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By rekeeley, Feb 23 2016 08:00AM

Derbyshire DIY Flowers
Derbyshire DIY Flowers

We're really proud to be a new Seedling member of Flowers from the Farm, a network of British flower growers. This is such a great network of growers across the country who are working hard to publicise the beauty we have in flowers grown here in the UK. When choosing British grown flowers not only do you avoid all those air miles, but you also support a local business which is great for our local economy. British flowers are also great for our wildlife, providing a food source for our bees and butterflies.


Here at Natural Favours we grow seasonal DIY flowers for weddings and events for Derbyshire and surrounding areas. We only grow for a small number of events each year, so please contact us withyour enquiries and we will endeavour to help create the wildflower wedding of your dreams!

By rekeeley, Feb 3 2016 08:15AM

It may still only be February, but we're already planning our DIY flowers for this years events! Many of our flowers have already been planted, including our bulbs which are already peeping out of the ground. As the weather starts to get warmer and the nights lighter, we spend more and more time in the garden. It's one of our favourite places to be!


If you choose to use Derbyshire grown DIY flowers for your wedding, we'll make sure we get a full understanding of the style and type of flowers you want and discuss your colour scheme (if you have one). We grow seasonal cottage-garden flowers and cannot always guarantee exactly what will be in bloom on a certain date as Mother Nature isn't always that predicatable, but we work hard to ensure you can have the flowers you want or offer you a seasonal alternative.


Please contact us to find out more about our Derbyshire DIY flowers.


By rekeeley, Dec 30 2015 08:50AM

The cost of your big day floristry can creep up to around 10% of the entire budget which can be a significant chunk when the average cost of a wedding can be upwards of £20k. Here at Natural Favours HQ we are strong believers that it is perfectly possible to have the day of your dreams without the hefty price tag. If you’re feeling a little bit creative and a lot savvy, then DIY wedding flowers could be the way to go!


Here are our 7 handy hints and tips on how to save on money but not on the quality of your wedding floristry.


1. Plan! Probably the most important point. Think about the type of arrangements you want, how many you might need, what sort of vases you’re using and what flowers are in season. Your chosen flower supplier should be able to help answer all these questions if you aren’t sure


2. Be realistic! If you want an intricate floral arch or complicated structured arrangements then maybe going DIY isn’t for you. If you want something natural, rustic and relaxed then it’s the perfect solution!


3. Be confident! Creating your own wedding flowers is a lovely way of putting a unique stamp on your day and is something you can look back on and be really proud of. If the thought of it all is still a bit overwhelming, you might want to ask your supplier to make your bouquets and buttonholes but leave the venue decorations to you


4. Volunteers! Gather a few willing friends or family members to help, the more you have the less time it will take to make your arrangements. If you’re using jam jars or old bottles as part of your display, ask them to help you collect them over the weeks running up to your big day


5. Research! Creating effective arrangements, bouquets and buttonholes is not as difficult as you might think. For extra help you could attend one of the many floral workshops that are out there, some offer specific courses for DIY brides. There is a wealth of information online that you can also utilise, from videos to articles, that take you step-by-step through creating everything from gorgeous hand-tied bouquets to perfect jam jar posies


6. Practise! Buy a couple of bunches of cheap flowers from your local supermarket or pick some from the garden and have a play!


7. Timing! We advise making your floral arrangements the day before the wedding, so arrange for delivery of your flowers accordingly. Ask a couple of your volunteers to get them to the venue so you can relax on your big day




By rekeeley, Oct 10 2015 06:00AM

Here at Natural Favours HQ we LOVE flowers (if you hadn't noticed). Once upon a time, Mr NF would pop home from the supermarket with a bunch of cheap & cheerful flowers happily tucked under his arm & they'd brighten up our lounge for the next few days before making their shrivelled way onto the compost heap.


But I started thinking, where do these flowers come from? How many miles have they travelled? How are they grown? Are they covered in harmful pesticides?


We grow many of our natural confetti flowers here, the rest we get from other British growers. This year we have also started to supply beautiful DIY flowers for weddings & events. Since doing this we have noticed how bee and butterfly friendly Natural Favours HQ has become. We're passionate about making our little patch of green as wildlife friendly as possible.


By choosing British flowers you opt for zero air miles, seasonal non-intensive growing, habitat to support native bees & butterflies, beautiful flowers you can't find at the florists & support for small businesses in a local economy. Some flowers can't be grown all year long which is why the seasons dictate which flowers we supply as part of our DIY flower service. If you're desperate to have roses in December or hydrangeas in May, we are members of our local flower market so can usually source your bloom of choice. However, we'd always encourage a seasonal selection where possible & recommend a beautiful British alternative.


For details of our service please pop over to www.naturalfavours.com

By rekeeley, Jul 10 2015 07:15AM

Today marks exactly a year since we sold our 1st ever batch of natural confetti, and since that day we have grown a happy following of friends, customers, partners and likers. We wanted to mark this anniversary by bringing something new and exciting to our business. Here at Natural Favours HQ we are lucky to have a fantastic space to grow. Couple this with a love for all things floral and the perfect answer was revealed – DIY flowers!


Many people are trying to bring something more relaxed and homemade to their weddings and events, it’s a great money saver and also allows you to put your own unique stamp on proceedings. We want to give you the opportunity to purchase flowers from us for your wedding or event that you can take away and arrange yourself. We’ll provide seasonal home-grown blooms and supplement these with flowers from trusted growers where necessary (sadly we can’t grow much here in winter).


As you may know from previous blog entries, one of our lovely friends has asked us to help her with growing her wedding flowers this year for an August wedding. Hopefully we will have lots of fantastic photos and ideas to share with you from what promises to be an amazing outdoor wedding weekend!

We’re based in sunny Derbyshire. You can come and collect your blooms from us directly at an arranged time or ask us to deliver locally. Hey, we can even hire out our vintage glass jars and groovy watering can for you to arrange your flowers in for a beautifully rustic look!


They’ll be more information on our website very soon with a list of options and guide prices. If you just can’t wait until then, please drop us an email with your questions and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


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