I have written about my wedding at Waterford Castle on the blog a few weeks ago and asked the lovely Catherine from Flower World Waterford to come on the blog for our 5 min with feature! Catherine looked after the flowers for my wedding and I cannot recommend her enough! Check out her Facebook page to see more of her work x
How did you get into being a florist?
It all started as a hobby, after I took redundancy from my Job in a health care company. I had been there for 22 years (since I left school) Then as people were asking me to make things for them I thought I would go get trained properly in floral design first and then Bridal design. It was exciting to do something new after so many years.
What is your favorite part about being a florist?
It’s lovely meeting Brides to be. Feeling all their enthusiasm and excitement definitely rubs off on you and makes you smile. Many Brides arrive with no idea in their heads about what flower arrangements they need or what flower type to choose. It’s a great feeling when you can re-assure them and guide them towards the right flower choice for them.
Any great stories from working with a client?
It’s not so much any one story that sticks with me, but lots of little stories. I find many Brides come back to me for flowers to send as presents for family and friends long after their Weddings. So I get to hear things like it’s a special party for Mam’s 60th birthday, can you do flowers?? Next time it could be… my sister just had her baby can you drop down some flowers to her. Then… my Nan is recovering from an operation can you send her something colourful to cheer her up. Often these ladies are living abroad and it means a lot to them to know a special occasion has been marked with the arrival of a big beautiful bouquet and a lovely card with a special message. I am often calling to the same house many times so I get to chat with the families and share in the occasion. I love to see the reaction on people’s faces when a bouquet is delivered to them. That’s a big plus for me as I make and deliver the bouquets. Most florists have a driver to deliver flowers so they miss out on that reaction.
What is your favorite flower and why?
Hard to pick one !! I do love Hydrangeas. I think the fact that they have a short season during summer makes me appreciate them more. Also they make such an impact in large flower arrangements because of their large colourful heads. This is important when decorating churches and large venues. But they can also be included in bouquets by breaking them down into smaller pieces.
What are your favorite trends when it comes to wedding flowers?
I love the fact that there are no hard and fast rules these days. Bouquets can be long and trailing, loose and wild looking or the more formal posy style. Any flowers can be used, from classic roses lilies and orchids to sunflowers & daisies. Brides are also opting for adding personal touches to their bouquets of late, it could be a grandmothers brooch or a mini frame with a picture of a loved one, set into their flowers or on the stem binding. A lovely idea to personalise and add more meaning to your bouquet.
What are this year’s most popular colours?
I am finding that Bridesmaid dresses are going back to pastel this year. Which is a big change from the purples, hot pinks and navys of the last few years. This in turn changes the colour palette for the flowers we choose. So definitely a softer look to bouquets with pale pink, peach and cream and I find brides want more greenery than before so their bouquets take on a natural look.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are ordering their wedding flowers?
I would say ask for recommendations from couples they know, that have been married recently. Especially if they have been to the Wedding and liked the flowers they saw on the day. Start with that Florist and see if they are within budget for you. Then make a couple of more enquiries with other local florist to see how they compare both on price and design. The timelines for booking a florist will vary. If they are particularly popular and you know you want them book them as soon as you have your date set. You should be able to do this without having to decide on flower choice until much closer to your date. I always tell Brides “just secure the date and we will discuss all the nitty gritty later on” I like to make it as stress free as possible.
What are your favourite wedding venues in Ireland?
I work mostly in the Waterford and south Kilkenny area. 2 Venues that spring to mind instantly are Faithlegg House Hotel Waterford. Surrounded by acres of woodland which is fabulous for photos and having and outdoor reception for your guests. Also Waterford Castle, which is set on its own Island, in the Suir estuary. A very romantic setting which can only be accessed by car ferry so the Castle and Island are private for you and you guests for your Wedding day.
How would you your describe style?
I think it’s understated elegant & pretty. I see flowers as an accessory for your Wedding day, so I try not to swamp people with unnecessary volume.
Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?
I find inspiration everywhere!!! Even if I’m out for a walk, I can see a colour combination in a garden that works really well. But it’s also important to link in with the Florist industry sites where you can see what’s new. Then there is pinterest and Facebook where ideas are infinite. Along with all of that I just put my personal twist on it
What does your dream wedding look like?
Well, I’ve seen Weddings of all shapes and sizes at this stage. So I think for me the nicest Weddings are usually the small intimate type where you can make your guests feel special instead of just making up the numbers. Then I could blow my budget on lovely big arrangements of my favourite flowers Purple Hydrangeas, white avalanche roses and leafy greenery everywhere. Of course it would be a pleasant sunny day and the setting would be outside in a lovely garden or woodland for the ceremony in the grounds of our fabulous Hotel or Castle ….. oh it’s so hard to choose!!
Which other wedding vendor would you like to see on the blog?
There are some amazing Cake designers out there. I am totally amazed by what can be created in cake form these days. One lady I have dealt with on a number of occasions if Grace Kiely of Gracies Buns and Cakes. She is so passionate about her work and it shows.