on Saturday; 2 on the Friday before, 1 on the Sunday after, and sadly a big funeral today.
Yet again it's been all go in the shop; we do wonder some times if we should have our sanity checked (who in their right mind takes on so many weddings over a weekend? Having said that I am thinking back to a time when I worked for someone and we had 8 on one day (for 2 weekends running). Now that was madness, which is why I have set a limit of taking on only 3 for one day; yes I know we did 4 on Saturday but 2 of them were smaller weddings, so they almost counted as just one; it's so hard to say no to brides as well.
All the brides this weekend went down the traditional routes so I won't be bombarding you with photos of all of them, but one bride on Friday had pomanders for her bridesmaids (stupidly I forgot to take any photos of them so you will have to wait until she gets back off her honeymoon and shares some of hers with us). I worked out it was back in 1991 - 21 years ago - that I last made (or got asked to make) a pomander so it was a real delight to get stuck in to something different. Back then the one I made was for a friends wedding; she had a ribboned pomander with just a spray of flowers on top; our bride this weekend had a fully flowered one (we used all white single Xant and I have to say they did look very impressive). For her bouquet we used a mix of pink calla lilies with deep cerise roses and germini, with a touch of pink/white lisianthus. Our other Friday bride had purple bridesmaids (a very popular colour for the past couple of years) so had all the lilac and purple shades.
Saturday saw us making a pink shades shower bouquet, that we had to add a touch of baby blue too; for this we used some organza ribbon as it is light, gives the colour effect wanted but doesn't take over from the other flowers in a way that a satin ribbon could do. This was one of the smaller weddings for the day. Although there were 5 bridesmaids, 2 of them were younger girls who had small wands. The reception for this wedding was already catered for so we only had to decorate the church, along with the main bridal flowers.
We also found ourselves with 2 more purple themed weddings. Both of these were taking place in hotels so we had the added bonus of decorating the whole reception, from tables to fireplaces; cakes to pedestals. Our last wedding on Saturday had a dark red theme (which gave us the chance to work with grand prix ~ a rose we love ~ alongside the gorgeous white rose Norma Jean - that smells divine).
Sunday again had the whole lilac, white and purple theme, but this time the 4 bridesmaids were wearing lilac dresses. Again held in a hotel, we only had to provide the bridal party with their flowers, along with some thank you bouquets for the Mums, so it wasn't a massive one (thankfully as by then I was beginning to flag - especially with it being so hot over the weekend).
Then today we had the sad occasion of a funeral. The gentleman that passed away was a massive Manchester United supporter, so the whole ceremony was themed around that; everything we made had to be Red, White and Black.
The only exception to this was the actual crest that we had to make, as this is Red and Yellow. I took a photo of it when I first made it up last night but forgot to take one this morning before it went out so please forgive the messy-ness look of it; I did clean/neaten it up before it was delivered.And yes I do know that I could have done what most people do; I could have printed the actual crest out, laminated it and stuck it on to the base; but where's the challenge in that? Anyone can do that.