Sonning Flowers has been trading since 2004, based first in Sonning and now in Reading town centre. We have worked at some prestigious venues including Windsor Castle, Ascot Race Course, Chelsea Flower Show, Highclere Castle and during the Olympics at Dorney Lake.
Our award winning team has a passion for beautiful, fresh flowers. We deliver our own stunning hand tied bouquets, both locally and across the UK. We supply beautiful vases to homes and offices and add the 'Wow' factor to any event or wedding.
Where are you based? Reading, Berkshire
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How many weddings do you do a year? 120
Average price/cost: This obviously varies greatly but I would say around £1500.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Sonning Flowers has been established since 2004, specialising in weddings and events. Some of our largest contracts include providing flowers at Royal Ascot and Henley Regatta. We are proud of winning multiple national wedding industry awards as Best Wedding Florist. We are lucky enough to have worked at some prestigious venues in southern England and we have been a Bijou recommended supplier for over 5 years.
How would you describe your floristry/design style and what makes you unique?
We love working with the happy couple in the run up to their special day, we enjoy listening to their requirements, taking time to understand the look they are trying to create and then helping to create that look. One bride said in a recent testimonial “If we could have painted a picture of perfection, Sonning Flowers brought that picture to life”.
How would you describe your working style? Do you only focus on one wedding at a time or do you have a team of florists working on multiple events?
Sonning Flowers has a team of florists, but there is always a primary wedding florist dedicated to each wedding.
Do you offer specific packages or is it all bespoke?
All of our weddings are bespoke.
How far in advance should couples book you?
Ideally, one year in advance. Flowers are seasonal and so it’s beneficial to discuss your wedding flowers at roughly the same time of year.
What information do you need from the couple before the wedding day?
To discuss the bride’s bouquet it is useful to see an image of the bride’s dress, and to know the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses to discuss the colour scheme as a whole. It is also useful for the bride to gather some images of arrangements they like. During our consultation process we will go through our portfolio, magazines and books, and create a moodboard for your wedding.
What is your favourite flower and why?
In the spring I love French tulips, muscari and ranunculus. During the summer months my favourites are peonies, roses and hydrangea. In the winter I love amaryllis.
What are you expecting see more mainstream/more common in the next year or two?
Romantic, soft and floaty. Lots of candlelight and petals. In a mixture of different pastel colours.
If you were getting married, how would you choose your wedding florist?
I would choose a wedding florist who listens to my requirements and understands the look I am trying to create. Someone who I believe we can work together to help create my dream day.