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Let Flowers Set the Mood for your Wedding

The Union graphicVisit your local florist and enter a warm, fragrant sea of blossoms and sanity.
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I was late for a meeting! It had been an exceptionally busy day and my to-do list was growing. But as I stepped out of the cold weather and into a local florist shop I was amazed by the transformation. The moment I opened the glass front door, I entered a warm, fragrant sea of blossoms and sanity. I breathed in the fragrance of roses, freesias and many other flowers I couldn’t name and stared in wonder at the beauty all around me.

I immediately relaxed. Could a bride capture the essence of this room for her wedding day? Can the relaxed, unstressed world inside a florist shop be duplicated in a wedding hall or chapel? I was about to find out.

Marie Johnson, owner of Foothill Flowers, for 38 years, was to be my guide. One of the first steps you will take on the journey toward your wedding day will be a visit to your florist. “Call ahead to schedule a consultation appointment. This first meeting can occur six to eight months or even up to a year in advance of the wedding.



But if the wedding is to take place next week, well, we of course can accommodate that also,” Johnson said with a twinkle and an easy smile.

Once at the consultation, the bride, traditionally accompanied by her mother peruses the many books and albums a full service florist would have available to help choose the style, type of flowers and color palate they would like for the big day. “Most brides come in with an idea of how they want their bouquet to look. Some brides even come in with pictures cut out of a magazine or bridal books.




This is a very good idea,” suggested Johnson. “A swatch of material from the bridesmaids dresses helps pick the color palate for the bouquets and the boutonnieres all the way through to the reception floral arrangement. This color is then carried though to the reception decorations,” she said.

By knowing the mood the bride wants to set for the wedding day the florist helps her make the right choices. For instance, the traditional Floral Cascade compliments a long gown, where as, the European Cluster tends toward a more natural look. If there is a trend in wedding flowers it is to the more natural arrangements. These arrangements give the feeling that flowers had just been gathered from a garden.

Once the bride’s bouquet style, color and flowers are chosen, she might want to add a floral headpiece or choose a throw away bouquet for the traditional bouquet toss at the reception. Then the bridal party bouquets, the gentleman’s boutonnieres and the mothers, grandmothers and other corsages are chosen. “Just consider that those up in front of the guests, be it at the ceremony or at the reception, should have a bouquet, corsage or boutonniere,” Johnson offered.

The ceremony and reception afford another chance to set the mood of the wedding. Be it an outdoor or church wedding/reception full service florist, will accommodate with canopy, arches, baskets, table mirrors, centerpieces votive candles, candelabras, or pedestals and baskets for the church. Floral arrangements or even living house plants with or without lights are available to help you create a welcoming garden atmosphere.

The florist consultation usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour, followed later with a proposal outlining the bride’s choices. “We take a great deal of pride in our service. We want the bride to know that we are responsible for having the flowers at the wedding site on time. We are there to pin on corsages and boutonnieres and help with the correct placement of the flower arrangements. We can also assist the photographer or help with the flowers for that special wedding cake,” added Johnson.

Marie Johnson then looked away for just a moment, seemingly lost in memories, “I’ve been in business for 38 years. I’ve seen two generations of weddings. First we help a young bride with her wedding flowers then 25 years later we help her daughter. This business is a joy for me,” Johnson wistfully added.

I was soon off to visit with Bimmy Rode-Weight, co-owner of Nevada City Florist. Rode-Weight has been in the florist business for 25 years and suggests that to help keep the cost of wedding flowers down the bride should choose flowers that are in season. “Tulips in September are more costly. But if the bride wishes to have a special flower at her wedding then we will find it for her. Nevada City Florist is a full service florist that can supply the bride with as little as one bouquet and one boutonniere or decorate her reception site with grandiose towering centerpieces. Arranging flowers is an art form.

We design for the bride from our hearts,” Rode-Weight reminisced.

For more information contact:

Foothill Flowers

102 W Main St,

Grass Valley, CA 95945

530-273-2296 or 800-742-2551

Nevada City Florist

109 Argall Way,

Nevada City, CA 95959

530-265-3228

Flowers Checklist:

– Select a florist 6-8 months prior to wedding.

– Schedule a consultation appointment with florist so the time is set-aside just for you.

– Bring swatches of the bridesmaid dresses, pictures of your wedding gown, attendant’s dresses to help match colors.

– Bring a list of names of those needing bouquets, corsages or boutonnieres.

– Ask about floral/decorating restrictions at the ceremony/reception sites prior to meeting with the florist.

– Give the florist addresses and times for delivery of floral bouquets, boutonnieres and arrangements.

– Sign agreement / pay deposit.

– Pay balance per contract

Select Flowers for:

– Bride’s and Attendants’ bouquets

– Corsages for mothers and grandmothers

– Flower girl’s basket

– Boutonnieres for groom, fathers, grandfathers and ushers’

– Floral decorations for the ceremony and reception sites.


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