2018? It surely can’t be?! Where does this time go? We celebrated five years of being open in September and already we’re another four months gone!!

Yet again, we had a very busy wedding season (although season suggests a set period of time and these days it just never seems to end…not that we’re complaining)! Our last weddings were on the 16th December, one at our neighbourhood venue, Crow Hill, and one in Salford at the Worsley Court House and our first wedding of 2018 came on the 12th January….so season, schmeason…


Thanks to Elizabeth Baker Wedding Photography for the pictures of Amy and Marks wedding in January, below.


So, as always this year, we’ve got Valentines coming up, thanks to Pete for doing this fabulous window display, I think this year needs to be me against Pete window battle, the battle of the windows…and whoever wins…gets Christmas off…HA! Vote for your favourite on Facebook!


Mother’s day is next, the opportunity to spoil that lady in your life who looks after you, whether it be Mum, Grandma, Aunty, Sister, your next door neighbours daughter, Fairy Godmother (yes, that’s a thing)! I believe these people should ALWAYS be lavished with flowers and gifts BUT sometimes we forget, Mother’s day is the day not to!

Keep a look out on the blog and our Instagram page for more fabulous Mother’s day ideas, flower arranging classes, monthly flower deliveries, gloriously scented candles, plants galore or sophisticated silk flower arrangements…for those people whose houses are just TOO HOT for fresh…doesn’t happen often in Marsden!

And then we’ll be back into weddings, this year we’ve got some real floral feasts for you to peruse over, hanging pomanders of flowers, garlands of greenery, spring fandango (I like that word, expect to see more of that), and a wedding abroad…Portugal, here we come!!

Until next time…which I PROMISE will be before Mother’s day…see diary entry…

Keep updated on our various social media thingies, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. We’ll also be showcasing some our wedding expertise at Holmfirth Vineyard wedding fair on the Sunday 4th March and of course at the Crow Hill Wedding fair on Sunday 18th March. xx





In the thick of it…

Here we are with another blog post from the lovely village of Marsden. Mother’s day seems like a distant memory and we now seem to be zooming our way into the thick of the wedding season. So far I haven’t shone any light on the subject so am dedicating this post to all things wedding related. ‘ding dong the bells are going to chime’

We’ve had a real mixture so far this year, with the beautifulness of vintage pinks/lilacs and creams still in abundance there also seems to be a different trend creeping it’s way in through my door and wedding folder…COLOUR…in all shapes and sizes.

The busiest weekend of the year so far came at the Easter Holiday, three weddings over the weekend and what different styles for each one!

Jemma and Mark at the glorious Crow Hill wanted colour…’just lots and lots of colour…’ We discussed various centrepieces that would go with this modern look and decided on three different styles. The carnation balls were something that drew their eye when they first saw me at the wedding fair, the candelabras created some height in the marquee and goldfish bowls to finish off. LOVED every minute of this.

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Next up we had Jane and Jonathan at the Mechanics Hall just down the road, a fabulous local building to decorate and dress as you please. Jane wanted pale pastel colours, a very delicate look, mood boards were sent over, bunting was lovingly crafted and the final result was gorgeous.

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Finally, Emma and Tom at Durker Roods hotel. Emma came to me wanting something really natural and rustic which is unusual in the style so therefore quite exciting.  We discussed using wheat for the centrepieces but eventually decided on simple jam jars with mixtures of gypsophila and limonium (that’s purple fluffy stuff to you)!

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‘A whole new world…’

The title, Aladdin, I thought it very fitting for the first blog of the year…

Welcome, welcome, welcome, where to begin…

So much has happened already, Valentine’s day, Spring Fair, Wedding Fair, even an actual wedding or two!  In February? I hear you ask? Yup, in the good old month of February!

Wedding Fair at Crow Hill was wonderful as always, such a gorgeous place and some really good suppliers makes for a pretty fabulous and inspiring day.


Spring Fair is a chance for me to get to grips with new stock we could have in the shop (an excuse for a day out too) and to browse lots of lovely stalls at the ginormous NEC.   We’ve found some fabulous pieces, all of which I’m very giddy about, for you to hire out for your wedding or party. Flower carts, wooden step ladders, who knew these things would come climbing and rolling back into fashion (see what I did there…), gorgeous birdcages and some very large lanterns. Pictures coming soon, keep a look out on our website and Facebook page, get in touch in the meantime if you have any questions!

Valentine’s day was fabulous, you old romantic lot you, the cryptic messages are one of my favourite parts and you didn’t disappoint! I myself was treated to some cheese and biscuits from our lovely local vegetable/delicatessen shop Radish, yum!! The shop was filled to the brim with love!

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Wedding fever hit us at the beginning of the year, so many lovely brides getting in touch and wanting to start planning. We’ve got some absolute stunners coming up, pastel shades, bright and vibrant, classic and simple whites and greens and hopefully a few in between. We’ll keep you posted on each and every one and as a special summer treat I’ll guide you through step by step in the process of planning the flowers, from the beginning consultation to the delivery on the day. Here is a few sneaky pictures of the ones we’ve already had…


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And next on the agenda…Mother’s Day…get the coffee and lucozade at the ready please 🙂


The preparations begin…

So, here we are, our third instalment and possibly our last of the year, although I may stretch myself as we get into the thick of the festive season and send you a fabulous photo filled blog of Christmas ideas and gifts!

First up – a few events going on in the village –

24th Nov – Christmas window unveiling (I know I’m getting ahead of myself with the unveiling word but I am very excited).

25th Nov & 10th Dec – Late night shopping 

6th Dec – Christmas Light switch on

17-18th Dec Flower arranging classes in the shop

We’ve been busy busy with wedding enquiries for 2015 and even a couple for 2016 (SUPER organised people). It’s so exciting meeting a new bride and groom to be and discussing their big day, their ideas and colours. This month we’ve had a wedding that was a bit different, although very on trend, we used succulent plants for the bridal and bridesmaid bouquet! Love the colours…















The last couple of weeks have been spent prepping (and fretting) about the W.I flower arrangement evening I’ve been booked in for, planning my talk, the arrangements, timing myself to make sure what I think is a good half hour of chat doesn’t actually turn into 7 minutes. In the end it turned out well although I think I may possibly have speed talked my way through it, ‘something new under the belt’ said Mum…’just before Christmas? I don’t need anymore under this belt thank you very much!!

I created four arrangements in total – a mantelpiece arrangement with two different colour schemes – Au natural and silver sparkles






I also created some table centrepieces that we’ll be doing in our flower arranging classes and that can be bought from us in the shop over the Christmas period – you’ve got to make your table look gorgeous for the big feast!! 🙂




And so now onto the windows and the preparation that comes along with Christmas, cellophane cutting, bow making, arrangement creating, decorations and glitter…everywhere, it’s only just come out of my hair from last year!



Last week…

Well, last week was a busy one and of course in the midst of the madness I decided to start making a real effort to do the blog even if only for my own entertainment! So, here we have last week in pictures and my ramblings…

Monday – A local business wanted some arrangements for a event they had at their premises. Modern, whites and greens, fresh was the brief, we used Anthuriums, Gladioli to give height and white Roses to give a classic look, plus a few brassica (that’s ornamental cabbages to you). Three arrangements later…IMG_2443



IMG_2440 IMG_2445  Wednesday saw us going a bit wedding mad, brides and enquiries coming in left right and occasionally centre, 2015 is booking up already, which is FAB!! We’ve also been doing lots of ordering for, shall we say, ‘seasonal’ stock which is very exciting, like shopping but on a big scale, lots of glittery gorgeousness and some really lovely scented candles will be in stock soon.

Plant deliveries and re-arranging the shelves in the shop took up a couple of days, dusting, changing round, etc… We’ve gone for a more natural look as well as displaying some of our glassware (yes, we do sell the vases, we just like to make them look nice whilst they are in the shop). IMG_2446

Alocasia Polly, one of my FAVORITE plants, so interesting looking, thinking he may be a contender for the Halloween window!! 🙂

And of course bouquets, the daily delight of making up bouquets for the lovely customers who come in, phone up or occasionally shout through the door 🙂

Until next week… x