“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

Well, let’s not get carried away now ladies, we all know diamonds are our best friends…. any men reading, pay attention! Flowers are a wonderful creation, aren’t they.  I have an obsession with them, I love my home filled with vases of roses of all colours, Lillies without those irritating pollen stamens and gorgeous Gerberas,

These beautiful treasures can make any basic ballroom into an elegant banquet, and any formal Chuppah into a fairytale.

I have asked one of my favourite florists for some helpful pieces of advice and tips they would give to brides;

Sayeh Rafiei- Galton Flowers

The busiest time of year for weddings is between May and September.  During this period the most popular wedding flowers are Roses, Peonies and Lily of the Valley.  Although we can get the majority of flowers all year round flowers like Peonies are truly seasonal. Spring; we use flowers such as Tulips, special Ranunculus and Anenomes.  Winter; dark Roses, cymbidium orchids and rich foliage are very popular.

To get the most out of us as your chosen wedding florist, is firstly to meet face to face.  This enables us to build a relationship so you feel comfortable and trust our recommendations that will best suit your tastes, budget and requirements.  Meeting also helps us to ensure the bridal bouquet is suitable with your wedding dress, height and style.

Our aim, is to build trust, once we have that between us, brides tend to follow our lead and believe in our choices.  We then listen to your ideas.  Some know what they want and others are not so sure.  For example, one bride came to us and said she really did not know what to do as quite honestly, she did not even like flowers!  We ended up creating a stunning look using just different types of foliage and green flowers such as Virbunum and Hydrangea.  It looked beautiful, different and the bride loved it!

****TOP TIP****Choose seasonal flowers to keep costs low.

Check out Sayeh Rafiei on Facebook – Galton Flowers 

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Ref; Title Quote; “I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” – Emma Goldman 

Buy it, wrap it!

I know, it’s relentless, not as if you don’t have enough to organise, YOU have to THINK of presents to give others! What a bother!  By ‘others’ I mean your wedding party, no, not ALL your wedding guests, those that have listened for hours on end and attempted to express an opinion on the extremely impossible decision of pink orchids or white for your bouquet and if you should have white table linen or black, you know, your bridesmaids and ushers, that lovely lot, who you are basically dressing from head to toe and grooming to look the part.  In addition, you have to shower them with goodies?!  Great excuse to go shopping though – no harm in buying one for yourself too..you know, just so you all match.

So, what is a suitable gift and how much should one spend?  Personally I think it’s nice to give something that your bridesmaids and ushers can keep as a reminder of your wedding.  Jewellery, personalised, budget permitting, is a winner and goes down very well.

For Ushers,  I’m loving the stunning Valere Primus range and lucky for us, apparently minimalistic watches are very ‘on trend’ at the moment..  So not only will you be giving your Ushers a very generous gift, they will be the envy of their friends as well.

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Gold with mesh strap      Gold with Brown leather strap         Silver with Mesh strap           Silver with suede blue strap

Deck your Ushers out in the latest trends at Velere Watches; use my voucher code NATASHA20 to receive 20% off.

If, however you’d like to go for something a bit different, more personal and sentimental, check out, Create gift love – the name says it all.  The personalised Bridesmaid’s hamper comes with a photo block, divine scented candle and champers…hard to resist.  For the Ushers, the personalised best man hamper comes with Cufflinks, bottle opener and a very delicious chocolate bar.    Enjoy spoiling your friends and family and to make it even more tempting I’ve added a discount code, BRIDE20, on these items and anything else that takes your fancy on till the end of August.

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Whatever you buy though, don’t forget your extra large bouquet of flowers for the Grandmas!

Dress Devine – How to find ‘The one’

Finally it’s time!  The part you’ve been waiting for!  Date set – tick, venue booked – tick….it’s totally acceptable to start looking for the dream dress, even if it is over a year away till the big day.  In fact most of my dress suppliers urge me to encourage my brides to go as early as possible to start trying dresses on; “Anything between 14-9 months, prior to the wedding,” they command.  Anything less is achievable too, but don’t hang about too long.

So, off you go, what you waiting for?  Too daunting?  Overwhelmed?  Too much choice?  Where to start? No idea of what looks good on you?  Need to get to your ‘ideal’ shape before anything?  Ah yes, it’s all of the above, right?

We all need to start somewhere, and there’s no time like the present to even just get a few ideas going…. if you can’t bring your self to go into a bridal shop with a parent, friend or wedding planner to strip down to your undies, just yet, check out some ideas online or visit my Pinterest page https://uk.pinterest.com/tash1980/events-by-natasha/

If you’re raring to go….pace yourself and keep your expectations low,  it’s likely to take more than the first dress you try on and the first shop go into.  Be aware some bridal shops and boutiques may charge for your appointment, especially over the weekend.

It can be an enduring process of trying on these dresses and very frustrating, keep in mind, it’s an average of trying 15 dresses, yep no typo, FIFTEEN, …so it might be less for some and more for others.   I tell my brides that it’s how you feel in a dress that’s important; lots of dresses can suit you and suit your figure, but it’s more about it suiting your personality.  As soon as you find THE dress, you’ll know what I mean! Promise!

Contact Natasha now for your event enquiries; 07974027773, info@eventsbynatasha.co.uk

 

 

Blowout on a budget

Wouldn’t we all love to win the lottery?  How many conversations have you had which go into the finer details of what you would do with your jackpot winnings?  Personally, it’s the multiple holiday homes (apart from my two base homes in London and Beverly Hills to be precise).  Alas, that will never be something I can rely on happening anytime soon! Anyway, enough about me – let’s talk about you and your event; more precisely about your budget for the event.

Since we aren’t all lucky enough to have unlimited funds (must check that lottery ticket!), back to the spreadsheet we go.  So, where do we start?  Venue? Band? Flowers? Food? Dress? It’s all such a fuzz….  Let’s deal with one thing at a time.  Clear the mind.  What’s the MOST important part of the wedding for you?  If it’s the music, assign more of your budget to that and spend less on the lighting, cars and flowers.  Or if you want to spend more on your dress , don’t spend on a large, take over the table (so I can’t see anyone opposite me, (not always a bad thing)!) table arrangement.

So let’s get down to business.  I find with most Jewish weddings you are looking at bringing Kosher caterers in to your venue, which more often than not will cost more than the hire of the venue (this is another blog in itself…something to look forward to!).  This is going to be your largest expense – sorry caterers…..we love you but you are kinda pricey.  So let’s start there, they all tend to be around the same price per head, some slightly more, some slightly less, however; some offer packages which is always a good way of negotiating and keeping your costs down.  From there you can start to prioritise each supplier, allowing you to allocate your wedding planning budget efficiently.

For further advice on planning your budget and ways to save on wedding spending; contact Natasha on 07974027773; info@eventsbynatasha.co.uk