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After doing a great deal of googling in the months running up to the ceremony, I discovered Silk Blooms, who had by far the largest range of purple bouquets, and at extremely reasonable prices to boot. I did some checking of their reviews, and they were unanimously positive, which gave me some peace of mind - especially as I was ordering the flowers rather late, all things considered! Note to self: for next time, order flowers when there's more than a month before the ceremony)
Anyway, the bouquet I decided on, the Lesley, is, perhaps, somewhat more traditional than I think I would have picked had I gone for a white dress - I was interested in a long "spray" of purple orchids originally, but I realised that the drama of it would have been lost against my magenta dress - I think the mix of white roses and purple tulips (I do love me a tulip) worked well with the colour of my dress:
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Overall, I can't fault the service from Silk Blooms at all, they dealt with my rather vague instructions exceedingly well (the question "can I have silver ribbon please?" elicited a choice of no less than five different wrappings to choose from, completete with links, and suggestions) and they were also extremely helpful when I realised a couple of days later that I needed more buttonholes too. The flowers were despatched very quickly, and arrived in perfect condition - everybody loved them! Mums in particular loved their matching corsages. On the day they garnered lots of compliments from the guests, and quite a few people were stunned when they realised they weren't "real"!
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Best of all, I have a permanent keepsake of my day which looks as good now as it did then, and so do the wedding party who all had corsages, buttonholes and bouquets of their own, in a matching design. I currently keep my bouquet on my desk, and I'm planning to fill the vase with hundreds of aurora borealis crystals to make it even more of a feature. Silk Blooms also do a selection of flowers for the home too, and we're thinking of investing in a couple of arrangements to put around the place as they have some fabulous ones, both modern and traditional.
What do you think of silk flowers? I know some people really hate the idea, but I think if they're done well, no one need ever know! I admit to being surprised at how much I liked my bouquet, and deeply surprised at how glad I am now to have even bothered with them, too. Thank you, Silk Blooms!
The Fine Print: Purchases - Silk Blooms had no idea who I was, or if I was going to write about them (I genuinely wasn't planning to, but so many people have asked about them) - their excellent customer service comes as standard.
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