The FI and I crammed all of our florist consultation appointments into two days we had off school for Fall Break. We met with three of them in the same weekend, two in the same day.
Our first meeting was with Becky Ruby-Wojtowicz, owner and head designer of Lilly Lane Flowers and Events.
My approach was to take in my inspiration photos and see what each shop would come up with and what their estimated budget would be, then talk it over with the FI before making a final decision.
I really want to incorporate a lot of green in the flowers, to add contrast to the navy bridesmaid dresses I had planned, but I want to balance it out with a lot of white as well.
But I also want to add a little pop of color to tie it back to the dark navy and grey of the bridesmaids and groomsmen. I got stuck on this for a while, because I had never known of many navy blue flowers. Somehow I came across dark centered anemones and they were perfect!
The anemones were the only flower I had my heart set on when we headed to the florist appointments. I didn’t know specific flowers that I liked, I just had a lot of photos to point to and say “I like this look, I don’t like this look.” Having so many photos of similar bouquets helped me because I was able to pick out specific things that I liked about one or the other and I was able to really figure out what specific things I wanted.
The top row are examples of the type of greenery I liked, darker and not as frilly. The middle two have a good representation of the kind of texture I want in the bouquets, several larger blooms like roses, anemones and some mini calla lilies to tie in with the men’s boutonnieres, with small and delicate flowers and greenery filling in. I also like the shape of these and the two bottom ones because they are a bit loose and not just round and structured. I like having some three-dimensionality to the bouquet.
After going through all of my inspiration photos and explaining what I liked and didn’t like, I started to notice a few flower recommendations that kept popping up in the discussions.
Obviously the anemones, though I had one florist who said they wouldn’t be in season and recommended I go with dark centered gerber daisies instead.
They just don’t have quite the same look to me. I didn’t worry too much since the other florists I talked to didn’t seem to think it would be a problem to get them.
I also got recommendations for spray roses, mini calla lilies, and freesia, which has small white flowers and a green something-or-other on it, that adds a little texture.
The scent of freesia is delightful, and I found out that its meaning is sweetness, innocence and trust, so I don’t mind that part either!
For greenery, calcynia and Israeli ruscus was suggested to give it more texture and interest.
There were a few more flowers suggested to use in my bouquet like star of bethlehem, white alstroemeria, and silver brunia berries.
We also talked about ways to reduce the cost of the flowers, like using some flowers in the bridal bouquet only and using less expensive but similar flowers in the bridesmaid and jr. bridesmaid bouquets, instead of just doing a smaller version of mine.
Another way is to use flowers that have several blooms per stem, like the freesia and spray roses.
I may decide to use the anemones only in my bouquet since they’re the most expensive, but we still have a bit of time to change things around before signing the final contract.
Did you know exactly what you wanted going in to your florist appointments? Or did you just have lots of inspiration like me?