John Paul Florist
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Floral designer John Paul has over 20 years of experience & is one of Ireland's premier Florists. Having worked throughout UK & Ireland John Paul is now based in his hometown of Derry ~ Londonderry
Products and Services
Flower Girl Baskets
Physical Shop / Studio
John Paul has a fantastic eye for detail working to an extremely high standard of finish; this has lead to him being commissioned to design pieces for high profile events, royalty, visiting heads of state as well as a host of celebrity clients. John Paul specialises in Wedding and Event flowers, creating beautiful designs to compliment your theme. All of John Paul’s services can be tailored to your individual requirements and budget.
Personal Message from the Manager
Name of Wedding Contact: John Paul or Roy
Please contact us to discuss your wedding flower requirements. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your ideas with us please don't hesitate to get in touch. We can also arrange for a consultation with John Paul in person at the shop or we can provide a rough quotation and ideas via email.
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Married in October 2017
Beautiful wedding flowers
We had the most fab wedding day in October this year. John Paul and his team made life very easy. We received excellent service and the flowers were perfect. Thanks guys!...
Married in October 2017
John Paul and his flower power team a HUGE thank you for the stunning flowers you created for us at our Wedding in Rathmullan House in October. I didn't really know what ...
Samantha & Andrew
Married in January 2017
John-Paul created absolutely stunning flowers for my wedding day! They were perfect and he was a pleasure to work with. They matched in perfectly with the colour theme of...
Julie & Stephen
Married in June 2017
My wedding flowers
Gorgeous flowers! Excellent service! John Paul was a pleasure to work with! The flowers he designed really made the wedding absolutely breathtaking! Would not hesitate to...
Married in May 2017
Our Big Day
My flowers where everything I wanted John Paul got them perfect. He was great to work with nothing was a problem for him. He made the process so easy which was so helpful...
Alison and Fraser
Married in August 2017
I couldn’t recommend John Paul Florist more highly. We organised a low-key wedding and only required a small number of arrangements. Other florists seemed to only cater f...
Location & Contact Details
45F Great James Street, Londonderry, County Londonderry, BT48 7DF, Northern Ireland
Our shop is based in Derry ~ Londonderry city centre on Great James Street. There is both onstreet and pay & display parking in close proximity. For any help finding us call the shop on 02871 370260
Derry ~ Londonderry
Nearest Train Station
Londonderry railway station, Duke Street, BT47 6DH
City of Derry Airport
Press & Awards
Press & Awards (1)
Ulster Bride, The Wedding Journal, Getting Married In Northern Ireland,
Accreditations / Associations (1)
British Floristry Association
Industry Awards (3)
Good Florist Guide 2017
Mrs2Be "Best Wedding Florist" Finalist
Northern Ireland Wedding Award "Florist of the Year" Finalist 2017 & 2018
What is your most memorable wedding?
So many of our Weddings are memorable due to the couples themselves the Wedding locations. Over the years I have had a lot of different requests for wedding flowers. The two that stick most in my mind for being the most memorable & most unique would be a Bride who made paper origami flowers which I mixed with fresh foliage to create her bouquets, buttonholes and table arrangements. This was so personal to her and her Groom and it gave them something completely different. I also had a bride that didn’t want flowers but instead had bouquets made up of fruit and vegetables – she even had corn on the cob for pew-ends. Both these weddings turned out beautifully and were unique, reflecting the individuality of the couples.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
If I only had 5 adjectives to describe my style i'd say: Natural, Seasonal, Relaxed,
What about your business are you most proud of?
That we make people happy! I love seeing couples on the wedding moring so excited about their flowers. Most of our business comes from recommendations from our happy couples :)
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Think seasonal – flowers are at their best when they are in season. They’ll be bigger, stronger and will cost less.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A recent couple had used framed photos of her family past wedding days as pew ends. As you entered the church the pictures were black and white images of great great grandparents and as you walked down the aisle you passed through all their relations weddings at the end of he aisle was there own parents wedding pictures. I thought this was something different and personal.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
The process varies depending of if the couple are based locally or not. We do alot of weddings where the couple are living abroad and coming home to get married so alot is done via online mood-boards, email, phone calls to ensure the couple get the best experience prior to them arriving home. For couples who are more local we always recommend booking their date as soon as possible as we tend to book up around a year in advance and we hate disappointing people. We would then make a consultation about 6 months before your wedding, once you have your dresses and colours picked so you can discuss ideas and styles and makes it easier for us to help guide you and offer ideas on the best flowers and styles to be in-keeping with your wedding. We have 100s of images of our previous wedding bouquets that can be used to help you, we also have images of the different local ceremony and reception venues dressed for different weddings. If you are getting married somewhere we haven't worked in before we are always happy to visit it with you to see where your flowers will work best. Clsoer to your wedding we would have a final appointment with you to ensure all the dtails are correct and add on any last minute changes. We'll also confirm delivery addresses and timings with you so you know when to expect your flowers. On the day of the wedding we will deliver the brides flowers to her location and also the grooms flowers to his. We will then go on to decorate the ceremony & reception venue (depending on size & location this may have been done the previous day and if so we will do a final check on them)
What is the most interesting thing you have put in a bouquet?
We've put all different things in Bridal bouquets as I mentioned above we've had origami flowers & fruit & vegetables. We often get asked to add in pieces of jewelry that are of sentimental value to the Bride or a locate with the image of someone special who has passed away so that they can be with them on their big day. We will always go out of our way to accommodate any request made by our couples.
Is there a flower that has specific symbolism that you would recommend for couples?
Symbolism and meaning differs from person to person so we always try and find out if there are any flowers with personal symbolism to the couple. Favorite flower? Flower groom buys as gift? flower from parent or grandparents garden?
What is the most romantic flower and why?
For me the most romantic flower and my own personal favorite flower is the Rose. It synonymous with love and romance and comes in so many different beautiful varieties.
What should you do with the flowers after the wedding?
The best tip I can give if you’d like to use your bouquets after your wedding day or if you are looking to have them preserved is to put them back into water once you are at your reception venue. Have somebody on hand who can re-cut the bottom of the stems with a pair of scissors and sit each bouquet in a jar filled with water. You can then sit the jars on your top table or on your cake table where they’ll look beautiful and will be on display for all your guests. By doing this you’ll allow the flowers and foliage in the bouquets to get a drink of water which will ensure they keep their best for you so you can have them preserved or take them home to enjoy for a little longer.