Your Wedding Flower Consultation

Photo by Lucia Izquierdo Photography

Photo by Lucia Izquierdo Photography

Congratulations on your engagement!

There will be many things to do during the next year or so, one of which will be selecting a florist. Here are some tips for making sure you find a florist who will work with you to bring your vision to life.
    *Ask your friends and family for the names of a few reputable florists.
    *Ask each florist to meet with you for a
    *Be prepared to discuss your venue, theme, colors and ideas. Bring along photos of centerpieces and bouquets that you like. I like to create a Pinterest board for every bride with all of her ideas and any photos I find. We share the board so we can both see everything that the other adds.

The more information you give to a potential florist, the more accurate your proposal will be.

  • How many bridesmaids and groomsmen will you have?
  • How many corsages will you need (mothers, aunts, grandparents)?
  • Will there be a flower girl and ring bearer?
  • How do you envision the ceremony décor?
  • Do you want flowers (or any décor) for the cocktail hour?
  • How many guests do you anticipate?
  • Will there be a sweetheart table (bride and bridesmaid bouquets can be used for head table décor!)
  • How many centerpieces do you anticipate needing?
  • What types of flowers do you envision? Are those flowers in season at the time of your wedding? You can prepare for your initial consultation by visiting the following website![1]

Your florist will be able to help you to make flower selections that are in season in your area. If your flower selections have to be flown in from other areas of the country or from another country, this will drive up your wedding costs.


Photo by Michael Graham Photography

If you have a particular color palette in mind, you can allow your florist to select flowers based on this color palette. There are so many variables with flowers and sometimes florists need to make substitutions. Working within a color palette, rather than with particular types of flowers, allows your florist to make cost effective substitutions if the need arises.

Lastly, your florist should be warm and friendly and should demonstrate that he/she is fully invested in you and your wedding. This person will be like a part of your family for the next six months so make sure there is good chemistry between you!!

Earth Laughs in Flowers  –Henry David Thoreau

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Silk Flowers: The Best Kept Decorating Secret

I have successfully sold silk floral arrangements for the last three years so I am always surprised when I hear someone say they hate silk flowers. Believe it or not, when people walk into my shop, they often times do not know the difference between the silk and fresh floral arrangements!

When I stop to think about it, I can see how people might feel this way, especially if they are looking at what’s available in the dollar store. Even some of the nicer craft stores have some cheap-looking flowers. But there are many beautiful very real looking silk flowers out there. The key is to select the right flowers or have someone else select and arrange them for you. The other important factor is to KEEP THEM CLEAN! The most beautiful silk flower arrangement will go bad quickly if you don’t take care of it!

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Silk Flowers Can Look Very Life Like!

Make sure you dust at least once a month with a feather duster or use a blow dryer. Use silk floral spray cleaner periodically. Don’t leave silk flowers in the sun. They WILL fade. Store arrangements in plastic bags with a pleasant scented potpourri when not using. I use the pine scented tree ornaments for my wreath and holiday arrangements and they smell great when I unpack them for holiday decorating or when a client receives their newly purchased wreath packed with pine scent!


A new silk floral arrangement can update a room!

Pay a little more for really good silk flowers. Contrary to popular belief, they tend to be more expensive than fresh flowers, but they will last many years if you take proper care of them!

Silk Flowers are a wonderful decorating tool and require very little care or maintenance. A good silk flower arrangement can change the look and feel of an entire room at a fraction of the cost of updating furniture or drapes!


Silk Flowers Make Great Gifts!

What it comes down to is personal taste. I believe that as long as I have beautiful flowers around me, silk or fresh, I will always have a reason to smile.


Earth Laughs in Flowers  –Henry David Thoreau


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