As the focus of brides shifts towards their upcoming summer weddings, at Flower Power we thought we would take a look back at a wedding we designed the flowers for last year.
Tola and Kingsley's chic and elegant London wedding ceremony took place at St Marylebone Parish Church on a lovely August day and was followed by a super reception at The Berkeley – a prestigious venue that we were delighted to design wedding flowers for.
The bride carried a stunningly elegant bouquet made out of Vendela roses, cappuccino roses, avalanche roses and green eustoma, while the bridesmaids opted for bouquets in a similar shape made out of gypsophila (sometimes called Baby’s Breath), which is very much coming back into fashion.
The venue meanwhile featured a series of complementary designs made using white hydrangea, avalanche roses, peach avalanche roses, cappuccino roses, herbs and variegated ivy. The overall theme was very stylish and sophisticated.
Commenting on the flowers and Flower Power’s work for her big day, Tola said: "Jay's professionalism and experience made her the perfect choice for our wedding. She interpreted our vision beautifully and listened to our ideas, which was so important to us. I have no hesitation in recommending Flower Power for exceptional floral design."
Thanks to photographer Dasha Caffrey, here are a few wedding photos from the day.
Proving that creativity runs in the family, Malar Ravi, daughter of Jay Ravi, Flower Power’s founder and renowned floral designer, has opened Flour Power - a Zurich-based business serving up delicious cup cakes.
Malar specialises in freshly homemade cupcakes that are baked from scratch using the finest ingredients. What's more the tasty treats are, of course, beautifully decorated.
To find out more head along to https://www.facebook.com/Flourpowercupcakes.ch
On a beautiful sunny day last August, Flower Power was delighted to provide flowers for the wedding and civil ceremony of Rakhi and Hiren.
Flower Power was recommended to the bride and groom by Amore Weddings, the event planners for the day and, after working closely with the bride and her family, set about creating some amazing flowers.
The bridal bouquet pictured here – a big thank you to Anne Heslop Photography for the lovely photos – was constructed using Avalanche roses, Singapore orchids, beautifully fragrant freesias, alchemilla mollis and stocks; which together created a sumptuous looking design that was matched by the groom’s buttonhole.
Commenting on the day Rakhi told us: “A massive thank you for everything you did for our Civil and the Indian wedding. You made our dreams come true!
“My mum and I were so happy after we met you, as you completely understood what we were thinking of (even if we couldn't express it that clearly!) and you made it happen. We still can't get over how beautiful and perfect the mandap was (and the gorgeous chori pots too!).
“There were so many compliments on the day and after as to how unique and fitting it looked, and you made the reception room look so stunning with the gorgeous centre pieces. My bouquet on the civil was better than I even imagined, it was so perfect!”
Earlier this year Jay Ravi and the team at Flower Power decorated the incredible Stowe School in Buckingham. The beautiful venue, complete with stunning Pantheon inspired Marble Saloon ceiling, provided the perfect backdrop for a wedding that featured white orchids, hydrangeas, roses and plenty of lush foliage in the wedding flowers.
Taking cues from the famous elliptical shape of the room and incredible ceiling, the Flower Power team installed an arched floral mandap that was decorated with vintage-style white roses and hydrangeas. Red spray roses were also added to add a splash of colour to the design. Floral garlands
With such a large venue the wedding flowers had to be designed to suitable proportions. As a result, large pedestal designs were installed in the Saloon hall where the ceremony took place, designed with a loose style that helped to make the floral designs as striking and beautiful as the venue itself.
Table designs continued the white theme, with glass vases filled with orchids and topped with roses and orchids the order of the day. Vase designs filled with bold red flowers such as calla lilies and celosia provided an alternative contrast to the white.
Other floral wedding designs created for the event included a traditional tribute to Ganesh, garlands for the bride and groom and some exquisite garlands for the mantelpieces in the venue.
As these photos by John Alexander Wedding Photography (www.jeaphotography.co.uk) show, with the help of Flower Power’s design skills, the venue looked absolutely beautiful for the bride and groom’s big day.
Close-up photos from the wedding can be found on Flower Power’s Pinterest boards by clicking here.
Back in June, Jay and the team at Flower Power designed and installed flowers for a wedding at the Hilton Terminal 5 Hotel near Heathrow. The wedding of Prasath and Jothi included civil and religious ceremonies, along with lunch and evening receptions. Floral designs required for the wedding included table centres, a bridal bouquet, garlands, chair flowers, table flowers and a floral arch and mandap stage setting, which Flower Power supplied and built before decorating it.
Interestingly, Flower Power reused the arch and mandap flowers for the reception later in the day, with the flowers making the perfect backdrop for the top table (see photos below).
“We first got in touch with Jay after seeing her work on her Facebook page and the Flower Power website, which really amazed us. We had a brief chat on the phone to discuss our colour schemes, the types of flowers I wanted and what kind of wedding look I was going for, so that Jay could have a better understanding of our needs and have more pictures and ideas to show us at our first face-to-face meeting.
“At our first meeting we discussed my outfits and how she would implement all the colours and flowers into the different functions that we were having. As I wanted a traditional yet modern look for the mandap and the décor, she was very informative about the flowers, providing advice about which flowers are best in the morning/evening and what will be in season at the time of our wedding, which helped us decide on the flowers and the colours.
“She showed us plenty of images and videos which were very helpful to be able to visually see her work. I was very pleased with how proactive she was and how enthusiastic she was to make our big day turn out just the way we wanted.
“One our main hurdles was choosing the mandap as we were unsure what size and what style to go for and we kept going back and forth between two options. During this time Jay was very understanding and professional and listened to exactly what we wanted before offering her advice. She always left the last choice to us and wasn’t pushy, which really helped us make a clear decision.
“We held our second meeting at our venue, Hilton T5, so she could have a better understanding of the outlay and space she had to work with. During this time she talked us through her ideas and how she was going to set up whilst making her own notes. At all times she kept asking for our input and what we thought of her ideas and what we can change. This was extremely helpful to be able to talk through the set up and share ideas.
“Jay also provided plenty of helpful advice, such as ideas on how to set up the tables so it would be visually appealing for the guests and also make it easy for the turnaround for the reception. For example, she suggested we keep the table decorations the same for lunch and evening reception, with candlelight added in the evening to give it a softer look.
“At our third meeting, Jay provided us with a visual plan of the venue and her set up. She asked us to take our time over it before we finalised, so we were not rushed into agreeing anything. At this meeting she also showed us more images which were tailored to exactly what we wanted. It was great to see that she was as excited as we were! She dealt with the venue directly to decide and arrange on delivery times as it was a very early start for the wedding. This went a long way towards reducing some of our stress!
“We then finalised everything at our fourth meeting and left with a deep satisfaction that our wedding would turn out exactly how we wanted. We were very happy with her customer service as she kept us informed throughout the whole process by sending us updates and images from when she placed the orders for the flowers to when everything was being delivered to the venue. This really helped to keep our mind at ease and also gave us opportunities to amend extra details, like adding pearls to the table decorations for the evening reception which Jay was more than happy to do.
“Our wedding mandap and flower decorations turned out to be spectacular, so much more than we could have imagined – all thanks to the wonderful Jay and her Flower Power team! All the ideas and concepts were kept true to our original plans, but Jay added her twist of magic to everything she set up and it looked amazing! Flower Power is the place to go to if you are looking for a unique and tailored wedding experience!”
Photos courtesy X-Quisite Photography - www.x-quisite.co.uk
The Flower Power design team are turning their attention away from wedding flowers and onto Christmas, with a series of festive design courses taking place over the next few weeks.
Ideal for budding florists and existing designers looking to add new skills, the Flower Power Design School’s Christmas courses will cover off the skills needed to make festive door wreaths, long and low table designs, table design posies and wonderful Christmas garlands.
During each course, students got the opportunity to get hands-on and design floral arrangements that are perfect for use in their homes or as gifts. Everything needed to go away and design Christmas flowers was covered, with all materials and tools provided.
Dates for the upcoming festive courses and the course fees are as follows:
Door wreaths, 3rd November 2014, £125
Table designs (long and low), 10th November 2014, £125
Table designs (posies), 24th November 2014, £125
Garlands, 1st December 2014, £195
Places are still available on all courses, although numbers are limited to ensure students receive the very best levels of teaching. To secure your place and to find out more, call 01708 455 869 or email email@example.com
For details of all the Flower Power Design School courses, click here.
A university study has revealed that having a large number of guests at a wedding is linked with long-term marital bliss.
Researchers at the University of Virginia analysed new data from the relationship development study, an ongoing national study based at the University of Denver. Between 2007 and 2008, more than 1,000 people who were unmarried but in a relationship, and between the ages of 18 and 34, were recruited into the study.
Over the course of the next five years and 11 waves of data collection, 418 of those individuals got married. The study found that the more guests at your wedding to share the beginning of your new life, the better the chances you will be happily married years down the road.
Among couples who had weddings, the sample was divided into those who had weddings with 50 or fewer attendees, 51 to 149 attendees, or 150 or more attendees. In each group, 31 per cent, 37 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively, reported high marital quality, researchers said.
“In what might be called the My Big Fat Greek Wedding factor, this study finds that couples hosting larger wedding parties are more likely to report high-quality marriages,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and a professor of sociology at UVa.
“One possibility is that couples with larger networks of friends and family may have more help, and encouragement, in navigating the challenges of married life. However, this is not about spending lots of money on a wedding party. It’s about having a good number of friends and family around,” said Prof. Wilcox.
Flower Power’s Jay Ravi said: “Whatever the size of the wedding, being surrounded by friends and family is a great start to married life. As wedding flower specialists we’ve been involved with plenty of large and lavish ceremonies, as well as lots of smaller, more intimate ceremonies, all of which make the bride and groom feel special. That has to be the most important part of any wedding.”
This time last year, Jay Ravi and her team at Flower Power were preparing to prepare a stunning collection of floral designs for the Asian Bride Live Catwalk Show.
The show, arguably the most prestigious event in the Asian wedding calendar, provided the Flower Power team with the perfect opportunity to show off their wedding flower and venue dressing design skills, with the team working with all manner of flowers to create the contemporary background.
In addition to the backdrop – read our earlier post about the transformation of the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith – Jay designed a series of bridal bouquets for the catwalk show itself – as shown in the photos here.
Jay said: “Flower Power specialises in wedding flowers so this was the perfect showcase for us. Being able to produce Asian wedding flowers for a packed house was a true highlight of my career.”
Flower Power’s designers always keep an eye on bridal fashions, so it was with interest that we watched the fashion shows that provided a pointer towards wedding dress trends for 2015. And the good news is that fashion-forward brides have plenty to look forward to, with half a dozen interesting design ideas coming to the fore again and again. Here’s our guide to wedding dress trends for 2015:
Shades of green, blue, beige, pink and more were spotted on the runways as more and more brides opt for non-traditional colours on their wedding day. It’s great news for Flower Power – we love to introduce unusual colours to our wedding flowers.
Off the shoulder
The ever so romantic off the shoulder style is dominating 2015 collections – perfect for brides who prefer a pretty, feminine look.
Bows are proving popular – especially oversized bows because for 2015 bigger is better. Lots of big bows were spotted on dresses from the big name designers.
This look turned heads on the fashion runways – and surely will at weddings in the UK in 2015.
Pearls were everywhere on the bridal runways making them the bling of choice for the year ahead.
Earlier this year Flower Power designed and produced wedding flowers for a lavish ceremony at the new Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 hotel.
The ceremony included a beautiful floral mandap featuring roses, hydrangeas and stunning peonies which the Flower Power team built from scratch. Starting with a blank space in one of the hotel’s banqueting suites, the team worked overnight to create the beautiful ceremonial setting. Here’s an insight into the process involved:
Pictures from the build can be found on Flower Power’s Pinterest page, which can be accessed by clicking here. Watch out for photos and more information about the wedding on the Flower Power blog soon.
Flower Power is always proud to create an industry first, which is why the wedding of Meera and Avinash last August is so important to us.
As well as looking stunning – the bride’s wedding outfit was absolutely exquisite – the wedding saw Flower Power design and create four rose and moss pot chori designs for the mandap, instead of opting for the usual brass corners of the mandap – something we believe had never been done before.
The wedding of Meera and Avinash took place at the Oshwal Centre in Hertfordshire, with the bride choosing a colour scheme that was incredibly chic. The mainly white and green colours were accentuated with a touch of pink with the flowers used including hydrangeas, roses, spray roses, dendrobium orchids, rosemary, bark, moss, bun moss, willow and ivy. For the couple’s wedding garland Mimi Eden spray roses and Sedum flowers were used.
Commenting on her wedding flowers, Meera said to Jay Ravi from Flower Power: “You created an outstanding mandap, a magical foyer, elegant aisle flowers, beautiful flower table pieces and stunning haars. You transformed the Oshwal Centre into a beautiful and elegant venue.” Meera’s full testimonial can be found on our dedicated feedback page.
As you can see from the photos here, Meera’s outfit was simply beautiful. The good news for any future brides is that she’s looking to sell it – email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The lovely photos shown here were taken by photographer Apresh Chavda.
As Flower Power’s friends at New Covent Garden Market have recently celebrated British Flowers Week, we thought we would share a photo of a wedding Mandap made using British flowers.
With the wedding taking place outdoors in the beautiful English countryside, flowers were chosen to recreate the feel of the English countryside. As a result, British grown Alliums, Sweet Williams, Alchemilla Mollis, Eustoma, Rosemary and, of course, the most exquisite Peonies. Sadly the Roses were Dutch as British ones were not available.
Home grown British flowers make great wedding flowers. The current trend for ‘looser’, less sculpted wedding flower designs is well suited to the pretty, natural forms of blooms such as Peonies and Sweet Williams. What’s more, supply is improving, with more and more British grown flowers appearing at wholesalers. Value for money is good too – as always when choosing seasonal flowers.
If you would like Flower Power to include British flowers in your wedding designs, let us know. We’ll be able to advise you of availability, varieties, colour and suitability.
The fabulous Parklands Quendon Hall in Essex provided the perfect setting to a Flower Power decorated wedding. The marriage of Jeremy Singham and Sabi Stephens took place at the lovely venue that was decorated with masses of roses.
The bride carried a luxurious bouquet constructed of gorgeous creamy white roses – with a few darker roses added to provide contrast. Vendela and Amnesia were the rose varieties used.
The groom’s buttonhole continued the rose theme and featured two heads –one of each variety – of this most romantic flower. The bridesmaids meanwhile carried smaller rose posies with the youngest member of the line-up - the flower girl - provided with a lovely basket of roses. Baskets like this are often easier for younger bridesmaids and flower girls to carry.
When it came to the venue decoration, roses featured once again, this time alongside lisianthus, hydrangeas and plenty of foliage in a series of looser designs. The tall designs ensured guests could talk freely without having a floral design in the way. The venue looked like a scene from a fairytale when the colourful lights were switched on for the evening reception, as our pictures here show.
Following the wedding, Sabi sent this note:
I wanted flowers to play a massive part in my wedding and I am so glad that I went with Flower Power to help me do that. Jay spent time to understand my requirements and was very creative in coming up with ideas for my centrepieces, bridal party bouquets etc.
The flowers were beautiful on the day and added so much elegance to the reception. Many commented on the flowers around the venue.
I would like to thank Jay and her team for a job well done.
Flower Power Floral Design's owner and chief designer, Jay Ravi, has set up her very own Pinterest page in order to share photos of weddings she has created flowers for and pictures of related items that she really likes.
Current albums include a selection of designs for Asian weddings and photos from a brilliant vintage-themed summer swing wedding where Jay's flowers went down a treat - and made the pages of various national wedding magazines.
More photos and albums will be added regularly, so head along to https://www.pinterest.com/jayravi/ to see more.
While all eyes will be on the Chelsea Flower Show, which this year takes place from 20 to 24 May, locals from the London borough and a selection of well-versed show visitors will be heading to the area’s retailers to catch sight of Chelsea in Bloom.
Now in its ninth year, Chelsea in Bloom sees shops in the locality of the show compete for the coveted awards with a display of breathtaking floral designs. Supported by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Chelsea in Bloom runs from 19 to 25 May.
The public can stroll past the show-stopping floral installations whilst enjoying the world class shops and restaurants in Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and the surrounding environs. Visitors can also enjoy a number of other activities including free rickshaw tours of the Chelsea in Bloom entrants, as well as pop-up champagne and ice cream bars, where a glass of bubbly and a cooling treat will be on offer.
This year’s theme is Creation in Colour – a journey through fashion, food and lifestyle – which should be well worth a look.
Vintage, summer and swing – those three words perfectly sum up one of the weddings Flower Power designed flowers for. The wedding of Sally and Cian took place in summer 2012 and had a fun feel to it.
The ceremony itself was held at the Bethnal Green Town Hall Hotel, which has stunning art deco styling, which the couple later echoed in their table plan. The overall styling for the day itself was intentionally casual with the emphasis friends and family and what made them the couple that they are.
Rather than tell the story here, if you would like to see more the wedding has featured extensively in bridal magazines (including the May/June 14 issues of Conde Nast Bride) and wedding blogs – some of the best posts can be found by clicking on the following links:
Beautiful Hedsor House in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, played host to a recent Flower Power decorated wedding ceremony.
Combining a traditional ceremony, where the bride and groom wore handmade rose mehndi garlands, with a lavish sit-down reception, the day was one to remember. The happy couple opted for a bright, colourful floral theme for their wedding flowers which really made an impact next to the opulent surroundings.
At the entrance to the venue, wedding guests were welcomed with tall pedestal designs featuring a mix of colourful roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas and co-ordinated foliage. While the pedestals provided height, to ensure effective design balance smaller floral arrangements using the same colour scheme were placed on the steps. A scattering of rose petals completed the look.
For the reception, table flowers were designed using tall glass vases filled with blossoming twigs, topped by an elegant and superbly chic cream and pink design that featured different shades of pink roses and spray roses, white hydrangea, cream roses and pink ranunculus.
Flower Power’s design team then used more pink roses featured in the cake flowers – those extra designs that make all the difference when it comes to wedding flowers.
One of the most popular courses at the Flower Power Design School is our one-week Wedding Design Course.
A true source of inspiration, our week-long courses cater for people with a wide range of interests and skill sets, teaching everything from the basic fundamentals of design through to more advanced techniques. On one of these courses, you'll get to use some of the most exciting flowers and sundries available, allowing you to learn in an enjoyable and interesting way. Students will make two designs each day. At the end of the course, you will know how to create the following designs:
Our next course has a few places left and takes place from 14th to 18th July. Each day last from 10am to 4pm and costs £1250 – great value considering the skills students will take away.
Find out more about our floral design courses by clicking here.
When it comes to wedding flowers, many brides choose their flowers based on the ancient lore of flower meanings. The origin of the ‘language of flowers’ is thought to date back as far the 17th century, when the Turks developed flower meanings as a way for the concubine women who could not read or write to communicate with each other.
Flower meanings then developed further during Victorian times, not least because demonstrating deep emotions or outwardly expressing emotions was not considered ‘proper’ behaviour. Therefore using flowers to communicate became very popular.
Today flowers have become more associated with gestures or significant events in one’s life – weddings and funerals, or occasions such as Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. The ancient art of floriography, as it is known today, is now used in a less direct but equally meaningful way, giving us flowers we now associate with certain celebration.
To help you create the right flowers for your wedding, here are just a few of the most common meanings associated with your favourite flowers:
Red roses – I love you
Pink roses – I care about you
Yellow roses – Friendship
White lilies – Purity
Daffodil – Chivalry
Daisy – Innocence
Orchid – Beauty
Sunflower – Loyalty
Orange tulip – Fascination
Cliveden House is a truly luxurious country house hotel in Berkshire and it provided the perfect setting for a recent wedding that Flower Power provided the floral decorations for.
The lavish affair asked for floral designs that were big, bold and colourful, but in a traditional way, so we opted for a series of designs created using different varieties of roses. Pedestal designs were created on tall glass vases, which in turn were filled with cream roses. Roses are a great flower for weddings as there are so many colours and sizes for florists to use – especially when smaller-headed spray roses are factored in.
The bridal bouquet also used roses – in a classic posy style – with bridesmaids given plain cream bouquets to contrast with the bride’s colourful design.
Table centres included glass hurricane lamps surrounded by a collar of colourful roses – the perfect design for such a wedding in such an opulent and traditional setting.
At Flower Power we take huge pride in matching wedding flowers to the theme of the wedding and the setting - remember to bring a photo of your wedding to your consultations!
Following the wedding, Jay and the team at Flower Power received the following testimonial:
By far one of the most creative and experienced florists in the country, it's always a pleasure to work with Jay and the entire Flower Power team! As soon as I started to plan my own wedding, I knew I would be turning to Flower Power for my flowers. Jay's creative flair, level of professionalism, knowledge of flowers and quality of flowers used is something we have always trusted at Amore.
As always, Jay's expertise were evident from the start when I sat down to discuss our colour scheme and theme and she knew exactly the flowers that would be in season to create the vision we were after. As a complete perfectionist I came to Jay with a clear vision, but as a Wedding Planner I knew that when creating something bespoke, it's important to leave the final look to the florist. I had complete confidence in Jay and her team.
Each of the arrangements from the topiary trees and flower pots on the front steps, to the large mantelpiece arrangement to our centrepieces had their own individual look but came together perfectly. My husband and I were completely blown away by what Jay and her team created for both our civil wedding and Indian wedding days and we received so many compliments from guests. Credit for bringing our vision together, more perfectly than we could have ever imagined, goes entirely to Jay and her fabulous Flower Power team, who we cannot thank enough!
Urvashi Kandhari, Amore Weddings & Events
Another of Flower Power’s beautiful weddings took place at the 18th Century Saint Hill Manor in West Sussex. Glorious sunny June weather welcomed bride and groom Selena and Prakash to their ceremony, which took place in the grounds of the venue overlooking the beautiful rolling hills beyond.
As the pictures here show, the afternoon proceedings included traditional Hindu ceremonies, which took place under a beautifully crafted handmade wrought iron mandap – available from Flower Power. Summer flowers used in the colourful floral designs included alliums, anemones and the wedding favourite – roses. Matching pedestal designs were also utilised.
Traditional floral garlands were created for the happy colour, while the bride opted for a bouquet made of roses – the perfect choice given her colourful dress. A series of gorgeous peony and rose bouquets were produced too.
For the evening reception at the venue, the bride changed into a beautiful bridal gown, once again utilising the rose bridal bouquet, which worked equally well thanks to the subtle colours of the rose varieties used.
This wedding highlights the versatility of using the correct floral arrangements for a wedding – with Flower Power happy to create the ideal designs for weddings of all sizes and complexities.
Food items have long made really good wedding favours, and for 2014 one of the items set to be very much in vogue is the lovely macaron. Macarons make the most elegant favours when presented in pretty boxes tied with ribbon.
Macarons are so versatile it’s hard to imagine them going out of style. From unlimited flavours to colourful creations only limited by the imagination, they’re fun and perfectly portioned little works of art. That of course means they can match any colour scheme.
A macaron is a sweet meringue-based confection made of eggs, sugar (icing sugar and granulated sugar), ground almond or almond powder, and food colouring. Macarons have become all the rage in the wedding industry over the past few years, and we don’t see these sweet confections going anywhere soon.
You can purchase macarons with complementing boxes, tags, and ribbon from online retailers or you could make them yourselves. And make sure you order an extra one (or five), you know, for taste testing. ;)
As with all favours, let Flower Power have them before the wedding day and we’ll add them to the tables when we decorate them.
One of the best things about designing wedding flowers is getting to work at some of the most beautiful, luxurious and spectacular venues around the UK.
Flower Power has designed and installed flowers at some of the most iconic wedding venues in the UK, including the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Dorchester Hotel and Natural History Museum. All venues provide their own challenges – some because of the scale of the rooms, with tall ceilings and wide-open spaces, others because of their old structure and multiple nooks and crannies. Others have limited work space and some even have antiques and other items that are worth a fortune to work around.
When it comes to hotels specifically, some of our favourites include the Landmark in Marylebone, The Grove and Sheraton Park Lane, although as you can see from the list below, Flower Power has worked with some brilliant venues. Photos of our wedding and corporate function flowers at these venues will be posted on this blog from time-to-time – do keep checking back to see the photos of our work.
Above all else though, wherever the venue, by providing flowers that make an event extra special, the Flower Power team is happy!
Venues we’ve worked with include:
Grosvenor House Hotel
Houses of Parliament
Landmark Hotel, Marylebone
Natural History Museum
Radisson Edwardian Hotel
Sheraton Park Lane
St Paul’s Cathedral
Did you know that Flower Power has published an informative guide to floral design?
The Flower Power Design Book is packed full of informative information about arranging stunningly beautiful, professional-style floral designs for all occasions. This concise, easy to read guide is packed full of information about the different techniques and principles of design needed in floristry, making it a must-have for anyone looking to advance their floral design skill.
How to select fresh material
Care and conditioning of flowers and foliage
The mechanics involved when making floral designs
The principles of floral design, including detailed explanations of how to successfully use colour, form, space, balance, proportion and rhythm
How to choose a container
Step-by-step instructions showing how to make a hand-tied design complete with water bubble
How to use packaging materials
The different floral design styles
How to create designs for weddings, including Asian wedding flowers
Flower Power’s Jay Ravi says: “Our book shares some of the knowledge that we’ve built up over the years, highlighting the secrets of success that have made us one of the leading florists in the country. For anyone wanting to know more about designing flowers for weddings, corporate flowers, or simply flowers for the home, this handy guide contains it all.”
To find out more about the book and to order your copy, simply contact us by clicking here.
The Flower Power Design School is all set to get into full swing over the coming months, with some great courses scheduled. Visit our course page for more information.
The one-day Art of Hand-Tied Bouquets course takes place on 4th March and teaches all a student could ever want to know about making hand-tied bouquets. What’s more, students get to make and take home two designs at the end of the day.
A spring design course is also coming soon, as is a 3-day Wedding Design course, which is selling out fast, despite not happening until July. On this course, students learn about how to select fresh materials, care and conditioning, mechanics, the principles of design and how to select and use containers. Once you finish this course you will be confident enough to provide bridal flowers for your friends and families.
To find out more, head along to our courses page – click here for more.
Getting married in 2014? Then you’ll want to know what the latest wedding trends are for the year ahead. And we’re not just talking flowers – here’s a look at the all of the key trends that will make your big day truly memorable:
Colour shading is big, big news this year. From your flowers to cakes, using different hues, or tints of the same colour, is very much in vogue. To achieve the look, why not give each tier of your cake its own tint, assign a different pantone to each place setting or blend your bridesmaids, creating a tonal tribe. Bridesmaid bouquets can be designed accordingly.
Light of my life
Lights are big news for 2014 – with venues being decorated with loads and loads of fairly lights and candles. The latest wedding fairs suggest that the de rigueur style is to hang lights randomly from the ceiling. Alternatively you could cover a wall with beautiful lights. Submersible lights can even be placed into flower vases for an unusual table centre, while candles of course provide a beautiful addition to floral designs.
Over the past few years, rustic, shabby-chic and vintage influences have been strong throughout the wedding world, but increasingly we're working with clients who above all else want personalisation. Couples want their wedding to reflect a more unique perspective and see their wedding day as an extension of how they have carefully curated their own homes and sense of personal style. Styles change, aesthetics date and along with it come nostalgia and floods of memories, they simply want to look back on their wedding photos 30 years from now and think, 'that was so us''.
Luxurious, ‘full’ flowers such as peonies, large-headed roses and hydrangeas are becoming more and more popular. Bouquets are getting bigger too, with more and more floral headpieces being requested by brides with the English country garden theme continuing.
Smile for the cameras
Wedding photos need to stand the test of time, which is why happy couples are increasingly learning how to pose before their big day. The Design Aglow Posing Guide for Wedding Photography (£13.58, Amphoto Books), is packed full of classic and cool ideas providing loads of inspiration.
Whether you're going neutral or bold, a very dark blue will make for the perfect offset – which perhaps explains why it’s predicted to be this year’s big colour choice. Midnight, cobalt, royal or sapphire... the choice is yours.
Straight from the Big Apple
Star of New York Bridal Week was Vera Wang, whose bridal gowns stole the show thanks to their flattering rose hues. It would certainly be a different choice.
Another recent wedding that we completed took place at the Kingston Lodge Hotel in Kingston-upon-Thames. Taking place in mid-December, the bride wanted a wedding theme that was suitable for the time of the year – but without being overly Christmassy.
As a result, we created a vintage-style bridal bouquet of old-style cream roses and lisianthus, which complemented the bride’s lace-trimmed dress.
For the table centres, we used some of our wrought-iron candelabras, decorated with more vintage roses, cream lisianthus, and seasonal foliage and berries. The top tables had a themed design in a hurricane vase. The candelabras and vases can be hired from Flower Power, helping budgets to go further.
The bride, Sarah Clark, told us: “Jay and the Flower Power team brought my dream flowers to life, transforming our venues with romantic, vintage-style designs of cream roses and ivy. The stunning centrepieces took everyone’s breath away – even the venue managers raved that they’d never seen such gorgeous flowers!”
Flowers for the wedding cake were also produced, using similar colours and flowers.
Back in October, Flower Power took advantage of an exclusive opportunity to provide floral designs and decorate the stage for the Asian Bride Live Catwalk Show.
The show, arguably the most prestigious event in the Asian wedding calendar, provided Jay Ravi and the Flower Power team with the perfect opportunity to show off their wedding flower and venue dressing design skills, with the team working with all manner of flowers to create the contemporary background. The event took place at the Novotel Hotel in Hammersmith.
Flower Power’s Jay Ravi said: “This was a fantastic experience and a great opportunity for us to show off our wedding flower skills. The exhibition is hugely prestigious and to be asked to provide wedding flowers for it was a real honour, even if it was hard work!
“Everything from a whole wall decorated with flowers through to the perfect floral umbrella for a wedding was created. To say we were pleased with the outcome is an understatement.”
Here are a few photos of the finished designs, and a glimpse of what the venue looked like before Flower Power arrived and during the build-up.
The fabulous floral wall pictured above was time-consuming but when finished provided a great backdrop - here's a snapshot of what it looked like during construction:
The rest of the stage came together in stages. Even the ceiling of the venue was decorated in beautiful cascading flower designs.
Want to learn new floral design skills? Looking to brush-up your existing floristry techniques? Fancy learning the intricacies of Asian wedding work? Then look no further than the Flower Power Design School, which has just released details of its design courses for 2014 – see www.flowerpower-online.com/design-school/our-courses/ for full details.
Course length ranges from 1-day through to meaning there’s something for everyone, whatever their level of skill and time available. The Asian wedding courses are particularly popular, so if you would like to attend those, get your place booked as early as possible!
Flower Power limits the numbers that can attend each course, ensuring everybody gets the teaching they deserve from the school’s talented teachers. It also means that there’s plenty of opportunity to gain hands-on experience during each course.
So, please have a browse through our floral design course dates for 2014 and book your places today. For more information simply click on the contact us button above.
Once again, head to www.flowerpower-online.com/design-school/our-courses/ for more information.
Flower Power’s Jay Ravi is making a guest appearance in the next issue of Asian Bride magazine.
Jay’s Ask the Expert columns are proving popular, with this latest column covering off the following questions:
What’s the secret to choosing bridal flowers?
Your choice of flowers should reflect your specific taste and personality. Also, ensure you research and find an experienced florist. Always look at their previous work.
Which flowers work best in Asian weddings?
It’s more a personal than a cultural choice, and a good florist will be able to guide you accordingly, but the flowers that you can’t go wrong with are roses, lilies, hydrangeas, orchids and calla lilies. And remember, flowers in season always cost less.
What’s the average budget for wedding flowers?
For a simple wedding you are looking at between £1,000-£1,500 whereas for a blow-out wedding, it’s more likely to be between £5000 and £7000.
What questions should you ask your florist?
Be clear about your budget and try to avoid looking at ideas you can’t afford. Additionally, there are companies and venues providing package deals – be sure you get to meet the in-house florist to be clear on what you’re getting.
What themes do you see trending in 2014?
Wild, into the woods, botanical style. Also playful, serious and quirky styles using natural foams, seasonal flowers, hand-picked bunches or single stemmed. I also predict props such as milk bottles, jars, jugs and jam jars being used a lot.
If you have a flower design or wedding related question that you would like Jay to answer, let us know – Jay is always happy to help.
Flower Power recently designed some flowers for a brilliant Civil Partnership, which took place at the Dickens Inn, Tower Bridge. This is the lovely message we received from one of the happy newlyweds:
Jay, Thank you very much for the stunning arrangements!!! What a success, everyone was amazed, both family and friends, we loved it, truly everything the way we wanted it. Thank you very much, Romana xxx
The venue was great – as were the happy couple – with everything from a calla lily bridal bouquet through to a decorated bird cage designed for them. Here’s a selection of photos from the day.
After many years of life in Bethnal Green, Flower Power has moved to Hornchurch. The new premises are better suited to help us with the work that we do, providing more space to work and improved storage facilities.
While the shop may have gone, Flower Power continues to design and deliver flowers for weddings of all sizes, including Asian weddings, corporate events, and special occasions of all sizes. The new location provides easy access to the whole of London and the South East of England, as well as further afield, thanks to great main road and motorway access.
Flower Power’s owner, Jay Ravi (pictured), says: “More and more of the Flower Power’s team time is spent designing flowers for weddings and functions, meaning that we simply needed more space than we had in our Bethnal Green shop, especially when it comes to the large weddings. We had many great years in Bethnal Green and we will miss our regular customers, but the move does allow us to offer an even better service to customers.
“When it comes to wedding and event consultations we can meet customers and clients at a location to suit, whether that’s in their homes, at a coffee shop or a venue itself, adding to the flexibility and convenience of Flower Power’s service.
“It’s very much business as usual for us in terms of being able to supply beautiful flowers to venues across London, the South East and anywhere else in the UK for that matter.”
For full contact details, to find out more about Flower Power’s services and to arrange a consultation please click here.
It was great to see so many customers – both old and new – at the Asian Bride Live exhibition earlier this month – thank you to all who popped by to see the Flower Power stand.
The prestigious Asian wedding exhibition took place at the Novotel Hotel in West London and was spread over three floors and included a magical fashion catwalk, with Flower Power providing some fantastic floral designs for the spectacular. Look out for photos from the catwalk in a future blog.
Flower Power’s stand display included a beautifully decorated Mandap that wowed plenty of brides to be!
Weddings can be expensive, not to mention time-consuming, so it’s easy to see why so many brides are tempted by all-inclusive wedding packages. For one set fee – often a sum that seems too good to be true – you can sit back and let somebody else look after your wedding for you, organising everything from the food to the flowers. However, before booking, make sure you consider the facts!
Firstly, consider the financial side. A sum that seems to be too good to be true is highly likely to be exactly that. Food, flowers, photographers, transport and so on cost money. From the raw materials used to make a meal through to the flowers needed to make a bridal bouquet and table centres, the best costs money. So, a low-budget wedding will have to use fewer materials, or poor quality items. We’ve even seen wedding package sellers arrive at Covent Garden Flower Market on the day before a wedding to buy past their best flowers that would otherwise have been thrown out. Is that really what you want on your big day? Instead, Flower Power would recommend cutting out parts of the wedding that you don’t really need – will people really mind if there are no petit fours with the coffee? – giving you the cash to spend on better quality food, flowers and so on.
Secondly, should you trust a catering firm to look after elements such as flowers? Yes, they may be able to rustle up a gourmet meal, but do they really know their peonies from their proteas? For total flexibility to create the perfect flowers for your needs that will bring your theme to life, leave it to the experts. Would you ask a florist to cook your wedding breakfast? Then why let a chef design your wedding flowers?
Next, by opting for a wedding package, will you lose control? Do you really know what wedding flowers you will be getting? For the cheapest packages it’s unlikely that you will have much say. If a wedding package is an absolute must for you, check the contract carefully to see what you are getting and how much say you will have with regards to the design, colour scheme and so on.
Another downside of wedding packages is that if, after booking and paying a deposit to your chosen package supplier, you decide (quite rightly) that you would rather have an element of your wedding sorted by a specialist, you’re unlikely to get any reduction on the package price or a refund. Once again, be aware!
Flower Power’s advice is to avoid wedding packages and instead trust the specialists to look after your wedding. Cheap can often mean nasty – what you really need is value for money, which only a specialist with great knowledge can offer. Check out Flower Power’s blog below for ideas to help you stretch your wedding flower budget.
With so many elements to sort out in advance of your big wedding day, even the most organised of couples can make some common mistakes. So, in a bid to ensure you don’t fall foul, here Jay Ravi from Flower Power reveals those mistakes and discusses how you can avoid them, in the process providing some pointers to what you florist really needs to know.
Make sure time is on your side
The biggest single mistake I see time and time again is brides leaving the ordering of their wedding flowers too late. This is particularly problematic if you want very specific flower varieties that need to be imported specially for your big day. Many flower varieties are readily available all year round, but these are often the ‘bog-standard’ ones that will often not have the desired wow factor for a wedding. Flower Power’s Jay Ravi recommends giving your florist a minimum of six weeks to sort out the wedding flowers for you.
Value comes from compromise
A florist will be happy if you have a clear idea of what you want in terms of flowers on your wedding day, so do your research. Specialist wedding flower magazines are out there and can provide loads of ideas. However, due to flower availability, cost and logistical restraints of working in a venue, it’s important to be willing to compromise. Have too much of a set idea and you may be disappointed if it’s not possible to fulfil your wishes. So, it pays to provide an overall feel, colour scheme, style and budget and let the florist do their stuff.
In florists we trust
Following on from the point above, brides need to trust their chosen florist. Before choosing your florist, read reviews, ask around, talk to people at wedding fairs and then talk to more than one florist about your wedding in order to get a feel for which you prefer. Then, make your choice and relax – it’s time to talk openly and honestly about what you like and what you don’t, trusting your florist to provide special floral designs for your big day. Remember that a florist’s reputation is on the line at every wedding they do.
Think about your colour combinations
All too often, brides will ask a florist to match flowers to the colour of the bridesmaid’s dress, which frankly is a recipe for disaster. As well as the photos not working well if the flowers and bridesmaids match, certain flowers, especially hydrangeas, change colour through the seasons. This means the same variety is a different colour in August than it is in April, due to the volume of natural sunlight and heat they receive. Flowers are natural things, so it’s better to go for a combination of complementary colours.
Look at the overall price – not the flower price
When you first see a florist’s price list, you could be forgiven for ruling our high-value blooms immediately. However, while hydrangeas, big vintage garden roses and orchids are more expensive than other flowers, they can be better value overall, with fewer stems required as larger heads cover a larger area. They can also have a much greater impact. Therefore, talk to your florist and consider the overall cost.
Don’t rule out prop hire
If you have your heart set on using beautiful candelabras on your tables, or you would like glass vases filled with flowers everywhere, consider prop hire. Many florists offer the service, which can save you money. Also, consider what you’ll do with 30 glass vases after the wedding if you buy them!
Prepare to use arrangements more than once
Your flower budget will need to work hard – end of story. So, why not see if you can use arrangements created for your ceremony venue later in the day at your reception? Charge a groomsman or guest to take the design with them and you’ll save a good chunk of cash and give your flowers more than the hour or so of exposure that they deserve.
Debate DIY carefully
Do it yourself flowers can work out cheaper – although not by as much as you might think – but think about this carefully before going ahead. Wedding flowers have to be sorted at the very last minute so that they look fresh, so will you be able to cope given the myriad other jobs you’ll need to sort? If you have helpful and talented bridesmaids or a mum with a floral design talent, that’s fine, but all too often I see a bride that ends up too stressed to finish their DIY floristry job turning to a florist for help at the very last minute.
Choosing a florist and your wedding flowers should be a joy – by avoiding the common mistakes so many brides do, you can ensure it will be that way.