Friday, October 10, 2008

Almost There!

Yes, it's exciting and wonderful: We're almost a year away from our wedding date. How's that for anti-climactic? Two weeks and one year from this very day, we're tying the knot! Which means it's time for me to get back in gear and get back to planning this thing already.

The task I'd like to accomplish over the next two weeks is finding our florist. I thought it would be smart to visit a florist right around the actual time of our wedding, the end of October, and see what's actually in bloom. My understanding is that hydrangeas are in season in the mid-Atlantic through November and that's what I'd love love love to have!

Imagine this in blue and white! Peonies can be pricey but they are so full, I think 1-2 peonies with a few more hydrangea and you'd get the same look for a lower cost.

I'm planning to give Fields of Flowers in Purcellville a call. They are a flower farm, but they also do beautiful wedding flowers. I've also heard and read positive things about Petals Edge. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

I'd love to find someone who will be able to recommend great in season flowers in blues and whites to complement the browns and blues I'll be using in the wedding. While I did consider doing my own flowers at one point, I think I'm more comfortable going with a florist and finding someone who can let me be a bit hands on--by providing my own containers, etc. Any tips?

This is from the Preppy Wedding's "Preppiest Wedding" Contest. I love the simple look of the hydrangeas in the pretty bucket. While I'm not up for actually "arranging" flowers right before the wedding, if the florist can provide me with stems of hydrangea I can easily put them in buckets and have them on tables and all around our venue. Low cost flower+low key arrangement=happy bride (with some jingle in her pocket).

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Blogger Jess said...

I'm using Barbara from Growing Wild and she is fabulous. Fun to work with, lower minimums than Petal's Edge (who wouldn't even meet with me more than a few months out from my wedding date because I didn't meet their $2000 minimum), totally willing to work with your budget, etc. The web address is http://www.growingwildfloral.com.

Friday, October 10, 2008 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger AmyJean {Relentless BrideĀ®} said...

Congrats!!! My Ticker clock says 512 days for me... Don't you just love long engagements ;)

Friday, October 10, 2008 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've got bad news, hydrangeas ain't cheap either.
as far as other fall flowers mums are always great. you can use big football mums of tiny button mums, i love them. unfortunately they don't come in blue but they're a good white option. and on the cheaper/affordable side.
good luck with wherever you go!

Friday, October 10, 2008 1:14:00 PM  
Blogger KRISTIN said...

I can highly recommend Brookhill Florist. Their prices are fabulous and their arrangements are to die for (better in person than their website). Also consider Barbara von Elm. Petal's Edge does good work, but their $2k min. makes me mad whether I spend it or not!

Friday, October 10, 2008 6:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used Suha at Les Printemps. Her work is beautiful and artistic.

She also did the wedding in which I was in that had very simple all white flowers (wedding colors were periwinkle blue, river blue (almost navy) and white. She did white calas for the bride, white tiny orchid branches for attendants and daisys for the flower girls. Really nice, clean and simple which I thought looked great for the all white flowers.

I love flowers and she designed all flowers for me based on the rich colors of our wedding (the opposite of the clean simple look for the other wedding).

Friday, October 10, 2008 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger Mrs. in May said...

Check out The Flower Market in Alexandria. Gwen, the owner/florist does great work and does a lot of the work for the schmancy hotels in the area. She's done some spring arrangements for me that have a very similar style to the picture you showed.
Love her!

Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my florist- Helen Olivia. If you like less traditional bouquets go with her. She will incorporate berries, feathers, anything you want. I looooved my flowers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:42:00 PM  

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