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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    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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