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24/02/2017  |  His and Hers Vintage Style for a Va-Voom Wedding!

If you and your partner want to be unique on your wedding day, choose to rock out with vintage fashion. It’s a great way to create eye-catching outfits while revealing your personalities. We’ve invited Shannon Lockwood from Brilliance.com to ensure you’ve got your “something old” covered - but in a totally chic way!


Make His Style Work With Yours

If your dress is vintage, you want your groom to match. Luckily, it’s really easy for your groom to add vintage elements to his look. Here are some must-have vintage items he should have in his wardrobe:

A waistcoat: What’s vintage without a waistcoat? They’re suitable in all seasons: they come in handy when layering during the colder months, while wearing them without a jacket makes them perfect for warmer months. Waistcoats give your groom a gentlemanly feel and he can wear them at both a casual or formal wedding. You could also match his waistcoat to the colour of your dress, such as if it’s in an ivory colour.

Braces. If you want something spirited and casual with personality, then braces are the ticket. In fact, get his entire groom party in braces for extra fun. The best thing about braces is that they can work with a casual or formal wedding, while adding a bit of a twist to tradition.

Pocket Watch: This is an easy way to be more vintage and best of all a pocket watch works with any style of suit your groom is interested in wearing. It just adds a bit of vintage flair to his overall look. Make it link up to your outfit by choosing it in a metal you’re wearing, such as silver if you have silver jewelry.

Make Your Jewelry Match

Another important way in which to connect your vintage style to that of your groom is with jewelry. Matching rings are a great way to do this and there are many different vintage styles to choose from, such as Art deco and Victorian rings. While yours might be more decadent, your groom’s wedding ring can have just one or two of your ring elements to make the perfect vintage statement, such as milgrain detailing or floral engraving. Another good idea is to match the metal of your rings, such as rose gold or yellow gold.


Paint the Perfect Picture

The vintage wedding style is dominated by soft colours. These include ivory and champagne that give your dress a richer tone and aren’t too pure white (which can sometimes be less flattering). Another hot vintage colour that has been gaining popularity is mint. It’s a refreshing and fun colour to add to the mix so bear that in mind for your groom, too.

Make Your Confetti Vintage-Inspired

Before paper confetti was invented, guests would throw flowers, petals, or rice to bestow prosperity and fertility on the newly married couple. Celebrate this time honored tradition by choosing dried petals for your confetti, from Shropshire Petals. We love natural petal confetti, as it is biodegradable, eco-friendly and perfect for using to decorate your venue too!

We’ve loved having a play with the Shropshire Petals Pick & Mix tool, and of course, we had to choose Vintage Daydream to feature in this post!


Choose Fabulous Fabrics!

Some fabrics scream vintage, with tweed and plaid being right up there on the vintage scale for men, while lace reigns supreme when brides want to achieve vintage beauty. Best of all, these can be conventional or casual styles. Your groom can play around with rustic elements, such as by choosing shades of grey and brown; or he can keep things sophisticated with bowties and darker colours. Slip a flower into the pocket of his jacket to match the flowers in your vintage headpiece - or colourful shoes - to create a fun connection.

Get the Shoe Style

Don’t forget about your shoes! This is an important part of both yours and your groom’s vintage style to keep you looking fabulous from head to toe.


For brides, there are a variety of vintage shoe designs, such as peep toes, which are great for bringing a bit of 1950s style to your look. If you want a bit of dazzle, your vintage shoes can be filled with sequins or diamonds, while silky satin shoes convey the ultimate sophistication. If you want a bit of fun, don’t be afraid to wear shoes in a bright colour! This is unexpected and very striking.

For grooms, brogues are a great vintage choice. They convey class and old school charm. Make the colour of the groom’s shoes match his braces, bowtie or tie so that his overall look remains sophisticated.

Wearing vintage on your wedding is a fashionable choice that will never go out of style. Follow the above advice to keep your look in sync with your groom’s for a picture-perfect day.

Shannon Lochwood is a writer who lives in California and enjoys writing about health and lifestyle and weddings. In her free time she loves to help people and in any way she can and enjoy time with her two small daughters.  

Thank you Shannon for this wonderful post.

Love as always, SP x x

16/02/2017  |  SP achieve Highly Commended Status at British Wedding Awards

On Wednesday 15th February Emma and Ashley from the SP petal shed left the rolling hills of Shropshire to travel down to London's The Hurlingham Club for the prestigious British Wedding Awards.

We're proud to announce Shropshire Petals achieved the highly commended status for Best Finishing Touches at the The British Wedding Awards


Thank you for everyone who kindly voted for us, we appreciate all of your continued support! Click here to see all the wonderful winners.

Love as always SP xx 

10/02/2017  |  A Heart for your Home Winner!

Last week as asked you to send in a photo of something you love and tell us why you love it! Our favourite would win one of our soon to be released Heart Wreaths!

We had an amazing response, thank you to everyone for entering! It was tough to pick a winner and so after much debate we're pleased to announce Angie Hoggett you are our winner!


Angie sent in an adorable photo of her pet parrot Meesha helping out in the kitchen with a spot of baking and it melted our hearts! Congratulations to Angie for winning! Your Heart Wreath will be on it's way to you shortly.

We'll be launching our brand new heart wreaths soon, plus make sure keep your eyes peeled for new competitions on our competitions page here.

Love as always SP xx 

7/02/2017  |  February Confetti Mix of the Month

February is the month of love and so our Confetti Mix of the Month is inspired by St. Valentine's Day with a pinch of pink, burgundy and white!



This natural petal confetti mix is made of Raspberry Fool, Burgundy Berry and Daisy Daisy and is ideal for pink or raspberry wedding schemes. All of the petals in this beautiful mix are biodegradable and eco-friendly.



We love this mix with either pink or white Confetti Cones, or even with our Flower Girl Basket, Confetti Pop or Hessian Canvas Bag!




We hope you love our February Confetti Mix of the Month, don't worry if your wedding isn't for a few months and you'd like this mix, you can either order now and select our delayed delivery. Alternatively you can use our online confetti Pick and Mix tool by adding Raspberry Fool, Burgundy Berry and Daisy Daisy together.

Love as always SP xxx

3/02/2017  |  Win a heart for your home


We're just about the release our brand new Heart Wheat Wreaths and to celebrate we're giving one (worth £40) to a lucky winner just in time for St. Valentine's Day!

There are eight colour arrangements to choose from including: Pink, Blue, White, Burgundy, Country Garden, Rose & Lavender, Lavender and plain Wheat. Here's a few below:



As our heart wreaths are made with dried wheat grown right here on the Shropshire Farm and decorated with a range of dried flowers they last much longer than fresh flowers.

You can hang your wreath on your door or in a window to add a little rustic country charm to your home.



HOW TO ENTER: simply upload a photo of something you love in the box below and tell us why you love it!

You could send us a photo of your adorable cat, or even your favourite pair of shoes, it could be anything. Make sure to add your name and email address below so we can let you know you've won!

Competition closes on Friday 10th of February at 9am and the winner will be announced that day!

Prize is UK delivery only. Winners must claim prize within 1 month of competition closing and unfortunately can't be exchanged for cash alternative.
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31/01/2017  |  The wedding planner in a box

We were recently contacted by the wonderful Bride to be Boxes to provide samples of our natural petal confetti for their new and exciting must-have…Bride to be Box.


What are Bride to Be Boxes?

The Bride to Be Box is the exclusive ‘wedding planner in a box’, which has been designed to inspire, assist and indulge you as you prepare for your wedding day. From stationary and lucky sixpences to accessories and confetti, Bride to Be Boxes aim to help plan your special day to help you through everything you need to do before you say “I do”.


What’s inside?

Our Ashley will be taking you through what you will find inside in the videos below, so not to spoil the surprise, you will find, something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!

You will also find a wall planner, which is great for helping you through the planning process, beautiful stationary and samples from key suppliers such as our natural petal confetti.


The big reveal

Take a look at the videos below to watch Ashley opening our very own Bride to Be Box. If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen us post these last week.

If you’re looking for some planning inspiration, grab yourself a Bride to Be Box.  Browse the other products available on their website too, we particularly love their ‘I’m planning my happily ever after’ tote bag.

Happy planning!

Love as always SP x x

25/01/2017  |  On the road this Spring

We love to meet brides to be, from February we'll be out on the road offering free confetti samples, advice and also a cracking competition! This Spring we will be at some of the largest wedding shows across the UK including Cheshire, London, Birmingham and Manchester!

Wedding shows are a great way to look at lots of wedding retailers all under one roof. You could plan your venue, wedding dress, cake, photographer and of course your confetti all in one spot!


We be attending Bride: The Wedding Show at Tatton Park this February, come and see us on stand 405! Use the discount code SP49 to get reduced ticket prices!


We'll also be attending all of the Spring National Wedding Shows across the UK this Spring, click the link below and use the code EXHBS17 to save yourself ££'s!


As with all the wedding shows we'll be attending this Spring, we'll be bringing our confetti packages for you to see in the flesh along with our petals to have a feel and smell too! Plus you get to choose your free confetti sample on the stand to add to your wedding scrap book.


If you'd like to come and see us this Spring at one of the many shows we'll be attending visit our Event page for more specific details here.

We'd love to see you this Spring! Come and say hi

Love as always SP xxx

20/01/2017  |  A wedding in the city

Who doesn’t love to visit the big smoke, there’s so much to see and do, so no wonder couples are choosing London as a theme for their wedding. Why stop with London, if you look on Pinterest, there are so many fabulous city themed weddings that we just had to choose ‘In the city’ as today’s blog topic.

We’re going to explore four iconic cities around the world: London, New York, Paris and Sydney to give you some inspiration when it comes to details and of course confetti!



From red double decker buses and black cab photo booths, to monopoly table plans and tube ticket place settings, London themed weddings are a great excuse to use lots of fun and colour.


The perfect colours for a London wedding have to be the patriotic red, white and blue. We love a mix of Icing Sugar, Midnight Blue, Blue Bird and Lady in Red.


New York

When you think of New York, what’s the first thing that comes into your head? We asked the SP team and we all said “yellow cabs”. Ideal for adding some colour to a NYC themed wedding, yellow cabs have been used for wedding cars, as table place settings, cake decorations and more, so of course, when it comes to your confetti, yellow has to be included.


Team yellow from the yellow cabs with the darkness of the large buildings by mixing Tuxedo with Golden Slumber for an elegant, yet bright confetti mix.



One of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is a perfect theme for a wedding. Add some ‘Ooh la la’ to your big day with Eiffel tower details, large displays of pastel flowers, traditional French patisserie treats and chic table decorations.


Paris themed weddings shout elegance and style featuring pastel and bold dark colours. For a pretty confetti shot, a mix of Vintage Daydream and Wisteria is perfect for creating a subtle yet colourful confetti moment.



Sydney is another city that is full of romance and glamour. With a mixture of stunning buildings and green spaces such as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney is the perfect theme for adding natural touches to a city wedding.


Combine the white of the Sydney Opera House with the green gardens, blue water adding a touch of sunshine with a mix of Icing Sugar, Frosted Blue, Honey’B and Envy.


Head over to our Pinterest Board for more inspiration on how you can style a city wedding.

Love as always SP x x

*All non confetti images are sourced from Pinterest 

17/01/2017  |  Birth Stone and Flower Wedding Ideas

There are so many ways to incorporate particular colours into your wedding, especially when they have special meanings. With so many petal colours available for throwing confetti, table decoration and petal paths, why not match your January wedding with a January birthstone or birth flower?

January's birthstone is Siam a rich dark red stone which symbolises friendship, devotion, trust and loyalty. It is worn to increase vitality and provide guidance. These heart warming qualities fit perfectly for a wedding day too! Moulin Rouge is the ideal confetti match for a Siam stone.


January's flower of the month is a carnation. The formal name for carnation, dianthus, comes from Greek for 'heavenly flower'.


With a history that dates back more than 2,000 years, carnations are rich with symbolism, mythology and even debate. Some scholars suggest the name comes from the word "corone" (flower garlands) or "coronation" because of its use in Greek ceremonial crowns, others propose that it's derived from from the Latin "carnis" (flesh) referring to the flower's original pinkish-hued color or "incarnacyon" (incarnation), referring to the incarnation of God-made flesh. 


Today, carnations can be found in a wide range of colours, and while in general they express love, fascination and distinction, virtually every colour carries a unique and rich association.

White carnations suggest pure love and good luck - our hydrangea petal Daisy Daisy is a good match and perfect for creating a wedding table decoration. Light red carnations symbolise admiration, if you'd like to bring this into your wedding our Romeo and Juliet confetti would be ideal.


Purple carnations imply impulsiveness which would be great to match with our natural delphinium petals Amethyst.


Whichever colours you decide to incorporate into your wedding day, here at Shropshire Petals we have lots of different colour petals to pick and mix online

Love as always SP xx

13/01/2017  |  Burgundy Wedding Decorations

The Shropshire Petals team have been busy working on new dried flower decorations to offer brides in 2017, and we're so pleased to reveal this brand new Burgundy Wheat Collection.

The Burgundy Wheat Range is a perfect match for weddings with a touch of deep red, damson or purple. Inspired by a growing popularity for burgundy wedding themes, this collection is made up of four elements; a set of buttonholes, posy, sheaf and wreath.


The Burgundy Wheat Buttonhole is ideal for matching your colour scheme with your groomsmen. Each groomsman can attached a buttonhole to their suit and voila! You have a beautifully synchronised wedding party.


Each item within the Burgundy collection is made of dried flowers and wheat so they will last long after the wedding!

The Burgundy Posy made a beautiful bridesmaid bouquet or a beautiful decoration to hang on the back of wedding chairs.


As an alternative to your typical bouquet the Burgundy Wheat Sheaf is stunning! Or the sheaf can be used as table centres!



This brand new collection is delicately put together by hand using wheat grown on the Shropshire Petals Farm. It contains dried burgundy rose heads, white larkspur, marjoram, bearded wheat, lambs tail and nigella pod.

Our Burgundy Wheat Wreaths are ideal for hanging around your wedding venue and taking home to hang on your front door or in a window as a gorgeous keepsake.


The Burgundy Posy, Sheaf and Wreath come well presented and tied with a ribbon colour of you choice to add that extra country twist to your wedding. Ribbon colours include raffia, cream, natural weave, grey, pink, blue, yellow, lilac, green, white, gold or silver.

Love as always SP xxx

10/01/2017  |  Colour trends for spring 2017

From all of us at Shropshire Petals, we’d just like to say huge congratulations to all of you who got engaged over the festive period – now its time to start thinking about your wedding theme. Each year, Pantone release their colour of the year together with other top colours for each season.

Today, we’re talking colours for spring 2017 and how to match your confetti to the top 10 colours.


(Image source: fabmood.com)

1. Greenery

Natural and simple, Greenery is the colour for 2017. Ideal for natural, rustic and outdoor weddings. Combine it with brights, pastels and earthy tones for a pretty wedding colour scheme. 

As green and blue colours look fantastic together, a mix of different blues and ivory in smaller petals and green hydrangea petals are perfect for a bold contrast.

Our favourite mix for a Greenery wedding theme is Icing Sugar, Blue Bird, Frosted Blue and Envy.


2. Niagara

Comfortable and dependable, this colour is inspired by Niagara Waterfalls. Mix with pastel colours for a soft colour scheme.

Our favourite mix for a Niagara colour scheme is Frosted Blue, Candy Floss and Duck Egg.


3. Primrose Yellow

Warm and joyful, Primrose Yellow is a fun, bright colour that will be really popular this spring. Make the yellow really stand out on your wedding day by mixing it with ivory and Greenery. You can choose details in all three colours and mix & match for a pretty springtime feel.

For your confetti, make the colours pop by choosing ivory as a base and adding yellow and green.

Our favourite mix for a Primrose Yellow theme is: Icing Sugar, Golden Slumber and Envy.


4. Lapis Blue

Bold and confident, this vibrant colour will be seen throughout 2017. Perfect for blue colour schemes as it looks stunning when combining with other blue tones.

Our favourite mix for a Lapis Blue colour scheme is Frosted Blue, Icing Sugar, Blue Bloom, Duck Egg and Blue Bird.


5. Flame

Fun and flamboyant, Flame is perfect to use for contrasting with other tropical colours such as Pink Yarrow. Choose confetti to really make a colour splash on your photos.

Our favourite mix for a Flame wedding theme is Ginger Snap, Raspberry Fool and Clementine.

Why not use the same confetti mix to add some extra detailing to your reception tables by sprinkling some on crisp white tablecloths for a bold colour pop!


6. Island Paradise

The name lends to itself, the colour of water in paradise. This colour works perfectly with other tropical bright colours such as Flame, Greenery and Pink Yarrow. Spring 2017 is going to see a lot of tropical themed weddings, making Island Paradise the perfect choice for a colour scheme.

Our favourite mix for an Island Paradise theme is Duck Egg, Icing Sugar and Golden Slumber.


7. Pale Dogwood

Romantic and feminine, this soft pink colour looks stunning on its own or combined with bright colours. For a more subtle wedding colour theme, mix Pale Dogwood with some ivory and add in a few brighter details to your wedding day.

Our favourite mix for a Pale Dogwood theme is Pink Lemonade.


8. Pink Yarrow

Tantalising and festive, Pink Yarrow is perfect for festival themed weddings this spring. You can really have some fun with this colour by teaming it with other bright colours or different pink tones. We love a bold confetti moment; so choosing a bright block colour looks fantastic.

Our favourite mix for a Pink Yarrow theme is Cherry Blossom.


9. Kale

Fresh and floral, Kale is perfect for spring weddings as foliage in floral arrangements tend to be this colour. Mix it with one or two bolder colours such as Primrose Yellow and Flame, or keep it simple by complimenting it with Pale Dogwood. For your confetti, we recommend contrasting this colour scheme with a simple ivory look to make the Kale hues in your bouquet stand out.

Our favourite mix for a Kale theme is Icing Sugar.


10. Hazelnut

Earthy and neutral, this colour is a classic with contemporary elements. Combine this pretty colour with other neutral colours such as ivory and add in a touch of vibrancy for a chic look.

Our favourite mix for a Hazelnut theme is Cherry Blossom, Icing Sugar and Promise.


Use the Pick & Mix tool to create any of the mixes above or something totally unique for your wedding day. For more confetti inspiration and ideas, visit our field of ideas.

Love as always SP x x

3/01/2017  |  Winter Confetti Mix of the Month

Congratulations to everyone who got engaged during the Christmas and New Year season.

In the spirit of January, when everything is a little frozen outside we're proud to reveal January's Confetti Mix of the Month. This petal combination is perfect for blue themed weddings with a wintry twist.


This confetti mix is created using only biodegradable flower petals, all natural and eco-friendly. January's mix is a combination of smaller and larger petals which looks beautiful when thrown over the newly married couple.

The delicate smaller petals in this blue mix are delphinium petals Icing Sugar, and Frosted Blue along with cornflower petals Blue Bird. The larger petals are hydrangea petals Duckegg Blue and delphinium heads Blue Bloom.



January's Confetti Mix of the Month looks beautiful with either white, blue or navy confetti cones. Alternatively you are able to mix other confetti cone colours to match your colour scheme.





We hope you love this January Confetti Mix of the Month, if you'd like to use this mix for your summer wedding, why not order now and select our delayed delivery, where we deliver your confetti three weeks before your big day.

Love as always SP xx

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