Written by: Colleen "Kali" Soulier | The Plantation Florist, LLC
Photo Credit: Chantilly Photography
Whenever I publish a picture of a bouquet or arrangement I’ve done it will naturally be made of fresh, gorgeous flowers.
Sometimes I get some in that are so perfect I have to have them photographed just to preserve the perfection!
With “Pinterest” and so many online resources available most brides are able to give their florist a picture of what they want their wedding flowers to look like. That does make our job so much easier, and it is greatly appreciated. Keep in mind, however, that flowers are a crop, so they are not always as perfect as the ones you see in the pictures. They are pulled from the ground by a farmer that grows and harvests cut flowers just like any other farmer harvests his food crops.
In October many of us go out hunting for pumpkins to carve and use as decorations. If you are like me, you pick through at least a couple of dozen to find just the right one. That doesn’t mean that the others aren’t gorgeous – they just are not perfect like the one you choose. Just like pumpkins, when I receive flowers, some are just more beautiful than others. I ALWAYS pick out the most perfect ones for the bride’s bouquet. When I stress the most is when the bunch of a particular kind that I need are all not as perfect as I would like. Perhaps they are smaller than normal, perhaps the color is not as vivid as others I’ve seen, perhaps they don’t look as fresh as I would like them to. These things happen and might not be obvious to others, but with a florist’s eye, I see the imperfections and stress over them. Then there are times with the imperfections are very obvious - then I’m really stressing!!!!
Flowers are a crop, gifts from God, and just like humans, some are just more beautiful than others. That means those peonies in your bouquet might not be as big as the ones in the picture, or your roses might be a little bit darker pink than the ones in the picture. These are realities that are out of your control and ours, but if you have the right florist, she/he will do everything possible to make sure your flowers are as fresh and as perfect as possible. Make sure your florist cares enough to stress. Make sure your florist wants perfection and demands it from herself/himself, her/his staff, and the wholesalers where she/he buys flowers. Picking the right florist is one thing you can control and can make a tremendous difference on your wedding day.