Regardless of the event you’re planning, your floral designer will play a crucial role in setting the tone of their event. However, we understand that many people may not feel comfortable sharing what they do – don’t! – know ahead of time when they meet with their designer. So lilly lane asked our brides to share what they didn’t know before their first consultation … and not surprisingly, many of them admitted they learned a lot from that meeting!
“I didn’t know that there were so many different types of flowers. And I definitely didn’t know how to put what I was envisioning together!” – Jessica
If there is one comment I hear all the time, it’s this one – “I know what I want, but I’m not sure what I want!”
Brides, your florist’s role is to help you identify flowers that fit your unique style. They should offer ideas, support and creativity. You can help by providing pictures of bouquets and flowers you like, as will other details from your wedding, but beware of anyone who says they’ll be happy to just copysomething for you – you want someone who will use those inspiration pieces as what they are, inspiration!
These days, it seems like every time I pick up a bridal magazine I see photo spreads from events getting more and more lavish. Naturally, the photographers tend to highlight the “WOW” centerpieces- the towering vases, the LED lights, the masses of blooms, etc. Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that these “WOW” centerpieces are amazing – but only when they’re “W.O.W” – as in:
Within your budget,
On some tables,
For the average budget, putting a WOW centerpiece on every table is probably not possible- unless you want to stretch the budget by sacrificing elsewhere, or EVERYWHERE. Having a WOW element isn’t worth the expense if it means the experience of that WOW piece isn’t sustained throughout the day. When brides on a budget work with lilly lane and love the big pieces, I recommend they go with a “W.O.W.” version instead, choosing additional centerpieces that are beautiful in their own right and complement well with the larger pieces. More often than not, the smaller pieces are taken home and enjoyed far longer than thelarge!
The opposite of the “WOW” effect is an event where all the beautiful floral details are lost because they haven’t captured the eye. Simply put, you need to consider the space you are filling at your event. If the ceiling is high, or the room is large, all low centerpieces might be lost. It is also important to consider the size of the table the piece will be going on, as well as what will be happening on that table. No matter how beautiful they are, flowers that block the view of guests, sit too low on the table, or take up too much room won’t be appreciated.
And that’s why we’re here!
Becky Ruby is the owner of lilly lane, a floral designs shop located at 56th and Illinois streets in Indianapolis. Her more than three years of experience in the industry positions her as one of the experts in the area. For more information on lilly lane, visithttp://www.lillylaneflowers.com/. (Photos courtesy of Becky Ruby)