No, it’s not just a cover for the sun. There’s so much more to it, and sometimes, if the job’s not done properly, you’ll end up ruining your entire event.
What do I mean?
1. If you have a high display, make sure the ground is sturdy with no little hills to ruin the balance. It’s always best to have a wooden flooring if you want to use high displays as it will diminish the risk of the flower display toppling to the ground.
2. In the summer season, marquees should have more than one side open. Regardless of the flowers you’re going to have on your wedding day, the heat can wilt them unless you make them more resilient to it by giving them lots of air.
3. The access to the marquee when installing flowers can be tricky. Make sure you consult your wedding organiser on the whereabouts of the marquee to decrease the time of installation. Bad organisation can lead to stress and a less than perfect result.
4. Candlelight should be concealed because of the wind as there’s nothing worse than a dark wedding table at night. You could opt for lanterns as they won’t cause a fire risk if the marquee has a low ceiling. This way you are creating an elegant and cosy outdoor feeling.
5. There are height restrictions when having a marquee. Some brides love grand, lush flowers displayed on different levels without taking into consideration the pitch of the roof of a marquee. Always check marquee height measurements before going to visit your floral designer.
Take a look at some of our top outdoor marquee displays.
We keep moments like the following close to our hearts. We absolutely love working on various events and for different purposes as they give us a chance to explore a variety of design and creation and to take the entire concept to a whole new level.
This year, we had the pleasure of working with the Royal Salute whiskey brand for the launch of the much anticipated polo edition. We installed at a beautiful location in Windsor, therefore we matched the beauty of the surroundings with pale pinks, lilacs and pearl blues. For the “step-up”, celebrities had the chance to be photographed surrounded by bespoke handmade arches, complimented by natural elements such as willow and bark.
Sony’s launch for the highly acclaimed Netflix series “The Crown” was complemented by a plethora of beautiful colours. Held at the St. Ermin’s hotel, the idea was to create a real banquet style scene (fit for a queen!). We dressed 5ft stainless steel candelabras in red and gold with the occasional burnt orange whilst using roses, hydrangeas and clematis. All tables were accompanied by candle light on three levels and in order to give it a more authentic look, we added mixed fruits set in gold bowls with single head flowers spilling over the table. Buckingham Palace would have been very proud.
For the first time ever, we had been given the chance to work with the Natural History Museum – a TBR goal for years. The autumnal theme that NHM had chosen was complemented with yellows, oranges, reds and browns, as well as a lot of roses and winter hydrangeas.
The venue at 2 Temple Place in Embankment was a wedding to remember. The couple wanted a more summery feeling, considering that it was an autumnal wedding, which is why we used blues and whites (a huge craze for 2017 weddings).
Fishmongers Company was also one of our top picks this year. With spring in mind, we had been commissioned to dress an event for HRH Princess Anne, using cherry blossom as the main colour. Creating another banquet style design, this event was dressed with some of the best silver taken from the Company’s vaults.
We are often given the chance to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment. A fantastic opportunity to showcase our creativity to the wider public and to put our stamp on something other than weddings and corporate events etc, and for that, we thank you for choosing TBR Floral Design.
This year has been tremendous. Apart from an increasing clientele, we were chosen to create bespoke settings for video clips, celebrity birthdays AND MUCH MORE.
Some of top picks this year?
A Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack video clip starring Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik. A shoot that took place at the Great Eastern Hotel, for which oranges, deep reds, burgundy, mustard and purples were used. The colour palette stood out with a splash of pure white.
For the Sam Smith single cover, the idea was to create a sort of dying flower display that maintained attractiveness. Therefore, we bought flowers a week and a half before the shoot and hung them upside down to air them.
Here’s Toby in action (talk about true commitment to his craft!)
Ronan Keating’s 40th birthday had a very elegant twist without using too many flowers. Each table was dressed with gold vases of white roses and hydrangeas. Candles were disbursed on different levels and were complemented with tea lights as well as twisted gold willow to create a very crisp look that still kept its masculinity.
Gordon Ramsay and Gino’s banquet was also one of our favourite installations this year. Read all about that by clicking here
If Hogwarts isn’t for hire then there’s always a chance to turn the Natural History Museum into a magical venue for a wedding.
And this couple’s love for Harry Potter, as well as their passion for mesmerising finds birthed the inspiration to hold their wedding at one of London’s most striking locations.
Nearly Headless Nick may not have been floating amongst the guests but they revelled in the chance to get together and celebrate Daisy and Brian’s themed wedding on December 30th in magical elegance.
With the Harry Potter theme in mind, we used yellow, green and splashes of white and blue to create an atmospheric environment that resembled a scene straight out of Hogwarts. Collaborating with the wonderful Golborne Events and with 90 minutes to set up, we installed our handmade, bespoke trees as high displays, with hanging glass globes.
For our low displays we adorned birdcages with candles and self-contained flowers alongside candelabras, willow arches, tremendous plinth displays, lanterns and abundant candle light on the tables.
In addition, we used numerous bark vases and troughs for the top table.
It was an honour working with Golborne Events on this occasion. For a chance to have your dream wedding planned perfectly for you, why not give Golborne Event Planners a go?
We know where we’ll be on December 31st.
The Silver Fleet is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of a firework display on NYE. And this venue, just like its guests, should be dressed to the nines for a special day like this. Which is why we picked the best “outfit” for this floating gem on the Thames and dressed it up just in time.
This year we opted for a more neon theme, using natural elements such as (faux) eucalyptus, ivy and pine.
The rest of the boat was dressed in bespoke handmade wreaths and garlands.
During dinner, guests we’ll enjoy a mouth-watering menu whilst taking in the beauty of an elegant setting. To create a more Christmassy atmosphere, we’ve added white shiny glass vases accompanied by a mixture of willow, eucalyptus and pine.
We finished the look by adding white coloured baubles.
Ambiance and elegance for a memorable New Year’s eve.
Where will you be when the clocks strikes midnight?
At the mesmerising Merchant Taylor’s Hall, Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’ Acampo and Fred Sirieix are putting on a very entertaining show.
On one hand, we have Gordon Ramsay and his Michelin star quick wit versus Gino D’ Acampo’s proud Italian culinary excellence. All the while we have Fred attempting to run this show whilst keeping these two apart. But on the other hand, behind the razzmatazz, we have a delicious reason as to why this is occurring.
Gordon and Gino are giving us a fiery show, complete with delicious Christmas recipes, all to say thank you to the members of the public who almost lost their lives during the recent terror attacks as well as the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Our part? Well, as always, we had to make the setting beautiful.
This banquet style dinner consisted of a feasting table decorated in red and gold pines, cinnamon sticks, lights, roses and berries. To accentuate the image we added a few floating candles in clear vases.
We then dressed fourteen tables with round oasis displays. A mixture or amaryllis berries, cinnamon, roses and golden tealight adorned foliage surrounded the frosted white glass light spheres in the centre of the table.
This year Ritorno Restaurant in Chelsea is giving you a memorable Christmas (and we’re proud to be a part of it).
This elegant Milanese gem situated on King’s Road is the perfect place to enjoy a Christmas meal surrounded by ambiance and luxury.
With a setting like this, the mouth-watering menu is not the only thing that stands out.
We designed a simple and cosy cabin to complement the outdoor area, complete with blankets and cushions. The cabin added a very different vibe, bringing nature and luxury together.
The concept was to bring a Swiss, chalet-like environment to the premises, to create a unique, outdoorsy, dining experience, combining natural elements such as wood and pine, without losing the elegance of the place.
This bespoke installation includes a snug area that’s resting underneath five 15-foot glitter trees bent into an arch, with extra white glitter twigs and real pines.
Throughout the outdoor area, you can find white candle lanterns which add to the whole cosiness of the place.
And even more wonderful at One Great George Street.
When it comes to dressing a unique venue like One Great George Street, one must do justice to its prestigious architecture. To help us come up with the concept for the design, we took into consideration the palatial interior and its awe-inspiring atmosphere.
First impressions matter, therefore we’ve made sure the visitors’ experience is characterised by an atmospheric Christmas feeling, from the moment they set foot in the lobby.
The epicentre of the lobby is a 14ft glitter tree, bathed in green, gold and white colors.
Complementing the pillars surrounding the Christmas tree are four more white glitter painted birch trees.
The library and brasserie were dressed in red and gold colors, with a touch of green and rustic brown, to bring out the majestic ambiance of the rooms.
Of course, the look wouldn’t be complete without an arch at the entrance, consisting of three types of brown willow, gold twisted willow and bespoke handmade lights.
Tis the season again… and we’ve been busier than Santa’s elves (on a deadline).
Another amazing year full of creativity and inspiration. Another year where TBR Floral Design Studio has been given the chance to share its creativity.
A big thank you to everyone.
We have many things in store for you and lots of pictures to feast your eyes upon, so warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and snuggle up with your tablet on the couch. These are some of the best installations of the year.
We had the chance to create a bespoke setting for Armourers & Brasiers’ company (a company older than Joan of Arc!) for a corporate meal.
We created two Christmas trees, delicately decorated in red and gold, to match the colours of its surrounding.
For the Livery Hall, where the meal was going to take place, we opted for a more traditional vibe, which we’ve done by adding oranges, cinnamon and fresh pine as well as handmade garlands. The table centres included oasis rings, cymbidium orchids and tea lights for that subtle warm Christmas glow.
In the drawing room, where the drinks reception was going to take place, we had the chance to decorate the two fireplaces in red and gold, also with oranges and cinnamon as well as cones.
Manicomio & Canto Restaurants
This successful installation at Manicomio was followed by a collaboration with their sister restaurant Canto Carvino.
White twigs with silver glitter to frame the entrance, as well as fresh pines were used to bring out the atmosphere of the place.
For Canto (Duke Street) we used 12 foot glitter trees with white twigs to create an arch, decorated with hundreds of warm glowing lights which could be seen upon entering the restaurants.
6 years working together, 6 different themes.
With the Fishmongers Company this year (as well as for most clients) the desired colors were red and gold.
This year, Fishmongers group opted for two trees in the lobby instead of the usual one. And nothing complements the gone-with-the-wind staircase more than two trees bathed in shimmering colors.
Even one of London’s best hair salon needs a special treatment occasionally.
This year, we covered all of Gielly Green’s railings in pine and used warm glowing lights to accentuate the beautiful façade. A pine garland was hung above the door.
We handmade 2 x 70 inch pine wreaths that were hung above the window; a mixture of copper, champagne gold, deep burgundy, chocolate brown accompanied by champagne glitter garlands and fresh magnolias.
When it comes to dressing Lincoln’s Inn, one must take into consideration the prestige that the interior holds.
This year, we opted for red and gold, and have decorated the old hall walls with 60 foot garlands with just lights. We decorated with real gold glitter fern and red and gold baubles with golden bows.
The Members common room’s (MCR) fireplace was decorated with faux garland, fresh pine and Christmas sticks as well as an 8 foot Christmas real tree draped in shimmering gold and red baubles.