#BouquetBreakdown - The "Nikki"
We're coming at you with a super unique bouquet for this bouquet breakdown. We'd be lying if we told you this bouquet was a breeze to make. The giant tillandsia xerographica was HEAVY! Our traditional wire and stick method that we use for other non-flower things like succulents did not work for this. We had to think outside the box. Our solution, a chicken wire cradle! Hidden under all that greenery and all those blooms was a chicken wire cage. We carefully glued and wired the xerographica in the cradle and then filled in with blooms and greens around till the cradle was hidden.
So why do we love this bouquet?
We love a challenge and we love to problem solve. Side note: many of you may not know, but I(Emily), am a real math and science nerd. Till life decided it had other plans for me, I was set to attend Iowa State University as a chemical engineering major. Wild! I know! While I am kind of sad I wasn't able to follow through with that path I am so incredibly happy with the path life has provided to me. With that backstory, I am sure you can see why we love problem-solving and critical thinking. The tougher the challenge the more interesting it is to us.
So what's in this bouquet?
We'll cut right to the chase with this one and start with that huge air plant!
Tillandsia Xerographica: The tillandsia xerographica aka the "Queen of Airplants" started to become more popular in bouquets over the last couple of years. They are a dry-forest epiphyte that grows without any soil. They simply require high light conditions and a good 20-30 minute soak upside down in water every week or so. We love having unusual things like the tillandsia xerographica in bouquets because it adds a special element. Once the other traditional blooms have faded you can pop this out of the bouquet and have it live on as a special memory of your wedding day. They are available year-round but are one of the most expensive things you can add to a bouquet. For that reason, we give them $$$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Ranunculus: Ranunculus the new favorite for us! This time we used it in white to give the bouquet another textural difference to contrast against the white roses. While it may not be super noticeable at first, we find that even the smallest change in bloom structure or petal structure makes a difference. Ranunculus are available in a rainbow of colors and are super hardy out of water. They are available year-round and we give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Playa Blanca Roses: Playa Blanca Roses are a wedding staple in our opinion. Anytime you see a white rose in one of our bouquets it's 95% of the time a playa blanca. These stunning white roses open up so large and have a more garden rose feel to them even though they are just a standard rose. A fun fact is that the playa blanca rose is named after the southernmost town on the Spanish island Lanzarote. It is truly a stunning pure white rose. Playa blanca roses are available year-round. We give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Blue Thistle: Blue thistle is another secret texture element we love to throw in. The quite literal sharp lines and points of this flower are so unique. When you're thinking you still need something blue for your day, this is almost always our go-to. While we admit we do use the blue color quite often, we find ourselves using the green and purple varieties just as much. Blue thistle is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus: We're going to go out on a limb here and deem this the "king of eucalyptus". You may notice that we use it in almost every bouquet. The truth is wedding couples absolutely love it! It has a stunning silvery sage green. Silver dollar eucalyptus is available for the most part year-round but does go off crop for a short stint in the spring. We give silver dollar eucalyptus $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Seeded Eucalyptus: Much like it's cousin silver dollar eucalyptus we can't get enough of this stuff either! While the silver dollar eucalyptus may be the king of eucalyptus, this is probably the queen of eucalyptus. With this eucalyptus variety, it is truly sought after for the all-important texture element. The tiny seeds are just so versatile and just give the bouquet that much more dimension and interest. Seeded eucalyptus does go off crop in the early spring and some parts of the year can have brown cupped seeded instead of the desired green seed pods. We give seeded eucalyptus a $$$ out of $$$$$ rating on our expensive scale.
We hope you loved our bouquet breakdown of the "Nikki" leave us your comments below!
#BouquetBreakdown - The "Alyssa"
So, we've decided, bouquet breakdowns are kinda our thing. We absolutely love flowers and talking about flowers. I suppose you could say, "well that's because you're a florist." While that is true we also have a small suspicion that you guys like them as well. We hope you at least find them entertaining and maybe even a little educational. This bouquet breakdown might be a little shorter than our other ones but none-the-less we LOVE this bouquet.
So why do we love this bouquet so much?
We find the "Alyssa" to be super elegant and timeless. This is the kind of bouquet that you'll look back at 30 years from now and think wow! I'm so glad I picked such a classic bouquet.
So what's in this bouquet?
You may be thinking hmmm that looks like just roses. Well, we do have some stunning roses in here but we also have a new kind of eucalyptus and lisianthus. But first, let's start off with those roses!
Quicksand Roses: Quicksand roses might be the most sought after wedding roses right now. They are best described as a nude or dusty champagne color with a hint of pale pink. These creamy stunning roses are sure to compliment any color palette and reflect the other color tones of the bouquet. Quicksand roses are grown in a variety of different countries and harvested from a ton of different farms. That means depending on which farm your roses come from, they could be more tan or sandy in color or more pinky. No matter which farm or county they come from they are sure to be a stunner. Quicksand roses are available year-round but being one of the most sought after roses they also carry a higher price tag. We give quicksand roses $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Secret Garden Roses: Secret garden roses might have the most misleading name. They are not garden roses at all. They, in fact, are just standard roses. However, they get their name for their stunning color and way the rose blooms. The secret garden rose has a 100% bloom aperture which means it will completely open up like a garden rose and expose the stunning peachy yellow core. The dusty light pink petals are a sure-fire match for any light mauve dress. If you can't get secret garden roses some other great options would be the menta rose or the faith rose. We give secret garden roses $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Blue Manhattan Roses: Blue manhattan roses are a standard rose in a stunning lavender shade. They have a large bloom size and if allowed to, they will open up to a 100% bloom aperture. These roses are typically imported from Columbia. Some great alternatives if the blue manhattan rose isn't available for order would be ocean song, moody blues, and avant garde. We give the blue manhattan rose $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Lisianthus: Lisianthus is another one of our best-kept secrets when it comes to wedding flowers! Lisianthus is available in a huge spectrum of colors. Yes, even find those hard to get mauves, champagnes, and yellowy apricots. Lisianthus kind of remind us of spray roses in the way the fresh-cut blooms look. The tiny rosettes in the middle have the same shape as spray roses and open up to reveal a gorgeous center with tiny little stamens. This specific lisianthus is just a single white but some colors are also available is doubles with fun ruffly edges. Lisianthus are available year-round and we give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Parvifolia Eucalyptus: The new kid on the block when it comes to eucalyptus in our bouquet breakdowns! Parvifolia eucalyptus is another great variety of eucalyptus that gives a beautiful light green pop to a bouquet. It grows as a long stem multi-branch tree! Yes, a tree! A tree that can reach 35-45ft when fully mature. The elliptical shaped leaves of the parvifolia eucalyptus offer a dainty and feminine touch to the bouquet. Parvifolia Eucalyptus can be found year-round but during certain seasons the tips of the new growth will have a burgundy red tone to them. While it is not as common as the Silver Dollar Eucalyptus it is just as expensive if not more. For that reason, we give it a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
So what do you think of this classic rose bouquet? Do you have a bouquet you think we should breakdown next? Drop a link in our comments.
We can't help ourselves! We absolutely love bouquet breakdowns. We often hear wedding couples say "oh I really like those! What are they?" or "Those are roses? I guess then I do like roses and I'd like those in my bouquet." While we have zero expectations of our clients flower knowledge we find when a client is more confident during our consultations they are able to ask the questions they want. Therefore, making the consultation more productive and leaving the wedding couple feeling like they were completely heard.
So why do we love this bouquet?
The cascade of course! While it's not a full floor-length cascade we find that even a little cascade action adds an immense amount of elegance to a bouquet. A cascade bouquet no matter the flower choice will always be a show stopper.
So what's in this bouquet?
EVERYTHING! We have the most affordable greenery all the way to one of the high-end greeneries. We have super budget-friendly flowers in this bouquet as well as some gorgeous and highly sought after garden roses and ranunculus.
Kahala Garden Roses: Or as we like to shout, KA-HALA! These garden roses are truly one of a kind. They have a beautiful champagney-cream undertone outlined in a powder pink peach. These roses are a must-see and must-have for fall weddings. Fun fact the name "Kahala" comes from an affluent neighborhood in Honolulu Hawaii. They are available year found and we give them a $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Burgundy Wine Ranunculus: Another fall wedding favorite, the burgundy wine ranunculus. Ranunculus is one of our favorite wedding flowers. We try to tuck ranunculus into every bouquet. The fluffy petals give a sweet softness to the bouquet. Ranunculus are available in a rainbow of colors and are available year-round. We give ranunculus $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Spray Roses: Spray roses are a great filler flower and just like ranunculus come in a rainbow of colors. While these red and orange spray roses are standard form they also are available in the garden rose from as well. Spray roses are available year-round and we give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Green Thistle: Green thistle is a great filler flower. The stems typically have 4 to 5 blooms which gives you a great bang for your buck. I know you hear this a lot from us but it does give the bouquet great texture. Texture is so important when making a bouquet really stand out and look ultra-lux. Green thistle is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Cream Hypericum Berries: Here we go again with the great texture thing. Someone get us a thesaurus! While yes they are great for texture they are also great for adding small pops of color in bouquets. The small cluster of berries adds an element of interest and intrigue. And no, they are not edible but they look it sometimes. They come in every shade of green, red, pink, white, peach, and cream. Hypericum berries are available year-round and we give them $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Brick Red Alstromeria: Alstromeria is another great inexpensive filler flower. It comes in a variety of colors and typically has 4-7 blooms per stem. Their common name is the peruvian lily and I am sure you can tell why. They look like mini lilies with their petal shape and bloom structure. Alstromeria is available year-round and we give it a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Copper Spray Chrysanthemum: These cute little copper spray chrysanthemums are a fall favorite. They boast the perfect shade of copper and are a great filler flower. While they are quite bold in color, we think they pair nicely with the deep reds, oranges, and cream tones in this bouquet. Copper spray chrysanthemums are available year-round and we give them a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Agonis: Agonis much like the willow eucalyptus has wispy long leaves. Agonis however, has a stunning burgundy and green tone. It is ideal for fall weddings as it gives the perfect backdrop to show off those deep yellows and burnt oranges. Agonis can be found year-round but technically is in season from June to December. It is one the most expensive greenery options available but we think it's totally worth the extra bucks. We give agonis a $$$ our of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus: The one and only silver dollar eucalyptus. This is definitely by far the most popular greenery right now. Pinterest boards are smothered in and we're not upset about. The sage green color compliments almost every palette. Silver dollar eucalyptus is available for the most part year-round but does go off crop for a short time in the spring. We give silver dollar eucalyptus $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Seeded Eucalyptus: A tried and true eucalyptus variety. While not quite as famous as the silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus is definitely gaining traction. We find the seeds give an amazing texture to any bouquet but fit best with rustic or fall weddings. Seeded eucalyptus can be found year-round for the most part. It does go off crop in the early spring and some parts of the year can have cupped seeded instead of the desired green seed pods. We give seeded eucalyptus a $$$ out of $$$$$ rating on our expensive scale.
Willow Eucalyptus: A new eucalyptus to our bouquet breakdowns! Willow eucalyptus has long beautiful wispy leaves. While it is not super aromatic like the baby blue eucalyptus it does have a nice hint of eucalyptus scent. It is a wonderful greenery for cascading bouquets as it has a nature drape and incredible movement. Willow eucalyptus is available year-round and most often February through May can be found to have seed pods like the seeded eucalyptus. We give it a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Baby Blue Eucalyptus: What can we say. We LOVE baby blue eucalyptus and love to tuck it into everything. You've seen it in a couple of our bouquet breakdowns now and despite the sticky sap when processing it, we still can't help ourselves. It is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Israeli Ruscus: The good ol' trusty Israeli ruscus! It's a great traditional greenery that is amazing at adding some bulk and brightness to a bouquet. It may be hard to see here but it does have a beautiful deep green color. Israeli ruscus is available year-round and we give it $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Do you have any favorite flowers or greens from this bouquet? Drop them in the comments!
We're back! We heard you love our bouquet breakdowns so we're here with another one! This time a little more springy. This quarantine lockdown has up craving those bright colors so we decided to play with some bright pinks and yellows.
The third bouquet in our series is named the "Laurel". The "Laurel" is definitely a little out of our comfort zone with some blooms that we typically don't use and a succulent!
So why do we love this bouquet so much?
The simple answer, it's a different style than we normally do! We LOVE the garden style and big boho greenery bouquets with tons of color. However, we find that our brides typically like an all-white or white and blush bouquet. We don't blame them we do love our all-white bouquets.
So what's in this bouquet?
We have five different types of greenery and four different types of blooms along with that gorgeous succulent.
Bay Leaf: Bay leaf (aka Laurel) is the greenery that we find most closely matches seeded eucalyptus. It's long slender leaves and light green color are a great fill in when seeded eucalyptus is not available. During some parts of the year bay leaf also has small "seeds" attached to the stem. Bay leaf is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Baby Blue Eucalyptus: Baby blue eucalyptus is a traditional greenery that has been used for years! The long and sturdy stems are great for adding height to a bouquet or arrangement and the dusty green color is, of course, a favorite among brides. This variety of eucalyptus does put off a sticky sap when the leaves are stripped so it's important to wear your gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after processing it. This variety of eucalyptus is also quite fragrant and great for hanging on your shower head in your bathroom. Between the steam from the hot water and the aroma of the eucalyptus, you'll feel like you're in a personal spa. Baby blue eucalyptus is available year-round and we give it a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus: Silver dollar eucalyptus is the hottest eucalyptus among wedding couples today. The leaf shape can vary from perfectly round to oval to even a perfect heart. This is a great greenery to lighten up a bouquet and add some bulk. Silver dollar eucalyptus is available for the most part year-round but does go off crop for a short stint in the spring. We give silver dollar eucalyptus $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale. P.S. It tends to be one of the most expensive greenery options.
Leatherleaf Fern: Leatherleaf fern is the most traditional greenery used by florists and we find it to be a little underrated. It is a beautiful true deep green shade that allows the flowers' blossoms to be highlighted. Leatherleaf is available year-round and we give it $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale. You'll typically find this tucked into all of our arrangements in one way or another.
Israeli Ruscus: Israeli ruscus to cousin to the famous Italian ruscus. Much like the leatherleaf fern, israeli ruscus offers a nice true green as well. It's a great greenery to add height and volume to any arrangement. It also gives a great texture as it has a unique leaf shape. Israeli ruscus is available year-round and we give it a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Ursula Purple Thistle: Ursula purple thistle is a true purple thistle. It is often quite vibrant and sure to catch your eye. Thistle is a multi-branch flower which gives you a great bang for your buck. It is available in many colors from light green to purple to a true blue. Most specific thistle varieties have their own season but usually, some variety is available year-round. Ursula purple thistle is in season from December to May. We give this variety of thistle a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Ranunculus: Ranunculus are fastly becoming one of the most popular wedding flowers. Their fluffy petals and unique petal pattern are highly sought after. They make wonderful boutonnieres as they last great out of water. They are available in virtually every color imaginable and have some incredibly unique varieties available to be shipped in from Japan. The standard ranunculus are available year-round but the designer and highly sought after ranunculus are available from November to March. We give ranunculus $$$ our of $$$$$ on the expensive scale and even higher ratings for the imported ranunculus.
White Anemones (with a kiss of blush): Anemones are another unique blooming flower. They don't have any great dupes which makes them highly sought after. Their dark black centers can throw off a navy tone in some varieties. Anemones are also available in a wide variety of colors such as white, red, blue, purple, pink and even a beautiful burgundy wine color. They are a very delicate flower with tissue paper-thin petals. They are often placed last into a bouquet. We do not recommend anemones as boutonnieres. While yes they are stunning we don't call them "one hug wonders" for no reason. Anemones are available year-round and much like ranunculus we give them $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Craspedia: Craspedia (aka Billy Balls) are such a unique flower. They are remarkably versatile. You can find billy balls in rustic bouquets, tropical bouquets, boho bouquets and more. They almost look fake as they grow on a straight stick with no foliage. Craspedia can be easily painted to match any color which is great for wedding couples with those hard to match colors. Craspedia are available year-round and we give them $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Echeveria Purple Pearl: Echeveria Purple Pearl is a succulent we picked up at our local greenhouse. Succulents are great for bouquets and offer the eye something different and unexpected. The best part is once your bouquet has withered and the blooms are gone you can plant your succulent and it will continue to grow on. Succulents come in all different shapes and sizes and are available year-round. We give them a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
So what do you all think of this bouquet? Do you LOVE the succulent in it like us? Leave a comment on what bouquet you would like us to breakdown next!
Part 2! Flower Processing and Arranging, we will cover everything from the time we order the flowers to the time we show up on your wedding day. For this part, we will follow along with a wedding we did this past May. This mid-May wedding was filled with beautiful peonies, garden roses, and antique hydrangeas.
30 Days Prior to the Wedding:
Today’s the day! You sent in your final payment, you've confirmed centerpieces and any other small
last-minute changes that may have needed to be done. It's crunch time for me! I start confirming my “recipes”, counting all my stems and turning those numbers into bunches. A sample recipe would look something like this:
Once I have all my stems counted I add a 10% extra buffer for breakage or blooms that don’t open up so nice. I gather all my stem counts, convert them to bunches and place my pre-order with my
wholesaler. I am one of the few lucky florists that have such a wonderful wholesaler so close by.
If your bouquet requires a more specialty flower that is only available in-season, I typically source
them from either my personal garden or from a local flower farm. Some of my favorite flowers to
source locally are tulips, peonies, lilacs, and sweet peas.
4-2 Days Prior to the Wedding:
It’s the week of your wedding and you’re probably taking your first day off from work in preparation for the big day! This is when our true hard work starts! Depending on the type of flower, the season and your wedding date we typically pick up our flower order between 4-2 days before your wedding. This allows the flowers to open and hydrate in preparation for the wedding day.
Upon pickup, the flowers will be wrapped tightly in bunches of 5, 10, 12 or 25 and often the greenery will be in boxes. Once we load up, we head home and the madness begins. We have to open each package, strip each stem of excess greenery, remove the thorns from each rose, give each stem a fresh cut and place them in freshwater with flower food. Some flowers like hydrangea require an extra step when they must be cut, dripped in Alum (yes, the pickling spice) and then put into freshwater with flower food. We also like to take extra care with our hydrangeas and mist them once or twice per day. Hydrangeas are thirsty flowers and can drink from both their stems and petals. Some other flowers/foliages that can have extra steps are dahlias, anthurium, dusty miller and more. They are given a fresh cut and set in almost boiling water. The extremely hot water helps the flower drink and keeps them hydrated longer. Caution, not all flowers are accepting of this trick so make sure to do your research before you try to process all flowers this way.
Processing the flowers usually takes us between 3-5 hours per wedding and once we are done
processing we have all those lovely leaves and stem tips to clean up. Flowers are then placed in 1
of 3 locations depending on their particular needs. We either place them out in room temperature
air, cooled air in our cool room or directly in the cooler if they are extra delicate.
1-2 Days Prior to the Wedding:
Now, this is when all the fun starts! We get to start arranging and playing with the flowers to create the bouquets, centerpieces and other arrangements. We always start with the bridal bouquet. We
handpick the biggest, the fluffiest, the most luxurious blooms for the bridal bouquet. After all, it is her special day. We separate each bouquet’s recipe in their vase and then we play. Typically, we start each bouquet with a bed of greenery. The greenery is there to help support the more fragile
flowers and create a grid to hold the other stems in place. A bouquet can be done without any
greenery of all of course. For those, we typically do the “French-Twist” or “European style” hand-tied bouquet. The French Twist may sound tricky but it is one of the easier and more time-efficient
methods. Plus we love the beautiful spiral the stems create when you are finished. A true test of the
French Twist is to see if the bouquet stands on its own. If properly spiraled and cut, the bouquet
should be able to balance on the stems and stand on level ground on its own. Once we have the
bouquet all set we do a preliminary wrap in bind wire or bouquet tape to hold the stems in place. We give them all a fresh cut and place the bouquet back into freshwater.
Similar to the bouquets, we collect each ingredient for the centerpiece recipe and place them in
their holders. We then decide on our mechanics. Are we going to need floral foam, chicken wire, a
floral frog or really anything at all? Our favorite mechanics to use are chicken wire and the floral fog. They are both made from metal and completely reusable. We find that to be a more environmentally friendly approach than floral foam. Once assembled the centerpieces are placed back into the cool room and there they wait till the wedding day.
The Evening Before the Wedding:
It’s now crunch time for us and now is when we start some of the finishing touches. We wrap the
bouquets with their ribbon, we shine the vases and create our plan of attack for the next day. We
now try and devise a plan for travel. How will all of these fit in the car? Will we need a second car
or a truck, maybe a truck and a trailer? Yes, one of our December weddings will require us to have
a full truck and trailer as we will need to cut six fresh balsam fir Christmas trees for the wedding.
We will prep the boutonnieres and wrap them with their twine or ribbon and prep the flowers for the corsages. We typically like to make the flowers that will be out of water on the day of the wedding last, so they are incredibly fresh and last throughout the evening. We’re typically up till 11 pm or midnight the day before and then back up at 5 am the morning of the wedding. We’re perfectionists ourselves so we want to make sure we have enough time to make sure everything is absolutely perfect come wedding day.
Check out our last installment of the #BehindtheScenes blog coming soon. We will explore the
wedding day and share our secrets on how we pull it all off as husband and wife team.
Hi! Us here again to talk more flowers! This time we have a winter bouquet to breakdown. With Punxsutawney Phil telling us it’s going to be a short winter, we figured we would squeeze in a winter bouquet before it’s too late.
Our second bouquet in this series is titled “The Aspen”. It’s a fun snowy twist on a garden-style bouquet.
So why do we love this bouquet so much?
The simple answer: it’s different. It’s not often we get to do a winter wedding bouquet but when we do, oh boy, we love it! This winter bouquet wasn’t designed for a bride, however. It was just a fun Sunday creation with some leftover blooms and winter greens. And if you’re wondering, yes it did smell like Christmas.
So what is in this bouquet?
We have a lot of texture going on in this bouquet with both the greenery and flowers. But let’s start with the greenery this time!
Pine: With its long skinny needles peeking out here and there, pines give this bouquet a true winter feel. Although it is more of a non-traditional greenery for wedding bouquets we couldn’t help ourselves. While it is technically available year-round as it can be fresh cut locally we find it to be used the most during the winter season. We give pine a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Balsam Fir: Another uncommon greenery for bouquets that we absolutely love! Nothing says Christmas wedding more than that soft smell of a Balsam Fir. This confer is available to cut year-round but just like the pine, we find it most often used in the winter months. We give Balsam Fir $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Cedar: This evergreen foliage is the thickest and lush of the winter foliages. It gives a beautiful true green color throughout the branch with the tips sometimes showing a greyish blue tint. It is an extremely hardy greenery and available year-round. We give it a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Mini Variegated Pittosporum: These white and green leaves remind us of Holly leaves with their elongated shape and color pattern. They are a great filler year-round and we give them $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Baby Blue Eucalyptus: This dusty blue/green foliage is a favorite among wedding couples. The long stems with horizontal leaves give a different texture when paired with most other greens. It is a great greenery to add height and structure to an arrangement. Be warned though, it can have a sticky sap when the leaves are removed. Baby Blue Eucalyptus is available year-round and scores a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Grevillea Foliage: This jagged almost saw style greenery transitions from a dusty green to rusty red. Grevillea Foliage is typically available late fall into the winter. We give Grevillea Foliage a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Safari Sunset Leucadendron: A fun twist on a “greenery”. These deep red/burgundy stalks of foliage have cupped leaves that grow in an upward fashion. While other leucadendron varieties come in a variety of colors this one is our favorite. It is available year-round and we rate it as a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Mini Poms: These cute little minis are a wonderful substitution for mini carnations. They also remind us of mini dahlias too! These mini poms are available year-round and are another great budget-friendly option. We give them a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Red Hypericum: These berries are all the rage and come in a huge variety of colors from white to green, pink, peach and of course red and burgundy. Another common name for them is St John's Wort. Although, we don’t think that such a sexy name especially when you are describing them to potential brides. Hypericum berries are available year-round and rank as a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Statice: Statice is like the gift that keeps giving. This cut flower is super versatile and can be used fresh cut or dried. Betcha can’t guess which way I used it in this bouquet. (hint: I’ve had it in my house for over a year now) Statice is a branching flower so each stock has multiple blooms. It is available in so many colors but our favorites are definitely white, lavender and pink. One of the best things about Statice is that it is available year-round and is very cost effective. We give Statice a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Raspberry Scabiosa: This tangy bright colored flower is also called the pincushion flower. You most often find it in more wildflower bouquets and arrangements but we like to tuck it into everything. A fun fact about scabiosa is that they are in the honeysuckle family and according to historians were used to treat scabies in the middle ages. While Scabiosa can be purchased year-round we find the local season to be August through October. One the expensive scale we rate Scabiosa $$ out of $$$$$.
Day 0: The First Contact
Yeahhh! You’re engaged and so excited to plan your upcoming wedding. You’ve picked your date, your venue and (hopefully) your wedding attendants. You are now on the hunt for a florist! You come across our wedding wire page and find our incredible reviews and see real photos of our work. You click that “Request Pricing” button and it all starts now.
We receive your message and we’re off to the races. We try to respond within an hour or two of all inquiries. Typically, we ask that you fill out our wedding flower questionnaire on our website to give us some more details about your special day.
Day 2: The Consultation
Once we receive your wedding flower questionnaire, we will contact you via email unless otherwise stated to set up a complimentary consultation. Our consultations can be so many ways! Most brides opt for an email or phone consultation. However, we can do in-person consultations at either our home studio or coffee shop of your choice! If you are planning a large wedding with hanging installations or intricate installations, we often will opt for an in-person consultation at your venue.
Consultations usually last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the wedding size and the types of florals needed. During your consultation, you should be prepared to be asked the “tough question”, what’s your budget. It may seem like a very daunting task and you may not even know where to start but we’re here to help! The first thing we will tell you is to be 100% honest with yourself and us. We know not everyone has an unlimited flower budget. In fact, we find most couples typically spend 15% of their wedding budget on flowers. To put that into perspective, our small/intimate wedding flower quotes on average come in around $750.00 - $1500.00 and full production/large wedding quotes come in around $2,500.00 -$5,500.00. This, of course, depends on so many factors including guest count, seasonality, and style. One thing to note is that since we are a studio florist that caters to weddings and special events only, we do have a $500 minimum spend. All flowers and greenery are specially ordered fresh for you and your wedding only.
Some other fun questions we will go over is your style. Do you like more flowers or more greenery? (And yes we know you’ve heard the more greenery the cheaper. More to come on dispelling that myth in a later blog!) We will ask you if you have a Pinterest board you can share with us or some example photos? We will go over different types of flowers and why you may or may not want them.
Side note, carnations are coming back strong and we’re here for it! They don’t make them like they did in the 80s. Once we hang up we will immediately begin working on a mood board for you.
Day 3: The Mood Board
The fun part! This is where all your ideas and dreams semi come to life! We create a specifically
curated mood board for you. Your mood board will include multiple images per bouquet, boutonniere, centerpiece and the list goes on. This is done to help you get a feel of what size, texture, shape, and color palette your arrangements will have. While the photos won’t be spot on they should be fairly close in a few aspects. At the end of each mood board, we have a full flower recipe. This recipe will show you real photos of the flowers that we intend to use in your arrangements.
Along with the mood board, we will also include a quote for you. This quote will be written to explain whether the order is for pick up or delivery and if it will explain if any rental items are used. Now is the time to be picky! It’s not often we encourage it but if there was a time it’s now. Let us know if you were envisioning a more blush pink or a brighter pink. Maybe you want to swap out some standard roses for some beautiful garden roses. We’re here to help and want to make sure everything is 100% to your liking. We’re perfectionists ourselves so we understand.
Day 5: The Formal Proposal
Here’s where things get serious. You’ve carefully reviewed your mood board and quote and you are
happy with your final draft. You’re ready to take the next step and lock us in! Once you give us the
green light we will write up a formal contract for your review. We have recently upgraded to some
new software which will allow you to sign the contract right there online and even place your deposit with us at the same time.
45 Days Prior to the Wedding:
Great now you’re locked in with us and have secured your date! Now what? Well, to be honest not
much. Well, at least not for a while anyway. We will follow up with you 45 days before the wedding.
At this time we will check in to verify centerpiece counts and pick up / delivery & set-up times. We
will send you over an invoice for your final payment that is due 30 days prior to the wedding. Once
we receive your final payment your flowers are ordered and we start prepping vases, ribbons and
anything else that needs our attention.
7 Days Prior to the Wedding:
Whoot Whoot! Your wedding day is almost here! We will once again check in with you to confirm
our arrival time to your venue and map out our game plan if necessary. We will also be checking
the weather and ask you about a rain(or snow) plan. This will be our last contact until the wedding
day. We will show up promptly and make contact with your wedding planner or day of contact. Of
course, we would love handing over the bridal bouquet to the bride herself but we know she’s a little busy that day.
All consultations and booking processes might be slightly different to suit each wedding couple but
here’s a taste of what to expect when you contact us. We will have another part of this series coming out soon! Be sure to check back for part 2: Processing and Designing with Flowers and part 3: The Wedding Day.
Let’s talk flowers!
One of the most common things we hear brides say is, “I am not good with flower names but those are pretty! What are those?” Well, we’re here to break it down for you. In this series, we will: break down what type of flowers are in the bouquet, give a little more description of the flowers themselves, explain when they are in season and where they fall on the expensive scale. Our goal is to help brides feel more confident when talking flowers.
Our first bouquet in this series is titled “The Lydia”. It’s a bright twist on a classic peony bouquet.
So why do we love this bouquet so much?
This bouquet was one of our favorites for many reasons. Besides the bright bold colors and amazing scent, this bouquet had an incredible love story behind it. When the bride and groom moved into their new home the groom was very gung ho about moving in and making it their home. He was so gung ho he accidentally mowed over some beautiful peonies in their front yard. Needless to say, the bride wasn't too pleased. As time went on and the seasons changed the new couple got engaged and started planning their wedding. When they came to the Tipsy Tulip for a wedding flower consultation the bride had mentioned this story. We thought nothing of it for a while till the bride landed on a specific style of bouquet. She had jokingly commented about adding these peonies to her bouquet. What a beautiful unexpected twist to add to this couple's wedding story. It truly was such an incredible metaphor for how strong their love is.
So what is in this bouquet?
White Peonies: These white peonies had such a sweet lovely scent. Their fluffy soft petals gave such a luxurious dreamy vibe to this bouquet. Peonies are typically in season from May to June with limited availability through July and August from flower farms in Alaska. We give peonies a $$$ to $$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale just depending on when they are in need.
Bowl of Beauty Peonies: This variety is called “bowl of beauty” and we couldn’t think of a more fitting name. It is not your standard double ruffle fluffy peony. Instead, it boasts a double ring of bright fuchsia pedals with a creamy pale lemon yellow center. While most peonies are typically in season from May to June with limited availability through July and August from flower farms in Alaska, this specific variety usually comes from specialty local growers or out of personal gardens. We give this specific variety of peonies a $$$$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale because they are hard to source.
Lavender Lisianthus: These small almost rosette types of blooms are highly sought after by brides nowadays. They bring a nice pop of color and the unopened buds give a nice texture to the bouquet. Lisianthus is typically available year-round as it can be imported from other countries. However, we find the best season is mid-summer to early fall when the local growers have unique varieties blooming. We give lisianthus a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Lavender Stock: Stock is a fairly fragrant flower that reminds us of a spice smell, almost clove-like. They have more of a vertical growth pattern when compared to other flowers such as peonies and roses. They are made up of little clusters of ruffled petals that grow upwards towards a small spiked top. While they can be purchased year-round we find they are most in-season between March and August. We give stock a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Scented Geranium Foliage: Just like the name says scented geranium has a wonderful smell. It reminds us of a minty lemon mixed with a little pepper. We found this foliage to pair nicely with the traditional mint in this bouquet. The bright green foliage gives a crisp feel to the bouquet and makes the lavender and pink tones pop. This unexpected greenery is in-season between May to September. We give scented geranium a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Mint Foliage: Similar to scented geranium, mint is an unexpected and unusual greenery to see in a wedding bouquet. With our bride loving blueberry mojitos we knew we had to sneak some mint in there. Besides its incredible scent, mint foliage offers a more non-traditional leaf shape when compared to other greenery used in wedding work. Mint can be purchased year-round but like other flowers, we find it looks and smells the best during the spring and summer months. We give mint foliage a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
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