The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company is 25 years old! The Hudson family has been farming over 250 years, so in those terms we are still fledgling. But we are very proud of what we have achieved in our quarter century.
You can read our story about how The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company came to be on our ABOUT US page. And listen to Charles talking about his ideas and motivations in this beautiful short film shot in 2019.
Looking back at the milestones we have achieved in 25 years as the UK’s original confetti flower farm, there are two highlights that stand –
Supplying confetti for a Royal Wedding!
We were thrilled to provide our homegrown delphinium confetti petals to Princes William and Harry. They threw the petals over their father when he married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Welcoming so many of you to visit our beautiful confetti field!
Opening our flower field up to the public was an unexpected development for us. But it is such a thrill to see the joy it brings to so many people. We are so happy we can share the unique spectacle of our enormous flower field; the colour, the space, the sights and sounds of the countryside. It is a great tonic to the fast paced busy lives many of us now lead. We are so proud to be able to offer flower field escapism.
Plenty has changed here at Wyke Manor in 25 years. We began The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company selling petals by mail order out of one of the attic bedrooms. As online shopping developed, we were able to reach more couples and expand into a dedicated packing room. However, the picking, drying, storage techniques and the way we mix and measure petals remains exactly the same! And the most popular petals are still our lovely Rainbow Delphinium Mix!
It’s now a different world
We think perhaps the biggest change we have experienced over our quarter century of growing our real flower petal confetti is the shift in our customer’s priorities. When we first launched our natural wedding confetti, we were blazing a trail. That is to say, we had to sell the idea of flower petals as more desirable confetti because they naturally biodegrade. Venues had started to ban confetti because of the mess it made, leaving paper or plastic all over the grounds. Marrying couples didn’t supply confetti, it was something guests bought with them. Little thought was given to the environmental cost. These days eco-friendliness is on everyone’s mind. Our customers actively seek out our petals because they are natural and biodegradable. It has been wonderful to witness the revolution!
Charles had a ‘eureka’ moment, 25 years ago. It has resulted in tens of thousands of couples taking their first steps into married life under a flutter of real flower petals. He has saved so much waste! But, most importantly, he has helped create so many confetti moments, memories and happiness. Small, simple, changes can really help sustain our magnificent planet. We are extremely proud to have championed this ideology and that this philosophy has now become mainstream.
We’d love to hear from you if you have any real flower petal stories from our early years! Did you use our petals back in the 90s? If you have photos or stories you’d like to share, please email email@example.com
It is wonderful to have been in business long enough to now be working with the next generation of peoples’ families. Long may the petals keep falling!
Here’s to the next 25 years! With love from The Petal People xxx
A trip down memory lane…
What do you remember about 1997?
The newest members of our team, Penny and Toby, weren’t even born in 1997! What do you recall…?
Major events in 1997:
Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule. Britain had governed over it since 1841.
Diana Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris.
Tony Blair became UK Prime Minister. New Labour won the general election with a landslide victory.
The USA gave Bill Clinton a second term in presidential office.
Roman Catholic nun and missionary, Mother Teresa, died in Calcutta, aged 87.
Dolly the sheep is the world’s first cloned mammal.
Scotland and Wales voted to devolve some powers from Westminster. This resulted in the creation of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh National Assembly.
Torrential rains flooded many rivers in Europe. This caused mass destruction to towns and villages in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Pop culture 1997:
Channel 5 launched on air as the UK’s fifth terrestrial TV channel.
Woolworths closed its remaining stores after more than 100 years of trading.
21-year-old Tiger Woods became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters.
Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear during a boxing match.
Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis won Wimbledon.
Manchester United won the Premiere League. Their team included Eric Cantona and David Beckham.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred in the blockbuster ‘Titanic’. Furthermore, Celine Dion’s theme tune, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, became the second best-selling single by a female artist in history.
The UK won the Eurovision Song Contest with Katrina and the Waves!
Actors Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker got married, as did Will Smith and Jada Pinkett, and ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ was a hit movie.
‘The English Patient’ won the Oscar for best picture.
The first book in J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter series – ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ – was published.
Beanie Babies were the must-have toys.
The Queen knighted Beatle Paul McCartney.
The Spice Girls were the biggest band on the planet and their second album, ‘Spiceworld’, set a record for the fastest-selling album of all time when it shipped seven million copies in just two weeks.
Other big pop songs of the year included ‘How Do I Live’ by LeAnn Rimes, Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’, ‘Torn’ by Natalie Imbruglia, Hanson’s ‘MMMbop’ and ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams.
Radiohead released ‘OK Computer’, widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and the animated series, ‘South Park’, were new TV hits. As was the children’s TV programme – ‘Teletubbies’. Eh oh!
George Clooney was the star of ‘ER’ and voted People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
Ellen DeGeneres publicly came out.
Google.com was first registered as a domain name.
DVD players and digital cameras appeared in the marketplace for the first time.
For the first time ever, a computer beat a man, in fact World Champion, Garry Kasparov, in a game of chess.