Wednesday, March 18, 2009

wedding follow up: vendors & venues-- part 3

Continuing from part 2.


The florist: Flowers on Vine

Flowers were one of the tricky things to plan from afar. I scheduled a trip during spring break to fly to Utah with DH and meet with the reception people, potential cake people, flower people, and tux people. I received a recommendation from a friend at work about Flowers on Vine. They didn't have a website, but I looked around at lots of other websites trying to figure out what flowers I wanted. This was late February by this point, and I hadn't decided what colors to use for the decor. DH and my favorite color is green though, so we thought having a leafy green theme would be fun. I stumbled upon the picture to the left one day though, on a website where you order flowers online and have to put them together yourself. I would NOT recommend doing this. I saw lots of reviews saying the flowers never arrived or were dead when they did. But I was enchanted with the flower, Star of Bethlehem, for my bouquet. My mom really liked the idea of green orchids for centerpieces. When we met with the florist in person, she was a very artistic type that is creative. That worked well for me since I had only very loose ideas of what I wanted. We ordered boutonnieres and wrist corsages for brothers and sisters, and fathers, and pin on corsages for the mothers. Oh, and a bouquet for me, and a smaller bouquet to throw.

The flowers turned out fantastic--the florist delivered the centerpieces (in Eiffel tower vases we rented from them) to the luncheon and it was all set up by the time we got there. They left a carrying box so we could transport the vases easily to the reception. The boutonnieres and corsages were delivered directly to the reception place. Everything was fantastic except for half the corsages were missing! We called them and it turned out that the florist owner was out of town, and the person who had filled the order had missed one of the lines of instructions. This would have been avoided if I'd thought to call the florist the day before the wedding. They made a valiant effort to fix the problem, and made up the remaining corsages and drove them out. They gave a discount on the order because of that mishap. Anyway. I was still very pleased with their work and highly recommend. I think the owners name is Kathryn, and she is very nice.
Some flower pics from my wedding day:

Tip: Be sure to talk to the florist the day before the wedding, or talk to the person filling your order to make sure they are aware of everything you need. You never know what might happen! If something does happen, then don't stress. Since there weren't enough corsages during photos, we just passed them around so the women in front were wearing them.

continued in part 4...

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So long, and thanks for all the fish.