Pretty...Pretty Flower

Wil and I have pretty much everything booked and/or scheduled for this shindig...church, reception hall, cake, tuxes, photographer, DJ, invitations...all of it, DONE! I did say pretty much everything thing though, not everything. There's something BIG missing from my list (hint: it's part of the title). Yeah, the flowers.

I don't know why, but I'm having tremendous anxiety about meeting with florists. I have been given 2938570238957 referrals from other bride buddies, but have yet to make a move (Sorry, ladies. It's not you, it's me). My arbor anxiety hit an all-time high this morning when I logged into The Knot and got attacked by 295872354253 "reminders" about my floral obligations. I made a promise to myself that I was going to make some moves this week, but I need your help. You think I'm clueless when it comes to fashion?! Well, I'm even less educated about flowers, believe dat!

First of all, here are the florists I'm planning on calling this week. If you have ANY feedback about these spots (good or bad), please leave it as a comment on this post.

210 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY 10463 
(718) 543-3753

"Riverdale Florist has been proudly serving Bronx, New York since 1920. We are family owned and operated with one location serving the Greater New York and Westchester area. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect."

992 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 
(718) 823-9500

"Wild Orchid has been proudly serving Bronx & Westchester since 1995. We are family owned and operated with one location serving the Bronx & Westchester area. We are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of our customers are important, our professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why we always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect."

444 West 46th Street, Unit A, NY, NY 10036 
(212) 684-9090

"At Pedestals we pride ourselves in giving our clients the personal touch they need, in creating breathtaking works of art ranging from simple to elaborate. The art of floral design is one of the most important aspects in creating the ambiance of a wedding or special event. Each of our clients comes to us with a vision representing their unique style, and our decorators enable them to enhance their ideas and create an event beyond their dreams."


Now, for the second order of business: The Vision. You may recall that I took the groomsmen on a little field trip last month to pick out their tuxes. There was a lengthy discussion about our color scheme and thanks to you readers, Wil and I finally have picked our hues. Drum roll, please.


Navy Blue and Blush (and Cream or White...somewhere)

I've been snooping around on the Internet to find some wedding inspiration boards to see how other people made this combination work. Now that y'all have an idea about the look we're trying to go for, maybe you can help me figure out the third part of question: WHAT THE HELL TYPES OF FLOWERS AND FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS AM I ASKING THESE PEOPLE TO CREATE FOR THIS WEDDING?! 

No clue. What do we even need? What flowers come in that blush color that I'm looking for? What should I do with the bouquets? How about the boutonnieres? Do we want high or low centerpieces and how do make that decision?! I know 349582735 of you have done this before, so help a sista out!

5 comments

NancyS said... April 5, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I had a tight bouquet of two dozen silk, blush roses bound at the stems with a black ribbon. Bridesmaids carried a tiny bouquet of stargazer lillies. Groomsmen wore a single blush rosebud backed by leaves. I wanted the people to stand out & not the flowers.

Just sayin.

Francesca said... April 5, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Ok so here what I learned from my florist....

Money savers:
1. Ask the florist where they are ordering flowers from. Depending on their answer make sure to order flowers that are in season for that area/timeline.
2. Instead of picking 8+ flowers just stick to 2 or 3. Florist buy in bulk so they save you save.

Flower choices:
A ton of flowers come in blush. Obviously roses are the easiest choice when it comes to blush flowers but there are a few others that I am personally fond of. You can use Ferber dasies, peonies (which I love), dahlias, and tulips just to name a few. You can combine some of these quite nicely.

Bouquets:
Idont know how many girls you are having but the bouquet decision is a pain sometimes. You don't want it too big or too small. You want it diffent from you and from you MOH. So here's what did. My bouquet was all roses in 2 colors with some stephanotis. My sister (MOH) had my same bouquet just a little smaller. The rest of my bridesmaids had a combination of roses and freesias d they were the same size as my sister's.

Centerpieces:
Ok so i struggled with this one big time because I have a huge ass family and with 20 tables I almost had a heart attack when our florist told us that my dream centerpieces would cost me over $120 a table so time to rethink. Some of my ideas where to alternate tall and short centerpieces. And instead of using real glass or metal containers/vases I could use some plastic stuff. Trustee until you touch it I couldn't tell the difference. At the end of the day I just used the short centerpieces because we went drastically over budget and I needed to cut some things. Everything still looked beautiful with the shorties. Lol
Would just look online and get a few pictures of things/flowers you like and then see what they can do. Always ask for a sample bouquet and or centerpiece so you can make sure you like everything.

Francesca said... April 5, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Ok spell check on my iPad screwed up something's there but you get the idea... Lol

wilfredo Rivera said... April 6, 2011 at 7:02 AM

I like the first flowers the best

Nitzalie (Nit-sa-lie) said... April 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM

**I love Wil's comment.**
I think Francesca has provided you with golden advice, run with it. You want to choose flowers that are in season, otherwise, you will be paying an arm and maybe a leg for flowers. Alternating with short and tall centerpieces could also save you money. My venue had really high ceilings, so I went with tall centerpieces. My girls had small bouquets, pink flowers with brown ribbon (pink/chocolate color scheme) my bouquet was all white and bigger size (i also got creative and added some small butterflies and little crystals). The Moms each got the flowers that go on the wrist(completely forgot what those are called,oops).
It's pretty overwhelming, but you've got the idea. Start shopping around and ask to see some of their previous work. Good luck, Mama!

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