Flowers – Oh the Flowers!!

Our flowers were done by two different vendors, one for bouquets and boutenierres as well as the large flower arrangements for the head table and church and a whole other person for the centrepieces.

Both were stunning.

The bouquets etc. were done by a local store Cassidy’s in Newmarket.  They were exceited about my orange and gray vision but I had a few doubts.  First, when we went to confirm everything what I thought was generating a brainstorm list turned out to be the actual list of all the different types of flowers that would be in each bouquet.  So much for simple. Second, when I picked up the flowers for the cake they were arranged in really old-school traditional round toppers. To be honest I dropped them off with the cake lady and told her – feel free to pull them apart and use what you want… she did.  It may have lead to a small panic attack on my end but to be honest, by that point – what was I going to do about it?  Nothing.  So I hoped for the best and moved on.

However, when they were delivered OMG stunning.

The church flowers were traditional and nothing to really write home about as far as blow your mind fantastic in a church but once they were brought to the venue and combined with the smaller arrangements that were there.  Again, stunning.  Really really pretty. And A LOT of flowers! Mom was sending them home with anyone who would take them!

The table centrepieces were a whole other story. They were the beautiful work of a new friend of my parents.  Again, I was a little nervous because I really didn’t know what I wanted. I became almost completely overwhelmed when we went flower depot shopping but they ended up being another wonderful example of “trust the experts” – absolutely gorgeous.  For the centrepieces I wanted to make sure that the people I wanted to take them home got them, so I included a note on the back of selected place cards with a special thank you for all of their help and support asking them to please accept the centrepiece as a small token of our appreciation.   For the most part it worked, I think… but I know there were a few people that were supposed to get one that didn’t – sneaky non rule following guests!

The biggest pro of the centrepieces? They lasted.  Jan told us they would. She made the trek to the flower depots and picked up flowers as fresh as they could possibly be.

I loved that.

Flowers Anyone?

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….

The challenge? Making flowers a reflection of us. The result? Simple prettiness in Steamwhistle beer bottles - the Boy's favourite beer! PS. These are too tall - it's still a work in progress.

That’s one more pro checked off the list!

Flowers CHECK!

Any brides out there? Thoughts on flowers? Did you know what you wanted? Am I alone on the no detailed plans team?