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The Cotswold Tailor

We are thrilled to be able to recommend the award winning tailor, The Cotswold Tailor. They perfectly take traditional British cloths and tailors them with a contemporary twist. This results in unique, elegant designs, that stand out from the usual mass produced clothing on the high street. Please read below to find out more …..

The Cotswold Tailor has been hand crafting bespoke suits for almost 10 years. Even in this relatively short time, wedding suit trends have changed dramatically. When we first started, the wedding hire market was awash with, grey frock coats, swirly satin paisley waistcoats, and wide fitting pleated trousers. And if that wasn’t enough the outfits were finished with rather nasty polyester cravats. Thankfully times have moved on since then. Over the last 5 years we have seen a surge in demand for Barn and country venue weddings. In the Cotswold’s, where our two shops are located, this trend is even more prevalent. The increase in demand for more natural, vintage weddings has been felt across all segments of the wedding market. From a shift towards, lifestyle/storyboard type photographers, to florists using seasonal UK grown flowers. This move really has, enabled the creative juices to run wild. The precise and sometimes precious boundaries that once seemed to govern weddings, have all but gone. Replaced by the desire for creativity, bespoke designs and originality.

As a result of these changes, wedding suit styles have also evolved. The Cotswold Tailor is one of the largest stockists of tweed wedding hire in the country. As grooms look for a more relaxed, natural/vintage look, the popularity of tweed has increased dramatically. This has concurrently led to several other trends, we see today in men’s hire-wear.

* Chinos – as some brides/grooms opt for a more relaxed look, they are deciding to pair the tweed waistcoats/jackets with a pair of chinos rather than matching tweed trousers.

* To Tie Or Not To Tie – Cravats are long gone thankfully, and in its place there has been a huge increase in demand for bow ties. Although not to everybody’s taste, if you have the ‘right look’, a bow tie can look great. Perfect for gents with facial hair, looking for a more vintage ‘GQ’ look. Why not look at the liberty range, these are very on trend at the minute.

* Tailored Fitting Trousers – In the last two years, skinny fit jeans with built in elastane have become incredibly popular. As a result more and more grooms are looking for a tighter fitting trouser. As the majority of hire-wear customers cross hire their suits in, grooms are left with a wider fitting trouser that they are not happy with. Instead of just ‘making do’ why not opt for a hire-wear company that is able to offer an alteration service of their stock, ensuring the exact fit you desire.

* To Buy Or Not To Buy – Many grooms like the idea of both being able to personalise their wedding suit, and having a wedding suit that fits them perfectly. Our bespoke tailoring service and alterations service ensures just that. Because all of our wedding hire is unique to us, we even offer both a purchase option and a hire option within the same ranges.

Looks to the future ….

It’s difficult to say with complete certainty, wedding suit hire trends are a reflection of what else is going on in the market. However, we are starting to see an increase in demand for more formal wedding attire once more. As such it wouldn’t surprise me if in a 2-3 years’ time, morning suits and traditional waistcoats are once again ‘back in vogue’.

One philosophy we have tried to follow when creating our hire wear range, is to tailor suits which offer timeless elegance. Our navy suits are dark enough they don’t look faddish and our morning suits are a tailored cut, not a slim or traditional cut. As such by using the best 100% woollen fabrics, pairing them with an elegant cut and offering a comprehensive alterations service, we ensure our grooms won’t look back at their wedding photos in years to come with regret.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s the perfect opportunity for you to tell your loved ones just how much they mean to you!
We have beautiful bouquets to choose from and if Red Roses aren’t your thing, no problem, shake it up with a gorgeous spring bouquet.

Check out our shop for details.  

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The Cotswold Posy Patch

The Cotswold Flower House is thrilled to be working with a fantastic local grower, The Cotswold Posy Patch. We’re excited for Spring and the first crop of beautiful seasonal flowers. For more information about Liz and her story see below or visit her website Cotswold Posy Patch:

Hi I’m Liz and I run The Cotswold Posy Patch. I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you and tell you a bit about my small cut-flower growing business. I’m based at Primrose Vale Farm Shop, nestled in the heart of the of the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside and love being a part of the community there.

I started the business in 2015 at the same time as I was volunteering for a local charity, doing gardening with people with disabilities. Whilst at the charity, I started growing cut flowers with the students there and loved seeing the enjoyment they got out of it and the generosity they showed in sharing their flowers and the arrangements they made with other people. The experience inspired me to pursue my dream of developing my own “flower farm” and so The Cotswold Posy Patch was born. For the first couple of years I grew flowers in my garden, even convincing my husband to dig up the lawn to make way for more flower beds but still I ran out of space.

In 2017 a friend suggested I get in touch with Primrose Vale to see if they had any land I could rent and in October, I took on the management of a patch of land there. I had the ground prepared and a large commercial polytunnel installed, giving the perfect blank canvas on which to create a flower plot. With some invaluable help from friends and family, the first phase of the plot was complete and the tunnel was fully planted up but Christmas. Despite battling the snow, rain, mud, sun, no rain and inside temperatures of over 40 degrees, we have had an amazing first year on the farm. The highlight of the year, and a dream come true, was undoubtedly having the opportunity to send some of my flowers to be part of ‘Flowers from the Farm’s’ Gold Medal winning exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Flowers are my passion and I love nothing more than poring over the seed catalogues sniffing out unusual varieties of cut flowers to grow. Many of my varieties are not widely available from high street florists and supermarkets. There are so many reasons for choosing British-grown flowers: many are scented, something which is bred out of many imported varieties, more delicate varieties are available, they are cut to order so are super fresh, their are no air miles associated with them and they have great nostalgia value. In short, British flower have captured my heart because they reflect the ever changing beauty of an English country garden though the seasons and connect me to the natural world around me.

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The Wedding Secret

The Wedding Secret is an online resource and community which connects prospective brides and grooms with specialist wedding businesses in their local area. The Cotswold Flower House is happy to be advertising with them – Please check out their website for details.

The Wedding Secret helps brides and grooms to find wedding-related businesses in a specific local area. They currently provide a range of wedding industry specialists in areas of the South West such as Bath, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire and across to the East including Essex, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Hertfordshire.