Orchid overload at Oulton Hall wedding fair

Orchid overload at Oulton Hall wedding fair

Last Sunday was the culmination of a hugely busy week at Erica Berry Flowers, which ended with a real showstopper of a stand at The Wedding Affair, wedding fair at the stunning Oulton Hall in Leeds.  We had a hugely successful day and have already taken bookings for wedding consultations for next year and 2019, so do get in touch if you’d like to talk to us about your wedding flowers.

It’s always exciting to choose designs to take to these fairs, as we want to be able to show prospective brides a range of bouquet styles for them to try, and it’s so interesting to watch peoples reactions to being asked if they’d like to hold one.  The first response is often to back away and shyly say ‘Ooo noooo, I’ll break it’, or ‘Nooo, I’m embarrassed’ or even, ‘Oh no, that’s too scary!’  But usually you can gauge in someones eyes, if they look longingly at the flowers, that actually they’d love to hold one, and it certainly doesn’t take asking them twice once the bouquet is offered to them, that they’re soon wafting them around, smiling and wanting to try the next one for comparison.

So often, they can visit our stand with a distinct idea of the type of bouquet they’d like, but then leave with, sometimes a very different idea.  The bouquets we take usually  include a hand-tied bouquet, which is an ever popular style, but we also like to take a couple of alternatives which include more floristry, are always unique and very different to hold.

Last weekend, we had the blousey rose, clematis and mimosa bouquet as a hand-tied, in a very loose, almost ‘wild’ design, as is the current trend for these bouquets.  It was accompanied by a bridesmaid size matching posy.  As well as this, we had a more structural orchid and striking foliage hand tied, so that people could feel the difference between the two. 

We also took a couple of our more unusual wired designs, both were light and dainty to hold, but one was longer and finer with a mass of roses and ferns leading down into wired trails of individual roses, rolled rose petals and jasmine.  The other, again had a massed centre but then had individually wired orchids, both rising about the centre and on into the falling trails of asparagus fern.

So many people on Sunday said they felt more comfortable with these dainty, pretty designs, and said they’d never thought of having a wedding bouquet like them.

It’s a lovely feeling for us, to come away from an event knowing we’ve shown people something a bit different and given them more food for thought when it comes to their wedding flowers.

To frame Sundays’ display, we continued our orchid theme onto a large ‘top table’ or ‘mantelpiece’ feature display and a dainty bridesmaids hoop for the younger visitors on the day to try.

After all the excitement of the fair, as if they haven’t worked hard enough for us already, the orchids are now gracing our shop window, do pop down and have a look, perhaps you could even try one of the bouquets, they’re lasting brilliantly…..Oh, and while you’re there, you could buy your tickets for our Christmas ‘floral feast’ demonstration on Wednesday 15th November 2017.  Sit back and enjoy a glass of bubbly while the team create inspiring Christmas showstoppers, some of which will be raffled off to raise money for YoungMinds at the end of the evening.