Welcome to the first post in what I’m calling “wedding floral week” here on United With Love. You know that I love giving practical wedding planning advice to help couples in the Washington DC area plan their local weddings, and, well, flowers is just one of those topics that we haven’t gotten too deep into…yet. (We have done wedding flowers in the DMV by season.) So, now is the time! I asked the top wedding florists in DC, MD and VA to lend their expertise, and we are going to be dishing out all week week long and then some! Flowers are gorgeous,  as we all know, and they have the magic to transform any wedding into a stunning affair. But, most of us aren’t florists and we have no idea where to start. Flowers can prove to be a costly wedding mistake, if you don’t do your research and team up with the right florist. I can’t wait to help you learn a little bit more about wedding planning and flowers. I know I’m going to be learning right along with you!

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Photo Credit: Kristen Gardner Photography; Floral Design: Holly Chapple Flowers
From Megan and Chris’ wedding in Virginia

First up in the advice category, we are going to talk about wedding flowers and your style. Specifically, how can you find your wedding floral style? You’ve decided that you’d like flowers at your wedding, but what kinds, what types?! Where should you begin? Your Pinterest board is exploding with ideas and floral arrangements that you love, but you just don’t know where to start!? I went right to the experts and this is what the best wedding floral designers in the Washington DC area had to say about find a wedding floral style that works for you…

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Floral Design: Studio DBI

“The best way to find your wedding floral style is to start looking at Pinterest and seeing styles that you like. Then narrow it down to colors and then to the time of year. Normally, start with a general pot of ideas you like, then add in your bridesmaids dresses, types of food, flowers you like and flowers you don’t like and then your budget. After that, your florist can help you determine the right style. This will only happen with an experienced floral designer that has worked in the space you are in.” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity

“One of the first questions that I ask is what is the style of the overall wedding and what atmosphere is the couple trying to create. Also, a couple’s attire usually does a good job of dictating the design direction. If their Pinterest boards all over the place, it usually has some underlying connections and it takes a trained eye to spot it.” – Liza, owner of Studio DBI

“There is no wrong style as long as you are choosing blooms you love in colors that will make your happy! Wedding magazines and Pinterest make choosing flowers and styles to show your designer quick and easy. Just be sure to show your floral designer clear photos within a theme, and keep the amount of photos anywhere between five to 10. A good designer will understand and pull together a custom look.” – Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers

“The best tip to figuring out your wedding style is to look in your closet and your home. What colors do you favor? Do you like modern elements? Things that are classic? A blend of the two?” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design

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Photo Credit: Stacey Windsor Photography; Floral Design: Alicia Jayne Florals

“Generally, after pouring over their images, I start to see a pattern of similar elements and we work to hone in on what those elements are to refine the style. I also like to give the couple a few options that will still stay within their style, but will allow our creativity to show through. No one wants a cookie-cutter wedding just like everyone else. I love to still add our touches to each design.” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers

“Pin pointing a couple’s style can be determined by allowing them to talk about their personal likes. Colors, seasons, the feeling and style of their wedding day whether it be romantic, chic, modern, country, southern, preppy, etc.” – Janice, owner of Serendipity Bridal & Events

“From years of experience, I can almost always find a common thread. For example, a particular flower or greenery will be consistently present in a client’s inspiration board or I will see a shape and a style from looking at a couple’s board. Clients that pull orchids, callas, and exotic flowers are typically more clean and contemporary. Clients that like wispy airy elements tend towards a more romantic vibe.” – Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers

“Most of my clients have a Pinterest board or pictures of various wedding related items. Usually, there is a pattern or a common flower throughout the pictures and we build the designs off of that. I always suggest using Pinterest and just pinning what you like without thinking too much about what will go together and what will match. There will usually be a pattern and then your floral designer can help you pull together a cohesive design.” – Shelly, owner of B Floral and Event Design

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Photo Credit: Katarina Price Photography: Floral Design: Elegance & Simplicity

“I always try to get an idea of the couple’s background, how they met, where they live, what types of activities they are into and why they chose their wedding venue. This helps me to determine what kind of wedding day they hope to share with their friends and family, which then helps me to determine what floral designs would best suit them. For example, if the couple has selected a formal, high-end hotel as their venue yet all of their Pinterest and inspiration images include burlap, mason jars and a rustic country look, then I would try to bring them back to why it was they selected the formal hotel venue. There must have been something about the space that they were drawn to and then I would make suggestions for containers and designs that would compliment that space, as opposed to the rustic decor that would fit better in a barn or outdoor setting. Sometimes couples need some direction, as most have never even thought about flowers for an event until they begin planning their wedding and they are looking for help and guidance to make their day beautiful and memorable.” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals

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Thank you so much, ladies! This was such a great way to kick off wedding floral week here on United With Love. Please check out each of these talented DC area wedding florists on their websites. And, remember to come back all week long because we have so much more coming at you; I can’t wait!

In the meantime, be sure to look through our DC area wedding idea galleries and find wedding advice from local DC, MD and VA wedding pros. If that isn’t enough, check out our collection of local DMV weddings from the real world and the best DC area wedding vendors who make it all happen.

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