaded collar
Create the famous bespoke ‘just picked’ look that’s so on trend right now. Mould our collar into an egg shape and loosely insert flowers and plenty of foliage. Google ‘egg bouquet technique’ for inspiration.
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 Fairytale Brooch Bouquet Kit
Alternatively go 100% bling! Our brooch bouquet kits come complete with armature and a range of brooches, but personal items can be added too. Watch how here.
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Wooden pegs
Attach any personal decorations to suit the bride and groom’s wedding theme with these sweet pegs. Pegged photos are a popular favourite.
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Rhinestone Charm Photo Frame
With this little frame, Brides can walk down the aisle with a special reminder of loved ones strung to their bouquet. These popular frames are available in a range of shapes.
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Jute (in various widths)
Anything can be done with a wrap of jute, and it always looks great at a natural wedding. Ours comes in a range of widths from 5cm – 30cm.
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Wired edge organza
A classic but always spot-on when wrapping stems or creating bows. We also sell double-faced satin ribbon in a large range of colours.
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Ivy bushes, garlands & sprays
Particularly useful in winter when it’s harder to get your hands on anything fresh – especially if you’re keen on using only home-grown flowers, our faux ivy comes in a range of styles and thicknesses and is great for decorating venues or padding out the base of designs. 
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Pearl Bead Chain
String it everywhere for added special touches. We also offer a range of colours including iridescent, rose gold, gold and silver.
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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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