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Not ALL Florists are created equal!! A cautionary tale for Brides.

cropped-cherub-2-colorized.jpgSo you have said YES, and are about to start on the road to wedding planning bliss. A Huge part of your wedding day will be the decor and flowers. And many brides are reluctant to enter into the world of flowers or may not know the difference between a flower shop and a wedding floral designer , an in house venue offer and a hobbyist. We wedding designers and pro florist share Horror stories among our peers and sometimes the flowers and stories are so bad that you have to warn the public! Here are two “incidents”that happened this wedding season in the UK. A bride was given a recommendation from her caterer for a low cost florist  , and thinking he must know their work, she called. “Wow “she thought, “I can get all these flowers and save so much!!” The “florist” did not have an office nor home based studio , or a shop, and met the bride at a coffee shop to get the brides details. The bride was surprised that this so called designer did not bring a laptop or portfolio of their work, but only took a few notes. The red flags were flying by the end of the meeting. So the Smart bride asked to see a sample of an orchid bouquet and was willing to pay for that sample. a week later,( see photos) This is what was presented to her as a Large orchid Bouquet!!! It was pulled out of  the so called designers hand bag no less!  Truly a mess ! This bride saved herself from a major disaster , took this low cost mess to a great designer in her town ,and tearfully shared her tale. The Real designer “educated ” the bride to what things cost and what to expect , and to NOT get lulled into a false sense of confidence based on cost  and in house venue referral only! We have all heard of the DIY / Pintrest Fail! LOL Some folks just think anyone can whip up a hand tied bouquet or bake a wedding cake or be the DJ. Not all are “artistic” . The second cautionary tale is “Believing” that the Venue or church will place professional details and designs for free or at far less cost to you than your professional wedding florist or designer. A fellow wedding designer that is known for her pretty rose work and traditional pew designs, had a bride call and cancel all of her church pews because the church lady told her she could do it for free. The florist arrived to set up the altar flowers and saw these “Pew Posies” with plastic wrap and cotton balls, zip ties and damaged bug eaten leaves and dying  roses down the aisle. NOT the lavish 4 inch wide satin bows and full garden roses that were promised!! I had a similar incident where a spring bride was told the venue would place all her ceremony items free of charge.  So she cancelled all her ceremony details with me. Five  minutes before the ceremony ,as guests arrived, not one rose petal or candle was in place.  And the Maid of Honor was scrambling to unpack massive boxes of  lanterns, candles, wine bottles and asking if we had any petals they could have!!! The Venue had forgotten! That bit of savings clearly was not worth it in the end. Time that should have been for used for fabulous photos of the bride and her ladies, was a stress filled pre ceremony melt down situation. So a word of gentle caution to Brides on any budget.  Trust the professional wedding designers , get it in writing, LOOK at  Photo samples of real weddings the florist and venues have designed, read reviews and communicate ideas clearly . Any promised item, Get it in writing!! Thankfully there are many wonderful designers in the wedding business, with great reputations. I invite couples in my area to come and visit me in my office and studio and see what  experience and a realistic budgets can create!!

and they wont look like these disasters!

This is so bad it hurts my eyes
This is so bad it hurts my eyes
Are you kidding me!!
Are you kidding me!!
PEE uey pew Fail
PEE uey pew Fail
Oh this is classy!
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A New Twist on Preserving Your Bridal Bouquet

 So your Wedding day is almost  here!

You have planned for months and you know that the day will be filled with moments that will take your breath away, make you laugh and sing and dance .

This Day you will carry the most special bouquet of your life.

How can you capture the moment and preserve it?  

One way is to locate a preservation company .  This must be done at least a month in advance. It can be quite expensive, but for the Romantic at heart, the idea of your actual bouquet preserved under glass may be a must have.

BUT, what if you are a More Modern bride with an eye for clean lines and contemporary art for your home???

graphic novel style This is a contemporary graphic

of one of our Brides wedding bouquets  done in Graphic Novel styling. Once rendered and saved it can be sent to one of the many Photo on canvas services available.Its a wonderful way to have an original piece of art for your home , taken from a full color photo of your real Bridal bouquet.

Wedding Westie Spring watercolor
Having  your Flower dog ring bearer immortalized  in a painting can be a fun way to remember the day

More traditional?  Try a water color render! a soft and romantic version that will look wonderful.                                                                                                            kris and david wedding 1 watercolor                    cake 300dpi water color

Taking a section of the bouquet and enlarging it to get the details can give the feel of a realistic still life. These look amazing On Large Canvas and can be used in the dining or bedroom.

brides bokay 1 watercolor

Water color option
Water color option

Not a techy or artistic type?  No worries, Suzanne M Smith Designs is offering this transition from photo to art option for their wedding and event clients.

Feel free to ask your designer about selecting a couple fave photos to transform.  A small labor fee will be charged for their time, and you may have the option to take your finished JPEG to you favorite canvas print location or have us select one from our providers.

 

 

Floral Trends for 2014 – Something for everyone!

What will the 2014 Wedding and Special Event Trends be ?

Looking at the forcast from the Top Designers, Nature based designs will still be in vogue. But with a twist.

REVIVAL-Less Mason jars, and More vintage elegant pressed glass, Lace and Pearls, Think blush and muted tones with romantic textures and garden flowers. a lean toward Art Nuevo with tendrils and garlands. 20’s and 30’s inspired glam continues.

Grand Lodge with a Distinct Craftsman elegance will be seen .The forest and woods, ferns and rustic yet more fairy glen than mountain man as the natural beauty of the mix will overtake the Whimsical country feel of the past seasons. Frank Loyd Wright shapes and motifs.

Confetti- Bright colors, sharp patterns and artistic vases and shapes. Fun, festive and fabulous! Zinnias and Dahlias will be popping up as well as single focal blooms like Protea pin Cushion and art wire and glass.Think Summer Sun and Fiesta.

Aqua-Culture is the cool shimmer of water and moonlight. Cool shades of blue with white and silver. Natural blues that give a dreamy sensual impression. Spa inspired Meditations and settings with scent and warmed with frosted candlelight.

The palettes and floral combinations for 2014 are embracing distinct emotional responses.

when you are planning your wedding or events remember to look at your venue and visualize the colors and seasonal accents that speak to you.

Here are the projected Trends in Colors , focal flowers, and graphic elements Image

Dont be a Babe in the Woods! Reality Budgeting for Wedding flowers & Decor

  How exciting, You are engaged!  Now comes the fun of planning your big day                                                                                                                                                                                             

Your head may be filled with fantasies of Pink tulle and roses or stylish chrome and candle light.  But wait ….How much does that dream cost?

In my many years of consulting and designing fabulous weddings and events, It has been my experience that most couples arrive for their first floral consultation  a bit confused over costs, flowers, seasonal options and apprehension that the designer is about to raise the rates when the word WEDDING is announced.

So Instead of being a “babe in the woods”, Lets educate ourselves a bit and be a better prepared and happy couple. The result of a bit of fact checking and reality checking will result in a beautiful day filled with special memories.

Let me assure you that any reputable floral designer with experience isn’t there to rip off or mislead the Bride and Groom,  The reality is that weddings require more work than a standard party. Hiring the best designer for your budget is easier if you are Up Front and honest about your ideas.  We are here to celebrate you!  The personalization of a brides Bouquet, the hand delivery and set up of the ceremony to reception decor is a service, and requires time and labor.  It is not the same as a drop off delivery for a birthday vase of Daisies.,  Or a supermarket bunch of posies.

 Dont try to deceive the designer, TRUST is the first part of a great relationship, and this holds true with your vendors. Forget all the stories you read on the Brides Boards,The best vendors have a sterling reputation and would not be around long if they were not honest.  There are Options for almost any realistic budget! It is better to arrive at the designers door with an idea of what you can spend and design to fit , allowing the florist to suggest seasonal items that will give you more for your money. These designer options may be the perfect solution to a tight budget.

Speaking of the realistic budget! If you only have $500. to spend for flowers for the day. You need to rethink the priorities and not fault the vendor for charging what is the fair market rates for flowers and decor.  instead of a lavish cascade of orchids and 8 bridesmaids and groomsmen. You may want to downsize or look for a single unique flower to carry such as a designed Duchess rose and single roses or long stem calla for each attendant and a couple of blossoms for your hair.  BUT don’t expect to have a church  aisle filled with chiffon and dripping greenery,3 ft. tall table designs  for 20 tables and lavish linens.  The standard response from a designer to this budget and request would be “Did you forget a Zero?” or “Is that $500. per table?”  Does this mean you can’t have the dream? No, But you may need to make an adjustment of your reality and budget.

 
 

 

GETTING REAL 
Small Budgets and TV Dreams

 

So you watch every TV wedding show and devour every bridal mag on the shelves and love it all, You don’t want to be the Bridezilla, But you would love to have that antique Candelabra and David Tutera “rescue” you.               Okay Nice dream but the reality is that what you are seeing is not the norm! That single table of DT design with dripping crystals would be the average couples Honeymoon budget! Step out of your fantasy for a moment and get realistic with a list. Start with the location of the ceremony, what is needed and allowed ( yes they may have restrictions on decor). The church ceremony may be completely different from an Outdoor garden ceremony, so list the allowable. Now how many attendants , Jr Bridesmaids and Flowergirls, Number of VIP’s for corsages and Boutineeres, what flowers you love. Anything special for that WOW moment ( butterflies, Doves, Hot air balloon arrival or departure).  Moving on to the reception. How many guests =how many tables, Will there be need for special linens and lighting? What is the theme and colors.  Add in how much per person for dinner and DJ, Photographer and Cake. Oh and what about the Gown and rings!

 So How does this all add up?   Does it feel like a reality for what you want to spend? The average Couple with a catered wedding for 100 will spend approx. $25,000. for their wedding. The rule of thumb for flowers is 10% or $2500. from that budget. Now add in the special touches that your floral wedding designer may offer, linens and live butterflies, Peonies,  and specialty LED lighting  or antique vases in table designs and that can increase the Decor budget an additional 50%.  This is a REAL idea of the current 2011 pricing in our area.

BUT I ONLY HAVE THE MINIMUM TO SPEND!!!

My suggestion is to allow your designer the opportunity to blow your mind with what you can have for that Minimum! BY using your Colors and theme concept we can create for our Couples an awesome display of beautiful flowers that look like a Million, but kept you on track.  I see Brides arrive in the studio with pages torn from magazines showing what seems like a simple bouquet to the bride. In reality that Magazine dream bouquet is filled with RARE flowers that some Sherpa climbed the Himalayas to pick and hand carry to the magazine designer, LOL, Yes its a lot of Magic and Mirrors with these designs, and have you noticed they never list a price! 

Allowing the designer to give you the FEEL of this bouquet in a price point and size to fit your bank account is better than a mind-set on the unattainable.

If you have $1500. to spend , ASK what that will get you. Dont be shy.  It is better to be AMAZED at what you CAN have than be disappointed in what you can’t.  Dont have the designer do a lavish sketch and cold quote on a Platinum dream and then ask  Can you GIVE ME a discount and all the details free.  Better to say I have a budget of $$$ and Love Pink flowers, My wedding is in June at the Fab Wedding Location . This allows the designer a chance to show you so much more and can be very exciting as you see with NEW EYES the creative results.

Fresh wedding flowers are available for everyone if they expect the reality of current costs and appreciate the artisan designer and their personal services.

Cali Prom Trends 2011

With Valentine’s Day coming and Spring events on the mind of Ladies & Gents.

I thought I’d jump on the trends for 2011 and let my Fans and friends Know what’s Hot and Rockin in So. Cal

 for Prom season ( ours start as early as March this year!)

                                     Short & Sassy

Sweet But sassy for dancing the night away

The Short Party dress is still popular and allows for fun and flirty floral accents,

 Ankle Corsages, or pearl rock candy Bracelet corsages accent this look
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  And the unexpected  fun of a Satelite Bracelet and ring with fresh flowers
 
 

 

 

 

  

  

Hot Color for 2011
Pantone the Gods of color have announced that the top pick color is Honeysuckle.
This pink tone is

rich and can be seen from Vinatge inspired romantic to Hollywood Glam.

Other tones that will compliment are Industrial grey, Rich Cream, Subtle pale yellows with a hint of sheer white.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Old  Hollywood Glam.

Think Fred & Ginger Floral choices Fragrant Freesia and Gardenias, Magnetic backed Corsages with Crystal and gilded ribbons placed at the waist or bustline or in your hair.    

Love flowers But active and afraid they will be crushed? Try a Handbag corsage
 
If you want the pin up look or the classic debutante…
 Working with  your local floral designer to accent your fashion will take your Prom look to the next level.
Call us today to arrange for a prom design session to accent your look!
Corsages and Boutineers as well as floral wearable art for your Big event.
714-892-2241  or smsdes@aol.com
We also take special orders for Graduation leis direct from the best lei makers on Kauai and Maui!!
Please allow 2 weeks for pre orders.

Inside Weddings magazine!!

Fall 2010 cover

ECO FRIENDLY Weddings ?

YOU BET!!!!

we are so pleased to be featured in the Fall 2010 seasons beautiful Inside Weddings magazine

Our wonderful Organic Bride and Groom , Amy & Nick asked us to create an Eco friendly wedding using sustainably grown veggies and flowers, materials and elements for a simply stunning vineyard wedding. Our 8 page feature shows just a hint of the wonderful touches that we created for them.

We hope that you will be inspired by this fun couple and allow us the Joy of bringing YOUR

arbor details

Wedding day vision to life.

Brides Organic Bouquet
Ceremony Dove release

Grooms Picasso calla

The use of rich colors and textures added to the organic elegance of the setting

Organic vegie decor and Lime seating cards By Suzanne
Organic table designs with a theme
The Guys
Ladies in Waiting

The Ladies

Amazing cake with a touch of our organic flowers and votives
Apple Table
In the orchard
Amy the Beautiful Organic Bride

Prefered Vendors Lists, Quality & Talent or Paid Ads, Brides Beware!

Planning a wedding or special event can be a daunting task.  Great vendors can make that experience a dream instead of a nightmare.

 Especially in our current economy.

So What’s wrong with just going with the Prefered Vendors on your Venues List?  Shouldnt that be the easiest option?

In all the craziness of the wedding biz there are some Venues that are holding the Couples over a barrel as well as vendors who wish to work at their locations, This is known as “Pay To Play” and is the dirty little secret that is creeping into the mix. 

Basically the situation rears its ugly head as you sit down to sign contracts on your dream venue and find that you MUST pick from a selection of Planners & Prefered vendors from a list. They may not fit your vision and price range, but you MUST use only these folks!  They do not tell you that the vendors have been asked to PAY a fee to be on the list and that some pay a percentage back to the venue. And who gets the fee tacked on to their bill? The bride of course!

Even worse is the “Outside” vendor fees some will demand if you wish to bring in your own Favorite baker, Florist, Photographer and Dj. I have heard outrageous fees of $500-$1000. to bring them in!  If you trust your selected vendors and they have proof of Business license and insurance and  references and a portfolio, why should they charge you to have them walk on the premises?

So how can this trend be stopped? Brides have More Power than they think. Voting with your Pocket book and selecting venues that allow you to be selective is a start.  After all you have worked hard to pay for your wedding and should be able to get the best fit for your personality and budget.

1. Ask the venue if they allow you to bring in your professional of choice. Most Quality venues will allow you to select florist, and photographers and Dj as long as they are licensed and insured. I stress the PRO aspect of this, as most wont allow DIY other than a favor or gift for the guests. DIY disasters of the past may have something to do with some of the reasoning they demand you to use their list, but most in the industry think it is  a $$$ Grab by venues feeling the economic pinch!

2.Ask if their “prefered ” vendors are PAID advertisers or PROVEN TALENT. If they are upfront they will disclose this.  Many wonderful venues and caterers have favorite folks they have worked with and who are respectful of the venue and meet the credentials and insurance demands of the property.These are the Proven talent and will be “Suggested” . You should be able to meet them and get a feel for their style and then decide. But NOT have to be forced to pick only these suggestions.

You may be into an alternative style of Music or Want RAW food or all organic floral designs. Will you have to Settle for a traditional meal , cookie cutter flowers and the 70-year-old house DJ?LOL  

3. Ask if you need to have an Insurance rider? Yes they do demand these at times and this is again an additional fee that may have to be added to your budget. Most professionals have basic liability, But when venues force  the harpist to show proof of $ million dollar insurance for her 30 minute performance. they can cause last-minute hassles. Day of event coverage can be purchased for your vendors , but some venues try to force out your selections the last week or so with this disclosure. ALWAYS check the contracts!

4. If  couples start opting for venues that allow some wiggle room and Individuality in the planning of their big days and avoid the Venues that demand “their way or the highway” it will  protect future couples from going over budget and not getting their dream wedding .

Above all NEVER go blindly into a contract , ask questions, and get written answers .

 Be pro active and aware that MANY fine independent vendors are being pushed out by this practice, and it is tainting the industry’s reputation.  YOU Have the Right to choose!

A Blooming Magical Day

So what do flower folks do on a day off?

We go to DISNEYLAND!!

I had the pleasure of organizing the first Blooming Magical Day @Disneyland for Ubloom.com On 8/29/10

I had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with one of the Rock Stars of the floral world- J Schwanke.

J is the founder of Ubloom and the fabulous host  of JTV. His Monday fun with flowers webisodes are seen by fans around the world!

J and his film crew were visiting California on their California Grown Experience tour. Filming some of the most awe inspiring flower feilds and meeting the growers who make our state so colorful. 

J and his Partner Graphic artist Kelly Blank joined UBloom Friends and family on a day of fun at the Mouse House.

Arriving at Disneyland as the gates opened we knew it would be a fun day.

A meet & greet at the castle was Blooming magical with a surprise visit from Aurora

and Tinkerbell.

The day was filled with rides, and laughs, good food and fun.

& we topped the day off with the Celebration Parade and a ride on the CA. Adventure Roller coaster “California Screamin'”( hilarious video viewing available on Facebook at Ubloom )

and the beautiful World Of Color Water show.

I invite you to tune in to JTV at http://www.Ubloom.com for the Ca.flower segments and our silly out takes and flower fun with some very talented flower folks!

After all, when we can  get together and have fun Our creative work can only be more inspired!

have a wonderful Fall season and contact me ASAP for your fabulous fall and Winter creations!

The Art of Selecting Wedding Flowers, What will my budget buy Part 2

5 Star beach resort

Over the years I have met with hundreds of couples to plan the floral decor for their big day.  And many times the first comment made is  ” I have No Idea what flowers cost or which to choose!”  This is why Hiring the experienced Floral Pro to work with is a VIP  list item.  The time, stress and hassles are removed and laid in the hands of someone with a passion and knowledge of  flowers who will take on a HUGE responsibility of setting the scene for your vows and the reception to follow. 

Does it have to cost a fortune? No!  BUT you must be realistic in your expectations to the budget factor.  Being upfront with your available budget for flowers is a must. Any great designer will be happy to discuss options to fit your needs.  

 If on a tight budget, many may think OH!! I will DIY my flowers!”         From experience I can say that the average Bride will spend MORE on her DIY attempt and be stressed out  to the point of tears trying to get it all done and placed in the limited time frame of a hectic wedding day, than if she would have selected a designer with vision who could create something beautiful in the same price point. 

BUT ITS JUST FLOWERS! 

 It’s More than just flowers. It’s about SERVICE.   From the first meeting with a Bride until the day of the wedding, a designer is gathering items, ordering flowers, prepping , designing, storing in a controlled temperature and fussing over every detail with delivery and setup and all the fine touches . A pro designer is looking out for your best interest and making sure that as you walk down the aisle the only tears you have are Tears of happiness.    That is Priceless. 

BUT I WANT IT ALL! 

 LOL, I hear this so often, and like any expense in weddings, you must reel in your desire to “Overdo” and allow the designers to guide you to the perfect blend of your style  , personality & Budget.  If you are a dreamy bride and want lavish roses and dripping orchids, but your pocket says daisies and snapdragon. The look can still be achieved, using spray roses and your color palette to “paint the picture” of a romantic garden or Parisian spring. This is where the Pro can do their MAGIC!! 

I would like to show you some fabulous looks in the BUDGET, MID & TOP Range to show you that  using a creative touch and the best wedding professionals will give you great results and not break the bank. 

The Fantastic Frugal wedding 

Sunny Summer Bridal

Unique and interesting Mini designs

  

Floral pricing on an event for 50 with a small wedding party  using a selection of sunny flowers in season and pretty accents and flourishes could be under $900. Plus delivery for a version of this delightful wedding.  You dont have to use a Bud vase only approach to your tables.  Creative , simple designs in recycled , shabby chic or vintage vases can be an option. Or forget the vase all together and go for origami folded paper with a single blossom, Wow and artistry are unlimited, and sometimes less is more! Allow your local floral designer to show you the latest hot budget ideas and save you the hassles while impressing your guests.

The Romantic mid range wedding 

Using a mix of the brides favorites and selections of colors to compliment the setting a Couple on a mid range floral budget of $2000. to $4500. could achieve a delightful romantic look with many details and designer flourishes. 

In this price range a touch of “Focal flowers” such as seasonal peonies and Cymbidium orchids can be used to add that upscale feel , yet stay in a moderate range.  This is the most desired look for my romantic brides, and the look is lush yet refined.  Price factors that can move the range up or down is the choice of vases and additional Bling or accessories such as multiple votives, silver and mirrors. 

Laguna garden wedding

So Romantic!

Just Married!

Romantic Garden

The attention to detail is sure to delight guests and make lasting memories for everyone.  Allowing your floral designer to treat you to various pricing options and flourishes  can keep you on track and focussed. The service they provide is amazing and detailed to create the endless memories of a romantic wedding day.

The Tip Top Platinum wedding 

Weddings in this category can be from the cutting edge theme to the Extreme. But in general are located at 5 star resorts, Country Clubs and Estates and require a Designer and crew for creation.  Many start to run into the high figures due to high guest counts of 300 or more. Floral Price range can start in the $6500. range for a lavish small event and go over the moon. Events that hit the Platinum status often require sound and lighting, draping, staging in several ares of the locations , specialty transportation, props and custom linens and extravagant use of flowers, trees, plants and fabrics which is coordinated by the floral event designer with constant contact with your wedding planner and her team. 

It’s common to have the floral designer create several different looks for different rooms. From the brides room to the ceremony to the cocktail areas and onto the reception and after parties.  This is one style of wedding that MUST be organized with Professional Planner, floral designer and creative team. 

Passionate Red at Estate
Lavish fall ceremony area
Lavish fall reset for reception
Winter Wonderland for 700!

  

Let It Snow!

Just remember… 

This is YOUR day, and whatever your budget and personality, allowing a professional designer to create your flowers and decor  at any price point will be something you will never forget and it will allow you to truly enjoy one of the most important days in your life!

Another happy Couple who chose wisely!

So What does My wedding flower budget buy? Part 1 Bouquets

I have won many awards for my organic wedding designs and I get requests for everything from Platinum  level bouquets filled with rare orchids and roses to simple Nosegays for tiny budget brides. I design each bouquet with the same passion and attention to detail for my clients, the results are as special as each bride who will carry it.

I’m sure many brides have browsed beautiful websites , watched TV & Movie weddings and wondered, WOW what does that bouquet cost!?!  Suprisingly some simple hand tied designs may run more than a full cascade due to the rarity or delicate nature of the content. I have seen the shock on brides faces when they hand me a page torn from a magazine with Lily of the valley, Massive Peonies and rare blue Himalayan Poppies!  BUT dont fret, as a Professional designer, I know how to “Rethink” that dream bunch of blossoms into a reality budget possibility.

Here are some ideas of deceptively simple designs with BIG price tags.

The Lily Of the Valley bouquet.                                     

Carried by celebrities and sophisticated Spring brides. this fragrant beauty can tip the scales at $400. and up on the tiny side. One recent celebrity Lily of the Valley large bridal bouquet was in the $2000. range.

Why? the delicate nature of these beautiful flowers and the per stem wholesale costs are at the very top range of the wedding faves. Its all about fragrance and old school tradition with this delicate bloom.

East coast brides may fair better when in season, but west coast brides will always find these in the high end.

Other high end blooms are Gardenias and specimen Orchids ( not to be confussed with commercial orchids)

In comparison to this delicate hand tied bouquet, You could have a Top of the line Butterfly Orchid cascade  and grooms Lei for less. or a romantic lush in season Spring round  with peonies and roses for about half the current price of this tiny beauty.

What about the budget bride?

Does this look like a low budget bride to you?          

Smart use of color and seasonal flowers can give you a Million dollar look on a realistic budget.  Medium sized Bridal Bouquet of  single color rose with in season dutch mini calla and interesting berries looked elegant with simple matching mini calla attendants bouquets.  No DIY for this smart bride, she had us design 10 simple clean centerpieces in the same flowers and a beautiful wedding arbor with rental silk draping and fresh garlands which then was used as a wedding pavilion for their garden reception. Double use of the exisiting space and flowers for an affordable WOW factor.This reasonably priced wedding was featured in a national magazine. And was a wedding setting winner! She stayed on her realistic budget under $1650.  for a beautiful full day of simply elegant flowers and service for 100 . 

The Average Wedding?

No Bride wants to think of her wedding as average, and in this case we are speaking only of the most popular price range for a wedding for 100 guests with  a selection of the brides favorite flowers.

Most Brides Bouquets  that are in demand are in the $200.-$300. range in current pricing. This is not the standard hand tied at my studio, but rather a FULLY DESIGNED  custom Bouquet, it may have added Bling with Crystals, feathers and beads, It may be a cascading style or High Style Asian influenced beauty. Lavish ribbon wraps or silver handled Vintage tussies.  Matchng Bridesmaid designs can average from $75. to $100. each , But again a great floral designer may have several options to compliment from simple to over the top to meet the brides desired look and budget.

This brides Eco themed organic wedding had many special order requested flowers from large White Peonies and purple artichokes, rare tea green and Amnesia roses with Picasso calla lilies and organic Kale and lavender, Lush, use of flowers and veggies made this a winner, yet kept the costs in the brides desired budget.

communicating your floral vision is key to acheiving award winning results and the life long memories and photos to share with your grandkids someday! Thats Priceless!