Sunday, November 29, 2009

Wedding Flower Images

A selection of images from my wedding flower ideas.... for winter wedding flowers. Read the blog post below for more information on these flowers and how to use them on your wedding day.

Winter Wedding Flowers

We wanted to share with you a fabulous website we found for inspirational wedding flower ideas. Wedding flowers can be difficult to choose, there are many options and styles to choose from depending on the time of year you are getting married. It is much more cost effective to use flowers which are in season when you get married. Otherwise out of season flowers can be expensive and eat into your budget.

As we are now in winter, we are focusing on winter wedding flowers, but on the website, information on other seasons can be found.

Choosing your flowers by their season is a wonderful way to theme your day. Be inspired by the seasonal countryside for your Winter Wedding Flowers and find a sensational choice of colours, scents and styles. By choosing flowers that are in season you can create a truly timeless and connected feel for your celebration with flowers that evoke the romance of the season.

Many flowers are now imported so are available all year round but if you'd like to include seasonal blooms in your wedding flowers you may like to consider our choice for winter weddings below:

Flowers in Season for a Winter Wedding

Amaryllis, Anemone, Camellias, Catkins, Cosmos,Cymbidium Orchid, Dogwoods, Eucalyptus, Eucharis, Fruiting Ivy, Heather, Hellebores, Iris, Ivy Berries, Paperwhite Narcissi, Pussy Willow,Ranunculus, Rosehips, Rosemary, Snowdrops, Twisted Willow.

Winter Wonderland with Romantic Cosmos:
Delicate cosmos make an unusual and stunning winter wedding bouquet. Cosmos come in a wide variety of colours including red, carmine, pink, white, orange, yellow. You can also find the Chocolate Cosmos which is a deliciously exotic flower with rich, velvety brown blooms, chocolate cosmos have a wonderful sweet scent of vanilla and chocolate. This posy style bouquet would be simple, elegant and pretty for a formal style wedding.Snapdragon Garden Flowers specialize in using cut flowers grown in their own cutting garden.

Winter Door Arch:
Create the right first impression by decorating the entrance way to your celebration with wonderful winter foliage. Eucalyptus, twisted willow and ivy would give a festive feel to an intimate informal country style wedding. Catkin Flowers are passionate about natural seasonal flowers and about producing flowers in a sustainable way in their own cutting garden.

Wonderful Winter Blooms:
The delicate and pretty
Anemone is available in a variety of lovely bright colours such as red, purple and pink with pretty fern like foliage - just perfect for adding a bright splash of colour to bouquets and flower arrangements. Pure white Calla Lily have an elegant and almost architectural form making them incredibly versatile. They can be arranged on their own in simple classic hand-tied bouquet for a stunning elegant effect or they can be mixed with other flowers such as roses. Available from overseas all year round and British Grown from late October through to late June in a fabulous spectrum of colours from pure white, yellow, deep pink and purples through to rich black.

Ravishing Ranunculus:
Ranunculus offer an amazing array of lovely colours from yellow and white through to hot rich colours such as red, pink and orange. Their densely packed petals look pretty and they are perfect for using on their own or as part of a mixed bouquet with other flowers.

Splendid Winter Beauty:
Amaryllis come in a variety of colours from pure white through to scarlet. Four or five large trumpet shaped flowers top a tall leafless stem to form a flamboyant bloom that would be perfect for creating a dramatic centrepiece. Snapdragon Garden Flowersspecialize in using cut flowers grown in their own cutting garden.

When choosing your florist here are a couple of points to remember:

© Ask to see their portfolio, all good florists will have a image book of their previous wedding work.

© Ask to see their testimonials, do they have thank you cards or letters from previous couples they have worked with.

© Ask your married friends, a wedding planner or wedding forums for recommendations. The best recommendation is from word of mouth!

© If they have a shop, is it clean, tidy and can you see they have an inspiration streak from their ready made flower bouquets.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Supplier Spotlight: Weddings in Surrey

Weddings in Surrey is a fantastic concept, it is a one stop shop for finding all your wedding suppliers in the Surrey area.


A Wedding in Surrey website is a fantastic concept for the bride & groom who want a one stop supplier website, how does the website work?

Couples planning weddings are increasingly turning to the Internet to gather ideas and plan their weddings. It really is an incredible source of easily accessible information. Weddings in Surrey gives access to engaged couples to all the planning tools they need to start preparing for their wedding, together with a directory of reliable and recommended suppliers.

Wedding service vendors and suppliers can also showcase their company on our site by taking a listing. We are unique in that each listing has its own unique page to fully describe the business, together with images and web links. Our directory advertising rates cater for every budget, ranging from a basic free listing to an advertorial.

What are the benefits of couples using Weddings in Surrey website?

Weddings in Surrey is designed for couples who live in Surrey or are planning to get married in Surrey and its surrounding areas. The site is kept fresh with the latest wedding news and sales offers. Our visitors do not have to wade through a nationwide directory to get the results they want. The most popular categories of Venues and Bridal wear categories are also categorised by town, making is even easier to source your enquiries.

There are free download wedding planning tools to help keep couples on budget and on track. There is also a Plan the Day section with heaps of advice, tips and tricks and ideas to plan the perfect wedding day.

Tell us more about yourself and how you set the business up?

The idea came to me when I was planning my own wedding. My husband and I decided to get married on the Welsh border and we lived in Surrey. The whole wedding was organised through the Internet. Through searching I found a venue, florist, hair and make-up artist and entertainment. We only made two visits to the area before the big day!

My background is in I.T. and Marketing and by marrying’ the two together Weddings in Surrey was launched. The decision was to not create a nationwide directory but to concentrate on one county to create a niche for our visitors and advertisers. We have become incredibly successful after just one year, returning results on wedding searches on the first page of Google and attracting thousands of visitors every month.

What is the most satisfying thing about running a Wedding in Surrey website?

Being involved in the wedding business is an incredibly happy place to be. It gives me a lot of pleasure to write about weddings, and see the latest wedding trends and hear from happy couples who have had an amazing day. It’s fabulous to be able to use my creative skills in marketing the website and returning amazing results for our advertisers.

What are your top tips for couples getting married in 2010/2011?

Plan, plan, plan. Decide on your budget, add a 10% contingency and Stick To It! Do consider using a wedding planner to take the stress out of the day. They often negotiate discounts with suppliers, thereby passing on the savings to you. If budget is tight, consider what things you can do yourselves. You may have friends and family who have skills you can use. Decide on your ‘Dream Team’ of reliable people who will help you through the wedding planning process.

Thank you to Pamela for taking the time to answer our questions.

*Pamela at Weddings in Surrey*

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Top 25 ways to save money on your wedding celebration…

The Wedding Daze understands that weddings are expensive. But with these cost cutting tips, you can ensure that your wedding day won’t break the bank.


1. Cut the guest list. This will slash your catering costs, save on invitations and even the number of centerpieces. Don’t invite the great aun

tie and uncle that you haven’t seen for years!

2. Think off-peak season and save thousands! Many wedding venues offer discount for getting married mid-week or off-peak (such as October/November time).

3. Skip the Saturday wedding – always the most expensive option!

4. Have bigger tables so you need fewer centerpieces and tablecloths. Your guests will enjoy the additional company!

5. Shop the off-season for extra decor -- get modern black vases on sale after Halloween and pretty pink ones after Valentine's Day. Plan in advance and always keep an eye of for a bargain. This helps to spread the cost over the time running up to your wedding day.


6. Swap out costly flowers -did you know peonies can be five times more expensive than roses?

7. Stick to just one or two kinds of flowers.

8. Buy flowers that are in season.

9. Include non-florals, like lanterns or feathers.

Food & Drink

10. Have a buffet or BBQ instead of a sit down meal. This will cut thousands from your food bill, as the most expensive things at a wedding can be the venue and the catering.

11. Offer one drink such as beer, wine, or a signature cocktail instead of a full bar.

12. Skip the champagne toast or simply toast with the drinks that are already on the table.


13. Order a small one or two-tiered cake to cut and then have a larger basic cake in the kitchen ready to serve for desert.

14. Keep the add-ons simple. Use fresh flowers, not sugar ones.

15. Reuse ceremony flowers for the cake and the present table.

Stationery & Favors

16. Get single-page invites to save on postage.

17. Give out one favor per couple or get charity favors – Oxfam do a great selection.

18. Make your cake the favors.

19. Email your save-the-dates or set up a Facebook group and keep your friends up to date on your wedding plans.

20. Make your own menu cards, name setting & table names.

Get creative – visit your local Hobbycraft store.

Photography & Music

21. Have a photographer you love but can't afford the prices? Ask them if they have an associate shooter who will do your wedding for less.

22. Ask for off-peak discounts or have alternative photography such as rock the dress shoot!

23. Opt for a smaller band or a solo singer.

24. Hire a band or DJ who can do both the ceremony and the reception.

25. Ensure your DJ plays your style of music, give them a comprehensive play list before hand and make sure they stick to it!

Before you begin to plan your wedding, sit down with your partner and decide what are the most important aspects of your wedding that you would like to allocate your budget to. This varies from couple to couple and depends on your personality and style. Important factors too many are the venue, the wedding dress and the photography. Decide between you which aspects of your wedding you would like to spend the most money on. So if you are a fashion conscious couple, then your wedding attire may get a large chunk of the budget or if you into amateur photographer you may want a stunning album and photographs to remember your day by – the choice is yours, remember it is your day.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Benefits of using a wedding planner...

Delegate the details.....

It is a daunting and time consuming task organising a wedding celebration. With commitments such as work, running a home and looking after children, it is hard to find the time to do it all and plan the wedding day of your

Benefits of using a wedding planner are:

• Reduce the stress level and time it takes to plan a wedding.

• Experienced in organising weddings and events.

• Can see the wedding from both the bride and grooms point of view.

• Help set a realistic budget and stick to it.

• Knowledgeable in the venue you have chosen.

• Are creative and can set a unique theme for your wedding day.

• Excellent network of recommended wedding suppliers, negotiate preferential
rates which are passed directly onto you.

• Advise on wedding etiquette.

• Look after family and friends on your wedding day.

• Co-ordinate your wedding day to ensure it runs smoothly and to time.

Hiring The Wedding Daze to plan your wedding day, gives you the reassurance that we have every single detail covered and that your wedding day will be a once in a life time experience that will be truly unforgettable.