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!

 

Real Wedding: Lauren and Jovanni

By: Colleen Lennehan


Over the past year blush and ivory palettes became a bridal favorite, and Lauren and Jovanni’s wedding perfectly captures all the romance these colors bring.

The two married on August 20th, 2016 at St. Lawrence O’Toole church, later celebrating at The Aria.

Their big day beautifully blended bridal glam with classic touches, which is most highlighted in Lauren’s bouquet!

Terri created round style bouquets for both the bride and bridesmaids using white garden roses, hydrangea, ranunculi, and blush roses, wrapping them in ivory ribbon. She used jeweled fabric to add a pop of glitz and allow Lauren’s bouquet to really shine!

Jovanni and his groomsmen wore white ranunculus boutonnières, and their sweet flower girl walked down the aisle with a baby’s breath flower crown.

Their reception flowers matched the bridal party with roses and hydrangea, keeping everything in sync. For the centerpieces we used tall gold pilsner vases and low mercury fairytale vases for variation. Flowers seemed to grow out of every inch of The Aria during Lauren and Jovanni’s reception.

Blooms greeted guests as they entered and passed the place card table, decorated with a stunning manzanita tree arrangement full of roses, hydrangea, and orchids. We fixed clusters of roses and hydrangea along the staircase to compliment the scalloped fabric. At the bottom of the staircases sat their sweetheart table, decorated with small julep cups and matching flowers.

Their entire wedding was beautifully captured by the talented photographers of Annandale Photography, we hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse of their glamorous day!

 

Venue- The Aria

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Annandale Photography

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: 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: Olivia and Keith

By: Colleen Lennehan

Under strands of glowing lights and amongst beaming guests, Olivia and Keith celebrated their wedding at The Lodge at Maneeley’s this past weekend.

Her bouquets and arrangements, full of neutral tones, pale pinks, lush greens, and pops of purple all mixed together to create her flower dreams.

For the centerpieces Terri used stock, hydrangea, succulents and two types of roses, which sat in silver fairytale vases.

Olivia’s bouquets, wrapped in white lace, had the same blooms as her centerpieces, with the addition of brunea, peonies, and scabiosa pods, giving it an elevated and earthy look.

We loved the rustic feel of The Lodge, as well as their friendly staff. Olivia and Keith’s reception was full of character and clever design details, one that is sure to spark wedding visions for any soon-to-be bride!

 

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Venue- The Lodge at Maneeley’s

Photographer- Colleen Lennehan

 

Black and White Wedding

This beautiful black and white wedding reminds us that a classic look will always be in style.

Kristen Morello married Kyle Kruczek on September 12th, 2015 at St. Pius Church, later celebrating at The Bond Ballroom for a glamorous reception.

The couple kept their color palette on the simple side; bridesmaids wore various black gowns, while Kristen beamed throughout the wedding in a champagne and ivory bridal dress. She accessorized with crystal and pearl jewelry, adding to their elegant theme.

Her bouquets were simple yet eye-catching, following a blush and berry color scheme.

For the bride and maid-of-honor bouquets we used blush roses, white ranunculus, Italian eucalyptus, burgundy dahlias and splashes of gold accents.

The beautiful bridesmaids held subtler bouquets of blush-toned blooms.

Three pedestal votives with floating candles rested  on each table at The Bond Room. Accompanying this classic look were small bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, and gold tinted eucalyptus.

This early autumn wedding had echoes of old Hollywood, from the black and white bridal party, to the berry and blush color palette, Kristen and Kyle’s big day screamed romance!

 

 

Venue- The Bond Ballroom

Florist- Terri Krisavage Weddings and Events

Photography- EB Photography

Creative Tablescapes

From signature cocktails to wedding hashtags, a couple holds complete creative control over their big day.

Tablescapes are a major aspect of any event and can be designed and decorated in countless ways.  We have found a handful of fabulous and unique tablescape ideas to spark some inspiration for you!

 

1.Beautiful Branches

How striking are these tree centerpieces? They add incredible height to the table, along with a natural appearance-perfect for a lush look!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

2. Classic and Clean

This blue brushed tablescape is a classic example of the beauty in color palettes. Bouquets of white roses and blue hydrangeas line the center, varying in heights adding character to the look, while bright lemon wedges break up the scheme and add a burst of color!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

3. Earthy Elements

Centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and ranunculus line these banquet style tables, drawing attention to classic spring florals. Natural looking nests rest along the table as well, bringing a certain earthy charm to the décor. It’s clear that by combining blue bird eggs, a pink and blue color scheme and bunches of blooms, spring has definitely sprung here all throughout this private event!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

4. Rustic Romance

Your eye may be drawn to the overflowing flowers along these tables, but the small sweet details really tie this look together! Hydrangea stems were sprinkled along the center, throwing off the symmetry of the two rustic candles, and blooming bouquets!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

5. Exotic Appeal

These vibrant tablescapes really showcase the endless possibilities when it comes to wedding décor. The lively colors pop against dark linens, adding lovely contrast to the look. Exotic orchids and classic rich roses blend together in a beautiful way in both the tall and short centerpieces. Including giant palm leaves to the tall pieces brings wonderful textures to the table as well!

Florist- Terri Krisavage

6. Glitz and Glam

Mixing pale pink roses and gold sequin linens is a lovely way to combine two themes: garden and glitz. Both the tall candlabra arrangements and the long floral table runner are made up entirely of blush and ivory roses and hydrangeas, a stunning color scheme.

Florist- Terri Krisavage

Photography- Tony Spinelli

 

A wedding allows a couple to personalize the celebration of their love in endless ways, and a fabulous tablescape can only add to the creativity! We hope some of these décor designs have helped inspire new ideas for your next event!