Summer is here and wedding season is in full swing. To help couples plan their wedding, we asked four Starling customers in the wedding business to share their advice.
Clare Oliver (pictured above) has arranged flowers for more than 50 weddings and finds that meeting a couple face to face at their venue is key to planning their flowers.
Clare, 46, set up her London-based floristry business in 2017, after training at the Judith Blacklock Flower School. Before meeting a florist, she recommends thinking about your favourite flowers or which colour you want any bridesmaids to wear. She also advises clients to ask the florist whether they require a minimum spend.
“If you want to use seasonal flowers for your wedding, you should ask your florist for their advice and guidance around what is in season around your wedding date. For example, peonies are only available during May and June and will be much more difficult and more expensive to get hold of outside this window. Other summer flowers that are very popular are garden roses, delphiniums and hydrangea.”
For brides who want a traditional wedding dress, Juliette Toft, owner of The Bridal Gallery, has some firm advice. “I always urge people to be really clear about their budget and know what they want to hold firm on and what they can compromise on. I don’t want brides to fall in love with a dress they can’t afford and end up disappointed.”