Tips from a florist - Nicole Gamlin from The Floral Studio

I stopped by to see my friend Nicole Gamlin from The Floral Studio who is based in Swindon while she was preparing for a Stanton House wedding the next day.

Here are a few of the pictures and questions I asked to help any brides who may need some tips when looking for a florist.

One thing I will say is that it's easy to see why Nicole has won so many competitions and everyone I speak to about her sings her praises as she is very passionate and handles every flower with love and joy.


1. What makes a good Florist?

Someone that listens to your ideas and creates your dream, bringing your vision to life.

2. What percentage of their budget should a bride expect to pay for flowers?

If you love flowers and want to ensure they are a focal point at your wedding allow a budget of £1000.00 to £3000.00 depending on the grandeur.
However, if you would like to keep your flowers simple yet stylish, plan for a budget of £500.00 to £800.00.

3. How do I choose my colour scheme?

Choose your favourite colour palate as a starting point, consider what colours suit you and your bridesmaids and ask your florist to match the dresses, cravat & handkerchief colour scheme.

4. Do the seasons make a difference in what I can have?

Choosing to incorporate seasonal flowers enhances your wedding floral theme.  Many wonderful varieties of seasonal flowers are available - in all different colours for you to choose from.

5. What are my options of things to do with flowers after the wedding?

You can give your wedding breakfast table centrepiece arrangements to guests.  
Preserve your wedding bouquet, if you wish to keep it (I advise you arrange this with a preservation company one month prior to your wedding date).

6. Buttonholes/buttoniere’s and corsages, how many do I need and who wears them?

Buttonholes are usually worn by the Groom, Bestman, Ushers, Fathers, Grandfathers and Paigeboys.  Gentlemen wear them on the left, flower facing upwards.
Buttoniere; a few flowers beautifully put together - rather than just one flower.  Ladies and Gentlemen can wear them.
Corsages are worn by the Mothers, Nans/Grandmothers, Sisters and ladies doing a reading. Ladies wear them face down on the right.

7. How long have you been a Florist?

23 years. Chelsea Flower Show Medallist & Interflora Champion

8. What tips and tricks would you give to a couple that was thinking about hiring you?

Book early, we get booked up very quickly and take bookings two years in advance.
We like to offer a free non-obligation consultation, where we can discuss all of your wedding flower ideas, give you a quote and help to create your vision.

9. Anything that you feel is important to know before meeting a florist or booking one?

Wedding date, time & church/venue.  Your favourite colour scheme & bridesmaids dress colour.  Do you require table centrepiece arrangements for your wedding breakfast.
Would you like us to decorate the church. A list of people you wish to provide buttonholes for.

If you would like to talk to Nicole about your wedding flowers please contact her here:

Nicole Gamlin / 01793 772568 /