This wedding is a show stopper for our romantic styled brides with the love of high end touches. Showcasing, a stunning designer gown, high-end venue, bohemian touches and stunning photography, this wedding has it all.
The Bridal Look
The bride wore a show stopping designer gown from Rue De Siene. The gown has a form fitting silhouette with long sleeves and delicate embroidery. Topped with a fine soft mesh overlay, the fabric lends to this gown’s elegant and bohemian aesthetic. The highlight of this gown is the low back with fringe detail. To complement the simple elegance of the gown, the bride wore her hair in a half up style with cascading loose waves. Her jewelry was heirloom keeping with some more traditional elements of this beautiful wedding.
The bridesmaids wore mismatched mesh navy gowns. The mesh of their gowns complemented that of the brides’. The more traditional colors of the bridal party were offset with large bohemian style bouquets with pops of bright pink and purple accented loose greenery.
The Guys Look
Lets talk about how amazing the grooms’ Valentino sit is ! The slim and properly tailored navy suit is formal and fashionable. The groomsmen wore grey suits to offset the groom while remaining in a neutral and classic palette.
There ceremony was held inside due to the rain, but the location did not disappoint. The immaculate, clean and updated room was set up with a beautiful birch Chuppah covered in bohemian style florals. Rows of greenery lined the isle, bringing the outdoor romantic style into this large space.
The reception was held inside the Woodmont Country Club. Tables were swathed in loosely arranged florals. Small accents of florals in minute vases were peppered though out the space. Table numbers were made of paper stock showcasing watercolor images of leaves. Flavors hung along framed displays beautifully decorated in greenery. The florals throughout this event really lend to the romantic bohemian look transforming this traditional space into one of soft romance. One of our favorite highlights of the reception is the stunning cake. This was made by the brides sister. It is a geometric creation showcasing romance, art and texture. This may be one our favorite cakes to date, seriously I am swooning.
Thank you so much for Polyakov Photogrpahy for sharing this stunning event. The event is documented beautifully with rich tones of color, beautiful composition and quality photography. The lighting, and editing are timeless, romantic and a beautiful legacy to this lovely event.
Today we are sharing six tips to make your wedding day flower planning as easy as pie. Hopefully, these suggestions will allow you to enjoy the planning process and have fun deciding which blooms are for you!
1. Choose a professional florist whose portfolio you love. Be sure their style is compatible with yours or that they have the versatility to achieve the look you’re going for. Their communication should be professional and timely. Read reviews and ask for referrals from other wedding professionals like photographers and venue coordinators to help you select your flower vendor.
2. Be realistic.Don’t plan for the flowers to be cheap–they aren’t. Remember, you are not just paying for flowers. You are paying for a wedding professional’s time to communicate, organize and order your wedding day florals. They are preparing and purchasing hardgoods like arrangement vessels, flower frogs and ribbons/wraps. Their expertise guides flower availability and allotment, securing enough materials to maximize the designs of your day. They are processing and conditioning the flowers to ensure your blooms are healthy and at their optimal appearance. This means monitoring cooler and water settings and oftentimes controlling the environment to get those Roses opened just enough to look gorgeous in your bouquet. You are paying for a florist’s design skills and ability to execute your vision with the goal of exceeding your expectations. And, you are also paying for them to deliver a very fragile and perishable product to you, with a smile.
Be upfront about your budget. If you are planning for a Bridal Bouquet, 8 Bridesmaids, 25 Table Centerpieces, 12 Boutonnieres, 5 Corsages, 3 Head Wreaths, and a Ceremony Installation, a budget of $1200 does not come close. A florist can neither grow nor purchase the flowers for that price. Break it down. That would be around$22 per item, which is not reasonable.
While we are talking floral budgets, let’s address greenery. Greenery is not a cheap option. It may have been, 10 years ago, but like all things commerce, when the demand goes up, so too does the price. Pinterest has made the lush greenery trend popular over the past five years so wholesale prices on greenery have increased. If you want to do affordable, avoid trends and work with your florist to develop an original idea.
3. Know your style, hone your style.Bring ideas to your florist and be sure to include: your color palette, must-haves, and priorities. Is there a particular flower you can’t live without? Do you want a statement installation for your ceremony site? Is there a bouquet style you love? What style dress are you wearing and what shape bouquet will compliment it? Be prepared to share images for inspiration and ideas. Communicate specifically what you like about the pictures, but remember you are paying for a designer’s ability to design. Be open to alternatives and trust their creativity. Do not expect a florist to copy an idea or inspiration image exactly. Trust your florist’s ability to take a concept and personalize it for you. No cookie cutter designs! Allow your floral designer to reign in all those ideas you have “pinned” to develop a cohesive look for the day.
4. Seasonality. It’s a real thing. Flowers grow under specific environmental conditions and seasons. Peonies have a short, early Spring window much like Dahlias have an end of Summer/Early Fall timeframe. If you are getting married in January and insist on Peonies, they are going to be very expensive and will be shipped from far away. Think about what that means. These expensive blooms were cut a long time ago. They have traveled and have likely not been handled gently. So you are paying top dollar for a product that is not guaranteed to show up looking flawless. Product availability can change based on weather and national circumstances. If there is a hurricane in Florida, flowers do not ship. A natural disaster in South America can cause a flower “disaster” in Maryland. Trust that your florist is qualified to make substitutions to the best of their ability. Consider supporting local growers and utilize what is available in the season in which you’re getting married to avoid pre-wedding headaches.
5. Know your wedding day logistics. How many tables? How many attendants? Where is your venue? What is your date? Do you have measurements/dimensions for statement pieces or installations like altars and entries? (*Perhaps take a tape measure along on your venue walkthrough) Talk to your venue coordinator about any specifications they have like delivery/set-up timeframes and rules.
Before a florist can quote you a price, they need to know how many bridesmaids you’ll have. They will need to know what style tables you are using at your reception (rounds or banquet) because this will influence the type of centerpiece they propose and they’ll need to know how many table centerpieces you will need. If possible, share images of your venue including both the ceremony and reception space or check that your florist is familiar with the area.
Think through each vignette at your wedding. Chances are you will have a Seating Card Display, Guest Book, Lounge, Bar, Gift/Card Table… do you want to flower some of these areas as well? Are there doors that yearn for wreaths? Include all the possibilities so your florist can most accurately develop a floral plan.
Look at your wedding day timeline. If you are taking photos at 11:00 am on a 95-degree, July day your flowers will not look their best for a 4:00 ceremony. Tell your florist when photos are beginning and always be sure to have fresh water available to hold your bouquet while you are not carrying it-
6. Think beyond your wedding day. Do you want to donate your flowers to a hospital or nursing home? Are you trying to be green? Do you want locally sourced flowers? Who will return vases and rented items or is that an additional cost you’re willing to pay your florist? When you look at photos of your wedding, how do you want the flowers to look? Thinking beyond your wedding day will help you organize your thoughts to make good decisions ahead of time. If your flowers are being donated and you want to be environmentally friendly- let your florist know. They will avoid using floral oasis, which is a mess to contend with when re-using flowers (and a bit of an ecological nightmare). You’ll want the gathering up of flowers to be easy at the end of your event, so definitely plan ahead and be sure to put a trusty friend in charge so you are not working, at your wedding!
Being prepared before meeting with your florist will help you approach planning your wedding flowers in an efficient fashion and allow you to focus on the fun part of dreaming up something beautiful! You should book your floral designer up to a year in advance to ensure you get on their design calendar and remember, peak wedding months May, June, September, and October fill up quickly so consider that when you set your date.
This article is provided to Charm City Wed courtesy of Jocelyn Howard at Burgess Insurance Agency.
Why Wedding Insurance?
As you spend countless hours and money securing the perfect dress, venue, menu, etc., your special day becomes more and more valuable. What happens if you get the flu on your wedding day?! Or your venue goes out of business mere days before you walk down the aisle? Or your winter wonderland wedding day becomes a blinding blizzard that will take days to shovel out of?! This is where wedding insurance comes in;
The Wedding Protector Plan covers:
Dress – Coverage if your dress/tux gets damaged or lost
Lost Deposits – Reimburse your deposit if a vendor goes out of business or simply doesn’t show
Lost Ring – Go ahead let your dog be the ring bearer, we’ve got your back!
Unavoidable Cancellation or Postponement of the Event
Call to Duty
Venue Required Insurance
How It Works
The policy requires a single payment that can be anywhere from $160-$1,025, depending on how much coverage you need. Our plan has a $0 deductible and can be purchased 2 years prior to event up to one day before (though, I wouldn’t recommend waiting until the last minute). The policy does not need to be purchased by the bride and groom, a grandmother, father, sister, friend can purchase this policy to protect their loved ones. Applications are quick and straight forward.
The Information You Need Before You Purchase
There are some important steps to take before you call
Have the ceremony, reception, and rehearsal venues booked so we can make sure you have adequate coverage
Decide if you are going to serve liquor
An approximation of the number of guests
An estimate of the price of your wedding dress/tux and rings
Is Any Policy Good Enough?
This is not a one-size-fits-all policy. Though, any policy is better than none. By calling an agent, they can figure out the best plan for you! This is a special type of insurance, so make shre the agent you are working with knows the ins and outs of wedding Insurance. Their service is free, you have enough to do, let someone else take care of the rest!
Who Can Get Coverage:
Any US citizen in any state can get coverage. Even if their wedding is overseas. Call Jocelyn and she can help you set up the proper plan for you.
Who to Call
Contact me at Burgess Insurance Agency with questions or to get a quote on your Wedding Protector Plan.