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Monday, March 09, 2009

Finding the Perfect Flowers

I'm not a flower person. I would much rather a Valentines gift include jewelry or a good book - not flowers and chocolates.

I do love me some tulips - in the Spring time. But unfortunately, I'm not getting married in the Spring.

This weekend, I stopped into Florist Possibility #1. It's a little florist in the Eastern Market area of Capitol Hill. They do Nancy Pelosi's flowers ($$) and they did the State Funeral for President Ford ($$$) so I'm thinking? They MIGHT be a little out of my price range.

But as I told my mother last night? I don't know what I want. How can I meet with florists if I don't even know what I flippin' want? I do know that I don't want: roses, carnations, or a white bouquet (for me). I'm thinking Fuschia Dahlias, or Gerbera Daisies, maybe Spider Mums. I want small centerpieces - I loathe the type that are like taller than me, and you can't see across the table because they're so huge. I don't want that.

Things I do like?

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This would be perfect for my bouquet - I'd add in white daisies as well for the BM bouquets. (I do NOT want an all white bouquet for me, I think it's too cliché. That's just my opinion though - no offense to anyone who has had/is having an all-white bouquet - they are still just as pretty, it's just not my thing)
[Theknot.com]
I really like these green spider mums. I really like the look of one flower in a couple of colors (white, pink, green are the colors I would want my flowers in).

Finally, because I'm all flowered out - another one I like....

I really like the idea of something like this - different flowers at different tables in different colors. I'd do like green mums, white mums, pink mums, all with of course - navy ribbon around the vase, because well, yeah.

Yesterday, the woman I met with (who was not the actual wedding florist consultant lady) suggested "autumny flowers." Except, I don't consider September 12 autumny. I consider it late summer. The only reason I didn't make it in summer? August is atrocious in DC humidity wise and I think weddings on holiday weekends are tacky (again, no offense to those of you doing your wedding on a holiday weekend).

So I'm at a stand still because I don't know what I want. I feel like what I like is kind of all over the place. How do I put what I think I want - my vision if you will - into...flowers that are not a. obnoxiously expensive, b. roses, c. simply elegant?

What are you doing with flowers? Are you hiring a florist or DIY-ing? *


*(FYI - I'm considering DIYing for centerpieces and only using the florist for the corsages/bouquets/boutonierres/alter flowers...it's just a matter of figuring out what type of flowers I want...)

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4 Comments:

OpenID notsojenny said...

we're DIYing most of it. the boquets & bouts will be florist done but everything else will be very simple. we'll be doing vases/something with like flowers at the reception (ie. one vase full of ranunculus, one vase full of roses, one vase full of button mums, etc.) this is nice and simple and i love using all the flowers i like but not overdoing it since they won't be together.
we'll be using a TON of baby's breath too... not sure how you feel about it but it's cheap and comes out pretty in large amounts (you can even get tinted colors)
as much as i despise carnations they may actually be used for some elements too (but never touching any other flowers)... you just can't beat the price : )

Monday, March 09, 2009 3:38:00 PM  
OpenID notsojenny said...

oh and as far as "autumny" i can't think of flowers that are more autumny than mums (spider, daisy, button, football, etc.)... maybe some tuberose or yarrow? not sure your thoughts on hypericum berries...
maybe that lady was just thinking of colors for autumn(gold, orange, maroon, etc.) which obviously wouldn't match your wedding
(sorry, i'm slightly flower obsessed)
... and i think that non-white (as well as white) bouquets for brides are all gorgeous, just totally different looks : )

Monday, March 09, 2009 3:44:00 PM  
OpenID notsojenny said...

cockscomb is a great one that's often overlooked and comes in green & a gorgeous pink too... just an idea (and it's got some much texture and life!)

... okay, sorry, i'm done now

Monday, March 09, 2009 3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Aylee of AyleeBits.com said...

I was planning to DIY my flowers (centerpieces and bouquets). But then my lazy and cheap self decided to DIY non-flower centerpieces so I'm just left with bouquets.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 7:20:00 AM  

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