Who doesn't gush over a table like this? Dramatic and lush florals, romantic candlelight, pink uplighting! LOVE IT!
However realistically, most brides don't have this type of budget.
Here are a few ideas to get that WOW factor and not break your bank.
Instead of 15 dramatic table arrangements, try one on your place card table. It will make a BIG first impression as your guests walk in the door, to find their seating arrangements and will provide a focal point in the room.
Just have to have those tall pieces on the table?!
Talk to you florist about what options might work for your budget.
You may be able to rent tall cylinder vases and fill them with:
Spring wedding - apple/cherry blossom branches
Summer wedding - curly willow
Autumn wedding - fall branches with leaves (maple or oak)
Winter wedding - birch branches (natural or frosted in white, silver or gold)
ALSO: Try incorporating lights - hanging votive holders or battery operated submersible or string lights
Why not alternate with every other table? Choosing a tall and a short centerpiece to alternate in the reception room can help you save on your budget and still get that over the top look!
Use your bouquets! Do you have a beautiful mantle or long head table that needs a little something? Try placing your bouquet and the bridesmaids in cylinder vases and mix in candles. For a really unique look alternate heights of the cylinder vases. This not only gives your table/mantle a gorgeous look (without much cost at all), but it also gives your girls a place to put their bouquets and not just leave them sitting on the tables.
In the photo below, we used the bridal bouquets placed down the center of the table with fresh garland and mixed mercury glass votives, to get a really lush table look.
More wedding tips to come soon! Any questions feel free to email and ask Meredith.
Trying to figure out what you want for wedding flowers and have no idea where to start? You are not alone. Most brides are not well versed on the different varieties of flowers and tend to lean more toward familiar names that they have heard before, like babies breath or hydrangea or sunflowers. Those are classics and should not be discounted, but don't feel intimidated when you met with your wedding florist. That is exactly what we are here for!
I have listed a few tips for your initial consultation that will help you feel more prepared to start thinking about your wedding flower plans.
START WITH YOUR COLOR PALETTE
Think about colors. What tones do you want to incorporate in your wedding? Try using a color palette generator using a photo that you love or search through color palette's to find one that works for you.
THINK ABOUT YOUR STYLE
Are you a rustic, woodsy, glam, boho, classic, vintage, or garden style bride?
What type of elements do you want to incorporate into your arrangements - wood, stones, natural elements, moss, metallics - copper, silver, gold?
THINK ABOUT PERSONALIZING YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS
Your wedding is one of the most important moments in your life, incorporate meaningful touches that will make your style and flowers uniquely yours. For example: attaching a locket or broach that represents a loved one to your bouquet is a beautiful and touching memoir. Or perhaps including a flower with special meaning, such as rosemary tucked in your menu cards or incorporated in your boutonnieres.
Rosemary = Love.
Forget-me-nots = true love
ASK YOUR FLORIST ABOUT WHAT IS IN SEASON
If your wedding date is in the spring, you will have different options than you will in the summer and fall months. Weather plays a big role in what will be available, but if you are flexible with types of flowers, you will have lots of great options of some of the best and freshest flowers.
ASK YOUR FLORIST TO EMAIL YOU OPTIONS WITH DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS AND DONT BE AFRAID TO MIX AND MATCH
Alternating tall or more elaborate centerpieces with a shorter more compact or simpler design, can help keep you within your budget and still get that dramatic look that you are looking for as you enter the room.
LASTLY, DON'T BE AFRAID TO DISCUSS BUDGET
Ask about rental items. Rental items are not only a great way to save money, but they save you time on your big day. Instead of stressing out the morning of your wedding day about setting up candleholders and centerpieces, your florist and their staff will pack, deliver, set up and retrieve the rental items the following day, so you can kick back, relax with some champs and work on those dance moves with your girls for the reception intro!
Good luck with your flower choices! To talk more about your wedding flowers, set up a consultation with Meredith at Riverstone Florals, email her at email@example.com or call her at (603) 498-5469.
And so the adventure begins...
As wedding guests arrived, they were transported up the mountain on a chair lift and through the stunning fall foliage of the Lakes Region. I don't think it gets any more unique than a chairlift ride to the summit of Gunstock and a wedding ceremony overlooking one of the best views in the New Hampshire.
The wedding flowers were designed with deep burgundy's and rich rust fall tones, with a hint of cream and a splash of green. Lots of texture and richly colored flowers complemented this rustic mountain wedding. Burgundy dahlias, tangerine protea, peach hypericum berries, fresh herbs from the garden, mini green hydrangea and chocolate lace flower were just a few of the components that made these bouquets truly one of a kind.
Guests and the members of the bridal party traveled back down the mountain and into the rustic lodge. The historic 1930's timber frame lodge and granite stone fireplace was both charming and elegant. Tall centerpieces with dramatic curly willow, Mokara orchids and candlelit hanging votives created a romantic and lush, autumn atmosphere.
The head table was situated in the center of the room, with the guest tables surrounding them. This created a really intimate atmosphere, as family and friends toasted the happy couple throughout the evening.
A special thank you to Amanda and Neil for sharing these photos with me. Wishing you much happiness and love in your marriage for many years to come.
Photographer: Lindsey Ocker Photography
It's December and the garden's are cut back and put to bed, ready for another winter season.
As the first snow's begin to fall this month, we are reminded that snow cover has both advantages and disadvantages to your garden.
Benefits of snow cover for your garden:
So as you look out over your gardens and watch the snow falling today, enjoy the beauty & benefits of the snow and start planning for next spring!
Although the gardens have been put to bed for the winter, there is still some fun to be had outdoors. Wreath making, arranging greens in your empty window boxes, making fresh christmas garland, adorning outdoor planters with winterberry and birch. If you want that fresh pine or balsam scent indoors, try adding some fresh greens to your mantle or table setting.