Personally, I do not recommend using hydrangeas in bouquets when the weather is hot and humid. You might be able to incorporate them elsewhere, such as centerpieces that allow the stems to stay submerged in water. The issue that arises with bouquets is the amount they are handled. While they may start off sitting in vases in a nice, cool bridal suite, they get lugged around for pictures and sometimes absent-mindedly set down (not in water). The heat multiplies the likelihood of them wilting, so even with proper care and handling, it’s just not a risk I recommend taking. If you are deadset on having bouquets comprised of mainly hydrangeas, what we’ve done in similar situations is thread fresh flowers through a base of top-quality silk hydrangeas. This way you can achieve the look without the risk.
Our bridal consultations are free of charge. What we do is sit down with you, look at any references you might’ve already collected, brainstorm about the look/style you’re going for, and jot down what your “needs” are as well as your “wants”. This process typically takes anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Afterwards, we write up a proposal and try to have it sent to you within 24 hours. If, upon seeing the proposal, you do decide to work with us, we require both a $250 deposit and a signed copy of our Terms & Agreement to book your wedding. About a month prior to your wedding, we also offer a complimentary Practice Bouquet consultation, where you can come in and see a scaled down mock-up of your bridal bouquet as well as make any last minute adjustments. All in all, we really try to make ourselves as available as possible in order to make sure everything goes smoothly on your big day.
The earlier you come in, the better! I say this because, as soon as you provide us with that signed agreement and deposit, that wedding date is booked. It’s yours. We can make adjustments to your order/proposal in the meantime, but what doesn’t change is our availability on your wedding date. The longer you wait to come in decreases the likelihood that your date will be available for us to take on.
Yes and yes. In fact, we prefer that we’re the ones putting flowers on the cake as opposed to the cake provider or event planner. In the past we have encountered our fair share of mix-ups about who this responsibility fell upon. Allowing us to do the (floral) decoration of the cake not only eliminates any of that confusion but it also allows us to style the flowers on the cake to look cohesive with the rest of the work we’ve provided you with. On the other hand, placement of non-floral cake toppers/decorations should be taken care by either the cake provider or event coordinator.
It depends… on your order, your friends/family, and the venue. If all of the arrangements, containers, and any other accessories (i.e. crystal, props, etc.) were purchased as opposed to being rented, the family typically takes charge of clean-up and who gets to take home what. For example, centerpieces may be gifted to members of the bridal party or guests. However, arrangements composed within rented hardware can be dealt with in a couple ways. Family and friends can still handle the clean-up if willing, but all rented items are to be return within five days following the wedding. Another option is having us return at the end of the night for break-down. Depending on the work involved, an appropriate clean-up fee will be factored into final costs such as Labor & Set-Up. For smaller things, like vases for bouquets, it might be worthwhile checking with your venue and, if it happens to be one we frequent (i.e. Payne-Corley House or Ashton Gardens), you might be able to leave them on the property for us to pick up the next time we’re there.
This idea has really taken off as a budget-friendly alternative to arrangements made solely for the purpose of being centerpieces. Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of having something be “dual-” or “multi-purpose”, but in the case of wedding flowers, it has to be done the right way. Purchase or rent good quality containers/vases for the bouquets to sit in. The last thing you need is flowers and glass toppling into your guests’ food. If the containers are a little plain or if you just want some added sturdiness, you could consider adding stones, crystal, etc. inside to dress them up a tad. You also want to make certain that your coordinator and all bouquet recipients know that you’re planning on using the bouquets so that you don’t end up with a table that has a vase but no flowers because somebody set down their bouquet elsewhere.
It might for two reasons… 1) Your wedding falls on or within days of a major holiday for the floral industry. 2) You want a flower that may not be in season just yet. A prime example is peonies. They’re wildly popular for weddings but only seasonally available for a limited part of the year. While growers are trying to expand their availability, it’s still difficult and costly to peonies before they’re truly in season. As with most anything else you purchase, it’s all about supply and demand.
For reference, we have an excerpt from “Everything Wedding Book” by Shelly Hagen that outlines (traditionally) who pays for what. In terms of flowers, the Groom and his family are supposed to pay for the Bride’s bouquet, the Mothers’ and Grandmothers’ corsages, and boutonnieres for the guys. The Bride and her family are supposed to pay for ceremony and reception flowers. Of course, this is based on customs that have been around for a long, long time, so work it out between families in a way that makes everybody comfortable and happy. 🙂
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