Tuesday, April 27, 2010

And His Name Is....

Last week in the midst of 3 events I decided I needed to adopt a studio mascot. Being pet less for over 18 months it was about time to add a new member to my family... so here he is the newest member of Stylish Blooms .....

And his name is...
Now most of you who know me will get this! Those of you who dont, lets just say I love my coffee! 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rethinking DIY

Planning a wedding is not only time consuming but can also be expensive. More and more brides are choosing to make their own bouquets and centerpieces in hopes to cutting expenses. But what happens when your perfect plan to DIY is disrupted by mother nature? What would you do? Who would you call?  I  hope this blog will help make you second guess before you decide not to hire a professional florist.

 Imagine you have decided to DIY and make your own centerpieces and bouquets. You have made a plan and decided that because tulips are your favorite flower that you will use them for your spring wedding.  You have recruited friends and family to help you make them the day before and arranged to have someone deliver them to your venue. You know that you can get the tulips at your  local market and made arrangements with them to order you the 300 stems you need to fill your vases and make your own bouquets.  Any bride would be happy with this plan, after all  you are using your favorite flowers and still saving money.  Now Imagine that a volcano has irrupted in Iceland and has shut down all flights to and from the US from northern European countries, thus  preventing your tulips from arriving. Although tulips are grown in many parts of the world a majority of them are grown in Holland and last week yours never made it for your wedding as planned.   Would you know what to do or who to call?  This is what happend last week and it effected all holland grown flowers. Its a scary reminder that you just never know when mother nature will strick. So before you decide a professional isn't worth the expense remember  they will be the ones you are calling when a DIY disaster hits again. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Not just any old Boutonniere

I recently received a complement from a new client that actually made me stop and think. Really? She told me that she thought my boutonnieres were unique and nothing like she had seen before.  Till then I always wondered if any brides really looked at them because they are not the biggest expense when it comes to wedding flowers. This bride had and  it made her confident to know that I took great care in creating something so small. 
 What a sweet bride. 
So I decided to select a few of my "unique" boutonnieres to share. Enjo

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Flower Misconceptions Part I

The biggest misconception when it comes to flowers is how much they cost; Yes its true Stephanoits, peonies,  mini calla lilies and even hydrangeas can get expensive, But when used in moderation they can easily be incorporated in to almost any wedding budget.   Dont be afraid to ask your florist for flowers that you think you can't afford. You would be surprised on what you can afford when you are working with a creative  designer who understands your style and budget. By using other flowers that complement the more expensive blooms you can keep the flowers that you love without having to sacrifice your budget. There is always a creative solution to expensive flowers,  be honest and open and let the experience of your florist guide you in the right direction.