Top Five Friday :: Top 5 Wedding Floral Tips

:: Top 5 Wedding Floral Tips ::

MRSter is pleased to present this post from Robin of Bootah Jardin Florists! Robin is VERY knowledgeable about flowers and can help with budget-friendly ideas or full service arrangements in the Vancouver, BC area.

Her family-run business specializes in do-it-yourself event and wedding flowers, so who better to ask for some top tips to keep that floral budget down?!

1 :: Don’t focus on seasonality alone :: Requesting seasonal flowers is the single most suggested tip for trimming your flower costs, but it’s also the most out-dated. This might have been true at one time, but an expansive international floral trade has made seasonality a much less prominent factor in pricing.

There are still flowers that fluctuate in price with the seasons, but by and large, most flower pricing is stable. Rather than seasonality, flowers fall into categories- they’re either budget-friendly, high-end, or somewhere in between. So the flowers you love- despite being in the peak of their availability- may not be the most cost-effective option.

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Photography :: Andrea Ball Photography

2 :: The influence of colour on price :: Colour isn’t a factor for all flower pricing, but it is for certain blooms. Where we live, particular flowers- like callas, peonies, and dahlias- are priced differently by growers based on colour. This is basic supply and demand, so unless a particular flower/colour combo holds special significance for you, request a general colour theme versus specific combinations.

3 :: The effect of flower holidays on pricing :: The two weeks preceding Valentine’s and Mother’s Day are the busiest times of year in the floral industry, and the increased demand causes a significant spike in pricing. Not only will you feel the effects of this increased demand when you seek a quote, but you may also struggle to find a florist willing to take on your wedding during these busy times.

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Photography :: Wilson Lau Photography

4 :: Flexibility goes far when it comes to getting the best quote :: It’s great (and fun!) to have a vision for your big day, but the more specific you are with your requests, the more expensive your floral quote is likely to be. Your florist is restricted to buying flowers in bunches and buckets, so to meet your requests exactly, they may have to order more than they will need to use. You will still be charged for those extra flowers, so if you’re flexible on certain details, this may save you some money in the long run.

5 :: Fillers and greens are not cheap :: Adding greens and fillers to an arrangement may bring the cost down, but like all things floral, it really depends on the details. Certain greens, like dusty miller and silver brunia, are more costly than many flowers and have the opposite effect on pricing. In general, adding accents tends to increase the cost of arrangements, as the added fillers provide great texture, but don’t add much to the volume. This is why those wildflower bouquets that look simple and inexpensive are often more costly than a basic rose bouquet. It takes a lot of flowers to achieve that look, and they all add up in the end.

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Photography :: Alyssa Schroeder Bouquet

MRSter wishes to thank Robin for her willingness to share her expertise on our website. We think she has some great money saving ideas, don’t you?! Be sure to check out her website here!

Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: The Most Affordable Flowers For Spring Weddings

:: The Most Affordable Flowers For Spring Weddings ::

Ahh, flowers! They are beautiful, festive and add so much pizzazz to any celebration, especially your wedding! The tradition of displaying and/or carrying flowers at weddings go back many centuries and continues to this day.

For a spring wedding, there are a number of inexpensive blooms that your florist can arrange in many delightful creations. Make sure to communicate your ideas to your florist, even if they are just general ideas, so he or she can have a direction from which to build the various arrangements for your special day. Here are a few blooms that are relatively inexpensive in the springtime, making them perfect, and affordable flowers for Spring weddings:

:: Alstroemeria :: Also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, it comes in a variety of beautiful colors and tends to last a comparatively long time. (Especially nice when you plan to give away your flowers to guests at the end of the festivities.) They resemble a delicate miniature Lily and are lovely in bouquets and flower arrangements, and even hair pieces (see below).

:: Carnations :: Probably the cheapest flowers available, these beauties also last a long time. Interestingly, their scientific name comes from two greek words   “dios”, referring to the god Zeus, and “anthos”, meaning flower. Carnations are thus known as the “The Flowers of God”. Their various colors have come to represent different meanings. For example, red carnations represent deep love and affection while white carnations represent pure love and good luck.

:: Daisy :: These naturally white but tintable springtime blooms can be used to make up an entire arrangement or can be used as filler flowers. Pretty and versatile, they are one of the most well-known flowers on earth.

Daisy Bouquet

Floral :: {MRSter Approved} Butterfly Petals               Photography :: {MRSter Approved} Depoy Studios

:: Chrysanthemums :: Also known simply as mums, these pretty and whimsical flowers are great in bouquets and centerpieces. They symbolize fidelity, optimism, joy and long life.

:: Sweet Peas :: Wonderfully fragrant and available in a variety of colors, these springtime blossoms can be used in arrangements ranging from the elegant to the rustic, either alone or mixed with other blossoms.  

Take your time to choose your flowers. Work closely with your florist, and enjoy the beauty and fragrance these springtime flowers bring to your wedding day!

Don’t forget to check out our FABuLIST of MRSter Approved floral companies here!

Wedding Vendor Wednesday :: Vendor Highlight // Your Event Florist

:: Vendor Highlight // Your Event Florist ::

“Your event deserves Your Event Florist” [Your Event Florist].

If you’re looking for a talented wedding or event florist in Arizona, check out MRSter Approved vendor Your Event Florist!

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Your Event Florist is a design studio that specializes in providing distinctive custom floral designs and décor for weddings & events! Founder, Kevin Reed, is a second generation floral designer/artist, who brings over 20 years of artistic experience and knowledge to the table! Kevin took his passion for the floral industry and leapt into creating a successful business; Your Event Florist.

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Now, having been in business for over 10 years, you can trust that this talented team are able to “execute any vision, from Arizona Southwestern, to Classic Elegance, to Modern Contemporary” [Your Event Florist].

From the initial consultation, through to the final details, the Your Event Florist team will work side-by-side with you to design and create breathtaking floral arrangements that reflect the personal style of you and your partner.

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Your Event Florist “never book multiple weddings per date”, therefore, you will receive an unsurpassed and one of a kind experience throughout the whole process!

This company is “able to fulfil all of your floral and small décor needs” [Your Event Florist], so if you are looking for a personalized experience with a difference, be sure to check out Your Event Florist… They aim to make your wedding (or event) a dream come true!

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For more information, click here to view their website.

Don’t forget to check out their FABuLIST listing by clicking here!

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