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.
Middleton Lodge is a charming private country mansion in North Yorkshire. Set in 250 acres of private parkland, it was built in 1780 by architect John Carr of York. For over 30 years this impressive Georgian mansion has been home to the Allison family who have dedicated themselves to restoring the Estate to its former glory.
Over the last few years Middleton Lodge has become one of the country’s most unique settings for large and intimate weddings, corporate events, film shoots, photo shoots and for special celebrations. At Middleton Lodge their ethos is simple: whatever the reason or for however long you are staying, our aim is to make our home your home from the moment you arrive.
Middleton Lodge, just outside Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, has been named best wedding venue and the lodge’s Anna Russell picked up best wedding event team in the regional rounds of the Wedding Industry Awards.
James Allison, owner of the private mansion house which opens up for weddings, events, and a supper club, said he, his family and staff were thrilled.
“We were recognised in two awards which I understand is quite unusual – most venues or suppliers just take one each – so we are looking forward to going into the national round in January,” he said.
“To be shortlisted you must receive enough votes from your customers, and then a panel of judges decide overall winners.”
Middleton Lodge started holding weddings in 2008 and since then has grown and improved with each year – and the double win is the team’s first set of awards.
Mr Allison added: “Next year we will be adding a nine room boutique hotel and restaurant in the converted coach house.”
The Coach House at Middleton Lodge has honey-coloured sandstone buildings that have been sensitively restored, retaining many of the original features, with high ceilings, exposed beams and original timber panelling in many of the rooms.
The Stables Restaurant will show off high exposed ceilings and look out onto the courtyard and across the old paddock to the farm house.
As an extension of the highly successful Middleton Lodge Supper club, the food will be contemporary British fare, using local ingredients wherever possible.
“It is an exciting time for us – we are really excited about it because the whole team has worked really hard. We feel that it is well deserved for them.”
The awards, set up by wedding photographer Damian Bailey and his wife Anna, give venues and suppliers the chance to prove their worth in the competitive industry.
The finals of the national Wedding Industry Awards will take place in London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, on January 15.
The key to a successful themed wedding is consistency: the dress, the flowers, the food and yes, the music are all things to consider when creating a certain look or atmosphere. Expert wedding DJ, Mark van den Berg of Mighty Fine Entertainment is on hand to let us in on his top tips for creating the soundtrack to a themed wedding.
Consider whether themed music is viable all night:
Every couple is different and so every themed wedding is different. For example, if you’re having a goth wedding, it may be a bit of a stretch to expect your nan to go nuts for Marylin Manson for an entire evening. However, a sixties-themed wedding could easily lay the foundations for a playlist to bridge the generational gap and keep people on their feet all night.
Timing is everything:
A really great DJ will have a large music collection and the knowledge to match, and will undoubtedly be able to put together a themed playlist of any kind. However, while it’s important that the music is consistent with your theme to create the right ambiance, don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re throwing a party – and people will want to get up and dance to tunes that they know.
With that in mind, consider the timing of your themed music. For example, have your themed playlist set the mood for your drinks reception and dinner, and include aspects of it in your evening party while still playing the classics that people will want to jump out of their seats for.
Get people involved:
If you feel very strongly that you only want music from a certain theme or era at your wedding, bear in mind that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. One way to get everyone involved could be to teach them a dance or have someone leading the dancing for that particular theme. For example, if you’re having a Jewish wedding, somebody could lead the circle dance (or “hora”), if you’re having a twenties-inspired wedding, bring in a dance teacher to show people how to do the Charleston. If your theme or music is very niche or is unfamiliar to some, then make the extra effort to get them up and dancing so nobody has an excuse to sit out.
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want:
Your DJ is there to help create your dream day. Any experienced DJ will have had every request under the sun. For example, at Mighty Fine Entertainment, we’ve set up specific playlists for a huge variety of weddings, from a Cockney playlist for a London couple to specific 60s, 70s 80s and 90s lists as well as indie, old school house, 20s & 30s swing, reggae, and the list goes on. A great DJ will know just how to work with you to incorporate your themed music into the evening and still create a great party atmosphere, so do it your way and dance the night away.
About Mighty Fine Entertainment – Established in 2006 by internationally acclaimed DJ, Mark van den Berg (aka Mark Luvdup), Mark – together with his team of hand-picked professional DJs, all of whom have more than 25 years’ experience – Mighty Fine Entertainment is the leading DJ hire and mobile disco provider in London and the South-East.
Mighty Fine Entertainment has won several prestigious awards including:
- “Best Wedding DJs in the UK” at the 2013 Wedding Industry Awards, by past client vote.
- Mark van den Berg (aka Mark Luvdup) has been voted one of the best 25 DJs in the world
Mighty Fine Entertainment operates throughout Greater London and the South-East, including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent, Essex and West Sussex.