When DIY probably isn’t as awesome as you think…
Planning her wedding day is every girl’s dream: the excitement of finding the dream dress, the delicious food tastings, and of course the stress-free time a bride-to-be gets to spend with her man, making all the final decisions to make her dream day come true. Okay…. well…. except for maybe that last part!
Truth is, everybody knows that the months leading up to your wedding can be exceptionally stressful – even when you vowed never to be that bride.
Between vendors asking for itineraries, family asking for direction, wedding party asking about fittings and that nagging feeling that you’re not spending enough time with your main squeeze, even the most organized, structured, cool-as-a-cucumber bride can find herself spinning in a whirlwind of uncertainty and confusion leading up to her I Do’s. So much so, that the majority of brides haven’t even considered some of the nitty-gritty details until someone comes out of left field with, “What about toasting flutes?” or “What will you cut your cake with?”.
Really, what bride wants to be thinking about how many extension cords she will need to string her patio lights or what type of permits will she require for photography? That’s why, in times like these, having someone else to count on to take care of things (that you didn’t even think of!) is so important. In many cases that person is a planner or coordinator like the ones here at WG. These girls plan picture perfect beginnings to fairytale endings – and on the Day Of, they make sure it’s not you who’s running around looking to replace the floral arrangement your minister accidentally knocked over! A Planner / Coordinator starts with your caterpillar of a vision and nurtures it into a butterfly of a wedding day…. and then that’s where the team at the Fraîche Floral Studio come in.
Instead of diamonds on our neck we wear flowers in our hair. We believe that the perfect bridal bouquet is the most important accessory a girl can wear on her wedding day. Behind the beautiful bouquets and showpiece arrangements that you see in all those glossy magazine weddings, there’s a professional floral stylist who has spent hours designing, ordering, processing, arranging, and re-arranging them. This designer isn’t only educated in creating the floral pieces you see, but also in the tedious care that goes in to every single bloom that’s arranged in them.
Don’t get us wrong…. we are, of course, huge fans of all-things-DIY…. but more often than not, the risks of DIY around time-sensitive wedding details (like cake and flowers) will outweigh all of their benefits. Sure, your floral arrangements might end up looking like you dreamed.. but will they survive the heat in the old church? will they make it through the transport to your reception venue? will they wilt in a cold snap during your outdoor photos?
Ask any seasoned planner or coordinator, in time-sensitive situations it is always best to working alongside someone that you trust will not only make your visions come true, but help make it affordable. And that, our dear brides-to-be, is why Fraîche follows WG’s tagline of creating luxe, on a budget.
It is so important to consider the fact that photos of bridal bouquets and centerpieces which you see in magazines and inspiration websites are not only edited to perfection, but are also the best of the best. Those individual arrangements were selected not only because they were the most visually interesting, but also because they would transfer well in to digital film. With these high-end arrangements comes a very high-end price tag to match. For bouquets like these, most brides would assume they cost around $150. Truth is, the more realistic price for a basic boutique bridal bouquet, the kind that graces bridal magazine pages, would actually start around $300… and go up from there! Inspiration bouquets have been meticulously arranged by stylists with oodles of experience. They’re designed under circumstances where money and time are of no consequence. The reality is that when it comes to real-world wedding days, nothing is more important than both of these (and often, there’s never enough of either!).
So, now with the harsh truths of pricing uncovered, let us shed some light on why it might be prudent to hire a floral designer rather than try to take on the floral-world yourself.
It’s the night before your wedding. You are enjoying yourself at your rehearsal dinner, having drinks with your bridesmaids, stress-free and far from worry. While you’re having fun and letting the excitement of the next day seep in, your wedding planner and floral stylist are working late in to the night to ensure that those wedding dreams you have end up a reality. While your planner is checking and re-checking itinerary and vendor details, your flowers have been purchased, conditions, supervised while opening, cut, arranged, preserved, and prepared for delivery. The blooms you see in wedding magazines were carefully selected as being in an optimal stage for design use – not too closed, not too open. This means they were exposed to the optimal amounts of nutrients, water, and temperature in the days leading up to their styling. We don’t know about you… but how many brides have that kind of time on their hands leading up to their big day??
Even if you’ve planned meticulously and know you have the time to DIY your flowers, make sure to consider that every single stem must be individually cut, cleaned, and arranged. The average number of stems we see per centrepiece is 30. Multiply that by an average of 15 wedding tables and you have 450 stems plus all those that go in to bouquets, family flowers, and decorative showpiece arrangements.
That’s a lot of flowers.
And each type of flower has a different set of rules to guarantee staying fresh, erect, and full of life – not only through the ceremony but for the entire wedding day. One of the most common wedding flowers, the hydrangea, is a popular choice for budget brides due to it’s large size and high impact in design. Did you know that hydrangeas, while being super-romantic and budget-friendly, are also alarmingly finicky blooms? If they aren’t properly cut, hydrated, and arranged, they will wilt in less time than it takes your hair and makeup to be completed (we’ve learned from experience).
Some flowers like orchids, if not wired in to a bouquet properly, will break in half under the strain of typical bouquet-movement. No bride wants a wilted or snapped bloom in her wedding photos.
And if you’re not fluent in the techniques of wiring and taping flowers before they go in to a bouquet or corsage, those delicate little beings will end up breaking or bending in the wrong direction. They won’t photograph well either.
Floral Stylists have the knowledge and experience needed to predict any problems that may arise. If something goes wrong, the knowledge, confidence and resources they have will fix the situation before the bride even realizes something went awry. As much fun as the idea of DIY can be, hands-on experience is something that can not be learned from Google, YouTube, or a weekend course in floral design. Without proper care and handling before the flowers are arranged, it’s almost a guarantee that stems will wilt, snap, or not open fully. What’s the point of spending $4.50 a stem on that coveted cottage rose only to have it stay tightly bound in its little bloom shell?
Yup. DIY is a great way to save money and have fun with your wedding plans. Decor, food and drink, bridal accessories – these are all great ways to save money without the risk of the unknown. When it comes to flowers, every shipment of blooms is different. It’s pretty much impossible for the untrained eye to detect any issues a flower may have. Miss that little bugger of rot in the middle of a bloom and it’s possible that your entire gorgeous blush arrangement will be brown by the time your reception rolls around.
Hire a pro.
Sure, we’re biased… but you don’t have to hire us.
Just hire a pro.
Not only will you avoid stressing about your flowers beforehand, you can spend the time leading up to your wedding having fun DIYing with your bridesmaids, or relaxing with your groom, not wiring a hundred little orchids to thread into a floral crown.
Leave the worrying about the most gorgeous details of your day to those of us who can ensure they’ll see the light of day….
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