Photo by Jodi Ann Photography
Of every task on the wedding to-do list, I felt the least confident and familiar with floral. Between the countless options for florists in the Twin Cities and my preconceived notions about how pricey beautiful blooms could be, I was overwhelmed before I even got started.
The day I went with my mom and future mother-in-law to interview the owner, Melissa, I was immediately impressed. Located in north Minneapolis, Melissa’s studio is filled with just about every kind of vase, candelabra, and floral accessory you could possibly imagine. Plus, she had a cooler full of flowers, so she was able to show us real-life examples of the materials she works with. I instantly felt like we were in good hands.
I had a basic idea of what I was looking for. I know I want an ivory bouquet, while my bridesmaids carry arrangements made in vibrant fall hues, like orange and red, but beyond that, I went in with an open mind.
Using my Pinterest page as a springboard, Melissa quickly picked up on the vibe I’m going for—“glam fall” I’ve dubbed it—and began sketching out her proposal. I love roses, which are thankfully available year-round (read: affordable), so those will feature prominently in all bouquets and boutonnieres, along with other seasonal blooms and accents, like berries and dahlias. To add some drama to the ballroom—where both the ceremony and reception will take place—we’ve decided to do a mix of low and high arrangements, utilizing hand-dyed hydrangeas (one of Melissa’s brilliant ideas, since that kind of flower doesn't come in the colors we’re looking for) to achieve the fullness and size I crave without blowing our budget. She also suggested throwing a third type of centerpiece into the mix, using gold metallic branches and crystals. It’s something I never would’ve thought of on my own, but it has quickly become one of my favorite décor elements. To keep a consistent look throughout the Golf Club, Melissa will also create a dramatic arrangement for the guest book table and small accents for the cocktail tables.
Leaving that meeting with Melissa, I was finally able to see my vision start to come to life. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the big day!
- To save money, ask your florist about repurposing flowers from the reception for the ceremony, and vice versa. We’ll be using a handful of centerpieces to line the aisle, and the bridesmaids’ bouquets will act as floral decorations for the head table.
- If your budget is tight, think about incorporating a non-floral centerpiece, such as candles (very romantic) or a clear glass vase with elements that represent the season (branches, pumpkins, ornaments, etc.).
- Don’t forget to ask about a complimentary toss bouquet, so you can have your actual bouquet preserved.