I’ve never been much of a flower-fanatic, but when it came time to look at flowers and vendors for the wedding I had to pick up my game.
My first suggestion for any other person getting ready to pick out flowers . . . figure out what’s in season! I love peonies and thought of them right away as a possibility for the wedding. The upside? We’re getting married in May, and that’s actually the start of peony season. The downside? If winter runs long, peonies will not be blooming yet, and even in season they're expensive.
So what’s a girl to do? I started talking to the people who knew more than I did! Actually that’s basically been my strategy for the entire wedding, but I digress . . .
I started interviewing florists. They ranged from single-person, home-run establishments to brand-new companies to well-established local florists with storefronts. I ended up choosing, Whimsy Events & Design, a passionate team of two sisters. The day I met with Emma (the design side of the business) was the day I knew we’d end up hiring Whimsy. Not only was Emma upbeat and an out-of-the-box thinker, but she seemed honestly passionate about my ideas (as uneducated as they were). She helped me take my love of peonies and dissect that to mean a love for full, buoyant, and light flowers.
Her sister Alexia (the business side of the company) also realized I was price and budget conscious and helped us identify the things that we could do ourselves or cut things that wouldn’t be missed. Their honest and direct approach was the perfect pairing to their creativity and passion.
So what’s the grand plan? In order to stick to our budget, we’ve chosen to focus solely on the reception venue. The Basilica of St. Mary is already gorgeous in its massive awesomeness, so why mess with that? For the reception there will be a heavy emphasis on greenery with a touch of peony-like flowers. The emphasis on greens will help us make the tables feel full and organic without spending tons on flower centerpieces. We’ll have some moss accents around the room, some of which will be DIY.
A couple décor tips I’ve learned since meeting with the dynamic duo:
- Set a budget, and let your vendor help you define where to most effectively spend it.
- If you're in need of any serving platters, vases, candle holders, etc. visit a thrift store! My favorite is the Arc's Value Village in Richfield. I did some serious thrifting and ended up finding almost everything I needed for less than anywhere else.
- If you’re comfortable doing a couple projects, ask your florist or designer or coordinator or whoever, what you can DIY. They’ll know great places to find materials and probably give you step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself.
- Keep an open mind. I had no idea going into this that I would wind up loving the look of greenery so much, but the price is right and achieves the look I'm going for.