I chatted to Fennec from Fox and Co Event Styling. Flowers and decor form a big part of your wedding budget. Choosing flowers is often a difficult task and can sometimes be overwhelming. Hiring a professional to help you make informed decisions is one of the best things you could do.
I asked Fennec a few questions that brides might like to know the answers to.
1. How long have you been doing weddings?
For two years.
2. What made you start doing décor and flowers?
I’ve wanted my own business since I was in junior school and I’ve always been interested in décor. My interest in flowers is more recent but I’ve fallen in love.
3. How would you describe your style?
I like an eclectic mix of old and new. Experimenting with styles outside of my comfort zone is important, there is always something new to learn.
4. Do you help brides choose their linens, chairs and table décor?
I do often make recommendations regarding chairs, linen and other décor.
5. What is your favourite flower to work with?
This changes all the time. I like all flowers, they each have their place. If you put a chrysanthemum next to an orchid you won’t do it justice but use it in a bohemian headband with a collection of ‘just picked off the side of the road’ foliage and it will shine.
6. Is there ever a flower or piece of décor that brides should stay away from (allergies, reactions, pollen) Yes, if you have allergies flowers like Casablanca lilies, narcissus and tuberose will most likely affect you as they release a lot of scent. Also beware of any plant that emits a milky sap such as Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) as it can cause dermatitis which results in tiny little blisters on the skin. I personally react to this so I never use it in bouquets and wear gloves when I work with it.
7. How do you charge for your weddings? Can you work with most budgets?
I custom quote for each wedding. Flowers vary considerably in price so I prefer to quote this way. I’m happy to work with any budget provided that clients are flexible and open to ideas that can bring costs down.
8. How far in advance should brides contact you in order for you to make sure they get the flowers that they are wanting?
At least six months in advance for summer weddings, I tend to get booked up for these months quite far in advance but I try my best to accommodate clients. With regards to brides wanting specific varieties, I need a minimum of three weeks but I never guarantee flower varieties. They are a natural product and are at the mercy of Mother Nature, if something is not available I substitute it with an equivalent that will suit both the style and budget of the client.
9. How does Pinterest work for you? Is it sometimes too much inspiration for a bride and they give you impossible tasks?
I think Pinterest is a great tool for planning a wedding and being able to express the style a bride is after. I like the visual inspiration as I often find that clients find it difficult to express what style they want in words. So often the description a client gives me in an email varies considerably to the pictures I find on their Pinterest boards. The pictures are a far better resource for me. BUT, my advice is that once you have settled on a style for your wedding stop looking on Pinterest! There is such a depth of inspiration available there that you will almost certainly find something different you like and change your mind. Changes can be costly and the more back and forth there is between you and your suppliers, the more chance there is of things not quite coming together. Also, bear in mind that if that picture you have fallen in love with is densely laden with enormous flower arrangements, 10 layer cakes and thousands of candles, it’s going to be very expensive to emulate so stay away from inspiration like this if you are on a budget or you will only disappoint yourself.
10. What is your favourite wedding to date and why?
My favourite wedding to date was the wedding of my friends; Kate and Percy. It was at Rockhaven in Elgin and a number of my close friends were there for the weekend of the wedding. They all came to help me do the set up the day before and we had such a laugh that it made their wedding particularly memorable for me.
11. Is DIY the way to go when planning your wedding flowers?
DIY is a very good option if you are on a budget or if you are a creative person who wants to make a fun, crafty project of your wedding. I would recommend keeping it simple as some floral arrangements are complex and require specific floristry skills. Also bare in mind that doing all of your arrangements and setting up your décor on the day of the wedding may take more time than you expect and you don’t want to exhaust yourself right before your wedding so I suggest enlisting some friends and family members to help you.
12. Do brides ever want a specific flower that is not in season at the time of their wedding? How do you fix this? Can flowers be ordered from overseas or grown for their date?
Brides often request flowers that are not in season when they are getting married. This is often because we see a lot of inspiration pictures from Europe and the US and we experience opposing seasons. We are able to import flowers but they still need to be in season on the other side of the world and they will also be more expensive. It is best to settle on a style you like and not worry about the specific flower varieties, rather trust your florist to choose the blooms that are in season at that time.
13. Best piece of wedding advice?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, no one will remember the shade of the icing on the cake or the exact variety of flowers. They will remember whether or not it was a happy day and the mood of the bride and groom set the tone for the ambience of the event so enjoy the fact that you are lucky enough to have such a celebration surrounded by the people who are important to you and just have fun.
You can contact Fennec on the information below to discuss any decor or flower options you might have for your big day. Fennec has worked on a lot of weddings with me and my brides have all loved her work.
The above photos were taken by a mix of the below photographers:
Jules Morgan, Stephanie Veldman, Catherine Mac, Tasha Seccombe, Lara Scott, Jilda G, Julia Winkler, Sunkissed Studio, Heather Steyn, Abby Anderson, Christine Watters, Moira West and Claire Nicola