Do you know what’s weird? North American girls are conditioned to think about their weddings from the time they are born. But when it’s time to actually start making decisions – this North American girl has no idea.
Take flowers. When I met with a couple of florists they asked me that all too familiar question, “What’s your vision?” But then they went one further, “What kind of flowers are you looking for” Be specific. Ummm…. I’m getting married, there should be flowers there. That’s about all I know.
So how did I make my decision? I met with two florists in my neighbourhood. I didn’t want to meet the world – too confusing. I had some ideas, but mostly I had colours. Really, colour. Orange. Our W-day colours are Orange and Gray. So I started there. We’re having a church wedding, so we talked about decorations for the church that can also be used at the reception. We counted heads for how many boutonnieres we would need and how many bouquets. And I largely relied (as I always do) on the pros. You’re the professional florist – why don’t you tell me what I should do.
Both florists we met with were in the same ballpark as far as price range. So what got me? Attitude.
The first florist I met was bubbly – I felt like she was personally excited in our wedding. She recognized that I had no concrete must haves so she played with colour and texture and assured me that I didn’t need to make any firm decisions until about 3 months before. But she showed me what she could do, gave me options to think about and suggested hardy flowers that were going to stand up well to pictures and lots of hugs.
The second florist we met was quieter. She would be the perfect florist for someone who knows exactly what they want. That’s not me. I think she was trying to let me lead the discussion so she didn’t push her ideas on me. Whatever I wanted to do was what she would do. The only problem – I have no idea what I want to do. I was looking for more direction from her – and it was like pulling teeth.
Oddly, the price points ended up being similar in the end but specific items varied quite a bit. Weird.
So, obviously we’ve gone with the first Florist – for those York Region Weddingers out there – We went with Cassidy’s in Newmarket. I won’t say who we didn’t go with in this case out loud – but if you’re in the market let me know and I’ll send you a direct message – they were perfectly fine and did beautiful
While we did talk about doing centrepieces with the Cassidy’s and the price is probably quite reasonable for a professional to do the work – I’m still in debate about it. Mostly because I think the pro centrepiece is going to be too fussy for me. We’re simple, let’s keep it simple.
Here’s what we’re thinking….
That’s one more pro checked off the list!
Any brides out there? Thoughts on flowers? Did you know what you wanted? Am I alone on the no detailed plans team?