Stems of Holborn, diary of a central London florist October 2019

Happy Anniversary
Autumn bouquet for wedding anniversary

I love it when the season changes, and flowers we haven’t seen for several months reappear. Many flowers are grown all year round nowadays, but the rich colours of autumn creep in, making everything look strong and deep in colour and texture.

I was delighted to receive a visit from my dear friend and G.P., Adrian, who came to collect a bouquet for his wife on their wedding anniversary.

We discussed the value of creative classes for people with mental health issues, and we hope to be of help with this in the future. I benefit from the healing properties of flowers on a daily basis, and have seen how working with flowers can help others over the past thirty- five years.

Autumn bouquet
The warm colours of autumn

Just like the warm glow of an Autumn sunset, these bouquets reflect the end of summer, the changing colours of the leaves – almost as if they are holding the warmth of summer.

The universities have started back now, and we’ve been supplying lots of beautiful flowers to the LSE, UCL and King’s for lectures and dinners.

Limonium, hydrangea, crocosmia, sedum and grevillia






We’ve been enjoying this mix of limonium, hydrangea, crocosmia and sedum as a background to our arrangements. Some people love them just as they are, or perhaps with a few grasses added

Wedding flowers planner

A wedding flowers planner is a must for your special day. This will help your florist to give you the best advice, according to your preferences. Make an initial appointment with a florist to sketch out the wedding flower plan. It is then like a jigsaw, and you can add the finer details, like buttonhole numbers and final table number at a later date.

At Stems, we have supplied flowers for the tiniest weddings – the couple and two witnesses, to the grandest affairs at stunning venues. The main thing is, we give you exactly the right feel for your own special day.

We are based in Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, close to Gray’s Inn, The Inner Temple, Ely Place, St. Bride’s, St. Paul’s and St. Margaret’s Westminster Abbey, and have supplied wedding flowers at all these venues.

A church setting requires different flowers from a civil wedding venue, and we will share our expert knowledge with you to provide flowers that look fantastic in whatever your setting – we’ve even supplied flowers in the Aquarium at London Zoo, and are just about to do the Upper Concourse at St. Pancras station!

It can be overwhelming once you start to realise how much is involved in planning a wedding. I like the Pinterest wedding boards that can be shown to dressmakers, florists, cake makers and venues to give a feel of what you’re looking for. Inspiration can be taken from so many sources nowadays.

Once you’ve got all your suppliers in place, it’s a good idea to put them all in touch with each other. From our point of view, we can liaise with the venue and cake maker regarding timings on the day, and save you a lot of hard work. I often hear sighs of relief when I say I have spoken to these people, and we have a timetable in place.

This wedding flowers planner will help you make all the right choices.

  • BRIDAL BOUQUET first of all, make a collection of images of bouquets you love, using Pinterest , magazines and other social media sources. This is really helpful for your florist to gauge your personal taste and tell you if your choice is feasible for the time of year.
  • BRIDESMAIDS’ BOUQUETS This will, of course, be dictated by the colour you choose for the bridesmaids’ dresses. It’s best to have chosen them before arranging an appointment with your florist. Even any detail on the dresses can be picked out with the flowers, and you don’t want the flowers to detract from any detail.
  • HAIR FLOWERS can be in the form of a circlet, worn on the forehead or hairline, or as little floral clusters, dotted in the hair.
  • BUTTONHOLES The groom, best man/woman, ushers, parents and grandparents are normally included on this list. Think about tie and waistcoat colours, and match with the flowers
    • CORSAGES For the key women. Find out what they will be wearing, and choose appropriate colours. Some women prefer a wrist corsage,or a flower cluster in their hair.
    • THE CAR has a shelf at the back to place flowers on.
    • CHURCH OR WEDDING CEREMONY VENUE Two or more large pedestal displays to flank the bridal pair as they give their vows look lovely. Maybe some flowers around the door, or a display to soften the entrance. A floral display on the registration table looks lovely in photos of register signing. Large displays can then be moved and enjoyed during the reception.
    • WEDDING RECEPTION Your florist will need to know table shape and room layout. It’s handy to have the venue’s website to show images of the rooms. Give a contact name for the venue. The florist may well visit the venue. Apart from table displays for your guests and top table, you may wish to have the cake decorated with fresh flowers. Perhaps a banister lends itself to a garland.
    • THANK YOU BOUQUETS can be a lovely idea, given to people who have helped you to plan your special day during the speeches.

It is important to take the advice of a good florist. Some of the images you find may not be practical for your wedding. If you have a budget, let the florist help you use it in the best possible way.

Meadow flowers are very fashionable right now, but perhaps you would like something more traditional. You don’t have to be a fashion victim – think outside the box. This occasion will produce many images that will probably remain dear to you for years to come.

Our style at Stems of Holborn has been described as eclectic. We enjoy producing vintage bouquets, meadow bouquets, sculptural pieces – we enjoy the challenge of something different every time. You can make an appointment to come and discuss the possibilities for your wedding day with us. There is a danger that you start to think you must have what you’ve seen others are opting for in masses of social media images. But if you view it in the long term, just clear your mind and think what you really love – a colour, a type of flower, a colour combination, an atmosphere – like fairyland or Saturn!