In a brilliant twist of fate, my future mother-in-law is training to be a florist which means that our wedding flowers are taken care of with more care and consideration than I could have hoped for. With florist mark-ups of between 500-800%, theres a sweeping trend for friends and family with an interest in floristry to book themselves in to a professional course and take on the flowers themselves.
My mother-in-law Michele has just taken a one day bridal bouquet course at London florist Jamie Aston. Not only did she love it (and I quote the best day of my life) and find Jamie a hoot, she has come back so inspired and with such professional technique that I wonder if these florists arent putting themselves out of business. Admittedly she had a fair bit of talent behind her already but Micheles results from the class (below) are indistinguishable from any in a shop window. Which begs the question; why isn't everyone doing it?
And - newsflash - Michele got the distinct feeling that Mr Aston is responsible for the forthcoming royal wedding bouquet and buttonholes. The evidence? All their carrier bags had been taken away for re-branding - with the addition of the royal crest we think. And Jamie knew everything there was to know about what was and wasnt allowed at Westminster (no flowers) and at the reception (done in-house). If Jamie Aston is soon to be By Royal Appointment, book for his classes now before his prices rocket.
Other classes worth looking at for their bridal floristry designs too - are Jane Packer, Paula Pryke and McQueens. Jamie Aston classes start at £185 for a one day course to £3,595 for a four week intensive course www.jamieaston.com