With a love for romance, elegance and a hint of modern flair, this bride incorporated vibrant colors into her wedding with shades of green! Floral Design: Growing Wild Photo Credit: Sweet Tea Photography
When your wedding is inspired by your Irish heritage and love of all things preppy, you have to have a pop of green like this Virginia couple! Floral Design: Melle Fleur Photo Credit: Laurie Bracewell Photography
We are back with more wedding floral week education! I hope that you are having fun following along! Right now, we are talking with the best wedding florists in the Washington DC area and asking their help with the beginning stages of prepping for flowers at your wedding. So, we are talking that first bit of research (aka Pinterest stalking!) and what to expect out of the first few meetings with a floral designer. As for the meeting, it is always good to go in with a list of questions to ask or things to be thinking about. We asked our panel of expert DMV wedding florists for the questions that they like to hear from clients. What do they want brides and grooms to ask them in meetings?
“Before setting up a consultation, do research on your selected florists. Do their styles match yours? What do their client reviews say? What services do they offer (e.g. full event design or just flowers)? At the meeting itself, are you vibing and is the florist getting your vision? This is what’s really important when collaborating on a creative project. Also ask about delivery, installation, and breakdown, because each florist varies. Ask the florist what their standard procedure is and also let them know what it is that you’d be most comfortable with. For example, we’ve had clients pick up their flowers to save on delivery costs as well as couples that hire us to deliver, install, and then breakdown post event.” - Liza, owner of Studio DBI
“You should ask your wedding florist: Have they been to your venue? Are they available? Can they work within your price range? and Do you have any additional décor items?” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
“Ask for their advice and suggestions! Hopefully your floral designer is experienced enough to know what works and what doesn’t. For example, you should ask: What flowers will hold up well in bouquets? What flowers can tolerate the intense heat outdoors in mid July in the DC area? Should you risk an elevated glass vase with flowers on top at an outdoor venue on the water with wind? Every designer has learned from past events what works best and will help to alleviate stress from your wedding day. You may have your heart set on a specific flower, but they know from experience that the flower you want may wilt in the heat or is too delicate for a bouquet. Trust that they are professionals and listen to their advice.”– Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals
“You should ask: How many years of experience do you have? Do you have a full team of designers and assistants? Do you have refrigeration for the flowers? How do you handle multiple events in one day? How do you source the flowers? Ask for referrals, if they are not already posted online.” - Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers
“There are two important questions that each bride should ask during their initial consultation: First, ‘How many weddings do you have a day?’ It is to be understood that even though it is your day, there are possibly other brides getting married on the same day, but you should feel confident in your designer to know that they are capable of not only handling each occasion, but are also able to make you feel exclusive in the process. Second, ‘Will the flowers that I want be available for my wedding date, and if not what can I use to substitute?’ Let’s say you’ve been pouring over pictures of peony bouquets and you just have to have them, if this is the case you must be sure to ask your designer early and directly if peonies are available at the time of your wedding. With a head start, your designer can help you plan for flowers that are available and just as lovely as you imagined for your day.”– Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers
“The best questions to ask a florist are those that illuminate their knowledge and skill. For example, if you are on a tight budget, tell the florist. Likely she or he will be able to make suggestions for maximizing your flowers and blooms that fit your look that you may not have thought of. Similarly, they can also suggest flowers that will look best at the time of year of your wedding. There is no need for you to try to become an expert!” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design
“You should ask: Have I chosen the best floral to fit within my budget I’ve set? Will you be able to deliver and set-up at each venue? Would you work with items that I have and want to include in the wedding?” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers
I hope that you are all prepped and ready for your wedding flower meeting! Thank you so much for such great advice! I hope you’ll stick with us for the rest of 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!
Sometimes you just need a burst of sunshine to get your through the workday. Today, we’re sending a little sunshine your way with yellow wedding inspiration! In honor of “wedding floral week,” we’re dishing out all the tip and advice and, of course, pretty pictures to get you thinking! We’ve decided to separate our favorite bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres by color. (Make sure to check out our red wedding flower ideas and orange wedding flower ideas, too!)
For this carnival inspired wedding, bridesmaids carried a pop of yellow down the aisle. How amazing does this look with their red dresses?! Floral Design: Lulu Florist Photo Credit: Red Shoes Photography
Welcome back to wedding flower week! We are just getting started, but hopefully you are learning lots from our wedding floral design experts in the Washington DC area. I know that I am! As I said, we haven’t done much in the way of wedding flower advice, other than wedding flowers in the DC area by season, so I’m personally really excited to go through this wedding floral design process with you. We giving you everything you need to know about having the gorgeous blooms you crave for you wedding! Next up, we are discussing what you should bring to your wedding floral meeting. (Hint, it involves some time on Pinterest, which I doubt will be a problem!) And, not just what should you bring, but who should you bring? Maybe you’ve heard to not bring a lot of people, but why?? We talked to the best wedding florists in DC, MD and VA and got their advice….
“In terms of who you bring, that can be tricky. The one person who should be there is the person who will make the decisions regarding the décor. This can be one member of the couple, both together, maybe even someone else like a mother. One mistake we see people make is to bring more people than they really want the opinions of! A real estate show we saw said it best – people bring their friends and family to support them, but the friends and family see their role as protecting them. This can make for a little contentious of a situation as you may hear criticism you weren’t prepared for!” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design
“Share you Pinterest page and bring along a trusted friend or family member.” – Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises
“As a floral and event designer, my desire is to meet with the bride and the person responsible for payment. The ultimate goal is to listen to the couple’s vision of their wedding and together create an entire environment, including flowers and many other elements.” - Janice, owner of Serendipity Bridal & Events
“Bring color swatches, mood boards, Pinterest boards and inspirational images with you to the meeting, so the designer can get a feel for what you want on your wedding day. Having your partner join you is always helpful if they are interested in the floral design aspect of the wedding as well as your event planner. Last, but certainly not least, may be the person footing the bill If parents are involved in covering the cost of the flowers and they would like to know what they are paying for, then it is always a good idea to invite them to the consultation. They can decide to join you or not, but at least you’ve included them.” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals
“To the meeting, bring any inspiration you might have (Pinterest board, fabric swatches, images of other decor pieces, invitations, etc). As with any other vendor meetings, limit the number of people you bring with you. Flowers and decor are not for everyone, so bring someone who is excited about the creative process.” – Liza, owner of Studio DBI
“You should bring any photos or Pinterest boards (We LOVE those!), special items that you want included (i.e. family heirlooms) are perfect for us to see and get a vision of who you are as the special couple! Bringing one or two people with you is fantastic. But, bringing a posse is overwhelming for the couple and is a sure way to get information overload and bring confusion to your decision-making process. Definitely bring those who want to be there though! Someone that isn’t interested in the decor can keep you from enjoying the time where you get to share your excitement with us. We want you to enjoy the consultation, because it’s fun and rewarding and we have set aside that time to help you.” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers
“You should bring anyone that is supportive of YOUR ideas! The person should give an honest opinion, but respect the fact that you are the bride and/or groom and you hold the the most important opinion.” – Shelly, owner of B Floral and Event Design
“Typically, the bride and/or groom comes to the consultation alone, but is sometimes accompanied by the partner or mother of the bride/groom that has a particular interest in the overall wedding look. It’s all about who the bride/groom is comfortable with and who they want to allow help make the very important decisions of the day. ” - Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers
“Try not to bring too many people, it only makes the process that much more difficult when there are too many opinions. It is best to just bring yourself and your fiancé’/parent/planner, if that. Too many cooks spoil the pot!” – Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers
“Send the florist your Pinterest page before meeting and bring a layout of your wedding reception space if the florist has not been there before. Don’t bring an entourage of people with a lot of opinions to the meeting. This will not help you make decisions. We normally recommend that you come with the least amount of people – you, your fiance and anyone else who might be part of the funding of the wedding flowers (i.e. Mom or dad).” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
So, who are you bringing to your wedding floral meeting!? Thank you so much for such great advice! I hope you’ll stick with us for 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!
It’s day two of “wedding floral week,” and we are back with more inspiration for your floral design. As you may know, I’m all about the color this week and will be picking my favorite bouquets and boutonnières in color category and today, orange is the star! From citrus-inspired palettes to warm autumn hues, orange is a perfect punch of color that sees no seasonal boundaries. (Although we may be a just little biased though since we obviously love orange ‘round these parts – it’s the color of the blog!) And make sure to check out our favorite red wedding flower ideas, for more colorful floral inspiration!
Stephanie and Keith included pops of orange throughout their outdoor farm wedding in Virginia. This darling bridesmaid bouquet is overflowing with summertime pretty! Floral Design: Belles Fleurs the Special Event Florist of Charlottesville Photo Credit: Meredith Hanafi Photography
This Virginia couples embraced the summer riverboat theme for their wedding with pops of orange through their nautical inspired wedding. Floral Design: Coleman Brothers Photo Credit: Beth Hamilton Photography
We are back with more wedding flower advice! (You can catch up yesterday’s kick off to wedding flower week!) This time we are talking planning details, as in when should you meet with your florist for the first time? Too early and you could get overwhelmed or the meeting could be unproductive, but meet too late and you’ll just be scrambling and flustered! So, when is that sweet spot? I asked the best wedding florists in the Washington DC area for their advice about when in the when in the wedding planning process should couples meet with their wedding florist. When do they like to meet with their clients? Here is what they had to say…
“If you have your heart set on a specific floral designer then the sooner the better! Clients can book up to a year in advance of the wedding to secure the date with their favorite designer. You don’t need to get into specifics right away, but you can at least hold the date with a deposit and good idea of the budget you will have for floral design. It is best to have the following information before booking a floral designer: date, location of ceremony and reception, number of guests and number of attendants in the bridal party.” – Alicia, owner of Alicia Jayne Florals
“When couples meet with a florist is less a matter of when in terms of time and more a matter of when you are ready. While it can be typical to meet anywhere from six to eight months out from the wedding at the outset to as close as two to four months when planning tightly, we tend to think the best time is when you are prepared to discuss flowers. You don’t need to know anything about flowers, but having a general idea of your color scheme, overall style of the wedding, and some sense of what you like and dislike will be useful to the discussion.” – Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design
“Anytime after you’ve booked your wedding venue(s) and know your wedding color palette. It’s also great to have your gown and/or bridesmaids dresses chosen as we love to see those details! Florists are one of the few vendors that touch every part of the wedding day, so we often can help solidify the overall look and design of the wedding, especially if you are including a wedding planner (which we highly recommend!).” – Christi, president of Bergerons Flowers
“Before going to a wedding florist, make sure you’ve booked your venue and determined the overall style. This will help narrow down floral ideas. If your wedding is during peak season (April-June, Sept-Oct) or the holidays (Christmas, Memorial Day, etc), make the appointment as soon as possible. Also, if you have a specific florist in mind, go in for a consultation early – chances are if you are determined on a florist, so are others.” – Liza, owner of Studio DBI
“Planning for floral designs for your wedding really depends on your budget and size of your event. If you are having a simple wedding with just a few wedding party designs along with centerpieces for 10 tables or less, you can wait until about three to six months prior. To be fair, please note that your favorite florist might not be available for your date that close to it. So, if you really have a favorite florist, don’t wait more than nine months prior to your wedding. Some of our dates get filled up even a year in advance.” – Katie, owner of Elegance & Simplicity
“Couples preparing for their wedding will need to make multiple decisions regarding their wedding day and the choices and options may seem overwhelming. We suggest an initial floral design consultation after your venue has been chosen and advise as early as a nine to twelve months in advance for busy months such as May, June, September and October; and six months in advance for any other time of the year.” - Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises
“It totally depends on the clients expectations of the florist. Some floral designers are also event designers, so in this instance it is crucial to get to them early in the process so they can help with the overall theme and look of the wedding. They will manage rentals and ensure that the entire wedding is cohesive. If your floral designer is highly sought after at the very least you will want to reserve the date. Our studio has a securing the date clause, which allows clients to reserve our services in advance and then they can get their details in order. If the floral designer is not doing the event design then it is wise to make your first visit to the florist after you have chosen dresses and colors of the wedding and after your wedding look is chosen so you can get down to the business of flowers. Your florist will also need to know the colors of linens and other rentals as they are chosen. If the floral designer is acting as an event designer it is his/her role to help with the selection of these items.” Holly, owner of Holly Chapple Flowers
“When to have your first meeting really depends, but if you have a popular date, like September, October, May or June, then you should meet at least a year in advance. ” – Jennifer, owner of J. Morris Flowers
Thank you so much for such great advice about when to have your first wedding floral meeting!! I hope you’ll stick with us for 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!
As you know, all week long we are talking wedding day flowers: tips, advice, inspiration, you name it – we’ve got it! To kick off a colorful week of inspiration during our “wedding floral week,” I’ll be rounding up my favorite ideas for bridal bouquets and boutonnières… by color! (And don’t forget, we’ve covered wedding flowers in the DMV by season, too!) Of course, I’ll have to start off with some of my favs from local real weddings in reds and pinks! On that note, here we go…
Timeless and oozing with elegance (and pops of pink!), every image of this classic DC wedding has a hold on me - especially this bright and modern bouquet! Floral Design: Sheila Moore Photo Credit: k. thompson photography
With pops of pink, red and mint green, this mix of unexpected colors for Valentine's Day wedding ideas is exactly what you need for a sophisticated affair. Floral Design: Southern Blooms Photo Credit: Rachel May Photography
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!
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…
“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
“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
“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
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!
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