Seasonal availability for spring wedding flowers

 Wedding season is around the corner! Some of the best flowers bloom in the spring, and can really take your bouquets, and arrangements to the next level. These are just some of our favorites!

1. A top choice for brides is the Peony.  Peonies have a short growing time, making these sought-after blooms even more desirable to brides walking down the aisle.  They come in all different colors, but most popular is white and blush.

2. Tulips are a great choice for spring.  Available all season, tulips are a great choice for bouquets, and centerpieces.  Tulips come in a range of colors, so they would be great to match with bridesmaid gowns.

3.  Anemones come in an array of petal colors and sizes and have a dark center. A highly versatile flower. These will add a great pop of color to your bridal bouquet.

4. Garden roses are great bloom to add to your nuptials.  They open so perfectly they will have you in awe.  Garden roses come in a variety of colors, especially coral, or blush would be a great choice for spring.

5. Daffodils are one of the flowers that just define spring.  They are one of the first flowers to pop up out the ground as a sign that winter is almost over.  Daffodil’s come in white, yellow, or a mix of the two.  They would look great in a centerpiece, as their bloom is slightly larger, and will fit in just the right spaces.

6. Sweet Peas are a lovely and unique flower that are sure to draw attention to any arrangement .

Here is a seasonal guide for the top wedding flowers

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See full seasonal floral guide Here

How Much Do Wedding Flowers Cost? Straight from a Wedding Florist

How much do wedding flowers cost?

A note from the florist:

As a wedding florist, weddings are my life.  Week in and week out, I plan, prep, create and design wedding flowers.  When the weekend arrives, I’m delivering, overseeing set up, styling and watching it all come together.

It takes much dedication, it is my passion and I love my job!

There is a lot of work to be done behind the scenes that many are unaware of, which separates flower design as a profession vs. flower design as a hobby.  A wedding requires much organization, paperwork and sourcing,  along with finding the best flowers and materials for the event.  My team meets to discuss the details and requests of the clients.  This allows us all to collaborate on the event design.

The week of the wedding flowers are received, processed, hydrated and thorns removed.  They go into a cooling period in the fridge for 24 hours to follow. It is important to know the care of each flower variety to ensure success for an event.

Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com

Something Blue Wedding Photography (www.somethingbluenj.com)

An experienced florist who has been designing and preparing flowers for hundreds of weddings before yours  is well worth the money.  Here’s why:

Quality Product – You need your flowers to be right the first time because there are no “take twos” for your wedding day!

Design Meetings – Our process begins with the client scheduling their first design meeting.  At this first meeting you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to lay out the details of your wedding – the who’s, what’s, when’s and where’s.  We will also ask a few design questions about your colors, details and theme.

Then a floral consultation begins, at this point I want to get an overview of your wedding flower ideas and arrangements. I love when the client is an open book expressing favorites and dislikes. The client usually will come with photos and style boards to share ideas of the bridal bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets and centerpieces. We use our portfolio of designs to help further clarify the direction of details and designs.

Professional Planning – Once the designs are decided, we will have colors established and style direction for the event. After the style we have to be sure that the budget matches the dream.  I begin to break down the various elements, including which flowers and foliage will be needed and the quantity for each. As a professional florist there a lot of moving parts like what type and how many vases to buy, along with the when and where to deliver bouquets and coordinating setup time(s) for the ceremony and and reception.  I am required to be organized in my thoughts and creative in spirit at all times.

Detailed Organization – Once your wedding day is getting near, the next step is to start ordering an negotiating with local suppliers and growers. We need to confirm availability, create recipes for each design, contact and communicate with your ceremony venue, reception venue and wedding planner. The planning of delivery involves logistics along with staffing, time schedules and other final details.  As the florist, I have many details to juggle and organize – all of which is included in your price.

We are here to make it easy but all of this takes time.

Tiffany Atlas Photography (www.http://atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Tiffany Atlas Photography
(www.atlasweddingphotography.com/)

Budgeting:

When budgeting for your wedding we find that there are no loop holes or secrets. You will always get what you pay for.

Remember flowers will be in all of your photos so you want them to look good. Hiring an experienced florist will prevent you from falling victim to the broken, wilting bouquets.  Be sure to ask your florist how they handle and care for their blooms.  An experienced and knowledgeable florist will gladly explain their care and handling process because they are proud of what they do – it is their work of art.

Designing flowers looks easy but there is so much to the art. Many years of experience and expertise go into those blooming arrangements.

Each florist has their own price points.  We don’t keep our prices secret.  This allows our clients to get an initial idea of how much they can anticipate to spend.  Please CLICK HERE to view our general pricing guide.

Rustic Glitz Wedding – Maggie & Dane

Maggie and Dane hosted a great wedding in Chestnut Hill at The Cricket Club Philadelphia. The vibe was laid back but elegant and their event style was Rustic with a splash of Glitz.  The flowers chosen were simple and classic whites using hydrangeas, garden tea roses, queen anne’s lace, accent foliage and a few gray succulents to add interest.
 We incorporated a lot of special details into this wedding to decorate the cricket clubs four rooms and fireplaces. We used tree slices, wooden table numbers, and lots of candles and a touch of glam with the glitzy gold sequin runners.
We created custom chalk signs for the event. Starting in the main entrance we had a hand scripted seating chart and a welcome sign with their initials. In the cocktail space we had a sign directing people to the Photo Booth with our prop signs and also Instragram sign with their custom hash tag.
We are so happy to have been a part of such a wonderful wedding!!
Congratulations Maggie & Dane!
Thank you to Ralph Deal for sharing these beautiful photographs with us! www.ralphdeal.com
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Happy Spring Weddings!

With Spring only 10 days away, we thought we would share some seasonal wedding inspirations!

 

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White and lavender lilac, white roses, dusty lavender roses and eucalyptus, create a rustic garden style bouquet that smells fabulous!

 

 

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A bold, bright combination of anenomes, ranunculus, dahlias and colorful seasonal accents, make the perfect bouquet to create a “pop” of color against the bride’s dress. Perfect for pictures!

 

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This is a sweet garden bouquet featuring ranunculus, anenomes and fever few, in soft shades of peaches and white.

 

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Succuluents add an interesting texture to any bouquet.  These gray-green succulents create a subtle contrast against the yellow craspedia.  The white ranunclus, fever few and ivory stock, soften the colors with accents of seeded eucalyptus.

 

 

What are some of your favorite spring flowers?

Cascade bouquets- Reborn!

A new spin on an old classic cascade bouquet is making a comeback. Although the round, lush, hand-tied bouquets is still very popular. The new cascade is bringing drama and romance in a big way. With draping orchids, textured amaranthus and vines, these designs offer a certain whimsy spilling with soft trails. Many of our brides want a version in a tear drop shape that is not as long trailing but still offers a graceful drape.

For the love of Nature-  We love the trend of loose gathered garden bouquets. This field grown and just picked feel seems to have more air whipped into its bundles. Unexpected elements of thistles, succulents and herbs, add texture and a bit of treasure to a custom bridal bouquet.

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Vanessa & Balal – April 2014

Vanessa and Balal had a beautiful spring day for their wedding at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.  This mosaic garden is an amazing, eclectic venue in the city! Vanessa loves purple! Her bouquet was a cascade style of four different variations of Orchids and Ivory Roses. Thank you Michael Chadwick for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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Gold, The Comeback!

In the shop the other day, we were talking about how gold seems to be making a comeback. Many of our brides recently have been detailing their weddings with gilded accents. This doesn’t come as a surprise to us, however. Kim Forrest of Wedding Wire, the same woman who predicted that the color Radiant Orchid and the Dahlia flower would be trending this year, has also told us to be on the look out for metallics.

Cali Rose created this stunning garden style bouquet featuring pinks and corals with metallic gold accents.

Cali Rose created this stunning garden style bouquet featuring pinks and corals with metallic gold accents.

One way you can incorporate gold into your wedding flowers is by choosing blooms in golden yellow shades. Sunflowers, marigolds, craspedia, mini callas, gerbera daisies, tulips, protea, roses, mimosa and orchids are just a few of the many flowers that come in golden yellow shades.

Antique brooches, decorative wire, and ribbon can also tie the gold shade into your bouquets. For centerpieces, gold vases are an easy way to incorporate the metallic hue. Also using gold candles and/or candelabras will work.

Sweet little vases of peachy coral roses - perfect for a cocktail table!

Sweet little vases of peachy coral roses – perfect for a cocktail table!

Coral and gold wedding color scheme- LOVE!

Coral and gold wedding color scheme- LOVE!

Gold can fit many different color combinations. As a complementary shade, gold looks great paired with blue since they are opposite on the color wheel. You can even venture into shades of purple to give your wedding palette a rich, regal flair. If you want to stay in the same color family, shades of yellow and orange will help to accentuate the golden theme. If you want gold to be the star of the palette, pair it with darker neutral tones such as granite or charcoal which will really make it pop. And finally, if you’re more of a green gal, a deep jewel tone like emerald will pair nicely.

A beautiful inspiration board displaying purple and gold combinations with complimentary accents. Source - invitesweddings.com

A beautiful inspiration board displaying purple and gold combinations with complimentary accents. Source – invitesweddings.com

In other areas of the wedding, gold can come into play in linens, jewelry, bride/bridesmaid gowns, the grooms/groomsmen’s ties, cake decorations, cutlery/utensils, dishware, place cards, favors, hair accessories, ribbons, and pretty much anything else you can think of. So get creative and see how you can make this grand color work for your wedding!

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Golden yellow rose boutonniere

For more inspiration, check out this article from inblissweddings.com: http://bit.ly/OdBk5z

Don’t Skimp on the Place Card Tables!

Weddings involve A LOT of planning and consideration. Fortunately, there are plenty of time line checklists online that brides can print to streamline the planning process. Between the venue, dress, menu, tuxedos, bridesmaids, flowers, and seating arrangements, many brides forget about one small detail: the place card table. Whether you call it the place card table, the escort card table, or the entrance table, we believe this is where the bride and groom can and should display something really cool and special.

The first thing guests do at receptions, before getting into long-past-due conversations with distant cousins and sampling the cocktail snacks, is figure out where they are sitting. They want to find their reserved spot and put their stuff down. The first thing they are going to see when they enter the venue is the place card table. So why have a boring display? No matter how fancy or creative the place cards are, simply plopping them down on a regular table in the doorway seems thoughtless and lackluster. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a nice place card display, but you don’t want your guests’ first impression of the reception to be overall underwhelming or, dare we say it, disappointing.

This is a great place to emphasize your wedding theme. If your style is vintage or rustic, you can use old, weathered furniture, flipped barrels, buckets, and crates filled with flowers.

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For modern weddings, decorate the table with clusters of vases, submerged florals in various sizes, and lots of candle light! Showcase a framed engagement picture with a candelabra and vase of fresh flowers for the perfect classic and romantic table set up.

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If you’re going for a regal and striking look, opt for tall vases with large, dramatic displays of flowers to create that “wow” factor for your guests! Add even more pizzazz with branches, hanging votive candles, crystals, feathers, or orchids.

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And don’t forget about the linens! Unless your table is part of the decor, cover up plain tables with upscale linens that are lovely, interesting, wild, color-coordinated, lacy; whatever works with your design.

You and your fiance even have the opportunity to include elements that represent the two of you. Do you both love the beach? Decorate with shells, small fish bowls—with or without fish in them—and palm fronds.LF-47

If you both love to paint, add paintbrushes to your floral arrangements for a fun, artsy element. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination! We know you want to wow your guests. Make sure to print a time line checklist that includes consideration for your place card table!

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-Lacey Bouchard

Flowers as Cake Toppers

What is a wedding without a cake of sorts? Whether you go with a traditional three-tiered masterpiece or a fun cupcake display, the cake you choose is just as important as the colors of your linens or style of your flowers. Speaking of, why not include flowers on your cake? They come in all different colors, sizes, shapes, and styles making them perhaps the most versatile and customizable decoration you could put on a cake. While there are bakers out there that can handcraft the most incredibly realistic flowers from sugar, why recreate the beauty of flowers when you can use the beauty of a real flower? Sure, you can’t eat it, but the aesthetics of the cake are just as important as its edibility.

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Using the same flowers on your cake that you use in your bouquets and centerpieces helps tie the cake into the rest of the wedding décor. Or if you’re like me and you have a hundred different favorite flowers that won’t all fit in one bouquet, use the ones that didn’t make the cut on your cake. That way, you still get the flowers you want without having to hold a bouquet that’s a foot around the handle. If you are having a black and white event, the cake is the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color that doesn’t fit anywhere else in your theme. Imagine a few red roses on a black and white cake; it is visually striking.

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Flowers don’t only fit a theme but also emphasize a theme. Red and white flowers with fern accents make beautiful cake toppers for a yuletide wedding. A modern wedding—characterized by sleek, clean lines—gets kicked up from unimpressive to remarkable when color-coordinated flowers are added along the side.

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Flowers aren’t just pretty, they are also functional. One time on a set up, our bride’s cake came in with a crack in the fondant. We took a few flowers and used them to cover the crack. Not only were guests none the wiser, the cake had that little extra touch that tied it into the rest of the wedding décor.

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Just be wary that if you choose a butter cream or similar icing for your cake, the design will be soft and easy to mess up. The florist will only get one shot to put the flower on because it will not hold its original shape. Once the icing is touched, it will retain the mark made by whatever touched it. So this can be a good thing if your caterer accidentally bumps the cake and needs to use a flower as a quick fix. But if you are planning to use flowers from the beginning, be sure that this is what you want. If you change your mind, you need to tell the person decorating your cake before they put the flowers on. And if you are particular about the placement of the flowers, make sure you clearly explain this to the person placing them on the cake. Once they are down, they are down lest you risk a cake with jacked up icing.

There are plenty of resources online for inspiration and you can always ask your baker and florist for ideas.

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-Lacey Bouchard

Flowers for Every Season

One question that many of our brides ask is, “What flowers are available around the time of my wedding?” Favorites such as roses, hydrangea, lilies, stock, and gerbera daisies are available all year long. And lucky for us, many blooms incorporated in wedding decor are becoming available all year long as growers perfect their craft. So chances are, if there’s a flower you want, it’ll be available at the time of your wedding. If needed, flowers can be imported. However, we really discourage importing. By buying locally, brides can get high quality flowers without having to stretch their floral budgets. Also buying locally helps support our farmers and our economy here in South Jersey. We strive to maintain an eco-conscious flower shop!

When asked about buying seasonally, Leigh Florist owner Denise replied, “Trust me when I say seasonal is the way to go!” She has compiled a list of flowers available per season that will help you pick flowers for your big day:

 

Spring March-Maypale yellow amaryllis, anemone, bird of paradise, calla lily, dahlia, delphinium, freesia, gardenia, hyacinth, stargazer lilies, lisianthus, orchid, peony, poppy, protea, pussy willow, ranunculus, phlox, stephanotis, stock, sweet pea, tulip, zinnia
Summer June-AugustMJwed-321-of-928M alstromeria, amaranthus, baby’s breath, birds of paradise, calla lily, campanula, carnations, chrysanthemums, cockscomb, dahlia, delphinium, dianthus, freesia, gardenia, gladiolus, hydrangea, hypericum,, iris, peony, stargazer lily, lisianthus, stephanotis
Fall September-Novemberfall bouquets acashia, allium, alstromeria, amaranthis, baby’s breat, bittersweet, carnation, china berry, chrysanthemum, cockscomb, freesia, gerbera daisy, gladiolus, hypericum, iris, juniper, lily, orchid, protea, queen anne’s lace, roses, star of bethlehem, stephanotis, sunflower, zinnia
Winter December-Februarywinter_birch_branches_two acashia, alstromeria, amaryllis, carnation, chrysanthemums, cyclamen, evergreens, gerbera daisies, helleborus, holly berry, hyacinth, narcissus, orchid, pansy, phlox, protea, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, roses, star of bethlehem, statice, stephanotis, tulip

 

Many wedding flower favorites are available in more than one season and each season has plenty of options. Note that this list does not include all flowers. One thing I’ve learned from being a flower shop blogger is that there are more flowers than I could possibly imagine! Every day I fall in love with a flower I had never heard of before so I promise you won’t ever feel like your options are limited. If there is a flower you like that is not listed above, ask us and we’ll see if it’s available for you!

 

-Lacey Bouchard