Figuring the Flowers: Part II

Armed with my wedding binder and inspiration photos, I set off to meet with two florists for consultations. I was interested in a bouquet with dark purple calla lilies, with other purple-toned flowers and no greenery or crystals. Something along the lines of these:


Image by East Main Photography via Weddingbee


Image by Jose Villa via Get Married in Banff

I didn’t give the two florists a budget; I was more interested to see what they would come up with based off of my pictures. I had a number in mind, so I was curious to see where they would come out in relation to that number. As it turns out, both florists were quite close. With the quotes in my hot little hands, I did what any good engineering nerd would do to compare—I created a visual to imagine what all of the proposed flowers would look like together. Enter Google search and PowerPoint!
Florist number one suggested (in a clockwise pattern):

  1. Beautyberries (via National Park Service)
  2. Allium (via PlantBuzz)
  3. Dahlias (via Van Bourgondien)
  4. Deep purple calla lilies (via The Observatory)
  5. Sweet peas (via Unwins)
  6. Freesia (via
  7. Anemone (via Tulip World)
  8. Lisianthus (via Rainflower Company)


They are all such beautiful flowers, but everything is somewhat monochromatic. It is also a lot of different flowers! I’m having a hard time imagining how any flower can stand out with so many different varieties in the bouquet. The bridesmaids’ bouquets would contain similar flowers and be smaller.

Florist number two suggested the following for my bouquet:

  1. Purple lisianthus (via Rain Flower Company)
  2. Lilac-toned roses (via Fifty Flowers)
  3. Deep purple calla lilies (via The Observatory)
  4. Purple fragrant stock (via How Stuff Works)
  5. Berries if available/in season


For the bridesmaids’ bouquets she suggested:

  1. Cream lisianthus (via Valley Flowers, Inc.)
  2. Lilac-toned roses (via Fifty Flowers)
  3. Purple fragrant stock (via How Stuff Works)
  4. Cream miniature vendela roses (via Fifty Flowers)
  5. Lighter-toned purple callas (via Fifty Flowers)


The idea is that my bouquet would be the more intense purple colour and the girls would have a lighter-toned bouquet that would show up nicely with their deep purple dresses. I love the variation in tone throughout all of the bouquets, and I really think it will help each flower to stand out. I had a really great feeling from florist number two, plus it is obvious from her portfolio that she has a really great eye for putting arrangements together.

In fact, I’m so excited about flowers now that I want to see how I can fit floral centerpieces for the tables into our budget. Maybe some nice bud vases like these?


Image via hive member jenniejen30


Image by Evin Photography via Budget Savvy Bride

I love the idea of milk-glass bud vases! I haven’t found a place to get them super cheap around here, but I may have a back-up plan…

What do you think of bud vases for centerpieces? Did your consultation with your florist cause you to rethink your decorating strategy?


Ms. Gazelle

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July 2011
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  1. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:37 pm

    Loooooooove anemones, allium, lisianthus, and sweet peas. So dreamy.

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    bananarama 418 posts, Helper bee @ 5:12 pm

    I agree that florist number two had some really great picks, without being too overwhelming. She seemed to realize that there are many shades and tones of purple to work with, which will add some great depth! The BM’s bouquets are also fun and a little different!

  3. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:19 pm

    I love the contrast in colors in the second set of flowers!

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    gia1258 4 posts, Wannabee @ 6:35 pm

    We are doing milk glass vases and bought most of ours from Value World or salvation army for $1 to $2, garage sales too. I LOVE THEM!

  5. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:42 pm

    Alliums are so much fun. Because they’re in the onion family, they might have a faint aroma. All of the flowers in your boards are beautiful!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:58 pm

    Oh, lovely lisianthus! Bud vases are incredibly pretty and delicate as centerpieces and go really well with the flowers you chose!

  7. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:12 pm

    I love bud vases! I also think that florist two’s options will look so beautiful put together!

  8. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:42 pm

    Mmmm. Loving all of your floral choices, Gazelle! I have such a huge crush on lizzies—they’re sooo fluffy and gorgeous. Your color choices are stunning. I also absolutely adore that you used PP!

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 11:37 pm

    Love the lilac toned roses they have such a romantic and vintage feel!

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    robbie18, Guest @ 6:55 am

    i love your color choices. i am still thinking on what to have on my wedding. but these floral choices are very cool. it is really nice, match with my customized invitation. should see this link the designs are very nice and so wonderful! hope this helps. :)

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    mizzbaseball 83 posts, Worker bee @ 12:19 pm

    love the purple but just a word of warning about the lilac roses – my best friend ordered them for her wedding and they were much more pink in person than in photos. Make sure your florist shows you them in person before you order them. She had a wedding day meltdown because her flowers didn’t look anything like she envisioned.

    Also, if you do not want greenery, make sure that is written down in the contract! Again, same girl, said no greenery and her bouquet came wrapped in these huge palm ferns that we (the bridesmaids) ended up cutting off because it wasn’t what she wanted.

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    gazelle 1019 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    @mizzbaseball: Those are great tips, thanks so much! No greenery or crystals is written in the contract, absolutely. Part of the reason why I chose the second florist is because she actually prefers not to use any greenery and her work is just stunning. I definitely trusted her vision to put bouquets together using her best judgement.

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    Max, Guest @ 1:17 am

    Fastic flowers. Love all the purples especially the Calla Lilies. Stunning!

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    Angie Spencer, Guest @ 7:47 pm

    Great blog post! You could try spray painting vases white to get the same look as milk glass. Being a fan of milk glass for a very long time; I’ve sought out ways to immitate the look.

    Enjoy your wedding day, it looks great on your blog so far!

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