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Supporting Independents: Lily Jones Flowers

Supporting Independents: Lily Jones Flowers

As a family-run jeweller, we’re big on supporting our JQ neighbours in their business ventures. As a result, from time to time we’ve been spotlighting some great independents to give you an insight into what they do.

We recently did a (virtual) interview with Joanne at Lily Jones Flowers. From that, we’ve gained some great things to know if you’re planning a wedding.

Please read on to find out about wedding flowers, inspiration and more…

What are the stages of choosing a wedding bouquet?

Usually wedding flowers follow the chosen wedding colours, so it is best to wait until you have decided on these things first. Next you should consider the season in which you are getting married and look at the flowers that are seasonally available at this time.

When should a couple start looking for a wedding florist and how should they decide which florist to go with?

It’s advised to start looking at least 12 months in advance – more if you have a popular date like bank holiday weekends. Florists get booked up early for wedding dates so the earlier the better. All florists have an individual style, so it is best to look for a florist that closest fits the style you desire for your wedding day.

Should clients prepare anything prior to their wedding flowers consultation?

When coming to your consultation, it is always good for you to have a selection of pictures of bouquets that you like and dislike. It may look like a random selection, but a trained florist will be able to pick your style from chatting through these pictures with you.

What are the differing styles of wedding day bouquets?

The most popular style shapes are hand tie and shower style. But then within these shapes there are there’s also choice to have compact and neat arrangements or natural, wild & rustic.

Should clients consider what flowers will be in season for their wedding day – is this something you’d discuss with them?

Yes, we’d always advise clients to consider using seasonal flowers for their big day. Seasonal flowers are always best to use as they are better quality, at their very strongest and will stay fresh for longer.

Is it possible to source a certain type of flower if it isn’t in season on the wedding date?

It’s possible to get hold of most flowers all year round. The one exception is peonies – they are only available in May, June and the July.

How can clients maximise their flower budget to get the most for their money?

The best way to maximise your flower budget is to firstly use seasonal flowers. The other thing to consider is where you need flowers for. We advise clients to first focus on areas that you’ll spend the most time in and flowers that’ll be in most of your photos – making them last forever. For example, your bouquet, bridesmaids’ flowers and buttonholes are usually top priority. Second to this is your table centres, as they will be seen for most of the day/evening. If you still have budget left after this, you could consider adding flowers to other areas of your day.

What are current wedding bouquet trends?

The most popular trend right now is wild, messy bouquets that feature a mix of bleached or dried flowers and locally-sourced flowers. These can look so beautiful and timeless.

We hope this has given you an insight into things to consider when planning your wedding day flowers. If you have any more questions, do get in touch with the wonderful ladies at Lily Jones Flowers below.

Find contact details via their website:

Or visit them at 23 Augusta Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B18 6JA – the road at the back of Sonny’s!

Social media: @lilyjonesflowers

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