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Over the years I’ve prided myself insofar as I’ve made some pretty good flower arrangements of both real and silk flowers. Howver, I think perhaps I’ve gone a bit too far…you see, my son and his fiancee have finally decided to tie the knot…as they are already the parents of Freya (my avatar) they only want a very low key affair…so where’s the problem? I’ve been asked to do ‘button holes and a posey for the bride’
I so want to help out..but scared to death I’ll not be up to the challenge. I could just order them from the florist..but I feel that would be letting them down..and cheating, so any help with ideas and how to make them would be wonderful. I know it’s a big ‘ask’ but if you can help….for example what flowers in season would be suitable?….

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Bless you Waddy but when are they getting married?

6 Nov, 2012


Thank you, Pamg, it's New Years Eve. So short notice.

6 Nov, 2012


I thought that was you Waddy. Advice is to get the florist to do them and keep quiet. That way you will be relaxed and enjoy the day.

6 Nov, 2012


There are some beautiful silk arrangements and flowers about, it wouldn't be easy on new years eve to get fresh ones

You need to talk to her about colour schemes so that you can contrast, you sometimes see strong colours in the winter so deep red rosebuds and babys breath for example hand tied with raffia if she,s wearing can start early if they are not real
If she,s wearing dark then something light.......its going to be fun!

6 Nov, 2012


Firstly decide if your future daughter in law to be is a fresh flower or silk flower person? I was wondering about Snowdrops?
Have a look at Sanrda's blog - Rosie and Nicks woodland wedding, that could well inspire you.

6 Nov, 2012


I'd forgotten that Denise it was lovely

6 Nov, 2012


New Year's Eve! How lovely! Sounds like you are looking at some gorgeous trailing ivy (I saw a beauty today in the GC in the indoor plants section, very dark, very crinkly leaves) and then some white flowers to contrast with that, like snowdrops, narcissi (you should be able to get some scented ones at that time from the florist). You could also use some orchids of course, they are always available. I'm also thinking about silk flowers, and a simple posy of silk hellebores would be lovely, with the stems wrapped in moss. I bet you will do a lovely job and it will make it special for the bride having you do it for her. :) Enjoy!

6 Nov, 2012


Maybe if you try 'ask a question' I think we have the odd florist on here ...worth a try too:-)

6 Nov, 2012


My first reaction was Hellebores, too, KS - if you can find some. Any in friends' or neighbours' gardens if you don't have any of your own? Those with small-leaved ivy might look good. Mahonia flowers could be out then, and smell divine, but it would be tricky to work their shape into buttonholes. It might be better to talk to a florist to find out what might be available then from them as a standby if your garden isn't going to be very colourful or reliable then. We've actually had rosebuds on our bushes at Christmas in the past, but that was exceptional, and not very likely. Let us know what you decide. Do you have a branch of "Country Baskets" anywhere near you? They have the most amazing selection of really good fake flowers and ready-made up bouquets available. You'd have to become a member to buy them, but the big trouble is, you'd have temptation to buy the entire warehouse up every time you visit. Try googling them, but be warned, the website is nowhere near as good as the real thing.

7 Nov, 2012


Just reread your blog about being scared to death! The thing to remember is you were asked to make them which is in its self a real compliment to you, not many brides would be so trusting. So keep your nerve and do what you do best and make them. Thats what they want and thats what you will do for them to remember for years to come. Good luck believe in yourself and enjoy making them and please let us see the results.

7 Nov, 2012


Thank you all so much for all your encouragement and ideas. I'm going to try doing a couple of 'practice' posy's and buttonholes. The bride to be hasn't decided on what colour she's wearing yet...she's talking about possibly Wine Red, so I'm thinking creams would probably be best. I'll keep you posted on developments....and on the 'Pot Painting' :)

8 Nov, 2012


We went to a wedding just after Christmas last year and orchids were used quite a lot. I love cream flowers(roses and freesias perhaps) with greens - eucalyptus, rosemary and ivy perhaps.

You can't go wrong, all flowers are lovely especially at weddings!

13 Nov, 2012

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