Ulster Bride’s Ashleigh Addis talks to Karen Mc Dowell from House of Elliott Flowers, Lisburn.
Karen, describe the House of Elliot Flowers experience.
At The House of Elliott we offer a very friendly, professional and personal service. When you enter the shop you are greeted by a vast display of fresh flowers which are delivered three times a week. All our brides can sit in the comfort of our bridal room where we have a vast portfolio of our previous work. This is regularly updated on our Facebook page to keep everyone updated of anything new and happening! I will personally spend time with every bride and go though all the bridal, ceremony and reception flowers. A price can be given straight away or emailed in detail within days.
What are the most popular wedding floral arrangements for summer?
This summer is all country garden flowers using scented stocks, garden roses, herbs and Poeny roses. Jam jars are a big hit with a lot of our brides personalising them with lace, ribbon and buttons and then we fill them with flowers to give that wild just picked look, great for pew ends and table centres.
What are the hottest colour trends at the moment?
The big trend this summer is definitely taupe, beige and nude tones, the most popular flowers to arrange with this is soft blush Poeny roses, sweet peas, pale pink sweet avalanche roses with herbs and grasses. We find Pinterest is a great idea for our brides helping them to get a portfolio or mood board together, fantastic for all wedding ideas!
Ideally when should a bride-to-be begin her quest for those dream bouquets.
I know a lot of wedding magazines say to start looking for your florist six months before the wedding, but this will leave a lot of brides very disappointed as the best wedding florists will start to get booked up 18 months in advance. My advice is to look around and get a good idea of prices and flowers available, you do not have to make any final decisions at this stage but just get booked!
For more coverage see the Ulster Bride Summer edition.