oh yes; I have just agreed to add a 4th wedding to Friday 21st December this year. I am now thinking that we are totally bonkers in this shop. Normally we will only take 3 on any one day but the bride was so lovely (and thankfully she's not having a massive wedding) that I just couldn't say no to her. Looks like we won't be getting any sleep during the night of the 20th. Still we have the week after Xmas off to get over things.
I will get back to you with specific closing dates for after the Xmas/begging New Year period but as it stands at the moment the plan is to close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and not re-open until Wednesday 2nd Jan. There will be flowers in the country during this period but a lot of them will be left over from the growers xmas stock; as we pride ourselves on quality we would rather close the shop fully for a week, than risk having sub-standard flowers in the shop. This could change nearer the time if it's what you - the customers - really want, but I am sure you will agree with us that quality/longevity is far more important.
On the subject of closing we will be closed for the week commencing Monday 5th November. Sarah has the opportunity to travel over to France to visit the sites and battlefields of the 1st and 2nd world war; she feels this is too important for her to miss as it is something she has never done before. I can report she is really looking forward to it.
Now back to this week. We got asked to do something we've never done before - that's what makes this job so great; there is always something new to make. For a sad occasion - as most of the unusual bits we are asked to make are for - we had to incorporate a plasterers trowel into a pillow tribute. We did discuss with the customer making the whole trowel out of flowers, but we decided there was a chance the shape could be lost slightly if we did, so as a compromise we placed the trowel in the centre of the pillow and worked the rest of the tribute around it.