In what has been the oddest year for all of us, the wedding industry has felt a massive blow with grand gatherings still on pause.
Although wedding ceremonies had the go ahead back at the end of June, this still hasn't allowed for any form of reception, meaning couples are still facing the upsetting situation of trying to decide what to do with the big day they have planned.
Its left most wedding suppliers empty of work and wondering when things would get back to normal.
Weddings are all about friends and family gathering together to celebrate a couples love, happiness and future together. Often 100 plus people eating, drinking, singing, dancing and hugging so you can understand the hesitation for allowing large weddings to go ahead. It hasn't made us feel any less forgotten about though.
So where are we now?
As of 1st August (this weekend!!) the government are allowing ceremonies and small wedding receptions to take place for up to 30 people. (There is obviously some COVID-19 guidance that needs to be followed)
For some this still isn't the news that they were hoping for and having spent months to a year planning such a key life event are continuing to hold out a see if things change again.
This time of year I would normally be swimming in flowers, going from one wedding to the next but instead I'm spending my days working with clients to make sure we can continue to offer our original designs on their new dates. Whatever you choose to do with your current wedding plans, I am here at the end of the phone or email to make this as stress free as possible.
On the plus side for me, because I am itchy to get stuck into weddings again, some have chosen to book a more intimate affair.
So what does this mean in terms or flowers for your day? In my eyes, flowers are important whatever size wedding you have. The decor is what makes your day unique to you. You certainly don't have to feel the need to go 'light' just because you are hosting a smaller number of guests. In fact, this lends itself to create some beautiful floral statement pieces which can actually make a space more cosy and intimate. You only have to look at the stunning floral arch created for Princess Beatrice on her wedding day a few weeks ago to see how grand florals can create heavenly intimacy for a couple.
A floral statement piece works perfectly in ceremonies and gives fabulous photo opportunities. It can also double up as a backdrop for the reception if everything is happening in the same space. If your space has high ceilings is there the opportunity to create a floral cloud? Clouds for me are so romantic at the moment and a design I love to create.
Don't be shy with your table flowers either, again, using height can bring a room together, enclosing it. If you're unsure about all tall table flowers then mix it up. Have a couple of tall statement pieces and then go for beautifully elegant low level designs. Small vessels, overflowing with beautiful blooms.
If tall, grand table flowers aren't your thing then mini urns, bud vases and candles give a very elegant feel.
The list is endless on creating florals for a intimate affair so speak to your florist about your floral dreams and let's make this happen.
However you choose to continue with your wedding plans rest assure that it will be the most perfect day, unique and meaningful to you. I want this to be the best day of your life, regardless of the way of the world today and will continue to work with you through this journey.
I'm keeping everything crossed for all my couples and enquires that we will be seeing celebrations of all sizes soon.
Photography taken at the very beautiful Brickhouse Vineyard, A stunning venue set within a vineyard in Devon. This is the perfect place for romantic elopements, intimate and small weddings
Image credits: Mimosa Photography www.mimosaphotography.co.uk
Venue: Brickhouse Vineyard www.brickhousevineyard.co.uk
Tableware: Keeping It Vintage www.keepingitvintage.co.uk
Florals: Emma Hewlett Floral Design www.emmahewlett.co.uk
Favours: Wedding Event Angel www.weddingeventangel.com