Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Eight weeks to go till the wedding meant it was time for my family bridal shower! I wanted a get together with all the women in my life who have been there since the very beginning. I'm incredibly lucky to be so close to my mum and sister, we speak almost daily even if it's just a quick message. I also have two wonderful aunties who I wanted to celebrate this special occasion with. We set a weekend aside and got to planning!
We're all pretty crafty and will try our hands at most things, and I've made no secret of my love for all things floral! So when choosing what we should get up to for the day, flower school seemed an obvious choice.
I came across Rose Cottage Floristy and Flower School online when searching for appropriate locations for our class close to my mum's house. Susan runs workshops from her beautiful home near Melton Mowbray. She has a gorgeous space at the back of the house dedicated to running her classes from, and even provides some of the greenery from her own garden. I was able to choose exactly what we wanted to get out of the class and tailor it to our requirements. Susan let me pick the colour schemes for the flowers and also offered to put on a fantastic homemade afternoon tea for us as well.
I thought that creating our own summer floral wreaths that we could display on our front doors when finished was a little more original than making a traditional floral arrangement. I've always wanted to make my own wreaths at Christmas too, so hopefully I can put this new skill to use in the holiday season.
After settling in with a round of tea and coffees, we set to work choosing our flowers from the range Susan had provided us with. We all went for slightly different combinations, allowing us to each create a unique wreath.
First we started with our foliage, covering the Oasis backing and creating a bed for the flowers to come. Susan showed us how to cut and place each stem, making sure they were secure.
We all went almost silent with concentration, it was very soothing!
After we'd filled our wreaths with greenery it was time for a break and afternoon tea!
The spread Susan put out for us could have fed us twice over. The homemade scones and jam were a real highlight. We sipped on bubbles and chatted about my upcoming nuptials.
Kit came in for a chat and a cuddle too.
After we were full to the brim we set to work on adding our flowers. It was so lovely to see how differently each of our wreaths turned out - showing off each of our personalities!
If you're looking for a slightly different activity for a bridal shower or hen do (or even just a girls day out) I would absolutely recommend booking a class at Rose Cottage. We had such a good time, and Susan is so accommodating and helpful.
My wreath is now hanging proudly on my front door in the summer sunshine.
Not long now till my main hen do with all my girlfriends - three weeks to go and I can't wait!