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05/03/2016

6 Things to AVOID When DIY’ing Wedding Flowers

You are here, so that means you’re probably considering doing your own wedding flowers. I am sure you have heard a million opinions but we are here to help you make the right decision for you. We can educate you from experience. Like most people, throwing a Kardashian wedding is not really in the cards, so let’s talk about some things you should DEFINITELY AVOID when you decide to create your own arrangements.

1. Biting off more than you can chew.

You’re not a Kardashian…and you’re not a super hero either. You may have a couple helping hands, but please do not try to build a 9ft flower wall. Realistic DIY wedding flowers usually include bouquets, centerpieces, and a select few accent pieces. Try to make arrangements you can use for your wedding ceremony and reception. Keep in mind that you are probably going to make the arrangements the night before or the day of. Sometimes, brides choose to do all of the bridal party bouquets, groom and groomsmen boutonnieres, and the centerpieces, but leave the bridal bouquet to the florist. Give yourself enough time to create arrangements and still enjoy the rest of the wedding process.

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2. Picking a bad delivery address.

Luckily, shipping services let you track a package’s every move. However, picking an address with a difficult drop off process will really complicate things. If you can select a location that you know you will be at for delivery that is ALWAYS best. If not, pick a place someone reliable can receive the package. AVOID addresses with a gate or locked entry that could result in your package being taken back to the carrier facility. Remember, you have ordered LIVE flowers for your wedding, if they end up back at a hot warehouse for a night, you are risking the vase life of the flowers. If you are planning a destination wedding, call the hotel and get the correct delivery address and location before you place your order!

3. Planning storage last minute.

Okay great, you successfully received your flowers! Now, it’s time to cut, hydrate, and store the flowers until they are ready for arranging. If you are home, you can do this in a cool (not freezing!) room or garage or basement. You might make a mess of your kitchen but at least you know your own space and can plan for storage. If you are having your wedding at a hotel or destination, call ahead of time to discuss delivery and storage of the flowers. Planning this out ahead of time will make things much easier. (BTW check out How to Unpack and Prepare Fresh Flowers + How to Transport Flower Arrangements for some great tips!)

4. Picking “exact match” colors for wedding flowers.

All flowers can vary based on growing conditions, so there could be color variations throughout the year. Instead of matching colors exactly and risking some color clashing, select complementary colors or work within a range of shades. This is a very popular tip from very experienced party planners and wedding flower designers that typically make your arrangement flow much better. We have a really fun article about pairing flower colorstogether for you. Shop wholesale flowers by color when planning!

5. Buying “just enough.”

Although we provide you with the help you need to figure out how much to order for your wedding flowers, we want to stress that you always need to leave room for error and experimentation. A couple of stems may break while you work, a couple of blooms may have imperfections, or you may decide that you want to add a little more to your arrangement or bouquets. Always round up when calculating flower quantities – especially for your focal flowers. If you think you need 8 stems of hydrangea, order 10. Think you need 3 bunches of red ranunculus? Get 4 bunches, just in case. This will make the process much less stressful and you’ll know you have what you need from the start.

6. Being inflexible.

Just one more Kardashian reference, I promise! You are not a Kardashian, so don’t expect to have an out-of-season flower genetically modified and grown to your specifications especially for your wedding …just don’t – you’ll be disappointed! Flowers are a product of nature, and there WILL be color, shape and size variations during different times of the year for most types of flowers. If you are trying to replicate a gorgeous bouquet you found online, you don’t have to use the identical flowers which may not be available for your wedding. You can get the same “look” and “feel” with similar color and texture substitutes. That can also help your budget, because many of the arrangements you see online use some of the most expensive flowers out there! Our flower experts can help you recreate a stunning bouquet using flowers that will be in season for your wedding, and not break your budget.

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03/03/2016

Countdown to Pembrokeshire County Wedding Fair

Sophie and Laura Strutt have been together for three years. They got engaged in August 2014 and were married on September 5, 2015. Here Sophie (nee Bosley) tells us their wedding story.

The ceremony

We got married at Slebech Park. We spent a weekend checking out venues all over Pembrokeshire, but knew we had found the perfect place for us as soon as we arrived at Slebech Park.

Planning

We started to plan the wedding as soon as we got engaged, as we decided to set the date for a year ahead. We attended Pembrokeshire Wedding Fair to find local businesses. As we live in Derbyshire, it was great for us to have all the local wedding-related businesses together in one place.

Music and hymns

We both had music as we walked down the aisle. Laura had ‘How long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding and I had ‘I Need You’ by M83.

Rings

Laura had a Clogau Gold ring with an ivy design and I had a white gold ring in a leaf design with a white sapphire.

Wedding party

In the wedding party were two bridesmaids, Roxy (my best friend) and Angharad (my sister), best man was Andy (Laura’s close friend), page boy was Cameron (son) and flower girl was Hallie (my god-daughter).

Wedding attire

Laura wore grey trousers, a white shirt with grey trim and a grey waistcoat, while I wore an ivory dress with lace design from Gracie Bleu Bridal (Matlock).

Hair and make-up

Laura’s hair was done by Casie Paxton at Janina Louise, Tenby, while I and the bridesmaids had our hair done by Nicola Harris at Wedding and Occasion Hair Design and make-up by Sophie Doyle.

Bridesmaids dresses

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Flowers

Our flowers were done by Deborah Wilcocks Floral Design. I had a bouquet, while Laura and some others in the wedding party had buttonholes. Deborah also made our table decorations for the reception. We had calla lilies as the only flowers throughout the wedding.

Reception

The reception was also at Slebech Park. We had approximately 60 guests for a sit-down meal. After this, we had a disco with a photobooth and chocolate fountain, provided by Welsh Chocolate Fountains and Strike A Pose Photobooth.

Favours

As we were having a photobooth later in the evening, we decided to give photobooth props as wedding favours.

First dance

We decided against a traditional first dance, but later on in the evening there was a spontaneous first dance to Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon.

Photographer

Photography was done by Pembrokeshire Wedding Photography, who captured the day perfectly.

Cake

We had a cheese and crackers wedding cake made by my parents and a wedding cake (half cupcakes, half chocolate cake) made by T’isie Teisen.

Transport

My brother Dan (who walked me down the aisle) and I arrived in a VW Beetle.

Honeymoon

As we got married just before the start of the school year, we had a belated honeymoon at the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey in December.

Favourite moment of the big day?

It was fantastic to see all our friends and family in the same place enjoying our big day together. As our families live in two different countries, it was fantastic to spend a day with everyone together.

Top tips for couples getting married?

Go to a wedding fair and take your time finding the right providers. There were many times we could have jumped at the first offer we had, but we waited until we found the perfect venue, dress, florist etc. and that is what made our day perfect.

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01/03/2016

Linda Chung and wealthy hubby hold lavish wedding banquet in Vancouver

Linda Chung and her chiropractor husband, Jeremy Leung held their wedding banquet on Feb 27 in Vancouver, Canada.

The lavish wedding banquet had many star-studded guests including TVB news presenter, Eunice Ho, Leanne Li, Grace Wong, Christine Kuo and more.

When asked about how her husband proposed to her, Linda laughed and said: "Too many details and my husband does not like me to talk about it. Overall, it was very sweet."

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But she admitted that he popped the big question in Vancouver. She added that he knelt down and it was "full of comedy effects."

When asked about the diamond ring on her hand, Linda said: "More than one carat, the most beautiful and my favourite design too."

She was then asked about her plans for her honeymoon.

Linda responded: "I will cook and look after the house temporarily. I will see the situation after the leave (from work) and either return to Hong Kong or apply for leave again. No idea right now."

The media was also curious about Linda's tummy as there were speculations that she might be pregnant.

According to a report in Asian E-News Portal, the way Linda expressed her tummy made people assume she was pregnant.

Linda commented on the topic and said: "Cannot reveal it based on traditional customs and I will announce when the timing is right."

She admitted her husband was introduced by her elder sister and she quickly felt he was her Mr Right.

She added: "He also quickly felt (like) I (could be) his wife."

When asked about withdrawing from TVB, Linda promised she will not withdraw: "I still have a contract with TVB and will release (from it) this year."

She disclosed her husband will return to Hong Kong often so as to see each other often. Linda described living in different countries with Jeremy was very difficult and (getting) married quickly was a good solution.

She admitted (both) their parents loved their partners and when asked about having a shotgun marriage, she said: "(We've known) each other for 10 months and (so it's) not considered a shotgun marriage."

Another news outlet, ON.CC also captured an intimate moment between the newlyweds.

According to the reporters, a couple suspected to be Linda and Jeremy were spotted kissing each other passionately behind the curtains.

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