Florescence - Elise Ciampaglia

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COVID-19 Update
Hi there! We're still happily doing consultations over the phone during the lockdown so please don't don't stop planning your big day! Also, please note that as all the postponing clients are re-booking their wedding dates, availability is limited and we're getting booked up fast so get in touch ASAP to avoid disappointment. We look forward to hearing from you! Hooray!
Award winning freelance florist, specialising in weddings. Passion for our craft and determination for excellence in everything we do drives us! We'd LOVE to prepare your flowers for you!
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£500
Details

Products and Services

Aisle Decorations
Bouquets
Buttonholes
Centrepieces
Corsages
Delivery
Flower Confetti
Flower Crowns
Flower Girl Baskets
Fresh Flowers
Last-Minute Orders
Physical Shop / Studio
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Set-Up
Vases
Wedding Arches
Full Description
As an award winning freelance florist, specialising in weddings, Florescence offers premium quality in every aspect - from the flowers and foliage we use, our exceptional level of customer service and our close attention to our clients' needs. Through our comprehensive consultation process, we learn what's important to each couple (because we're all different!), and understand their emotions (not to mention money, time and effort) they're putting into their big day, and therefore, how we can best help them. For some clients, having flowers simply ticks a wedding box and they're not that bothered by them. But for others, they're the most important thing and where they want to spend the most money. Each is of equal importance to us! It is paramount to us at Florescence that we really listen to our clients and get to know and understand them - because if we don't get to know them, how can we possibly design for them? Through our consultation process, we gain a thorough understanding of our clients' requirements and as a result, are able to design stunning bespoke arrangements that are immensely personal to each and every client - even those who didn't think the flowers were important. It is our belief that everyone deserves stunning wedding flowers, whatever their budget. We cater for weddings from £500-£5000+ and always strive to meet our clients' budgets, always finding solutions to enhance designs but not the fee.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Elise Ciampaglia
Hello! I'm Elise; Designer, Florist and Proprietor of Florescence. I started Florescence a decade ago and I love it! We make people happy for a living (& haven't got it wrong, ever!) so I'd absolutely LOVE to hear from you and to prepare your wedding flowers. Please get in touch!

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2009
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
Yes
No. of People In Team
3
Reviews
(87)
Harriet and John Lawry
Married in August 2019
May 2020
Just perfect!
Elise and her team produced the most beautiful wedding flowers for us. From our initial meeting at a wedding fayre Elise’s passion and enthusiasm shone through. Every time I spoke to her I got more and more excited about our flowers. Our consultation was arranged quickly (at a busy time of the year and only 6 months before our wedding) and efficiently. When Elise arrived for the consolation she was full of ideas and listed carefully to ours. She offered suggestions sparked by our ideas and could show us pictures of the flowers we were discussing in her little book. It was a joy to hear her talk about previous weddings and the detail she shared about them showed the care and individuality that she took over each wedding. Elise kept to our budget as closely as she could whilst meeting our requirements (which included quite a few bridesmaids!) Our estimate came really quickly, I think she called only a few days after the consultation, and was beautifully presented, even tied with a ribbon! This was so detailed, noting names and sizes for every bouquet, button hole and corsage. I also loved the addition of the meaning and symbolism of each of the flowers we included. Throughout the process Elise kept us updated and made us feel really important. She would always ask after other wedding plans and was genuinely excited for our wedding! She was flexible with times she could dress our venue and liaised directly with our cake lady as flowers were to decorate our cake too. On the morning of the wedding Elise kept me updated by text about her time at the venue and when she would arrive with the other flowers. When these arrived they were just perfect! Everything I had hoped they would be and smelt so wonderful! Each bouquet and button hole was named and made proportional to the size of the person, with a range from 2 – adult this was quite an achievement! We just loved our wedding flowers and they lasted so well afterwards. I can not recommend Florescence highly enough!
Victoria Town (nee Handley)
Married in May 2019
April 2020
Brilliant Service from start to finish
Elise provides a truly top-class service all the way from the planning until the wedding day. At the very first meeting, Elise spent so much time going through so many options and details to make sure the flowers were absolutely perfect. You are able to completely trust Elise, she has her vision of how all the separate flowers/foliage will come together and I was not disappointed in the slightest when your day comes around after months of planning. When I saw the flowers, all assembled on the wedding day, they just blew me away and were absolutely perfect. Throughout the whole process her communication was brilliant where she definitely puts you in ease and I didn’t have to worry about the flowers at all as they were in a wonderful safe pair of hands. I would highly recommend Elise to any who requires her services, she brought so much joy throughout the planning and on the day itself. Thank you Elise! x
Anna Penfold
Married in December 2018
January 2019
Absolute beautiful
I contacted Elise in August, a little panicked that our wedding was in December and I hadn’t organised flowers. Elise was amazing from start to finish, she spent hours with me understanding what I liked and what I didn’t like which meant the outcome on the day.... was absolutely perfect and our flowers looked beautiful. Elise took one of the wedding stresses away from me which was priceless. Her creativity was effortless, and she was excited to help me capture the look and feel that I wanted to create but didn’t know how to. Thank you so much, I was over the moon 💐 Anna 💐
Dawn and Alexis
Married in December 2018
December 2018
Simply Wonderful Day
Elise was amazing from beginning to end. My floral arrangements were simply stunning. Perfect service and just purely easy to work with her. Just Amazing!!!!
Frances
Married in November 2018
November 2018
Passionate and Enthusiastic
Elise spent a lot of time going through everything with me when choosing my wedding flowers in May. She came up with lovely new ideas I would never have even thought about! Elise is so passionate and enthusiastic about what she does, it gave me so much confidence trusting her to do a good job on my wedding day a few weeks ago!
Phoebe Thomson
Married in November 2018
November 2018
Just amazing 😁
I First met with Elise for a consultation which was very good,she gave me a good understanding about flowers which made it easy to work through what I wanted.Then I had to leave it to her to do her thing,and my god she really does know what she is doing, From colours to textures you can trust her. I was so pleased with them they were so beautiful. Thanks Elise for your passion and hard work.
Location & Contact Details

Address

Aldershot, Hampshire, England

Travel Notes

We're freelance so don't have a shop for you to visit. If you would like a consultation, we usually go to our clients' homes if it's local. Or we can meet elsewhere or have a telephone consultation.

Nearest Town

Aldershot

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M3

Nearest Train Station

Aldershot

Nearest Airport

Heathrow

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Press & Awards
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Press & Awards (1)

Surrey Advertisier

Industry Awards (9)

WINNER - Best Customer Service in the 2014 New Enterprise Allowance Awards
HIGHLY COMMENDED - Most Improved Business in the 2014 NEA Awards
REGIONAL FINALIST - Best Wedding Florist in the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards
REGIONAL FINALIST - Best Wedding Florist in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards
REGIONAL FINALIST - Best Wedding Florist in the 2017 Wedding Industry Awards
FINALIST - Sole Trader of the Year in the 2016 British Small Business Awards
GOLD BADGE OF EXCELLENCE in the 2018 Bridebook Awards
PLATINUM BADGE OF EXCELLENCE in the 2019 Bridebook Awards
FINALIST in the 2019 IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

The very first one I did when I started my business. It was huge and I prepared the flowers in the kitchen of the shared house in which I was living! (Things are very different now!) The brief was 'vintage, abundant, sumptuous and romantic'. We used a blend of pink, ivory and peach roses, including old English garden roses, among lots of other textures like snow berries, thistles and lisianthus. So pretty! The end result was so beautiful and the whole thing was the start of everything for me and my business!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Eclectic Flexible Contemporary Stylish Client focused

What about your business are you most proud of?

The reviews! My clients have been over the moon with their flowers and the reviews I receive are so positive and give me such a boost. Doing the best for my clients really does drive me as this success is absolutely addictive!

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Regarding your flowers, don't make any decisions to start with. Just gather some images that catch your eye of bouquets and flowers. Then I will discuss these with you and in the consultation, I will design something personally for you and not just copy someone else's bouquet.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

The personalised labels I attach to all bouquets. It gets a great response from my clients and is a really lovely personal touch.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

From initial contact, I will respond within 24 hours (usually a lot less!) and explain the process to clients, advising them on where to begin with setting their budget and how to start thinking about choosing wedding flowers. I will book them in for a thorough consultation (via telephone for smaller budgets or face to face). The consultation usually takes between 1-3 hours. Then I will then produce an estimate to meet my clients' budget. Once they're happy with everything, a deposit of 20% is payable and the balance is due 2 weeks before the big day. On the day, I will set everything up at the venue and deliver flowers the the couple around 2 hours before the ceremony.

What is the most interesting thing you have put in a bouquet?

Fruits, like grapes. Or succulents. Or I recently did a gothic wedding where we used a lot of black foliage! I'm always open to ideas to create interesting and original arrangements.

Is there a flower that has specific symbolism that you would recommend for couples?

I include the symbolism of all of my clients' choices in their estimate. There are thousands of varieties and meanings, so it's hard to narrow it down!

What is the most romantic flower and why?

Roses are definitely the most popular and many colours symbolise love.

What should you do with the flowers after the wedding?

It's completely up to you! You can preserve them, or give them as gifts.