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21st February 2013 by Kate
2013- The Year Of The Brutus!

So...It's been a while since we've written anything.  It's been a busy time with January bringing in lots of new wedding couples to talk about their 2013 nuptials and the prep for Valentines Day.  We never make enough boxes, I must write myself a note to make double the amount I think we need next year!

With 25 weddings confirmed already this year it's looking to be a good one and Valentines Day was record breaking for us.  It's feels very quiet now!  The lull before the wedding storm!

How to keep busy in the quiet times...getting bouquet boxes ready for day to day orders that come in.  Keeping up to date with boring old paper work and thinking up window displays.  Giving the shop a good clean and tidy, a little bit of training for our new addition to the company, Brutus.

He is our In Bloom doggy!  He is a cockapoo, some of you might have met him already.  He is growing fast and chewing every bit of chopped stem he can find!!  Even ones that have been lost behind tables and buckets!  Just need to get him arranging them now!  Not sure that even an In Bloom Workshop would be good enough to get him doing that!

This week we are also getting ready to exhibit at the www.idoinvintage.co.uk/ on Sunday.  We don't do a huge amount of wedding fayres.  Trust me there are A LOT!  We did a couple last year and will probably do a few this year.  It's difficult to decide which ones to do but I think for us it's down to venue and the quality other exhibitors.

Now I have to decide whether to take Brutus with me or not!!!

 

 

21st February 2013 by Kate
So...It's been a while since we've written anything.  It's been a busy time with January bringing in lots of new wedding couples to talk about their 2013 nuptials and the prep for Valentines Day. ... read more
21st November 2012 by Anni
Anni-bells blooming blog
An early Christmas wish
Ok, so its mid November, all our gorgeous restaurants and hotels are waiting bright eyed and bushy tailed for Kate and I to literally bring Christmas to them in a neat parcel all wrapped up with festive (but probably polly) ribbon...HA! My Christmas wish would be for that to be true.
It’s a big deal and just ever so slightly stressful when wrestling with a big 16ft nordman non drop, a gazillion tangled fairy lights, oh and it has to be said not 100% non drop! (soz if I’ve popped any neat freak baubles).
I will say, pop the fairy on before heavy wrestling commences, and less is more...absolute “baubles”!! En mass looks great! (Check in for twelfth night! There is always tails to be told when getting these bad boys down).
So when your soaking up the festive ambiance or because we all have differing levels of taste, cynically sneering at Santa from the lobby sofa, somebody maybe even pros like us at in bloom(?) have made an effort for you, and in some cases (oh yes its next bit is true) have occasional flashes of fear in August at the thought of Christmas decorations!
*coming up .....”And the black bags just kept reappearing with various flashing...”
21st November 2012 by Anni
An early Christmas wish Ok, so its mid November, all our gorgeous restaurants and hotels are waiting bright eyed and bushy tailed for Kate and I to literally bring Christmas to them in a neat parcel a... read more
30th October 2012 by Kate Maxwell
Event floristry

One of the best (and sometimes stressful) parts of our business is doing flowers for events, whether it is for a wedding or another type of event, bringing amazing colours and freshness to what can be a very sterile environment is great.  Seeing the end result and what an amazing difference we have made is very rewarding.

Obviously we are normally guided but the type of event it is as to what flowers we use.  So if it is a wedding we speak to the bride about the colours and style of the rest of the day.  The bridesmaids dresses, the brides dress and the venue/s.  The time of year is also a big influence to the sort of flowers that are going to be used.  There are a lot of flowers that are all year round but still there are some that are very specific to season.  Things like peonies and hydrangeas are still really seasonal and if they are brought out of season they can be very expensive and not the best quality,

Company annual parties/awards are a bit different.  We tend to work with their corporate colours and styles.  If the people attending are going to be mainly men or women or a mixture of both.  Quite often they have a theme like the enchanted forest theme that we did recently for Barchester.  

Corporate events tend to have more tables, sometimes over 100 and so therefore budgets might have to be squeezed a bit.  So table center for £10-£15 may have to be achieved.  We like to know what time we can get into the venue in order to set up as sometimes displays need to be put together in situ due to the size and amount of vases.

30th October 2012 by Kate Maxwell
One of the best (and sometimes stressful) parts of our business is doing flowers for events, whether it is for a wedding or another type of event, bringing amazing colours and freshness to what can be a very st... read more
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