Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you only work with silk flowers?

Silk flowers are beautiful, you are not dependant on seasons or what is available. Silk flowers don’t wilt, don’t effect allergies and will look “fresh” throughout the whole day. With such a variety of choice, style and colours you can be assured that the look you desire will be achieved. Plus for me I feel the main bonus with silk flowers is that you will see a mock up before the big day, so you will have a visual of how it looks before the day itself and can then make any adjustments you want to have the perfect bouquet or centrepiece design.

Are you a trained florist?

In truth, I am not a trained florist. Design and floristry have always been a huge passion. Everything you see on my website, in my studio and on my setups is my own work that I have personally created. I am self taught and learn as I go. I love what I do and feel confident in my abilities. Winning The Wedding Industry Awards was also such an endorsement of my work. 

Where can I see your work?

All of my collection is available to view at my showroom throughout the whole year, it is the perfect place to see items set up as if they were at a wedding in an environment that isn’t pressured, rushed and on a one to one basis. My studio is by appointment only.

Alternatively as recommended suppliers to some amazing venues RLA Wedding Designs exhibit at their venue show days in Spring and Autumn months. Plus I always offer my own two day showcase in Autumn, where we hire out a venue and totally dress the room with aisles, different set ups and take all of our products to showcase.

Can the centrepieces have different colours?

Yes, all the centrepieces offered within the collection can be tailored to suit your colour theme and style or can incorporate a specific flower choice.

Can the floral arches be changed?

I currently offer two floral arches, both the same size, just slightly different shapes. The first is a fully covered arch that has foliage and florals on both sides so can be walked under. This specific arch is covered in a mixture of foliage and has different pastel colours throughout. This arch is unable to be changed but is perfect for an outdoor ceremony (weather permitting) as it has a true garden feel. The second arch is filled with a mixture of foliage, orchids and blossom. It is green and white in colour and can have any colour added to it. However this arch is front facing only.

Can the floral backdrops be moved?

Both the arches and the flower wall are unable to be moved around by you or a wedding planner/coordinator.

Once the arches are set by RLA Wedding Designs these are in place and are weighted down if inside or pinned down if outside for health and safety purposes. Due to the size of each arch they are unable to fit through doors and need to be taken apart to transport then reconnected only by myself and a trained member of my team. If you do require the backdrop to be used again throughout the day to keep the continuity we can return to your venue and move for you for an additional fee.

For example, if you require the arch for a ceremony backdrop then wish to have it moved to an alternative area we would have to return to your venue to do this. We charge £75.00 to move the arch plus delivery costs if it is at a separate location.

Do I help you on the day?

Absolutely not! I set everything you have requested on the day (or the day before where possible.) I work from a brief that has been designed from our numerous meetings detailing the look you are after. So you will not have to worry about anything at all.

I always send you a message when I arrive at your venue so you have peace of mind that everything is under control.

Do I pay for you to set up my venue?

Set up fees are covered within the hire prices so no additional fees are required for us to set up our products.

However we have a minimum required spend of £200.00 in order for us to take the booking plus a delivery charge will apply (the price will be itemised on your quotation.)

How much is Delivery and Collection?

Delivery is added to your order with a fee charged per mile from my studio (NR10 5FB) to your venue and a return journey at 50p per mile from your venue to my studio.

Plus a collection fee of 50p per mile from my studio to your venue to collect the items hired and a return journey at 50p per mile from your venue to my studio. Venues over one hour travelling will also incur a £10 per hour travelling fee.

How do I book you and when do I pay my balance?

Should you wish to book my services, the first step is to check availability… Once this is confirmed a deposit is required to secure your date, your requested items and the prices quoted.

Deposits are £20.00 for stationery, £30.00 for florals, £50.00 for styling and £100.00 for full styling packages.

Payments can be made monthly if you wish however full payment is required four weeks before the wedding date.

Can I change the venue styling packages?

The full venue styling packages we offer are designed to cover all aspects of styling. Small changes can be made depending on availability but this needs to be discussed prior to booking. Packages are unable to be reduced but you are welcome to add additional items at a reduced rate.

What happens if the items I hire are lost, stolen or damaged?

If items are returned badly damaged or broken/lost in any way we have the right to charge you the replacement cost or treatment charge. You will be notified within 24 hours of collection, and payment will be required in full within seven days.

Can I keep my wedding bouquet?

Absolutely! The beauty of choosing silk flowers is that not only does your bouquet play a huge part in your wedding day but it becomes a treasured keepsake forever. I can design your bouquet to the size, shape, colour you wish, using only the very best quality of flowers and matching our centrepieces and style props so that the continuity flows throughout the whole wedding setup.

Alternatively if you would like choose from my large collection of bouquets and buttonholes you can hire to keep the costs low with affordable packages also available should you wish to extend the bouquets to the bridal party.

When do I send out my wedding stationery?

I advise that wedding stationery is sent out using the following timescale.

Save the Dates are sent twelve to eighteen months prior to your wedding date. Day Invitations are sent six to nine months before and Evening Invitations three months before.

Can I change any of the stationery designs you have already completed?

Yes, the stationery I design is completely bespoke therefore any changes can be made. If you have seen a design you like but wish to tweak in a certain way to fit your requirements then of course this can be done. Ribbon colours and widths can be altered, bow and embellishment options can be tailored, fonts can be changed.... the list goes on! If you like a certain aspect from one design and wish to incorporate it into another design this can also be done. The invitation you send to your guests is the first glimpse into your wedding... It sets the tone, the theme and gives your guest an insight in to what is to come... So make the right first impression!