Wedding in Edinburgh


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Choosing Wedding Flowers

I have to say, I don't have a clue about flowers, or which flowers go best together.

Over the last couple of weeks I have had the task of choosing the flowers for our wedding reception as well as the bridal bouquets and bridesmaid bouquets.

The Balmoral includes some flowers in the wedding package - flowers for all the tables, a pedestal, flowers for the top table and a cake table garland. These are done by Garlands florist in Elm row. I went there with my Mum a couple of weeks back with no ideas apart from the colours (to match the bridesmaid dresses) and the fact that I would like some thistles, since it is a Scottish wedding.

Since I was going to Garland's I decided to get a quote from them for my bouquets as well, but now, almost two weeks later I am still waiting for that quote!

Overall they were quite helpful, although I found that the flower package must be quite minimal in terms of the budget, because nearly everything I asked for, the reply was "you would need to upgrade for that". Aparantly all the packages and flowers have changed now, so this may no longer be the case with the Balmoral's package.

In the end I decided on flowers for the table that included thistles, some other flowers which I can't recall the name of (which match the bridesmaid dresses) and some white spray flowers, again which I can't remember (I did say I was pretty useless when it came to flowers!).

I also asked for a quote for my bridal bouquet, which was made up of two different colours of roses (the colour is secret for now), with smaller versions of the same bouquet for the three bridesmaids. I am still waiting for that quote, as I mentioned, so I'll update this post soon.

I think it is always good to go to at least 2 or 3 florists when you are looking for flowers, to compare prices, quality, experience etc. Since I live in Corstorphine I decided to visit two local florists.

I went to a place called "Flower Bomb" on St John's road. This is quite a new florist, just a couple of months old. They seemed quite helpful and good with suggestions and ideas, but I decided against going with them as they have a) only done two weddings before and didn't have many photos of previous work and b) they said they would send me a quote and they haven't! Three weeks later.

Finally, I visited quite an established Florist, again on St Johns Road, called Williamsons. The lady in here was the most knowledgeable and helpful florist that I have spoken to and she made lots of suggestions, showed lots of photos and explained that Williamson's has lots of branches throughout Edinburgh and Fife and all the bridal arrangements are done by their Floral designers in Williamson's garden centre in Uphall. She was also able to give me a rough guide to the prices (around 80 for the bridal bouquet and 60 for each of the bridesmaids) and said that if I decided to order I could change my mind about the types of flowers if I wanted to.

I more or less decided that I wanted to order my bridal flowers from Williamson's, but decided I would wait until the quote came in from Garland's. As I said, I am still waiting for this so hopefully in the next couple of days I will get things sorted out.

Anyway, I will be glad to get this part over with as I am just not a flower type of person. My experience goes no further than buying a nice bunch from M&S for Mother's day!

You can read more about Edinburgh Wedding Flowers on my website.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Choosing a Wedding Cake

Yesterday we ordered our wedding cake from Jenners in Princes Street, Edinburgh. Hooray, yet another thing to tick off the list! I'm feeling quite smug now :-)

I had decided against going for the expensive designer cakes costing around 300-500 from the various cakes shops around Edinburgh. Yes, they do look lovely, but I just feel that I don't want to spend this much money on a cake.

I was tempted to go visiting all the cake shops for some ideas and of course some free samples, but it is only 4 months to go till the big day and I really have to try and stick to this blasted diet!

So yesterday afternoon I dragged Stuart along to Jenners to choose a cake. He had strong ideas like "it must be a square cake", so I decided that choosing the cake myself would be a bad idea, in case it wasn't to his taste.

Jenners have a display cabinet of cakes just outside the foodhall. You can view some of their wedding cakes and birthday cakes here and also pick up a leaflet with prices, types of cake and number of portions for each cake.

At the time of writing the details are:
6" sponge - 25, serves 20-22
8" sponge - 35, serves 26-40
10" sponge - 55, serves 50-80
12" sponge - 70, serves 80-120

6" heavy fruit - 65 serves 40-45
8" fruit - 75, serves 55-80
10" fruit - 105, serves 80-120
12" fruit - 145, serves 110-150

You just need to grab a member of stafff in the foodhall and they will get one of the cake decorators to come and speak to you. You can also browse through an album of photos of their previous work and look at a cake magazine for ideas. There were some truly amazing cakes in there. There was a wedding cake with Shrek and Fiona on the top of it which was fantastic, but not really within the theme of our wedding!

In the end we decided to order one that looked very like a cake in the display cabinet. 3 Tiers of square sponge cake - the bottom layer chocolate and the middle and the top layers of sponge. White icing, small blocks between each layer so they aren't directly on top of one another, little white icing thistles around the cake, tartan ribbon around each of the cake boards and some decorative thistles. Hard to explain, but it looked classy and came to a total of 145 which is pretty good.

We originally wanted a layer of fruit cake on the top, but aparantly this isn't possible as fruit cake is too heavy to sit on top of sponge cake. We didn't really want to go for a bottom layer of sponge since I know so many people who are not a fan of sponge cake, so we decided to go for three layers of sponge and consider ordering a separate layer of fruit to serve with the wedding cake.

After we had ordered and paid the 25% deposit Stuart had a confused look on his face. I couldn't believe it when I asked him what was wrong and he said "Mmm. I'm thinking that we should have ordered a round cake instead of a square one". I couldn't believe it. Why couldn't he have told me that 10 minutes earlier! Argh!!!

We have decided to stick with the square cake after all.


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