4 Wedding and Event Floristry Tips

 

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Flowers play a hugely important part in the wedding industry. So here at Rockbeare Manor, as one of Devon’s newest, exclusive hire wedding venues, it was our pleasure to host a Floristry Masterclass for people who have an interest in the industry, and also for engaged couples to get inspiration for their own wedding flowers.  Recently we welcomed 15 visitors to Rockbeare Manor, to take part in a Floristry Masterclass with Floral Designer, Sabine Darrall.

Over the course of two days, attendees had the opportunity to create some stunning floral arrangements, on mantelpieces and on the beautiful banister going up our main spiral staircase at Rockbeare.

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This got us thinking about flowers, and some of the arrangements we’ve seen here at Rockbeare and we’d like to share some of our wedding and event floristry tips with you:

1. Ask your florist for advice:

The chances are that your florist may have styled weddings in your venue before, but even if not, they will have a wealth of experience that you can draw upon from other wedding venues that they have worked in. Ask them for advice about what’s worked and what hasn’t. They’ll no doubt come up with lots of ideas as to where flowers will have maximum impact and look the most striking. At Rockbeare Manor we’ve chosen a neutral, warm and contemporary colour palette that will work with any colour scheme or floral style that you wish to have. We can also put you in touch with a number of local florists that we’ve worked with in the past.

2. Plan how to get the most use from your arrangements on the wedding day:

Your florist will also be able to help make suggestions as to how you can get the most use out of your arrangements. For instance, are you going to be using the ceremony room again later in the day? If not, why not move those flowers to your top table so that they can be enjoyed by you and your guests all day long.

3. Think about the flowers that are in season before making your final decision:

Choosing flowers that are in season should mean that they’ll be easy to get hold of at the time of your wedding, as well as reducing the impact that importing flowers from overseas would have on the planet. Choosing a flower combination that is easily available should also reduce the overall cost, as can buying locally grown flowers. Here in Devon, we’re very lucky to have some very talented local growers (for instance, Bespoke Confetti, The Flower Field and Flowers From The Farm.

Some flowers are available regardless of the time of year, such as Alstromeria, Anthurium, Aster, Bouvardia, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Daisy,  Lily and Asiatic Lily.

If you are unsure of where to start, we’ve listed some examples of seasonal flowers that are usually easy to source in Devon:

Winter / early spring –Ranunculus, Tulips, Snowdrops, Anemone, Daffodils, Crocuses

Late spring / early summer – Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony, Carnation

Late summer / early autumn – Sunflowers, Dahlia, Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Sweet William

Autumn / winter – Hypericum, Holly, Lilac, Muscari, Winter Jasmine, Heathers

4. Use Pinterest – but be prepared to be flexible:

We’ve found that many of the couples getting married at Rockbeare Manor use Pinterest for inspiration when planning their wedding and we would agree that it’s a helpful tool.  You can really get a sense of the style and colours that you are drawn to and how they may fit in with the overall look of your wedding.  Our advice would be to be use it for ideas, but still try to be flexible if needed.  To avoid disappointment, try not to set your heart on anything before talking through the practicalities of it, in terms of logistics, budget and season with your florist.

 

Alternative Ideas For Your Hen or Stag Do

When it comes to getting married, the hen and stag do is something that the vast majority of brides and grooms look forward to. The trends for these events have changed enormously over recent years, with people looking for more alternative things to do rather than simply going to the local. With this in mind, we’ve done some digging and found some really exciting, alternative ideas perfect for either the hen or stag do before the big “I do”.

As Rockbeare Manor is a wedding venue near Exeter in Devon, we’ve tried to keep our suggestions local, as here in the South West there is a multitude of different things that are available for you.  Somehow we’ve managed to whittle it down to a list of just 10 of the best:

1. West Country Games 

West Country Games is an activity specialist in the South West. It offers a variety of different and interesting events including a ‘cider run’, ‘pitch fork duel’ and ‘mangold dangling’. If these sound like your cup of tea then check out the website for more information.

2. Rail Ale Trails 

If you want a twist on the regular pub-crawl then The Rail Ale Trail which is run by Great Scenic Railways, is worth looking into. There are 7 trails to choose from in Devon and Cornwall. The trail involves getting the train to various stops, dependant on which trail you choose, and visiting various rural pubs where you can enjoy some traditional ales. There is also a chance to win a t-shirt by collecting 10 stamps from the different pubs.

3. Escape Surf School 

More of a beach-bum than a bar-run? Why not head on down to Newquay for your hen or stag do and do some surfing? The Escape Surf School offers surfing lessons for complete beginners to advanced learners. It’s a great excuse to top up your tan before the big day.

4. Ultimate Adventure Centre

The Ultimate Adventure Centre in Bideford has an Ultimate Assault Course with a mixture of land and water based obstacles as well as several other courses, which can catapult your hen or stag do into a day of epic proportions.

5. Skirmish Paintball 

What better way to spend your do than to play a game of paintball? Skirmish Paintball, located in Stoke Woods near Exeter, is a 120-acre paintball site and promises to be a day full of tactical fun and paint!

6. Pampering weekend

Pampering weekends are a great way to relax before the big day. There are lots of different places in the UK where you can go for a weekend pampering session and Spabreaks.com is a great place to look for a spa near to you. And yes, spa breaks are these days appealing to men more and more as they look for an alternative to the traditional stag do.

7. Devon Leisure

For motorised events, such as go-karting and quad biking, Devon Leisure has it all. It is the largest off-road activity centre in the South West and with over 12 miles of woodland quad trails is sure to provide hours of fun for your party!

8. Treasure Trails 

If nature is your thing, then the Treasure Trails could be the perfect day for you! Treasuretrails.co.uk has over 1,200 self-guided trails all over the UK which help you to discover new cities, towns and villages. They have walking, cycling and driving trails meaning that no matter what the weather you can have a great day.

9. Go Ape 

Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure park, there are 29 parks across the country and the one in the South West can be found in Haldon near Exeter. The park is home to a whole world of fun and adventure, including zip-lines, segways and swings. This is sure to be a fantastic way to spend your hen or stag party.

10. Cocktail Making Classes 

Cocktail making classes are the perfect way to start a night out for your stag/hen do. My Cocktail Master Class is a great place to start looking for a class near to you. They hold events in Exeter at Oddfellows most days of the week. Check out the website for more information.