May 23rd, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

11 innovative essentials only a florist can use best

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April 20th, 2018 jamesdouthwaite

The gypsophila debate: love it or hate it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 26th, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

Ideas & Images For Your Internet Marketing

Cyberspace is the first place any bride-to-be, event planner or flower lover will look for inspiration and supplies for their upcoming event. So having a strong digital presence, be it with a bespoke website that shows visitors exactly who you are and what you offer, or sharing a bubbly, beautiful social media feed, will tempt new and existing customers to buy more.

We supply florist accessories in all shapes and sizes from corsage wristlets to ribbons, wires and hair-pieces, and we want to help our customers make the most out of the web, so we’re even offering up our image bank as a free resource for florists to use. It’s packed with commercial floristry’s finest, showcasing a spectrum of prom and wedding work by three brilliant designers, and all the photos are free for florists to download, simply to browse for your own personal inspiration, or to share on your website or social platforms as examples of what you could recreate.

Your online presence (that is website, social media and blog — if you have one) is like your 21st Century shop window. Here’s our advice for keeping it up to scratch:

• Ideally, all of your digital platforms should carry the same brand throughout, showing pictures of your designs and giving a feel for what you’re like as an independent business. For example, it’s so important to have an About Us page on your website and the public will warm to friendly pictures of the team on Facebook.

• Ask your web designer to make sure your site is mobile-enabled, and to make sure your SEO is the best it can be (that is, where your site lies on Google’s rankings).

• Offering e-commerce is a plus, and stats show customers will respond to an easy ‘Buy Now’ button on your homepage, or a ‘Book Now’ button for wedding consultations could also prompt faster action.

• Never, ever let offers or banners go out of date. So make sure your Mother’s Day deal is removed by 5pm on Mother’s Day itself. And during the summer months, why not have prom and wedding promotions or photos ready to go live instead. If you offer unusual products like brooch bouquets or unique corsages, make sure they’re one of the first things your prospective customer sees on your site.

• Sharing images and links from other places is a great way to create interest on your social media pages. Just always remember to properly credit where credit’s due and don’t claim designs are your own when they’re not. And make sure you hit Retweet, or on Facebook, click Share directly from the source rather than saving an image to your computer and then reposting… That’s not good internet etiquette!

We are happy for you to use their gorgeous images to boost your profile or business. All the stunning designs featured in their image bank were created by Katie-Jane Pridmore, Jens Jakobsen and Philip Holley.

 

 

Here’s a great homepage example from Neil and Anthony at Design Element Flowers

 

June 22nd, 2016 jamesdouthwaite

12 Prom Corsage Ideas To DYE* For

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How to make a corsage is one of the most Googled queries in floristry and we can see why. Do you wire or glue? How much stem do you snip? And what about buttonholes, isn’t there an easier way?!

As florists of course you know most of the answers but prom accessories have been undergoing a serious surge in popularity plus an upheaval in methods so we’re sharing a range of contemporary ideas in both style and technique so you’re totally ready for that swarm of teenage customers we hope will arrive over the next few weeks.

 READ OUR ULTIMATE CORSAGE GLUE GUIDE 

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Blue roses?! Yes, blue roses!! Whatever you think of them, it’s proven that loads of teen prom-goers are head-over-heels for dyed blooms and don’t give a damn that they’re not au naturel, so don’t be shocked to find a few in this list. We adore the way Philip Holley has combined one with a striking peacock feather on the Zoey Corsage Cuff. With that stunning dress, we reckon this really is a mix of colours to die for, even if they are dyed. *Pun intended!


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The colouring of the beaded Nadya Corsage Bracelet is coordinated perfectly to bring out gold touches in this Treasure Chest brooch and pink shadows within this chrysanth bloom. A great choice for selling to girly girls with added bright pink Flutters feathers.

 


 

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Achieve a more demure look with orchids and a touch of gyp. Dark green fern contrasts elegantly with whites and pearls, and for something unique, this wristlet comes with a watch.

 


 

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Another blue, this time teamed with spiky succulents and thistles with sleek dark callas and foliage. The result? The perfect choice for a teen prom-goer who picks out the Rocker wristlet from your pick n mix selection.

 


 

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A very special prom accessory, or an even more special gift from a first date? We adore the combination of shells and fuchsia in the design above, and with a touch of cold glue and a bundle of patience, stunning detail work like this won’t take as long as you think.

 


 

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Before offering design suggestions, ask teen customers what their prom outfit will be like. This Stylin bracelet and Sparkling Heirloom brooch pick out the subtle sparkle on our model’s dress perfectly.

 


 

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Never sure whether your stems are poking the right way? If you can’t cut your flower at its head and have to leave some stem, often bits poking out of your corsage can look out of place. As with this calla-on-a–cuff design, add a colourful floral collar to detract and neatly tape-up to make the whole thing tie-in to create the desired shape.

 


 

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Here’s another example of detracting from an unruly stem with bullion wire wrapped around the end of this scabious on a silver Rocker bracelet.

 


 

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Not too big and not too small, traditional in style but oh-so-pretty, this design simply glued to the Savannah wristlet is a sure-fire win with young prom-goers.

 


 

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Sparkles! For so many teens there’s just never enough. Go on, give them what they want. Find the pearls and glitzy picks here.

 


 

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Great for corsage customers looking for a very simple piece; this Athena wristlet has a plain silver band but of course comes complete with the special Corsage Creations plastic attachment for gluing any flowers you choose.

 

March 15th, 2010 jamesdouthwaite

5 trends you’ll need this season: your SS:18 trend 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.

February 22nd, 2009 jamesdouthwaite

5 trends you’ll need this season: your SS18 forecast

new_blog_spring_summer_trends_corsage_creations_florist_weddings

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.
3 corsage creations florist tips flowers floristry go faux

 

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.

4 corsage creations florist tips flowers floristry animals

 

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.

5 corsage creations florist tips flowers floristry little wrists children bracelets

 

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.