‘Ask The Expert’ | Choosing Wedding Flowers | By Anna’s Flower Barn

When planning your wedding flowers, I think it goes without saying that choosing your florist and flowers is right up there with finding the perfect venue and dress.

Your flowers play such a huge part of your special day but choosing the right flowers doesn’t need to add to the stress of planning your wedding.

Here are my 5 top tips to choosing your wedding flowers….

1. YOUR IDEAS :

I find most ‘brides to be’ are quite organised before they come and see me and are bursting with ideas already. A note book will help you keep track of your initial ideas and requirements.

Pinterest offers pages of floral inspiration but it is so easy to get carried away so try to stick with a theme such as country, coastal etc. Smart phones these days make it even easier to create albums of images you find. Anna’s Flower Barn Facebook and Instagram pages are always up to date or my website showcases just some of the recent weddings for further ideas.

You may have chosen your bridesmaid dresses already which will help focus your colour palette and of course we all have our favourite blooms we’d like to include so just let me know and we can get creative.

2. YOUR BUDGET :

My price list is available on request and a good starting point to start mapping out the budget for your flowers. Once you have a rough idea, we can work together to establish where we can allocate the budget and where savings can be made if needed.

3. YOUR OUTFITS :

Most brides are looking for a cohesive colour scheme for their wedding matching the bridal flowers to suit the dresses and suits of the wedding party. For example if you have a detailed, sparkly dress then a more understated bouquet tied simply with some ivory or white ribbon would suit best or if you prefer the more traditional simpler style of dress then a country bouquet with some trailing foliage and seasonal flowers will look very classic. If you have already chosen your dress then this will help to choose and design the bouquet.

Buttonholes don’t have to be boring, you can be quite creative here, for example add a gun cartridge if your groom is into shooting or even Lego men super hero characters are great fun! Pull in the colour scheme using ribbon to match your flowers.

4. YOUR VENUE :

Your wedding flowers will need to suit your venue. The choice is yours when it comes to the floral design, choose arches of country rustic flowers and milk churns brimming with foliage and flowers , dress more delicately with mixed bottles for single stems, I’ve even arranged children’s wellington boots as a centre piece! My barn  is packed to the ceiling with glassware, candelabras, jugs , milk churns  , ribbons etc ,  helping you to visualise and get creative.

5. SEASONS :

I like to suggest and use flowers that are in season for the time of year and I can help you with this .

Nearly all of my brides ask for and love Peonies but unfortunately their season is too short running from April to June. Choosing seasonal flowers with ensure you get the best top quality blooms, get more for your money and most importantly capture the time of year

I hope this has helped, if you would like to come for a chat in the barn then please get in touch > www.annasflowerbarn.co.uk

I would love to hear from you.

Anna x

How To Choose A Wedding Dress Fit That Flatters

A wedding dress is one of the most expensive items of clothing you’re likely to ever buy so it’s extra important to make sure it’s perfect and you feel amazing in it.

I have been working in the wedding industry for the last ten years and one of the first questions I am asked by brides –to-be, is which style dress will flatter my body shape? The answer is, many but there a few tips I have learnt along the way so I have created this guide to do’s and don’ts for different body types.

W hat body shape are you?

Don’t worry if you don’t fall exactly into one of these categories, I certainly don’t. This is just a guide.

Hourglass: Balanced bust and hips, defined waist

Pear: Hips are wider than shoulders, defined waist, proportionately slim arms/shoulders.

Triangle: wider on the top of the body, wide back, narrow hips and subtle waist

Apple: Voluptuous, full bust, a tummy and round bum/hips

Athletic/slim: Straight up and down, undefined waist

Petite: 5ft and under with a small frame

Tall: Over 5ft8

Hourglass

Dress Dos: Often seen as a body shape which can wear anything, it’s still best to pick a dress that accentuates your waist, as this will show off your best asset.

Dress Don’ts: As your chest and hips are already balanced it’s best not to add weight to either half. Avoid empire-line silhouettes and ball gowns.

Dress Dos:  Sweetheart necklines and bodices emphasise a fuller bust.

Dress Dos: If you’re a bit more curvaceous, try a fit and flare

Dress Dos: A-line dresses with a dropped waist show off an hourglass bride’s balanced figure.

Pear Shape

Lauren by Sincerity Bridal

Dress Dos: Ball gown wedding style dresses disguise fuller hips and put the focus on your better half, balancing your torso and bust.

Dress Don’ts: Avoid tiered, fit and flare and mermaid style dresses which draw attention to your bottom. .

Dress Dos: Empire line dresses are also a great choice, as they highlight the smallest part of your body.

Triangle Shape

Elenora by Justin Alexander

Dress Dos: A V-neck dress works well to balance wider shoulders.

Dress Dos: Narrow wide shoulders with thicker, embellished straps

Dress Dos: Scoop or wide necklines can also work well on triangles. Wear a dress with a bolero if you want to cover up the tops of your arms.

Dress Dos: Wedding dresses with sleeves are great for concealing wider shoulders, and are perfect for winter weddings.

Dress Dos: Add interesting details, such as embroidery and bows, around the middle and bottom of your dress, as this forces the eye downwards.

Apple Shape

Titania by Justin Alexander

Dress Dos: An empire-line dress will de-emphasise your waist, giving you a leaner look.

Dress Don’ts: Princess-line and basque dresses draw attention to your middle, and will make you appear heavier. Avoid spaghetti straps which can cut into your shoulders.

Dress Dos: A ball gown will flatter the body

Dress Dos: An A-line dress with a dropped waist looks great on the apple shape.

Athletic/Slim

 

Leilani by Justin Alexander

Dress Dos: A sheath will flatter your slender shape.

Dress Don’ts: Avoid portrait, off-the-shoulder or halter necklines if your collarbone is too bony.

Dress Dos: Slim is one of the few shapes can get away with a high neckline.

Dress Dos: A ball gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt will create the illusion of curves.

Dress Dos: Delicate embroidery and beading in the right places can also create a more curvy silhouette.

Petite

Lyra by Justin Alexander

Dress Dos: Simple is best. Clean, unbroken contours without too much fabric will elongate your figure.

Dress Don’ts: Most silhouettes flatter your figure, but ballgowns and mermaid dress tend to overwhelm. A big, elaborate dress can look as if it’s wearing you.

Dress Dos: Narrow A-line dresses also work well for petite brides.

Tall

Dress Dos: Tall brides can carry off almost any dress style.

Dress Don’ts: Stay away from empire line dresses, which risk looking almost tent-like on smaller frames.

Dress Dos: Tall brides can also try princess dresses.

Dress Dos: A-line dresses are another great look for tall girls.

I hope this helps to give you a guide before your appointment and I look forward to welcoming you to my beautiful boutique to start your dress journey.

 

Let the fun begin.

 

Elaine x

2013 Collections now in!

New 2013 collections now in!

January has seen the arrival of nearly all our gorgeous new dresses chosen to grace our rails for 2013. Fitted fishtails, sparkly tulle skirts, straps and lace shoulders all feature this year in our gowns. In order to give you even more choice we are holding two designer days in March and April. 2nd March sees our Romantica designer day where you will be able to see the whole 2013 collection. Equally you will be able to do the same on the 20th April with the Diane Harbridge collection. Diane’s new collection is particularly special tome this year as one of her gorgeous fairy tale dresses has been named after my daughter Benita and now has pride of place in our window! Just as new dresses arrive we are already planning our next buying trip to The British Bridal Exhibition Harrogate in March keeping our gowns new fresh and on trend to give all you brides in Cornwall the best the bridal industry offers.20130118_164931

our day at Scorrier House

Thank you first of all to Richard and Caroline Williams  for opening up their lovely home once again for the first wedding for us of the year. On a cold crisp day it was nice to meet all the prospective brides excitingly planning their big day. We were able to show off some of our lovely new 2013 gowns and looking forward to meeting you all soon in the boutique xscorrier

June news

Well another month is here and lots of exciting things to report! This past week has been wonderful seeing so many of our brides get married over the Jubilee weekend it has definitely been our busiest weekend so far, I thought the steaming of dresses was never going to end! I’ve had a lovely break after a hectic May and it’s back to it for me today! My trip to The London bridal show and The White Gallery was fantastic I met up with my lovely friend Jo who runs Y.A.P Bridal in Newcastle and we had a great time meeting up with other bridal shop friends old and new, staying just off  Chelsea Bridge close to Battersea Park. I was also able to catch up with both existing stockists and new and see what will be coming through in designs for next season, and so to our exciting news! In August we will be launching a new collection by Diane Harbridge. Diane brings to the industry 25 years of experience which is apparent in her debut collection. The dresses are of fantastic quality with a real hollywood vintage feel and style. Her dresses are a good price point with dresses ranging between £700 and £1300. Details of how to come to a special evening event on friday 24th August and meet Diane will soon be on our facebook page and on the website. In the coming months we will be preparing for the launch weekend and appointments to try her dresses will be available on the 25th and 26th August with great opening offers exclusive to the launch weekend will be available! More details to on how to attend will follow in the next couple of weeks. For now check out her website www.dianeharbridge.com See you soon Elaine xx