Muncie Magazine Spring 2017 : Page 35
bridal flowers m Rebecca Bream uring a wedding, it’s often simple to see the per-sonalities and tastes of the knot-tying cou-ple in the attire, location, food, and even the music. All play a large role in the wedding day. But as you look around the ceremony and reception, it’s typically hard not to notice the flowers and deco-rations filling the room. The season and venue in which the wedding takes place is typically a good base for the types of flowers and decorations a wedding party will request. From the classics to the latest trendy trimmings, local happy couples are as specific as they can be when it comes to asking nearby florists to put together the wedding flowers and decorations. M MAGAZINE 35 D
During a wedding, it’s often simple to see the personalities and tastes of the knot-tying couple in the attire, location, food, and even the music. All play a large role in the wedding day. But as you look around the ceremony and reception, it’s typically hard not to notice the flowers and decorations filling the room.
The season and venue in which the wedding takes place is typically a good base for the types of flowers and decorations a wedding party will request. From the classics to the latest trendy trimmings, local happy couples are as specific as they can be when it comes to asking nearby florists to put together the wedding flowers and decorations.
“For several years brides were asking for all flowers and no greenery,” Marta King, owner and designer at Hand Ties Memories Wedding Floral, 7494 N County Road 800 W., Middletown, said. “You can never go wrong with the peachy/pinks and ivory, and I doubt that color scheme will ever go out of style for weddings.”
King is always up to date with the latest preferences and trends, as she’s been doing her job for 20 years.
“My business was completely built around weddings,” King said. “I do a few other planned events, parties, and retirements, and that business usually comes from previous brides.”
Along with King, Audrey Scott, designer at Normandy, 123 W Charles St., has also said she’s put together a lot of white and blush creations in the last couple years.
Joe Davis, owner of Paul Davis’ Flower Shop, 2215 S. Madison St., said he also uses a lot of white colors. “Roses, carnations, orchids, mini roses, alstroemerias, and lilies,” Davis said.
But the basic color schemes and popular flowers aren’t necessarily the cheapest.
“Peonies and garden roses, the special ordered and more expensive flowers can be $8 per flower,” Scott said. And while some wedding clients prefer the most beautiful and best arrangements, some will choose to spend that money nowadays on the wedding meals or party details.
Decorating on a dime (or more)
“Our average price for a wedding bouquet and bridal bouquet is right at $100,” Davis said. “But the whole process is changing. They think of the party afterward. A lot is invested in the meals or party.”
Davis said he’s also noticed younger customers not thinking about flowers as much as the older generation.
“The industry as a whole is changing rapidly, the way we buy, we used to buy products in masterpieces to save 10 or 15 percent,” Davis said. “Now you can’t do that anymore because you have so much money tied up in it.”
While some prefer to put most of their money in other parts of the wedding, other clients are flower-focused.
“Some brides are creative and want to add their own touches and just need bouquets, others want centerpieces and everything,” King said. King makes sure to work with the couple and their families to figure out a price package.
For brides on a budget, King said price packages help. But for those who want as many flowers as they can get, King will work with any budget.
It’s the mood of many millennials, trying to stand out from the rest. Just as King said some of her clients want to add their own touches, Scott works with the same kind of preferences.
“A lot of people want their own little touch and are trying to top each other, make it (their wedding) a little bit different than everyone else’s,” Scott said.
Pretty preferences and today’s trends
Those preferences are usually in tune with the latest trends, or even the color schemes Scott said she notices are on trend for a while.
As whites and pinks will always be classy choices, Davis, King and Scott are seeing their clients sway toward the latest and greatest trends, personal touches and preferences.
“For years everything had to match and now we are mixing it up on purpose,” King said. “The styles were neat and tight for the past few years and now the trends are leaning toward light, airy and wispy designs. The garden gathered bouquets and bohemian feel are a big trend right now. When trends change it is very exciting for us to create new looks and stretch our creativity.”
Scott is also seeing clients ask for their own trendy touches, to spice up a bouquet or arrangement.
“Baby’s breath is having a huge comeback,” Scott said. “Broaches and charms in the bouquet are also more recent.”
Davis said some of his clients will add their own touch by bringing in individual flowers they want to use in their arrangements.
“Often times we’ll tell people to bring in their own vases, Scott said. “We’re definitely flexible and willing to work with people if they bring stuff in.”
King said she also tries to encourage the brides to make it more personal. She and her team will create decorations and flowers to go along with a wedding’s theme or parts of the venue.
“I love adding sentimental things and family heirlooms to bouquets,” King said. “Aisles are fun, so many pictures are taken down the aisle so I love to create a focal point there.”
When it comes to coinciding floral creations with the current season, King and Scott are noticing quite a few trends.
Bright yellow and gold flowers are a big preference.
“Last summer and fall had lots of sunflowers, which run $3 to $5 per flower,” Scott said.
“Beautiful yellows, oranges and golds are always a popular theme for fall,” King said. “Mixing metals is a new trend, silver gold and rose gold together are fun. I think this goes with the bohemian and vintage feel. The garden and barn theme is still hot. So many beautiful venues have opened, I feel this trend will last.”
Scott is quite familiar with the rustic barn theme as she’s worked with Meg’s Country Celebrations, Barn on Boundary, The Lodge, and other outdoor venues.
“Rustic was trending all summer and fall,” Scott said. “A lot of the decorations, especially in the barns, are a more rustic feel, like Ball Jars, burlap, and lace.”
King also said she has had requests this year for dusty blues and lavender colors.
Perks of Pinterest
Like wedding venues and photography choices, keeping up with the trimming trends are easier than ever thanks to the photo and do-it-yourself (DIY) inspiration website, Pinterest.
“Pinterest is playing a huge role in helping brides pick out the things they want,” Scott said. “They can bring in an actual photo of things they want or are expecting.”
King said she wonders how her team has ever planned a wedding without Pinterest.
“Years ago brides walking in with arm loads of magazines and folders,” King said. “Now with phone in hand, they pull all their plans up on Pinterest. What is really fun is when a bride shows you a picture she liked from Pinterest and it is one of your own creations!”
Davis also said he has clients who bring in photos from online for inspiration.
Social media also inspires couples to make their own decorations.
“Some are going offline to actually make things, such as picture walls of deceased family members, or themselves and the groom as babies,” Scott said.
Social media sources, including Pinterest, allow couples to have an upper hand when it comes to feeling inspired and choosing the top, trendiest flowers and decorations for their big day.
More information and inspiration visit: www.normandyflowershop.net, www.handtiedmemories.com, www.pauldavisflowershop.com.
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