Beyond organising the dress, the venue, the photographer, the cake and more, flowers can play a central role in any wedding. Expertly designed wedding flowers can tie the entire theme of your special day together, adding a touch of class to your venue while creating a consistent, sophisticated feel for every aspect of your wedding from church to meal to reception. For something so integral to any wedding, it is important to work with the right florist to help you find the right blooms, displaying them perfectly to compliment your big day. Here are some things to look for when choosing a wedding florist.
While the winter season allowed us to enjoy a variety of wonderful blooms in deep, rich hues such as forest green, crimson red and of course, stark, crisp white, the start of spring means it’s time to introduce fresh, vibrant colour back into our floral displays! Here are the perfect blooms to inject some fun into your homes as we mark the start of spring:
Bored by red roses? Want to get away from endless pink shades? We know that the traditional Valentine’s Day colour schemes are not to everyone’s taste. So here are out top picks for out of the ordinary flowers that will make the perfect additions to any romantic bouquets.
If you’re planning to treat your loved one to some gorgeous flowers this Valentine’s Day, we can help you to craft the perfect bouquet. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Christmas is just around the corner, and that means putting together show stopping floral arrangements with a festive twist. If you’re having a beautiful winter themed wedding, or just want to decorate your home with gorgeous flowers and seasonal centrepieces, making winter appropriate selections is crucial. Here are just some of the blooms we think make any festive display special.
Every year, we all put one up in the corner of our living room to celebrate the festive season – but how much do you actually know about the Christmas tree? Here’s our guide to the history of the Christmas tree.
While Christmas has obvious ties with Christianity, the use of evergreen trees to celebrate in the winter time actually pre-dates the religion. Many winter time Pagan rituals involved the worship of evergreen trees. The lasting colour of the plants was said to bring hope, reminding people of the springtime, and, in some countries, ward off evil spirits that might want to enter the home.
A German tradition
There are a number of different stories about how the Christmas tree came into being, but one thing is certain – it almost certainly started in Germany.
One of the most popular theories is that the Christmas tree as we know it was invented by a religious reformer, Martin Luther. Legend has it that the preacher was taking a stroll through the woods late and night, and when he looked up and saw the twinkling stars between the fir trees he was struck with a moment of genius. He returned home, bringing a tree with him, and decorated it with flickering candles for his children. The trend caught on, and by 1604 Christmas trees could be found in houses all over Southern Germany.
Once again, the history books are in dispute about who started the Christmas tree trend in Britain. Many a general knowledge quiz will have you believe it was Prince Albert that introduced Britain to the tradition in 1840. However, many historians are quick to point out that Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, bought over a tree from her native Germany in 1800 to erect in the Queen’s Lodge at Windsor Castle. Queen Charlotte’s ties to Martin Luther put a little more weight into this argument, and it’s thought that when she arrived in Britain she brought a lot of her cherished German customs with her.
The Christmas tree really took off in Britain when, in 1948 during Queen Victoria’s reign, an illustration was published in the London News. Entitled “The Queen’s Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle”, the illustration showed the royals standing proudly around their tree, and popularised the tradition not only in Britain, but the US, too.
While the tree has remained steadfast in English Christmas tradition, how we decorate it has changed over time. In the beginning, a figure of baby Jesus was often put atop the tree, today an angel or a shining star is more common.
How do you decorate your tree? Let us know in the comments and on social media – we’d love to see pics, too!
Your wedding cake often forms the centrepiece of your reception, so a cake that looks as good as it tastes is hugely important. You might think of a chocolate cake, or a traditional sponge, but here are some more unique ideas for the ultimate wedding cake.
The colour scheme of your wedding can be a big decision. Whites and reds, shades of purple, and pastel combinations are popular choices – but what if you’re looking for something a little more unique? Here at Brigitte Flowers we’re always exercising our creative flair, encouraging customers to experiment with unique colour combinations. Here are some of our favourites to help make your big day one to remember!
When you think of centrepieces for a wedding or another large event, huge vases of colourful flowers, delicate bouquets for the bridal party to hold and garlands woven around outdoor spaces is likely what you’ll conjure up. But you could add a tasty twist to your centrepieces with the addition of fruit.