Colonnade Blog

Date added: 30 Dec 2017 Goodbye 2017!

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So we have come to the end of another amazing year here at Colonnade Florist! We have survived The 3 major peak periods: Valentines day, Mothers Day and most recently Christmas... We conquered a busy and exciting wedding season, and we are now ready (or crazy enough) to do it all over again!

But before we leap headfirst into the floral madness that 2018 will surely bring, let's take one last look back at some of the excitement we saw in 2017...

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Valentines Day!

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Valentines Day was a lot of fun this year- as you can imagine, we had red roses coming out of our ears! We were so bombarded with orders for loved ones that we even had to use a separate workshop to store everything! 

We worked tirelessly, and pricked many a finger- you could even say our literal blood sweat and tears went into making these arrangements for you all! But we would have it no other way... despite the long hours and feeling like we could happily never see another red rose again... we love the buzz and excitement this time brings in the shop. 

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Mothers Day!

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Mothers Day is communally one of our favorite times of the year! If we have to work long hard hours and be rushed off our feet, we would most like to do it to honour all the amazing mums out there! And my goodness, do you all love to spoil  your much deserving mums and grand mums... we could hardly unpack the prosecco and sparkly Rose before it was whisked off!

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Wedding Season!

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This year has been a wonderful one for weddings! Since the boom of social media, we have now been able to connect with our happy couples more than ever before! This means that we now get to see so many of their beautiful, happy faces on their special days. 

This year, we have had the chance to create phenomenal displays, and have been blown away by some of our brides creative ideas. Its so much fun for us to get to know each couples unique taste and style, and be able to re-create that in flowers!

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Although we have thoroughly enjoyed all of our gorgeous weddings, one in particular was our absolute favorite! Sharon (the owner)'s daughter Amy married her wonderful husband Ben this summer- and of course we were all there in our posh frocks to see them start their new life together! 

We are obviously biased when it comes to this one, but it really was a very exciting wedding for us to be a part of- a truly natural 'wild' theme with so much room for creativity!

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Who Says You Can't Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?

Despite having over a hundred years of combined experience between us- we are constantly training and looking to refine our skills! This year we went to several amazing demonstrations such as the 'Leeds Castle Festival of Flowers' and 'Cinderella in Flowers' and took part in an incredibly thought provoking workshop run by HeiDesigns Flower School and Lesley Nash. 

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Awards!

This year we were lucky enough to take part in several Excellence Awards! We won the highly competitive Muddy Stilettos Award for Best Florist, were a finalist for Best Wedding Florist in the Kent Wedding Awards and made it to the final six in the Customer Service Category of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards! We are so proud of all we have accomplished, but know we would never have done it without all of you lovely customers and your amazing support!. 

Goodbye Christmas and 2017!

Its been a wonderful Christmas! We fully embraced the festive season and even had a wonderful floral photo frame up outside the shop for all to enjoy!

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And despite someone rather nasty throwing a posh bottle of vodka through the window, we remained in high spirits (pardon the pun)!

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It's been an amazing year here at Colonnade Florist, so thank you to all our friends and family for the wonderful support! We wish you all a tremendous New Year! May you all get happily drunk and dance your way into January- we will be open as usual from Tuesday the 2nd!

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