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“I ALWAYS ASSUMED YOU HAD TO MEET WITH A FLORIST IN PERSON”


Photo by Freckled Fox Photography

Photo by Freckled Fox Photography

Someone recently made this statement to me.

It made me pause & ask WHY? I mean, yes, flowers are definitely a sensory experience. The textures, the scents, the beauty…these all lend themselves to meeting in person and experiencing the flowers.

But what if you’re planning an event several months ahead of time? What if I don’t have the flowers you want because they are out of season or are you want a flower that I only order by special request?  Is it really necessary to meet in person to discuss ideas & concepts of something that won’t come to fruition for several months?  

Couples planning a wedding are a special subset of clients. :D :D  In general, my clients come to me knowing they want big & beautiful or simple or classic & elegant but they don't have any idea how much flowers cost. Most of the time, they don’t even have an idea of what the starting point is. My clients know what they like when they see it but have trouble talking about it because they don't have the knowledge to describe it.

Most (many? I'm not really sure of the breakdown here) florists are right-brain artistic types...creative but not always all that organized.   So when you put these 2 types together, you can get a lot of stress and confusion. How do you know if the artistic design I come up with is similar to the one that other florist comes up with when you are starting from scratch and don’t have much knowledge about the field? (Hmmm….I see another blog post that needs writing!)   

 
Right-brain-left-brain

I'm pretty much a 50/50 split on the right-brain/left-brain thing.  I'm artistic & creative AND I like spreadsheets, budgets and technology.   In college I passed Spanish by making and memorizing charts. Non-symmetrical decor was an extremely difficult skill to learn.  I can spend hours tweaking a spreadsheet and feel completely satisfied with my time.  BUT I'm also freakin' awesome at storage-tetris and packing a car for a long trip. AND I can 'see' how floral elements will go together (or not) in my head. In fact, most of my design process actually happens months before I order or receive flowers.   

 

Because of this 50/50 split, I personally use digital tools for almost everything except the actual floral design work. I completely geek out when talking about budgets, spreadsheets & new systems and I’ll keep myself awake trying to design the perfect floral installation. I can talk for hours about how to get flowers to do what you want them to do (Did you know that you use boiling water to extend Dahlia life?) or sit at my computer all day balancing the books down to the penny.

So virtual consultations work for me. Because I can visualize the floral details before designing and because I'm comfortable with technology, I can meet virtually, create a proposal, & make it all come together all without you needing to hold the flowers in your hands.

To answer the question, no, you don’t have to meet your florist in person...But only if the florist can answer your questions, synthesize your ideas, and convey the plan in a way that makes you comfortable. AND only if the florist has examples (photos) of past work that you like and has the experience to make it happen.

After all, it’s not really about how the rose smells today. It’s about finding someone that you can trust to make planning Your Day effortless and who can make Your Day beautiful, fragrant, and most of all YOU!

Photo by Hudson Photography

Photo by Hudson Photography

Throwback Thursday: Things to Consider When Thinking about Your Wedding Flowers: What Can you Order?

***I found recently f ound this post when looking back through the blog.  It seemed like a good time to republish it. So I updated a couple photos & here it is!   :)***

The floral business, like the fashion industry, is about trends, what flowers are in style, what color schemes are trending and what items are popular. However, not all trends are about what is being ordered, but when it is being ordered. While brides used to order their wedding flowers 9 months to over a year in advance, now many brides are contacting us less than 6 months before their wedding. There are many possible reasons for this change but we believe a main reason is how overwhelming planning wedding flowers can be. Between what items are available, the types of flowers, colors, budget and design, there is a lot to consider.

We want to make things a little easier. Many brides are aware of about two items they can order for their wedding: their Bouquet and centerpieces. Let us help with a list of items that are available to order.

 

PERSONAL FLOWERS

BRIDAL BOUQUET- If you know one thing about flowers and weddings, it is the bridal bouquet. Even here there are a few options on different styles

TOSS BOUQUET- Many brides like to preserve or dry their bouquet and keep it. They can’t do this if they throw it into a crowd of unmarried women. For this reason many brides order a toss bouquet. This is usually a small bouquet matching the rest of the wedding flowers.

ATTANDANT/ BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS- The number of these depends on the size of the bridal party.   Depending on the bride, these bouquets can be small versions of the brides, bouquets of a single type of flower, or a combination of only a few flowers featured in the bride’s bouquet.

CORSAGES- They are usually a grouping of 5 to 6 small blooms worn by the Mothers of the bride and groom, Grandmothers and women who help on the wedding day. These can be made to be worn on the wrist or pinned on shoulder.

GROOM’S BOUTONNIERE- This is usually a two or three bloom grouping worn by the groom, unless he is a uniform, then a boutonniere is not worn. Traditionally, the groom gives the bride her bouquet, then the bride plucks one bloom from the bouquet for the groom to wear. In order to keep the bouquet intact, we now create a boutonniere to coordinate with the bride’s bouquet.

OTHER BOUTONNIERES- These are used for Groomsman, the Ring Bearer, Fathers of the Bride and Groom, officiants, ushers and other men helping with the wedding.

HAIR PIECES- Trending right now are the floral crowns/wreaths but can also be hair combs with floral accents. The floral crowns are becoming popular for brides in place of the traditional veil. They are also adorable on flower girls.

FLOWER GIRL BASKET- Choose from loose petals and a basket for your flower girl or a little arrangement in her basket.

 


CEREMONY FLOWERS

AISLE ARRANGEMENTS/POSIES- Line your aisle with small arrangements or posies tied to the chairs.  Small arrangements can sit on the floor/ground along the aisle or hung on Shepard’s hooks.

 LOOSE PETALS- Loose petals can be used to decorate the aisle. Have the flower girl scatter petals or create a patter or even a carpet of petals down the aisle.

ALTAR DÉCOR- Use arrangements, plants, single stem vases or garland to brighten an altar.

ARBOR- A popular trend in outdoor ceremonies is the arbor with curtain drappings and floral tie backs or simple foliage to add a little color and texture.

White wedding arbor

RECEPTION DÉCOR

 

CENTERPIECES- There are an unlimited amount of options from tall to short, classic, lush, modern, etc. Mix it up a little and choose two or three style of coordinating arrangements to scatter throughout your reception.

ErinWilsonPhotgraphy-white organic centerpiece

ENTRYWAY ARRANGEMENT- Make a statement with a dramatic piece as guests walk in to your reception.

CAKE FLOWERS- Add a little something extra to your cake with flowers. We not recommend eating cake flowers unless you specifically order edible flowers.

 

OTHER DÉCOR

 

White grapevine wreath

WREATHS- Perfect for any season, especially for a rustic barn wedding. Hang wreaths on the doors to your ceremony or reception. Add flowers that compliment your wedding décor, monograms and a bow.

white aisle lantern

LANTERNS- Use decorative lanterns to hold trailing arrangements.

FLORAL BACKDROP- The perfect background for pictures or cover an unsightly wall with hanging flowers, like they do in Hollywood.

Nature's Coloring Skills

Pinterst. I love it. I've loved it since is started.  There's no better way to gather all the inspirations together for a wedding.  BUT it does have have some pitfalls.  

One of the biggest issues I run into when working on wedding plans is the expectation of color.  Pinterest shows us photo after photo of beautiful wedding flowers.  Brides pick colors for their wedding and then start matching  flowers to these colors.  The problem is that Nature isn't always a consistent colorist.  

Take the Juliet (or Juliette-I've seen it listed both ways) garden rose. This rose is one of the most popular wedding flowers around.  Here's the photo of the Juliet rose from the David Austin website.  

photo credit: David Austin Roses

Now you might look at these and think that the photography is completely different, or any number of reasons for the difference here.  But take a look at this photo....

juliettes.jpg

I ordered 'Juliette' roses from my supplier.  They had to get flowers in from two different growers.  I received these on the same day.  BOTH are Juliet garden roses.  But look at how different the colors are.  Because of different growing conditions at the different farms, the color can vary quite a bit!  

So when it comes to wedding planning, it's best to remember that Mother Nature is fickle. The same rose (by name) can be very different colors.  Rather than requesting a very specific color AND variety, be a bit flexible in your planning.  Request a specific variety because you love the shape, the fragrance, the color range. But if you want a specific COLOR, request the color and let us research the best option for your event!