The Peony has become one of the favored flowers of today’s brides. This flower has stood the test of time. Peonies are the longest used flower in Eastern cultures. It is thought that Mischievous nymphs are said to hide in the petals of the peony which gives it the meaning of Bashfulness and Shame.
So where do I start?
Oh I know where I’m going to start.
In Karen Bussen’s book Simple Stunning Weddings published in 2004 is an and exquisite publication of some examples of Simple Stunning Wedding flowers and decorations. On page 10 she discusses the “10 simple stunning truths”. Number 1 starts out with “Simple is not the same as cheap.”
With this in mind flowers can range from a dollar or two a stem to well over 50 dollars per stem. I know for many brides not knowing the costs of flowers and the names can be very intimidating. Seeking out a floral or wedding floral design professional is one of the best things to do when planning your wedding flowers and decor to get a better understanding of the costs. Many wedding planners may have a basic idea of what wedding flowers might cost, but in actuality they are only there to help guide you to determine a budget. What we find here at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs is that may times the budget is well under the expectations of the client. There are many factors that come along with creating arrangements. Maybe it’s something as simple as a row of brushed chrome bud vases down a long table with a single flower such as a Dahlia. Taking into account that it may take 10 of these. I have found them on line from anywhere from a couple of dollars a piece to over 20 dollars each. The Dahlia can run somewhere between 9 dollars and 12 dollars a stem from your local florist. Let’s figure the vase at 10 dollars each and the Dahlia at 10 dollars each to be conservative. Now that’s 20 dollars each and you need 10 per feasting table. That’s 200 dollars per feasting table. These will make great favors for your guests to take home with them, so you can avoid those Koosies with your names and wedding date that very few will take and you will have stacks to enjoy for the next 15 years.
When factoring all of this into your budget and you are telling us you will be having 8 feasting tables with 10 bud vases each, 20 votive candles on each table, lace runners, sliver chargers, etc. You could be looking at anywhere from 300 dollars and up per table. That’s 1200 dollars (This doesn’t include all the personal flowers, church flowers, cake flowers, etc.) on the conservative end of the budget.
Another thing no one takes into account of how this is going to be all put together, with the setup the day of your wedding or event. Depending on the location, distance, complexity of setup, and not to mention returning at the end of the reception to collect any rental items. This can range anywhere from 50 dollars to over 1000 dollars or more depending on all the variables.
Are you planning on picking everything up the day of your wedding and setting everything up yourself or having friends do it? If so this is a way to save some money. My question is what happens when your friend picks up your flowers and have to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident or a dog running out in front of them and the flowers are damaged? Once flowers are picked up from our store we are no longer held responsible for how they are handled nor any replacements due to accidents. We handle these items all the time and know how to transport the flowers with no damage. We as professionals will also bring a backup of flowers to make sure everything is perfect just in case anything is blemished on route. Not to mention that extra table that was added the day of the wedding or event to make sure everything is just perfect and no table goes without flowers.
So in closing even though it might be simple, but elegant it’s going to all add up in the end. Take it for my word Simple does not equate to Cheap. Remember when you hire a qualified florist to create you wedding or event it’s not just flowers, but the expertise and quality of service you look for and expect.read more
Christine and Todd were an amazing couple.
Married at The Grand Plaza in late February.
They came to me with a color pallet of Blue, Magenta, and Yellow and asked me to come up with some flowers that would look good for their wedding.
She knew she liked Gerbera Daisies, but beyond that she had no idea of what she wanted to use.
Here is what we created just for her.read more
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
Here are some things you want to consider when ordering your Valentine’s Day Flowers.
Let’s begin with how to order your flowers.
First of all ordering online is not always the best way to go. When ordering online you are not always dealing with a real florist. During holiday seasons many companies will setup bogus websites to reap the rewards of the holiday and deceive the consumer. You might think you are dealing with a local florist, but you are actually dealing with a clearing house that will charge you all kinds of fees that you can avoid by dealing with your local florist. How do you avoid this you ask? It’s simple. Just pick up the phone and call the florist. Ask them for their physical address and if you can stop by and see the flowers. Better yet go to your local florist and see what they have to offer. I always recommend go all my customers to search online for a florist in the zip code in your area or the area where you want to send flowers, and check out their reviews and call them direct. Dealing with your Local Florist you will cut out additional fees and deal with professionals that can help guide you through the process of ordering the flowers that will make your purchase more personal and save money, and you know we are all about saving money.
Let’s begin with roses.
Red roses are the most traditional Valentine’s Day flower that are sent, but in the past years we have found not always the most popular. Roses come in a variety of grades and lengths along with some amazing colors and varieties. Long stem roses are roses that average 24 to 30 inches or more in length. We at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs only carry Premium Grade A long stem roses. You typically won’t find these at your local grocer or big box store.
Mixed flowers over the years have been the growing trend in popularity for Valentine’s Day. Studies by the Society of American Florists have shown that women prefer a variety of flowers for Valentine’s day. I know it’s easy to just up and order Red Roses, but there are so many wonderful flowers out there. Everything from Exotic Tropical Flowers to amazing Garden Flowers such as Tulips, Garden Roses, Peonies, and the list goes on. If you are looking for something that will really WOW your Valentine let us create a custom floral arrangement the will be more personal and show you put more thought into selecting special. You can always request to add a Red Rose or two.
Even better yet. Stop by your Local Florist and let them create a hand tied bouquet of a mix of fresh flowers wrapped to take to your Valentine. Just imagine arriving home after work with a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers and present it to your Valentine. Something much more special than the cookie cutter bouquet you will find at your local grocer or street corner vendor. Something that will be more personal, custom made and unique. You will find at Apple Blossoms Floral Designs as well at many of your local florists you will get the very best of the best and freshest of the fresh flowers available not to mention supporting the local economy and building a relationship with a trusted professional.