Welcome to wedding week here at Adored by Alex! I’ve got a fun round-up of different posts including tips from the pros to tips from me, the bride, and a whole lot of photos from our big day.
First up, meet Maggie, of Bramble and Bee, and the talented designer behind my dream wedding flowers. I really didn’t know much about flowers when I started the wedding planning process, but Maggie was a dream and understood exactly what I was looking for. Today she’s here to share some bits and pieces from our wedding and a florist’s guide to wedding flowers.
Q: You work on a lot of weddings, what’s your favorite part of the process?
A: There’s a common misconception about what a florist does day to day – I think most people assume that the majority of the job is arranging flowers, but really I would say arranging is probably 30% of it. The rest of the time we are cleaning buckets, processing shipments of flowers to be used (you have do prepare a flower once it comes from the wholesaler before you can even use it in an arrangement!), cleaning and preparing vases, cleaning, counting, and assembling non-floral pieces like lanterns, candles, candelabras, etc, moving all the arrangements from point A to point B, picking all the arrangements up at the end of the night and putting everything away for next time. Arranging is what I fell in love with and I tolerate the rest of it for the time I get to spend designing!
Q: Is it more often that a bride comes to you with an exact vision or the opposite?
A: I would say that the majority of our brides come with an idea of at least color palate and overall vision. Flowers are such a tricky thing to completely pin down early, for example that freak rainstorn in New Zealand 6 weeks ago could have knocked out the crop of eucalyptus we were expecting to have for your wedding in April! So, that bride who is flexible about varieties of flowers will be much happier than one who has her heart set on something in particular. Also, florists are artists in their own rights and a bride who comes in with a few parameters but ultimately leaves the artist to do their thing, is an absolute dream! Odds are your florist has worked in the space before and knows about what varieties of flowers will be available and what crazy cool things can be done with them that haven’t been done before!
Q: What do you like to suggest if a budget is small and oppositely, if the budget is large?