Wedding Flowers: All the Basics
FYI: I did get a clematis diamantina.
DURING THIS EPISODE I OPEN-MOUTHED-CLOSE-EYED LAUGHED. A LOT
Did you know that... Minnesota has a short growing season, so your wedding flowers may be shipped in from Holland or other locations that are not where you live. This episode was all over the place, just like how your flowers come from all over the place, in the best way possible. Hence, these show notes are a mirror of the madness that happened in this wedding podcast.
WHERE CAN FLOWERS GO AT YOUR WEDDING
In your hair
Hanging from the ceiling
On the walls
At the bar
Near the entrance
On the floor
At the tables
On a car/trolley/boat
Atop the fireplace mantle or hearth
On an arbor
As chair swag
POINT: they can go practically anywhere.
BEST KINDRED BLOOM TIPS:
Keep your flowers in water as much and as long as possible
Greenery is actually a really great budget booster
Ask for a little bit of breathing room before you make a hiring decision, take the time to review the provided information, like a style board, before you sign your contract.
A minimum of 5 votive candles per guest table. MORE is MORE.
WHAT DOES CONTROLLED ORGANIC LOOK LIKE?
HOW DO I HIRE A FLORIST?
Take a gander at their portfolio. Do you love it? Do you want your wedding to look similar? Do you want your wedding flowers to be inspired as such? Hiring a wedding florist whose portfolio (and not just one picture of their work) you LOVE is going to result in wedding flowers that sweep you off yo' feet.
That's the nicest way, that I can mange, of saying: don't, opt for a cheaper florist than what your vision desires, but expect them to accomplish something that is completely different than what they have in their galleries. I've seen it before and it equals BUMMER TOWN. Yes, I realize that this paragraph is a grammatical cluster and I don't mind if you glazed right over it.
Seriously, Alexia and Emma of Kindred Blooms, really impressed upon me the difference between intuitive and intelligent vendors, and the other ones. They know their shit and you don't need to micromanage or fret (ie, waste your time).
In case you couldn't tell by my pussyfooting - being good at your job and being kind persons with good intentions are not qualities found in all wedding vendors.
HOW CAN I REUSE MY CEREMONY DECOR
If you must reuse (which I say you must!) be sure to be thoughtful in the transition. Kindred Blooms begs you to NOT reuse bridesmaid's bouquets for anything at all. But aside from that, here's what we brainstormed:
The back row of ceremony chairs' swag >>> head table chairs
A greenery only arbor garland >>> head table greenery runner
Your ceremony arbor >>> photo back drop or sweetheart table frame
Boxed arrangements down the aisle >>> sweetheart table
A quick argument FOR sweetheart tables can be heard in this episode, and I completely agree!