This week I met Emma Lappin, a talented florist that specialises in creating stylish wedding flowers. She naturally leans towards pretty, relaxed country-style designs, but being the expert that she is, can turn her hand to anything. If you're a bride-to-be in the South East of England and are looking for a top florist to take care of your wedding flowers, then the search is over. Just log onto www.emmalappinflowers, and see what's possible. If however, you're a green-fingered bride and like the idea of arranging your own table centres and bouquet, then here are some top tips from Emma for doing just that...
- When designing your table centre flowers, don't forget there are likely to be champagne flutes and wine glasses surrounding the arrangement. Make sure your flower arrangements aren't too low and therefore get hidden by the surrounding tableware.
- Condition your flowers well before arranging them. Begin by stripping off the leaves from the section of the stem which will be positioned in water. Cut the base of the stems on the diagonal and keep them in water for 24-hours before you need them.
- To keep costs down, hire rather than buy vases for your flowers. Many florists offer a hire service for beautiful glassware and candelabras.
- Do a trial run, set up a table at home to see how your flowers will look on the day.
- Personalise plain vases with ribbons, brooches and buttons bought from your local haberdashery shop.
- Enrol on a wedding flower course to learn hands-on tips and tricks to help you create your very own designer arrangements. Emma runs floral workshops from her Potting Shed in Hampshire.