I’ve just hung up my scissors after finishing the final task’s of 2019, and what a whirlwind of delights it has been. Now my festive break can begin; I’m sat on the sofa in front of the fire with pringles and a slice of Christmas cake – like all the normal people out there!
You’ll find me here (or somewhere near the prosecco) until the 2nd January, when the girls and I are off to London for a day of treats which they thoroughly deserve!
What a year 2019 has been. We have been there for your euphoric highs this year; incredible weddings, special celebrations and high clientele corporate events. We’ve also helped guide so many of you florally through some of the tougher times too. But what I love, is that you keep coming back again and again. Whatever the occasion, we are loving seeing familiar faces at Signature. Whether your friend’s had a baby, you are treating yourself, you need a sheet of cellophane or its Mother’s Day – repeat business is the best business, so thank you to each and every one of you who’s placed orders with us this year, we hugely appreciate your custom.
We’ve been included in some fabulous wedding fayres / open days at our favourite local venues including: The Dairy @ Waddesdon, Stratton Court Barn, Bucks Railway Station, Winters Tale Barn & Manor Farm Barn to name a few. These are all gorgeous venues which have been ‘the one’, for so many of you this year!
It’s a pleasure to go to a venue regularly and get to know the staff on first name terms – it’s like being part of a big wedding family. We are particularly grateful when members of the team are kind enough to offer us a coffee when we’re up a ladder (yes I’m getting better on them!) amidst doing our thing – thanks! Hat’s off to all you venue staff working so hard and tirelessly, to ensure our couples have the perfect day.
We are so excited for 2020’s weddings, with over 35 wedding dates already secured it is never to early to come for that free consultation. We love helping you, guiding you and choosing flowers with you!
We’ve created some beautiful flowers for Butterfly Bridal Boutique for their gorgeous live catwalk events this year. Rach comes up with the most gorgeous ideas and we design complimenting florals for her theme. If you are looking for your perfect bridal gown then you simply must visit. The team are all lovely and they hold the most delightful collection of bridal gowns for you to try on.
In 2019 we took on our first week long, large scale corporate job which was incredible. My meticulous spreadsheet for everything worked a treat – to those in the know operation ‘Yogi Bear’ was a great success. My team pulled something really special off, and I was so proud of them for going with my wild ideas and keeping the full confidentiality about who our client was, to even their partners and my family!
As well as our festive wreath classes (of which over 100 of you attended!), we held some brilliant seasonal workshops including Easter table centres and the ever favourite handtied bouquet class. We are currently putting together a programme of workshops for 2020. Keep an eye on our calendar and social media for more information.
We haven’t completed many styled shoots this year, as sadly we just haven’t had time, but I did organise one at Winters Tale Barn, with a fabulous team of wedding suppliers and I look forward to continuing working with them in the next decade. (Wow – I remember celebrating the millennium like it was yesterday and I was only 12!) This shoot was featured online and in print and I couldn’t have been prouder. Styled shoots are such a great way to work together with other local suppliers to showcase our talents.
I couldn’t do all this without my team; Lorraine, Sandy, Katie and Tina, who work tirelessly in the shop, creating the floral magic, delivering to you and keeping me sane – thank you! The fabulous freelancers who are called upon – I appreciate your skills hugely! You are all wonderful! To Sue, behind the scenes, for making sure this blog and all our social media runs smoothly. To our amazing suppliers – thank you – I hope you know how great you are. To my husband and all the rest of my family for putting up with my early mornings, flowers in the bathroom / boxes in the spare bedroom, my late home for dinner and need for ad hoc delivery drivers / card writers / ladder holders / runners – thank you!
And finally to you – a customer, a social media ‘liker’, someone who is keeping an eye on us for some reason or another – thank you and here’s to the next decade!
Happy New Year,