Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Your Flowers at Home

There are a lot of weird and wonderful theories out there on how to keep your flowers looking fresh for longer — from spraying them with hairspray to adding sugar, aspirin and even coins to water, everyone has their own peculiar method, and here at McQueens HQ, we’re no exception. While we wouldn’t recommend using hair care […]

The Pros and Cons of Tossing The Bouquet

When it comes to the question of whether or not to toss the wedding bouquet, it will come as no surprise that many florists will stand firmly on the side of ‘please, no’. The mere thought of hours of painstaking work being flung with abandon into the air, causing a scrum of lovelorn ladies, can […]

Ask McQueens: How Do I Get the Most out of My Work Experience?

Answering today’s question is senior McQueens florist, John Minet, whose masterful creations may well have spotted more than once on the McQueens Instagram account. Not only is he a dab hand at creating some of the most fabulous (and giant) bouquets you’ve ever seen, John also heads up our work experience program — a further learning opportunity […]

Ask McQueens: Which is Best, Floristry College or Short Course?

Answering today’s Ask McQueens query is Selina Kerley, junior florist and social media assistant at McQueens. Having changed course after a 5-year career in SEO and marketing, Selina is just the person to ask about the best options available if you’re looking to re-train and fulfil your dream of becoming a florist! Dear McQueens, I’m […]

Ask McQueens: How Can I Change Career to Floristry?

Changing career rarely comes without its risks, and that includes a move into the world of floristry. For many, the dream of pretty flowers and Pinterest-perfect wedding displays swiftly melts away with the reality of early mornings, irregular starts, and grubby fingernails! If you have however, decided that it’s the career for you then read […]

Ask McQueens: I Love Colourful Flowers but My Fiancée Wants a ‘Neutral’ Look – Help!

Anyone who’s decorated with a significant other will recognise the perils of choosing a colour scheme with their partner, you never fully appreciate how many colour combinations there are in the world until you’ve compared several hundred swatches on a wall and, more often than not, exercised a little bit of compromise before picking the perfect […]

Ask McQueens: How Can I Convince My Dad Floristry Isn’t ‘Just for Girls’?

Like most industries, the world of floristry isn’t exempt from a stereotype or two. We’re fortunate at McQueens to have an almost 50/50 balance of guys and gals, and there are a great many chaps out there who are known for their floral prowess. However, the idea that flowers should be left to the girls can still be […]

Ask McQueens: What Flowers to Give Someone with Hayfever?

Today’s question comes from a reader facing a conundrum common to many of us during the warmer months –  hay fever. Although not affected himself, Richard’s wife of almost a decade regularly suffers from sneezing fits in the presence of flowers. Fortunately, with over 15 years experience, senior florist and McQueens shop manager, Andrea Bassoli, is just the […]

Ask McQueens: Will Lily of the Valley Last in a Wedding Bouquet?

Lily of the valley is a remarkable flower and a much-requested inclusion in bridal bouquets. The fragrance and delicate nature of this flower makes it a perfect choice but, as one reader learned, it comes with some very careful care instructions. To answer today’s question we selected the rather knowledgeable senior florist of 25 years, McQueens social media […]

Ask McQueens: What Are the Best Wedding Flowers to Use Abroad?

Today we’re introducing our new feature Ask McQueens where you can shower us with all your floral questions and we’ll do our best to come up with the answers! We kick off with one of the most popular topics within the floral world, weddings. One of our lovely readers has written in with a question about her […]