Bouquets, flowers for the men, flowers for the maid, table centerpieces; low & behold, you remember the ceremony location. So much to pay for & think about!
If you've met with me, you know I tend to be on the frugal side. I don't like spending money on details that won't get noticed or be remembered. Ceremony location flowers - should you spend money on them or no? Here's my thought; many of the ceremony locations we see are either grand churches or wide open outdoor spaces. Talk about trying to compete with the size of the room - Yikes!!
I like to address the overall scale of the space. Is it huge? If so, that means the flowers needs need to be big in order to look correct. I often use an analogy; it's like putting a tiny couch in a huge living room. It's the same idea - a tiny floral display on a huge altar looks silly. The next thing to consider is the color & brightness of the space. Is it dark in the space? Then the flowers need to be light & bright so they can be seen. Is the room mostly white? Then white flowers won't show up. Is it outdoors with lots of green grass & trees? Then certainly you need to pop it out with more color & less foliage.
Lastly, moving on to cost & is it worth it. I think it's nice to decorate the ceremony space with flowers either on the altar or down the aisle but it's not necessary. Are you feeling stressed over your overall wedding costs? Then skip the flowers. Can't imagine your wedding ceremony not including flowers? Then make room in your overall wedding budget for them. The truth is that you don't have to have them but it can be nice. Do what feels right to you and enjoy your special day!
Wedding trends, like all fads, come and go. What's in one year will seem old and tired just a few years later. Even the hotest trends for 2017 may look strange come 2022. Will you choose floral design styles that are timeless, classic and beautiful or super trendy? Here are a few designs we created over the years that we think have and will continue to stand the test of time.
Winter wedding flowers don't have to be boring - nor just white. Here's a few of our favorites from the last few years!
A little warm weather didn't seem to both bride Kristin and her new husband today! What a glorious setting at the Chauncey Conference Center. This quick shot was taken by our Designer Jeneen who was on site setting up the reception centerpieces so I can only imagine what the professional photos will look like.
Kristin was perhaps one of the most organized bride's I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She came with story boards in hand with detailed notes, descriptions and photos. All I had to do was make it happen!
Working with our team of designers we created over 70 feet of fresh foliage garland accented with touches of Juliet Garden Roses, Baby's Breath, Spray Roses and more. These garlands and wreaths decorated the tables. The bride carried a loose and airy bouquet of garden, tea and spray roses, seeded eucalyptus, dahlia's, stock, ranunculus and green foxtail millet. Each bride's maid carried three Juliet Garden roses tied with foxtail, seeded eucalyptus and bright green lemon leaves. The groomsmen's boutonnieres were created using 3 types of foliage with open stems.
No area was left un-decorated from the fireplace mantle altar to the vintage chests overflowing with fresh flowers. I think it's safe to say this will be one of most favorite weddings from 2016. What is your favorite design in this wedding?
Oh how often I hear ~ "I want my wedding flowers to be simple but elegant". What does that mean? I think this bouquet below fits the bill perfectly, don't you? Last weekends bridal bouquet for Sangy consisted of soft white hydrangea, creamy white hydrangea, ivory and pale pink tea roses and.... well, that's all! Hand tied and loosely wrapped in a soft satin ribbon, this look is not only elegant but classic. 20 years from now this bridal bouquet will still be in style. What does simple but elegant mean to you? We'd love to know!!
Sometimes a wedding comes along where the bride provides us with a rather unusual color palette and that was true for bride Amanda. Working with colors both she and the groom loved, we included deep rich pink, peach, yellow and blue together and I admit I was a little worried about the look until the designs were made. An early June wedding, these colors really came out nice together and we were pleasantly surprised how it all turned out! Very happy, cheerful colors and perfect for a late spring wedding. Would you consider such a wide range of colors for your wedding?
Wedding season is in full swing and this past weekend we were honored to help Lauren with her gorgeous wedding at Old Mill at Rose Valley and I think her wedding bouquet was one of my favorites so far this year. Created using an assortment of spring flowers ~ garden roses, tweedia, buplurem, cottage yarrow, stock, limonium, brunia and peony. Wrapped in her grandfather's hanky and accented with her grandmother's cameo, the stems were just as pretty as the flowers, don't you think?
I sit here writing this post, I'm looking at a grouping of lanterns all ready to go for today's New Years Day wedding and it got me to thinking. It's now 2016, lanterns have been popular wedding decor for the last 5 years or so, do I think this trend will continue? I'd say Yes.
Not only because our today's bride Kristen has chosen them for her table decor (and yes, she borrowed these lanterns from a friend who probably used them at her own wedding) but because I've met with several other future brides who are also interested in going down the "lantern route" somewhere in their decor.
In the case of today's wedding, the lanterns really fit her rustic feel with accents of gold (the lanterns are cream with gold antique brush strokes) and by adding accents of gold seeded eucalyptus, berries and fresh rosemary to the top of each table lantern, helps to bring the look together with all of the person flowers she has chosen. Above is one of the bride's maids bouquets of Vendela cream roses, seeded eucalyptus left natural, burgundy hypericum berries, rosemary and curly willow. Will this natural, organic, lantern trend continue into 2016 and my guess would be yes. Happy New Year everyone!!
Sharing little bits of wisdom from our years of exprerience creating beautiful wedding flowers. We love doing weddings and we hope it shows! Be sure to comment, we would like to know what you think.