Thursday, 28 June 2012

Lists of wedding anniversary gifts vary by country.
Year U.S. U.K.
1st Paper Cotton
2nd Cotton Paper
3rd Leather
4th Linen, silk Fruit and flowers
5th Wood
6th Iron Sugar
7th Wool, copper Woollen
8th Bronze Salt
9th Pottery Copper
10th Tin/Aluminium
11th Steel
12th Silk Silk and fine linen
13th Lace
14th Ivory
15th Crystal
20th China
25th Silver
30th Pearl
35th Coral, jade Coral
40th Ruby
45th Sapphire
50th Golden
55th Emerald
60th Diamond
65th Blue Sapphire
70th Platinum
75th Diamond & Gold
80th Oak[13][14]
85th Wine
90th Stone

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Easter Flowers

Read and inform yourself about the various springtime flowers that are traditionally used in the celebration of the sacred Easter festival.

A popular symbol of the Easter festival, the white lily is held as the traditional Easter Flower and represents love and hope. The single flower stem originating from a bulb represents the resurrection of Christ three days after his apparent death by crucifixion. Legend has it that white lilies were grown at the place where drops of blood fell from Jesus Christ's body. Some Catholic nations regard white lilies as the symbol of the purity and divinity of Jesus Christ and dedicate them to his mother, Virgin Mary. This is the reason why churches are decorated with white lilies during Easter.

Gifting white lilies to someone during this time indicates that you are very happy to be acquainted with the recipient. Giving yellow lilies to a person represents your request or advice to him/her to "live for the moment".

The lovely daisies, much like white lilies, have a special significance for Easter celebrations. The sweet-smelling daisies symbolize purity and placidness - two qualities highlighted by the spirit of the occasion.

A beautiful spring flower, the azalea is famous for its elegant color and appearance and forms a symbol of different emotions like temperance and passion. Gifting it to someone on Easter indicates you want the recipient to take good care of himself/herself for your sake.

The daffodil is regarded as one of the most popular Easter flowers and has a romantic connection. Gifting a bunch of daffodils mean you hold that person as the only true love in your life and regard him/her highly. It can also indicate your unrequited love for that person. In another way it can simply indicate your respect for the person and that you feel very happy to be with him/her.

Generally, all flowers of this variety are said to be the symbols of cheerfulness except the yellow one which represents slighted love. The chrysanthemum as an Easter gift indicates that the recipient is precious for you and you wish him/her greater happiness in life. A white chrysanthemum represents truthfulness.

The beautiful tulip flower is considered to be a messenger of passion and love. A favorite Easter flower for lovers, it is used to convey the feelings of the heart to a special someone. While the red tulip proclaims "I Love You", tulips of any color mean "Our Love Is Perfect". A varicolored assortment of tulips, generally given to a female lover, means "Your eyes are beautiful". Giving a yellow tulip to someone means you are "hopelessly in love" with that person.

Famous for its sweet fragrance, the hyacinth in general stands for "comeliness". However, different colors of the flower have different implications. A purple hyacinth means "please forgive me" while a white one symbolizes the recipient is lovely or that you will pray for that person; a yellow hyacinth indicates jealousy whereas a pink or red hyacinth says "Let's play!".

Other special Easter flowers and their significances:
Begonia (indicates "Beware")..
Carnations, roses – Any special emotion.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Date in Different Countries

United States: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Australia: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Belgium: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Brazil: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Canada: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Denmark: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Finland: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Germany: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Greece: Second Sunday in the month of May.

India: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Italy: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Japan: Second Sunday in the month of May.

New Zealand: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Singapore: Second Sunday in the month of May.

Turkey: Second Sunday in the month of May.

United Kingdom/England: Mother's Day is called Mothering Sunday and falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

France: First Sunday in June or last Sunday in May

Much of South America (as well as Mexico), Bahrain, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates: May 10

Mexico: - May 8

Albania: - March 8

Russia: - November 28

Poland: - May 26

Indonesia: - December 22

Egypt: - March 21

Norway: - February 13

Thailand: Birthday of Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara - August 12

Sweden: Last Sunday in May

Lebanon: First day of Spring

Norway: The second Sunday in February

Austria, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Taiwan, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa, Spain: First Sunday in May

Antwerp (Belgium), Costa Rica: Assumption day - August 15

Argentina: The Día de la Madre - The second or third Sunday in October

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Valentine Day

Valentine’s Day - 14th February

Why is it that we celebrate Valentine’s Day? This is the most important day of the year for lovers and a gift to one’s loved one has enormous significance in our Western society. So who was he, this Valentine fella? Valentine was a Christian priest in Rome in the third century AD. At this time the Emperor Claudius was keen to enlarge the size of his army and decided that young men made better soldiers without wives and children to keep them at home. In an attempt to enforce this, he created a law banning marriages.

However, Valentine was fiercely against this as it was against his Christian principles and continued to marry couples in secret by candlelight. When this was discovered, Valentine was put in jail and sentenced to death, but he remained popular with the people and, to show support for him, many people visited him in jail and threw flowers and notes in his window. While in jail, he befriended the prison guard’s daughter and 14th February, the day of his death, he left her a note signed “Love from your Valentine”. Gradually, February 14th became the date for exchanging love messages and simple gifts such as flowers and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers.

In the Middle Ages, young men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for a week. The saying ‘to wear you heart on your sleeve’ originates from this tradition as it means it is easy for other people to see how you are feeling.
Flowers are traditionally believed to have different meanings, although these vary from culture to culture.

Valentine's day roses are sure not to disappoint your loved-one. If you hesitate on a type of flower or a colour, any florist will always advise to go for the Valentine's day rose by excellence: the red rose.

Red Roses:
Red roses not only carry more meaning than many other colour roses, they are also one of the most universal of all symbols for love. They are the definitive symbol for romantic sentiments, representing true love, stronger than thorns. The red rose has long symbolised beauty and perfection and this is true to this day.

Valentine's Day is primarily a lovers' holiday, and, as red roses are the traditional symbol for love and romance and a time-honored way to say "I love you", a bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to express your deep feelings for someone special. Close family members may also be treated to red roses for Valentine's Day, but avoid giving roses of this colour to friends on Valentine's Day - that would simply convey the wrong meaning. Even the simplicity of a single red rose can elicit a powerful response. Whatever the occasion, red roses have an allure that is hard to resist!

Pink Roses:
Pink roses have a rich history that comes with being one of the longest existing roses known to us - in fact, pink roses have even been depicted in some of the earliest known pieces of art. When roses first began to be cultivated, the majority of them existed in various shades of pink, from the palest pink to the deepest crimson; prior to this, wild roses were the predominantly pink – and this is still true to this day.
As a symbol of grace and elegance, the pink rose is often given as an expression of admiration. Pink roses can also convey appreciation as well as joyfulness. For more subtle shades of meaning, choose deep pink to stand for gratitude and appreciation and light pink for admiration and sympathy. Pink rose bouquets impart a gentler emotional meaning than their red counterparts and as such can make an ideal Valentine choice.

White Roses:
There are myths and legends from different cultures relating to the origin of the first rose which is initially white in colour and is then miraculously transformed; the pure white rose was often depicted as being stained by blood, or made to blush from a kiss. This recurring theme did a great deal to establish the white rose as a symbol for purity, innocence and secrecy.
White roses are now used to express a number of different sentiments. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, they are a representation of unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new bond of love. White roses are also a symbol for young love, which further strengthens the association, and makes them an ideal choice for Valentine’s Day.
A bouquet of red and white roses together signifies unity – again a perfect Valentine’s day sentiment and also often chose for an engagement bouquet.

The meaning of tulips is generally perfect love or even ‘you are the perfect lover’ – what better sentiment for Valentine’s Day?
Like many other flowers, different colours of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love and white tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. As one of the world’s most beloved flowers, a gift of tulips is a sure delight, enchanting in its beauty and simplicity. Last but not least, girls love tulips - they're flowers that are simple, beautiful, charming, unpretentious and uncomplicated.

With its scientific name dianthus roughly translating to "flower of love" or "flower of the gods", depending on the source, this flower is one that has been revered for centuries. One of the world's oldest cultivated flowers, the carnation is appreciated for its ruffled appearance, clove-like scent, and extended blooming period. The meanings of carnations include fascination, distinction, and love. Like many other flowers, different messages can also be expressed with the flower’s different colour varieties.
Light red carnations, for example, are often used to convey admiration, whereas the dark red version expresses deeper sentiments of love and affection. White carnations are associated with purity and luck, and pink carnations are often given as a sign of gratitude. To this day, carnations remain a favourite flower choice for many different occasions. They are immediately recognisable flowers, and they possess a charm and allure that continues to captivate people around the globe. In fact, in many parts of the world, the popularity of carnations surpasses that of any other flower including roses and the red variety as a symbol of love make a perfect traditional Valentine gift.

Perfect choices for different occasions:
Proposal of marriage - A Dozen Red Roses or Single Red Rose
Engagement - Red and White Roses
Blind Date - Either a Dozen Pink Roses or a Bouquet of Tulips
Secret admirer - A Dozen Red Roses
Starting dating: Female Recipient - Pink Lilies, Male Recipient - Iris & Tulips
Unrequited love - Yellow Daffodils

Thursday, 24 March 2011

spring again

Mad, mad year. We had a great Valentine day after the long and freezing cold winter. We did not even recovered when brides starts to book they wedding consultations. We had a few Saturday when we had 3-4 consultations. Now we looking forward to Mothering Sunday what is on 3rd April.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Beautiful wedding

Thank you for Sarah this lovely images. We had our shut in the shop but that is not this great.
Looking for images and inspiration regarding lovely Vintage style flowers to be used in a wedding? Then organise an appointment with us (01858 410411), there are loads of them - we use them wherever and whenever we can.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Flowers in Style specializes in unique Wedding floristry, custom designed to create your dream wedding.

The Importance of Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers are one of the most important elements of your big day, When allocating your budget, don’t scrimp on the more visible items of the day, most girls are willing to pay whatever it takes to get the gown of their dreams, but even the most beautiful gown won’t look as good without the right veil, the right headpiece, the right hairstyle and the right BOUQUET! So when considering the budget for your flowers remember the price will reflect the quality, so if you consider the fact that your bouquet will be a focal point in the majority of photos, it pays to consider carefully.

Getting Your Florist Right—

Every bride wants a beautiful bouquet. I suggest that when you order your flowers, you think about how you intend to carry them, when you walk down the aisle. Bouquets should be carried gracefully and naturally with consideration for the bouquet style, the features of the gown and the size of the girl. The bouquet should hide no detail of the gown. Bouquets should be held low enough to reveal the gown, the bride usually holds her bouquet in one hand with her arm at her side and curving slightly forward. The other hand is usually resting on her father’s arm and later the grooms.

When to Book

* Book your florist as soon as you choose the style and colours of the Bride and Maid gowns. Normally between 4 to 8 months out from your wedding date.

*Make an appointment with the florist, it takes between ½ hr -1 ½ hours to discuss ideas, flowers suitable and if they will be in season.
Please don't just turn up in florist shop at Saturday morning.The florist who is specialised for wedding probably busy with wedding flowers or on the venue to set up wedding. Give a call or an email first.

What you’ll Need before You Book • you’ll need to have booked your ceremony site, and know how many
Arrangements you'll need to decorate it.
• You'll need to have booked your reception site, and know the prominent colours of the venue (so the flowers don't clash).
• If you are doing floral centrepieces, you'll need to know approximately how many Wedding guests you are having, and thus how many centrepieces you'll need.
Generally reception tables seat 8-12people.
• How many bridesmaids you are having, and the colour of their dresses.
• The number of corsages (for mothers, grandmothers, announcers and other Special guests) and buttonholes (for the groom, groomsmen, ushers, and or Other special guests).
• If you'll need separate arrangements for the rehearsal dinner, post-wedding Brunch, entry ways, bathrooms, gift or cake tables, Obviously, if some of these details aren’t finely tuned, it’s not the end of the world. You can come and get inspiration and this may help you finalise these plans.
What to Bring on Your First Visit
*Bring along fabric samples and Bouquet styles you like and a sketch or picture of the brides dress and maids gowns. Flowers are based around your personality, what you’re wearing and the venues in which the flowers will be displayed, When you’re first visiting bring swatches of bridesmaid dresses, pages from magazines with bouquets and floral arrangements that you like and any ideas you may have. If you can’t find anything that’s inspiring along the wedding genre, bring an image of a painting that you love or an interior design which communicates what you’re thinking. Anything that inspires you can inspire you’re wedding dream. You can purchase wedding flower magazines at most newsagencies, but please make sure you invest in a Queensland wedding flower magazine.
Have an Idea of Your Budget
The general rule ‘they’ say is that 10% of the wedding budget should be dedicated to flowers. Though if your budget isn’t huge it doesn’t mean you need to be scabby with your flowers. There are plenty of cheaper flowers in the market that still look amazing when used creatively and tastefully in bouquets, table arrangements etc.
Flowers to discuss with your florist

*Brides bouquet
*brides headdress (optional)
*Bridesmaid bouquets
Bridesmaid headdress (optional)
Flower girl bouquets
Church flowers (optional)
Pew ends
Church entrance
Bridal table
Guest tables
Cake and cake table
Other arrangements

Remember this is an exciting time and I look forward to creating flowers for your wedding day to accentuate you.

It is important to remember that there are several variables which comprises pricing - including seasonality, design/labour time, type of flowers, quantity, containers, location, valentines week, mother’s day weekend and props to name just a few.