Jennifer Morris, owner of J. Morris Flowers in Leesburg, VA understands that couples work within their wedding budget to choose the central elements of their own unique wedding. “Our 2016, Washington, D.C. area wedding clients want to have some idea about what to expect when they walk into our studio and as they discuss their wedding plans with other types of vendors.”

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Birds of a Feather Photography

Weddings are meant to be perfectly personal. “The colors, flowers, cake, music and guests fill their wedding site in a very individual way for just one day. The elements chosen reflect the personality of the couple and are often a result of a compromise or two. The bride has always dreamed of being married under a stunning arch of flowers and the groom knows the day will only be complete for him with a six piece band.”

Most budgets have a limit. Couples make tough decisions to reduce the number of tiers on a cake or ask the band to lose a member on the way to the reception in order to meet their budget. According to Jennifer, “Florals and decor are an important part of what the couple and guests see throughout the day. It is the task of an accomplished floral designer to make sure that all the traditional elements are present — bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, arrangements for the ceremony, and for every table. There are ways, however, to control the cost of these culturally necessary arrangements so that we can include a “splurge” element or two.”

Jennifer suggests that the wedding couple work with every vendor the same way. “Create a list of what is most important to you, then work with your vendor to cover the bases while also incorporating something special.”

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Michelle Lindsay Photography

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  1. Dress the wedding party and tables with simple arrangements made from beautiful yet more affordable flower varieties like roses, spray roses, hydrangea, stock and larkspur
  2. Create impact by choosing flowers that truly complement the colors of the day
  3. Make the most of textured flowers and greenery that attract attention
  4. Select simple ceremony decor
  5. Repurpose ceremony decor by using aisle arrangements as centerpieces

Splurge

  1. Work with your designer to create a centrally located signature floral element on the head table or a food station
  2. Splurge on your bridal bouquet. it’s the most important accessory for your dress
  3. Add a suspended floral that mimics a chandelier, or adorn an existing chandelier, armoire, or fireplace
  4. Choose showy blooms like English garden roses, dahlias, anemone or trailing orchids. (Their size and beauty are well worth the extra funds.)

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Erin Kelleher Photography

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Jennifer has created a lot of very unique and individual pieces that have started with a glimmer of an idea from a client or a picture that they pinned. Work with Jennifer or your designer to create a special element that is all your own. “We have created so many beautiful things that have come from thoughtful, inspiring conversations with our couples. Some of my favorites have included a hanging florals and decor items, and arches with completely surprising flower varieties.”

Consider

  • A flower-framed mirror with a personal hand-written message from the couple
  • A tapestry or frame of flowers that forms a backdrop for the ceremony
  • An arrangement that both towers and cascades on an appetizer table
  • Special florals and greenery accents for seating charts, welcome signs, and serving tables

Jennifer explains, “Splurge items like these can range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. In the end they can make all the difference in creating a truly noteworthy event. Gather all your pricing and style options from your floral designer and work with them to find the balance between what you need, and what you really want.”

Looking for more floral inspiration for your wedding? We’ve got the best in the area! Also, all of our DC area wedding vendors are incredibly talented, so don’t forget to check them out as well!

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