Who are you and what do you do?
Deluxe Blooms is wedding florist based in Ilkley, and we specialise in luxury faux flowers and arrangements. We’ve searched long and hard for the very best silk flowers around, so even though they aren’t real, they still have the ‘wow’ factor! And, what’s more, we’re a less expensive option than real flowers for your wedding day, because you hire rather than buy from us. We can provide buttonholes, bouquets, table arrangements, alter/ church displays and floral crowns- to name just a few. Plus, I always gift the bride her bouquet to have as a wonderful keep sake. Faux flowers make a fabulous alternative to fresh if you have a smaller budget, if you suffer from allergies or you have a large space to fill!
What’s your favourite part of a wedding?
The wedding ceremony is my favourite part of a wedding. There’s often so much to think about, the flowers, the guests, the menu, song choice etc. But the whole point of getting married is standing up in front of the people you care about and making a commitment to each other. Saying ‘I do’ is a very special moment and it always brings a tear to my eye.
What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?
When it comes to flowers… Pinterest! And wedding magazines of course. Mainly because it’s so much fun, and organising your wedding can be stressful, so make it enjoyable where you can. Having a general idea of your wedding theme and colours is a huge help when meeting your suppliers, especially your florist. Have a Pinterest board prepared to show ideas, or ask them to create one for you. I’m more than happy to put together a mood board to help couples. It’s a great way to get your partner involved too.
What keeps you passionate?
It has to be working with couples! Getting to meet the bride/groom. Whether it’s just her, or she brings her partner, or with her mother and sisters, it’s always a pleasure. I’m passionate about what I do and I love meeting new people and seeing how excited they are about their wedding day. But the very, very best part is hearing how they met and how their love story began. I’m a sucker for romance!
Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?
It’s all about foliage! All types of greenery are being celebrated now. Eucalyptus is hugely popular, as are the other soft, grey toned greenery such as lambs ear and millers leaf. These also come in fabulous faux varieties! I’d even argue that they can look even better. Dahlias have also been this year’s new comer on the wedding scene. They’re a fabulous flower, real or faux, because they come in all sorts of different colours, they’re a good size which means you need less of them, and they’re very pretty with delicate petal details.
What’s next for your business?
We’re expanding our rental range for weddings. We already supply a large variety of flowers and different arrangements, and we even do faux floral crowns which are very popular, but I’m adventurous and want to offer more. Things like floral garlands that you can hire straight from the website to decorate your venue. Eventually we want to supply props and styling hire services, from candles, to wedding signs and more!
How do we book?
All our contact information can be found on the website. But please give me a call on 07713579406 and we can book you in for a free wedding consultation.