Meet The Supplier – Concept Flowers

Meet The Supplier – Concept Flowers

Hola! How are we all? We are super busy here at Bridal Reloved. Not just selling lots of lovely wedding dresses to more brides-to-be but there are lots of exciting things afoot in our franchising company too. We are in the midst of opening not one but two franchise boutiques – the first of which opens in Coventry on the 2nd March. Keep an eye out on the blog as we will be meeting the new owner of this store in a couple of weeks. This week however we are Meeting The Suppliers. Today it is the turn of the wonderful Lauren from Concept Flowers. I LOVE FLOWERS. I love giving them and I especially love receiving them so I have really enjoyed getting to know Lauren and finding out about floristry. Introduce yourself and the nature of your business. Hello! I’m Lauren, a fully qualified and professional master florist and the owner of Concept Flowers based in Bournemouth. We are an award winning floristry business that create beautiful bridal blooms and floral event décor for weddings. I never thought I would be a florist and now I am I wouldn’t want to do anything else. How did you get into it and how long have you been in the business? I fell into floristry at a young age on an apprenticeship scheme and fell in love with it all from day one. Passion and a willingness to learn and a desire to be creative took over and I continued with my studies. Studying for a total of eight years from being an apprentice- right through to completing a...

It’s A Man’s World……

Hello People! Hope you are all well. Once every couple of weeks I take myself off to the library, so I can sit in almost near perfect silence and write my blog. It’s perfect, there are other people around you furiously beavering away with their work which acts as the perfect motivation to get on and although there is free wi-fi, the login process is akin to trying to get into GCHQ, you can’t actually be bothered to type in your password for the 946th time and logging in on all my devices would take half the day! To be honest I like to come and sit surrounded by books – it satisfies the nerd in me. I like doing old-fashioned research, to anyone born after the year 2000 this is what we had to do before the nice folks at Google came along. So I was sat here having a think about my blog topic for this week. I had a root around in the recesses of my brain and I had a flash of inspiration. There have been a few items in the news agenda recently about sexual equality and it made me think about my blog and Bridal Reloved specifically. Now obviously we sell wedding dresses and cater to a female market but suddenly I felt conscious that a lot of my blogs were aimed solely at women. But weddings are not just about women! What if a man wanted some advice about his wedding, what if he was taking a hands on approach or what if he wanted to take charge but not have his...

To Theme Or Not To Theme…….

  Hello! Almost half way through February already. Christmas is a dim and distant memory and now Easter is looming large on the horizon. How many of those resolutions have lasted and how many gym memberships are now lapsed after the initial euphoric push fuelled by endorphins and ‘new year new you’ adrenalin? It’s not all bad though – it is still light (only just) at 4pm and it means Spring is not too far away, although the wind and rain recently is doing nothing for my self-diagnosed SAD (seasonal affective disorder). I think a lot of people feel this way around this time of the year – you aren’t alone and it’s not long until March. However, if you are not feeling any of the above emotions then I am willing to bet it was because you are deliriously happy due to receiving a festive proposal. January is always our busiest month of the year and we were full to bursting with potential brides coming in to try and find their dream dress. This has rolled into February – our Saturdays are chock full of bookings and we have matched lots of brides to their dream dresses already. So you’ve got the rock on your finger, you’ve drunk more fizz than is possible and now everyone keeps asking you ‘so when is the big day?’ You have nothing to offer them, other than a blank expression and a shrug of your shoulders. When this happens to you more than five times in one day, I’m afraid you can no longer put of the inevitable. You need to have...

Wedding Fairs or Fayres….who knows?

Hi! With wedding fair season well and truly kicking off we thought we would give you a bit of information about how to get the best out of them. We did our first fair of the season in Essex earlier In the month and this past weekend we helped to organise and exhibited at the Corn Exchange in Dorchester, Dorset. First of all, there are generally two seasons of wedding fairs in a calendar year. First at the beginning of the year and then another season later in the year. For us personally, the first season is always the one with the busiest footfalls and I believe the reason for this is; 1) People who got engaged the previous year tend to think ‘let’s get Christmas out of the way and start wedding planning in the New Year. 2) There are so many proposals over Christmas and New Year and people can’t wait to get started with their ‘wedmin.’ When planning your wedding, (the real one, not your ‘money no object, blow the budget Pinterest one’), you obviously want everything to be perfect. If you aren’t employing a wedding planner, (which by the way can often pay for itself), you will need to become a wedding planner yourself. You will need to do your research and a wedding fair is the best place to start. There are hundreds of wedding directories, Facebook selling pages etc but like lots of things online, you have to use your instincts. Do your research on your providers, check their reviews, are they active in the wedding community? When did they last post on...