Archive for March, 2017

What to Look For in a Florist

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a birthday or an anniversary, flowers are part of almost every celebration in the world. Any event is enhanced by beautiful floral arrangements. But with so many florists and floral shops out there, how do you know which one is best for you? Here are some tips to make sure you’re choosing the best florist for your event.

Set A Budget

Simply put, flowers can be expensive. The final dollar amount for your event will depend on how elaborate your arrangements are, what flowers you choose and where you live. Floral costs can range from a few hundred dollars to as high as several thousand. If you choose a rare or out-of-season flower, be prepared to pay!

The best first step you can take is to decide on your budget, and stick to it! Get firm estimates from the potential florists you interview. But don’t be afraid to have a back-up choice in case their final proposal is more than your budget.

Find Your Style

A florist’s work is by definition visual, so ask for samples and pictures of their work. You’ll be able to confirm your florist’s decorative style is right for you and that they have the skill level you need. If they don’t have pictures to share, that’s a red flag.

Of course, you need to know your style first! The florist’s look book can also help with this. Is your preferred style classic/formal? Minimalist? (If so, you could save some money!) Or do you prefer the charming chaos of “Anything goes!” so long as it’s pretty?

Wherever you land on style, commit, and be consistent! And don’t focus so much on the flowers you forget the flower holder. Choose vases and floral stands that won’t clash with your overall theme.

Do Your Homework

Learn how much the services of a good florist go for in your area. Look for bargains, but the cheapest service is not always the best. If the quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. Pay attention to local word of mouth as well. When someone is thrilled with the flowers at their event, they won’t hesitate to tell you about it!

Did you love the flowers at your event? What were they? Share in the comments below!

 

image credit: Bara Art

What Will Your Wedding Cake Look Like?

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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When you get right down to it, what’s a party without a cake? In many ways, your wedding cake is the centerpiece of your reception celebration. Since this tradition is so important, take some time to make sure you and your spouse-to-be agree on the details. Wondering what those details are? We’ve got you covered!

Choosing a Baker

Whether your reception venue already has a first-class baker or you bring in a shop or vendor from the outside, your selection of a “cake boss” is a big decision. As with any of the other important roles in your wedding, ask for referrals from friends, read online reviews and, of course, do a tasting! Sample a few of your favorite types of cakes to figure out what will work best. Be thorough, and don’t be afraid to interview multiple bakers. (Just don’t interview too close to any dress fittings!)

Size Matters!

Ideally, you want a cake large enough for all of your guests to be able to have a slice without leaving a whole lot left over. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to feed, on average, about 25 guests for every tier of wedding cake. You may not have all of your RSVPs back when making your cake decisions, so just go with your best guess for a final number of attendees, and when in doubt, round up. Always better to have too much cake than too little.

The Presentation

Possibly the hardest decisions about the wedding cake are those related to the details of the style.  Should it be round or square? How should it be decorated? What sort of cake topper should you have? Let your imagination run free! There are other matters of presentation to be sorted out as well. You get to choose the style of the serving set and the cake stand. You can personalize as much as you want!

Your wedding day is one of those rare occasions where you get to have your cake and eat it too. Make the most of it!