How to Budget for your Wedding Blooms

By: Colleen Lennehan


Most brides pin lush centerpieces, giant earthy bouquets, and intricate arches to their dream wedding boards on Pinterest, but are not quite sure what price tag follows along with their visions.

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TBM Photography Terri Krisavage Floral Design

Trying to budget for flowers can be a bit tricky seeing as a few different factors mesh together to come up with a total.

Typically, type of flower (peonies vs. tulips), amount of flowers used, and the size of the arrangements are all calculated out to come up with prices.

Recently, Green Wedding Shoes blogged about pricing, showing three different sized centerpieces for three different price ranges. Cavin Elizabeth Photography captured the shoot designed by Taya of Compass Florals.

Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cavin Elizabeth Photography

These organic blooms are beloved by many brides recently, giving a great guideline for anyone planning their big day!

As you can see, the first arrangement is sweet and simple, and the cheapest of the three totally $100-$150. The middle one of $175-$225 has a fuller look as well as more expensive blooms. The last example is priced at $250 and up, the reason for this is the addition of peonies and ranunculus among others.

Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Though these might not be your dream arrangements, their size and type of flowers are a great guideline to refer to while planning!

Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Cavin Elizabeth Photography

While some florists offer packages, we believe each couple is so unique that every wedding we design is custom. We meet with you to narrow down your flower needs then price everything out, letting you walk away with a quote in hand.

Based off of our past weddings we find that (typically) most weddings quotes come out to about $3500.00.  Now, this could mean a smaller wedding spent more to have bigger arrangements with high-end flowers, or that a bigger wedding had simpler flowers.

Colleen Lennehan Photography
Colleen Lennehan Photography

It has become a standard baseline for couples to spend 20% of their total budget on flowers, meaning a $20,000 wedding could plan to use $4,000 on flowers, though these calculations don’t match up for everyone.

With every couple needing different pieces, and having different styles, wedding flower prices can really vary, but if you plan ahead mapping out what you need (and can afford to spend) and go into your floral consultation knowing your budget, you will create such an enjoyable part of your wedding planning!

Give us a call to start your wedding dreams!

 

 

 

 

 

*All photos are credited to their original photographer, and a special thank you to Green Wedding Shoes for their fabulous blog on pricing!

 

Popular Wedding Flowers

By: Colleen Lennehan


With thousands of flowers growing all over the world it may seem hard to pick a handful of favorites, but when it comes to weddings, some blooms are chosen over and over again.

Many brides already have their “must have” flower list in mind before they slide their engagement ring on, while others need time to decide what blooms will go into their bridal bouquet.

We’ve created a list of 15 flowers that have been steadily popular over the past year. Terri designed each of these floral creations within the past few years and we gathered them all because they highlight one of the most used flowers by brides and grooms!

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Full List of the 15 Popular Wedding Flowers:

We’ve added in a price estimate for each as well, from one dollar symbolizing it’s on the cheaper side, to three, which means they are up there in price!

  1. Peony $$$
  2. Garden Rose $$$
  3. Rose $$
  4. Hydrangea $$
  5. Spray Rose $$
  6. Ranunculus $$$
  7. Succulent $$$
  8. Astilbe $$$
  9. Calla Lily $$
  10. Eucalyptus $
  11. Protea $$$
  12. Orchid $$$
  13. Baby’s Breath $
  14. Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace $$
  15. Anemone $$$

 

Photos have been credited to their specific photographers!

Real Wedding: Kristy and Brockett

By: Colleen Lennehan


Kristy and Brockett said “I do” in classic fairy tale form at the Riverview on October 16th, 2016.

Their entire day was filled with romance and tropical touches in both their ceremony and reception.

Kristy’s bridal bouquet of phalaenopsis orchids was beautifully unique. Terri mirrored the bridesmaids bouquets by using similar white and purple orchids. The groom and groomsmen wore orchid boutonnieres to carry the flower trend throughout the wedding party.

The couple married under an arch covered in twinkling lights and lush flowers. We used hydrangea, roses, stock, wisteria, and fairy lights to create this romantic backdrop for Kristy and Brockett. Their aisle was lined with clusters of roses and hydrangea, tied with multicolored ribbons to match their color scheme.

After they sealed their marriage with a kiss the couple and their friends and family went inside to celebrate their love. Submerged purple orchids in various cylinder sizes sat in the center of each table, while smaller arrangements lined their sweetheart table.

We loved working with this couple and helping their wedding day visions come to life.

Take a look at their beautiful day, captured by Candace Jeffery Photography !

Venue- The Riverview

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Candace Jeffery Photography

 

 

Real Wedding: Adam and Janelle

By: Colleen Lennehan


On a gorgeous autumn afternoon Adam and Janelle said “I do” under a large oak tree at The Red Barn at Hampshire College.

The ceremony scene could not have been any more beautiful; surrounded by turning trees and picturesque valleys, the couple picked the perfect season to get married in.

Their charming rustic wedding fit perfectly with the venue and its natural location. The bridesmaids deep turquoise dresses gave a bright pop to the color scheme. The girls held baby’s breath bouquets, a bloom very popular with barn weddings! She wrapped them in turquoise burlap and used twine to create a ballerina knot design as a final touch.

Janelle’s bouquet was full of bright colors and textures. Terri used sunflowers, orange orchids, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, peach roses, orange calla lilies, and green succulents to bring the fall foliage shades to her bouquet. Wrapped in ivory ribbon, Terri matched the brides bouquet with the rest by finishing it off with the ballerina knot.

For the guys, we wrapped orange calla lilies and feathered eucalyptus with twine, to blend in the rustic charm.

Sunflowers were also used in the ceremony décor as well. We hung a dozen sunflower, hydrangea, and moss filled glass globes throughout the venues oak tree. To add another backdrop element we draped fabric across two giant branches to bring in a classic arch look.

The reception was just as sweet as their ceremony setup! We used blue mason jars with baby’s breath bouquets to complete their cozy barn setting. The flowers were accompanied by small votive candles and a burlap wrapped bottle of wine that doubled as a table number.

Between the views of red and orange foliage for miles, Janelle’s blooming bouquet, and the couples sweet touches, their big day highlights all the beauty of an autumn wedding!

 

Venue- The Red Barn at Hampshire College

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography-Colleen Lennehan and

All photos are credited accordingly to either Colleen Lennehan, or the couples photographer, Heather Renee!

 

 

Real Wedding: Courtney and Justin

By: Colleen Lennehan


With turning fall foliage and blue skies, Courtney and Justin’s seaside wedding was nothing short of picture perfect.

The two married on October 7th, 2016 at St. Mary’s church in Stonington, later celebrating their love at the Inn at Mystic’s Haley Mansion. They kept their color scheme nautical with navy and gold, tying in their beautiful surroundings.

The finished look was absolutely fabulous, orchid stems sprang out of arrangements while floating candles added romance throughout the evening. With close to 20 tables, we split the room into high and low centerpieces. For the high, we used hydrangea and white orchids to create an eye catching arrangement, as for the low, we used gold bowls and topped them with calla lilies, orchids, hydrangea, and roses.

Terri lined their head table with a gold garland, adding in rose heads, orchid stems, and hydrangea to top it off. To bring light to their table, we placed cylinders with floating candles, as well as gold votives along the length of their navy runner.

 

Cocktail tables also received a little flower touch with rectangular vases full of white calla lilies, adding elegance to the small space.

As guests entered the venue, they were greeted with a beautiful manzanita branch arrangement that sat on the place card table.

Between the ocean views and their overflowing candy bar, this is one wedding that will never be forgotten. We wish the happy couple a life full of love and laughter as their marriage begins!

 

Venue- Inn at Mystic

Florist- Terri Krisavage

 

 

 

 

Autumn Inspiration

By: Colleen Lennehan


Autumn swept away summer with turning leaves and pumpkin lined porches, bringing in tons of colorful inspiration for this seasons weddings.

After the initial shock of becoming engaged, many couples first choose a season to plan their wedding in, perhaps they decide based off the weather, meaningful dates, or simply because their dream wedding always involved snow covered streets or seaside dancing.

As we begin our new season, we gathered some fall inspired shoots, bouquets, and other seasonally touched ideas for you to think about for an upcoming wedding or party!

 

Foraged from the Forest

 

This trendy organic forest theme is a beautiful blend of fairytale charm and raw natural elements. Deep reds, browns and greens in the bouquet, tablescape, and cake décor bring in a cool and crisp air to this styled shoot. They used many different pieces to create this forest feast, including fruits, flowers, greenery, leaves, and even a pair of antlers to really paint a classic fall picture.

Cozy Cotton

 

The softness and texture of cotton adds in a whimsical warmth to these boutonnières and bouquets. Mixing it in with other seasonal stems like berries and greens brings a sweet southern vibe to their wedding flowers. These fluffy cotton balls are a natural way to incorporate a not so typical autumn detail into your fabulous soirée!

Burgundy Beauty

Though deep reds and burgundy’s may seem to be a classic pair with autumn weddings, there are many ways to give them a little twist. These three bouquets, though similar, show how you can add different flowers and colors to create something unique. The first bouquet, made by Terri, highlights gold and pink as accent colors. These shades blend beautifully together, and the gold adds a bit of sparkle and glam to the bouquet. The second burgundy beauty has more muted blooms accompanying it. Light pinks and dusty greys create an airy look, yet it’s still fitting with the fall season. The final bouquet was also made by Terri and allows greens to share the spotlight. Eucalyptus and dusty miller blend well with burgundy celosia and gerberas, giving off a stunning organic look!

Hopefully you sipped on some cider and gathered up a few ideas from our post! Stay tuned for upcoming blogs on our fall weddings!

 

*All photos were credited to the photographer or original place of publishing!

 

 

Real Wedding: Erica and Brandon

By: Colleen Lennehan


Erica and Brandon’s waterfront wedding is a picture perfect example of how unique couples can be when planning their big day.

The two were married on August 27th, 2016 at Brandon’s families lake house in Winsted, Connecticut. At the end of their dock, under clear blue skies and in front of nearly a dozen loved ones, the pair said “I do”.

To create their dream wedding, Erica and Brandon focused on blending an intimate ceremony with a laid-back reception of about 150 guests.

The couple kept their wedding party small, with three people total: a maid of honor, groomsman, and Erica’s sweet daughter Ella as their flower girl. Later, they celebrated at The Village at Boulder Ridge under a pavilion full of flowers, lanterns, and love.

Terri has been friends with Erica’s mother, Noreen, since the two were in grammar school, so when the wedding preparation began Terri was thrilled to be involved. They then asked me to photograph the wedding and how could I have said anything but yes!

Two bouquets, one flower crown, one wrist corsage, 30 arrangements, and five garlands were used to complete their flower wish list.

Erica’s bridal bouquet was completely stunning. A wild and natural look paired well with her entire day. Terri used some beautiful blooms in both the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets. A mix of garden roses, queen anne’s lace, ranunculus, succulents, freesia, dahlias, and greens made up these bright and breezy bouquets.

A sweet flower crown of eucalyptus and spray roses was worn by Ella, the most photogenic flower girl I have ever seen!

After some wedding party photos in downtown Riverton and at the Saville Dam in Barkhamsted, the couple arrived to a packed pavilion full of friends and family.

To welcome guests, two twelve foot garlands draped along the entry railings, while a rustic chalkboard greeted everyone. Inside, under dozens of lanterns and banners, each picnic table had a weathered wooden box full of flowers that matched the bouquets.

 

We loved the personal touches at their reception. From the vintage card holder, to the sangria bar, Erica and Brandon’s afternoon was full of creativity and entertainment.

Boulder Ridge was the perfect spot for a laidback style wedding. With dozens of kids in attendance, the venue offered a swimming pool, playground, volleyball courts, and even a zip line!

After hours of mingling, eating, drinking, and diving in the pool, it was time for everyone to enjoy the dessert table!

A three-tiered cake, decorated with more fresh flowers was the main event, but the grooms cake, a life-like fish replica to highlight Brandon’s favorite past-time, caught everyone’s eye.

We loved the carefree air that surrounded their big day, these two are a genuine example of what marrying your best friend looks like. We loved working with them and hope they have nothing but happiness as their marriage begins!

Venue-The Village and Boulder Ridge

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photographer- Colleen Anne Lennehan

Hair and Makeup- Beauty Entourage

 

 

Real Wedding: Yeslan and Julio

Though cooler weather is close by, this summer was the season for beaming brides and blooming flowers, both of which are highly featured in today’s blog!!

Yeslan Hernandez and Julio Gomez said “I do” on the evening of August 13th, 2016 at Connecticut College in New London.

Lots of layered details really made their wedding one to remember.

Three different centerpiece variations created an airy look, all while staying in synch with the couples color scheme and wedding dreams.

Yeslan and Julio opted for a very, very long head table, which allowed us plenty of room to create something fabulous.

Terri ran dozens of eucalyptus stems along the center of their banquet table to create a natural runner for the arrangements. Votive holders of different sizes were placed throughout the eucalyptus, as well as flower filled mercury goblets. We loved this fairytale look, and the fact that they had a unique twist on the typical “sweetheart table”!

The remaining round tables were split up into two designs, one with a low clear glass bowl and a bustling arrangement, and one with tiered floating candles accompanied by mini flower bouquets.

We loved filling their space with lush florals and warming tones to create a dreamy reception! Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

Venue- Connecticut College

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Colleen Lennehan

 

Real Wedding: Josh and Kara

By: Colleen Lennehan


Sweet stems of peonies, garden roses, and freesia popped out of antique bottles that lined nearly a dozen long banquet tables at the Essex Yacht Club.

Josh and Kara tied the knot on July 2nd, 2016, with a waterfront wedding reception under a dreamy Sperry tent. The couples color scheme of navy and pink was incorporated in every aspect.

Three types of ranunculus boutonnieres show the sweetness in size. One is fit for the couples ring bearers, another for their fabulous groomsmen, and the final, with the biggest bloom we could find was for Josh, the beaming groom.

The bridesmaids bouquets, wrapped in navy and white striped ribbon, were full of pinks and fuchsias. Garden roses, peonies, ranunculus, and wild flowers overflowed from these beautiful bouquets. For the bridal bouquet, Terri used many similar flowers, all in white, and wrapped the beauty in a piece of Kara’s mothers wedding gown. These bouquets show the beautiful combination of organic, airy, and sentimental!

We loved putting together clusters of bottles as centerpieces too! Each table received  three groups of bottles in varying heights, shapes, and sizes. Peonies, roses, garden roses, astilbe, thistle, lizzianthus, eucalyptus, and freesia were placed in each container, no two looking exactly the same.

The couples nautical touches carried into the tablescape as well, with a navy and white striped runner, place settings with rope highlights, and napkins filled with a sprig of eucalyptus and a thistle stem, the entire wedding was a beautiful balance of a seaside breeze and garden accents.

With waterfront views and peonies filling the warm summer air, this wedding was by far one of our favorite to be apart of!

 

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photographer- Colleen Anne Lennehan

Venue- Essex Yacht Club

 

Waterfront Wedding

On June 19th, 2015  longtime friend of mine Adam Chauncey Clemens married Kathy, the love of his life, at the Madison Beach Hotel.

I have worked with Adam for many years, providing flowers for events planned for the Linda Clemens Breast Cancer Foundation, and was thrilled to style and provide arrangements and bouquets for his beach wedding!

Creating the bouquets and centerpieces for Adam and Kathy was an absolute joy.

To match their wedding dreams, we created bouquets that were light, airy, and beachy. Pink peonies, white roses, and blue hydrangeas were all added in to highlight the sweetness of summer by the sea.

Their photographer, Danny Kash, captured every moment of their day. Danny is easily one of the best photographers in Connecticut, who never fails to impress his clients and viewers.

We loved working with this fabulous couple over the summer and hope their beach inspired wedding sparks some ideas for you!

 

 

 

For more photos, ideas, and wedding flowers, check out the links below!

Venue- Madison Beach Hotel

Photography- Danny Kash Photography

Florist- Terri Krisavage Weddings and Events