This September, London florist Todich Floral Design wowed the crowds and press at the National Wedding Show with a stunning, original floral dress on an antique mannequin. Here, and in advance of the February 2014 show, founder Zlatko “Tod” Todic shares his top five wedding tips for 2014.
Following the success of their floral dress, the team at Todich Floral Design is excited and honoured to be creating a fabulous display for one of the main front entrances at the February show and will also have a stand right at the front of the hall.
Tod says, “We were overwhelmed by the response to our dress in September and can’t wait to get started on next year’s designs. We already have some great ideas in mind and are looking forward to chatting with and inspiring next year’s brides-to-be on our stand. In the meantime, here are our top tips for brides in 2014.”
1. Don’t feel under pressure to come armed with a brief; Many brides worry they have to come to the florist armed with a whole bunch of ideas, but this really isn’t the case. Of course it’s absolutely fine if you do, but don’t feel bad if you have absolutely no clue about what kind, or style of flowers you want. A good florist should be able to advise you on this based on conversations about your personality, style and taste.
2. It’s not all about ‘arrangements’; Wedding flowers are much more varied now than they used to be, and you don’t have to stick to traditional style table arrangements and pew ends in floral foam. Single stems of one or more flower types in multiple vases can look equally as impactful when artistically styled and can be great if you’re on a tight budget too. Plus things like candleabras, crates, milk bottles, watering cans, urns and a huge variety of different shaped vases are available too.
3. Don’t be daunted by ‘DIY’; There is a huge trend towards brides taking a DIY approach now and making everything from seat backs to flowers, but this can seem like a huge and daunting task. However, you don’t need to do absolutely everything in order to incorporate this approach. For flowers, how about simply sourcing your own containers for tables, or accessories for your bouquet? This is an easy way to integrate DIY, plus add lovely personal touches without too much work.
4. Like the ‘vintage’ theme but feel it’s overdone? Many brides have opted for the vintage style in recent years, but if you feel like birdcages, jam jars, teapots, hemp and string are a bit twee and overdone, how about taking inspiration from one of the biggest films of the last year, the Great Gatsby, instead. Set in an era of extravagant parties, decadent lifestyles and art deco design, this provides the basis for a theme that is more opulent and elegant than rustic and quaint.
5. Don’t shy away from contrasts and brights; when people think of wedding flowers they mainly think of pastels, or a palette of similar tints, tones and hues, but bright, contrasting colours create a striking impact and are bang on trend. Yellows and oranges give a great contrast to purples and also equally offset bright blues. Reds and greens and hot or pale pinks and pistachio are a fantastic option too, as are violets and lavendars combined with limes, bright and darker greens. Or for those who are really brave the whole colour spectrum can be combined.
Todich Floral Design will be on stand G101 at The National Wedding Show from 21-23 February 2014.
For me DC Bouquets means gorgeous and glamorous bouquets made using brooches, but that’s not all she designs and makes.
Welcome to The Adagio Collection – nine stunning new headpieces and 22 pairs of earrings – by bridal accessories designer Debbie Carlisle.
Debbie’s new designs are inspired by the grace and beauty of the ballet and feature pieces ranging from simple, elegant hair combs and headbands to statement headpieces and unusual hair jewels and circlets that can be worn in many different ways.
For the first time Debbie has added a selection of bridal earrings – ranging from simply elegant studs to striking statement designs worthy of the red carpet – to her collection of accessories.
Debbie’s pieces all have a vintage-inspired style mixed with a more contemporary approach which suits brides looking for a unique way to accessorise their wedding gown. And with prices ranging from £15 to £85 for earrings and from £30 to £165 for headpieces the collection offers something for brides of all budgets.
Debbie said: “The Adagio collection includes some of my most versatile headpieces yet. In particular, the Ophelia and Darcey circlet halos are real-multi-taskers which can be worn on the crown of the head with the encrusted diamante embellishments resting on the forehead or at the side of the head – or pinned into place as a double-strand forehead band or looped at the back of the head over loose bohemian curls or under a high top knot bun.
“Aurora is available either as an off-centre black satin headband with three flower and leaf elements which seem to float independently on the hair – or as separate combs which can be worn on their own or arranged in different groupings.
“The Titania forehead jewel is a delicate droplet design made up of Swarovski crystals and pearls dangling from a slim sparkling gold or silver-plated chain which can be pinned into place across the forehead or at
the back or side of the head and can be worn with matching Titania gold or silver droplet earrings.
“For my wedding earrings collection I’ve come up with a selection of pieces that I think complement my headpieces and vintage jewellery bouquets and will appeal to brides who like my style. Whether brides are
looking for vintage style clip-on earrings, classic bridal studs or a statement pair of bridal earrings worthy of the red carpet – I hope they’ll find something they love in the collection.
“There’s also a new take on my Lola garter design – a nude gathered tulle creation which features a gorgeous diamante and pearl droplet for the ultimate in luxury and decadence.
“While I’m always influenced by vintage styles and materials I wanted this collection to have quite a classic, contemporary and feminine feel and this led me to use the ballet as my inspiration. In ballet, Adagio refers to slow, fluid and graceful movement which I think really sums up the feel of the collection.”