#8 – Heike le Cordeur – Floral Designs at Your Wedding

Heike le Cordeur (@fleurlecordeur) is South Africa’s Floral Fairy Godmother. She tells us about her love for all things floral, her approach to Floral Designs at Your Wedding, her over-the-top installations that she is so well known for and so much more. Heike reveals how she has built her company Fleur le Cordeur up as one of the most revered floral design firms in South Africa, how important sustainability is to her and her business, and how branching out and diversifying her is keeping her busy and creative. (We just love the chatter of the birds in the background of her studio in Paarl!)

Floral Designs topics discussed:

  • Her range of bespoke floral fabrics
  • How she got into floral design
  • The process and logistics of setting up the elaborate designs she is so known for
  • Juggling a successful business with raising children
  • What they do during the quiet season
  • The difference between a floral designer and a florist
  • How she approaches the design process
  • Keeping flowers in the best condition
  • Cost-cutting tips
  • Which flowers are suitable for summer and which to avoid
  • Costing
  • Advice to aspiring floral designers

Floral Designs for Weddings

Weekly discovery

Las Paletas is the newest offering to the wedding market, offering handmade artisan dairy and sorbet lollies. They use only seasonal fruits, herbs to luxurious ingredients like Belgian Chocolate and Salted Caramel. These lollies are 100% natural, preservative-free, colourant-free – perfect for your guests in the summer heat. You can personalise the lolly stick to include your names, the date or even your wedding logo! They also rent their Blue & White striped Retro lolly chest to keep the lollies frozen – adding a fun touch to your wedding!

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Next Week’s Episode:  

Carla Thomson (@secretdiarystationery) – Stationery Star and Creative Darling talks to us about all things stationery – from invitations, save the dates, table numbers and even decor. We chat about trends, new ways to present your stationery and cost-saving tips to help you stay on track with your budget.

Guests in upcoming episodes of the Pink Book Wedding Podcast:

If you have any questions on today’s podcast or you want to ask Heike le Cordeur a specific question, please leave them in the comments section of the blog and we’ll be glad to help and find some answers, even discussing them in upcoming podcasts.


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