March 8, 2008

Flowers – Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:38 pm by Molly

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The decision has been made on who we will go with for flowers. We have chosen to go with Sandy McDonald of The Bloomin’ Place in Athol, MA. Let me review the meetings with all three florist though…

Our first meeting was with Ernie of Windmill Florist in Fitchburg, MA. My Mom and I trecked out in the foot deep snow to get there for our 11 am meeting. This place was very nice. We were brought to a room that was set up for meetings with brides, all decked out with wedding parifinalia and photo books filled with bouquets. It was obvious that this guy knew his stuff. He listed to my ideas, asked questions about colors and came up with a (long) list of what we would need for the day. Honestly the only reason I didn’t sign on the dotted line right there was because his quote – given to me right then and there by the way – was over double what I had budgeted for flowers. They only do four weddings in a weekend which I thought was nice because you wouldn’t have to worry about them being too spread out. I would recommend them to brides in the area, they just weren’t the right choice for me.

Getting to our next meeting at Beyond Petal Pushers in Westminster, MA was a little more difficult. The address didn’t seem to match the directions and we went by the place and ended up in a more rural part of the town. Normally this probably wouldn’t be a big deal, but as the roads got more and more rural and less and less cleared of snow we decided to turn around. We got stuck on a hill in some snow and I ended up having to push the car out of the snow. I got COVERED in muddy snow and was not exactly in the best mood after that. We finally found the place right on time for our appointment. It was kind of slow getting started. We met with Gwen the owner, and she was very nice, but at this point I knew what I was looking for and it just took awhile to have her understand what we were looking for. Perhaps I had just had enough flower talk for the day. Either way we eventually got her to write it all down and she told me she would get back to me with a quote in a few days. When she did it was lower than Windmill, but not by much. I was starting to think this just wasn’t going to work out for the price I had hoped.

The final meeting with Sandy took place on Sunday and I must say I felt good about this going in and I was not wrong. She does this out of her house as pretty much a paid hobby. Being the DIY bride that I consider myself to be, I really liked that. She’s retired and does this more because she likes doing it than because it’s a job. We sat down and went over what we liked, what we didn’t like, what we wanted and what we didn’t. She had really good suggestions as to what would work in the fall and what wouldn’t break the bank. Apparently calla lillies are like one of the most expensive flowers – forget those. The biggest reason we decided to go with Sandy was because she was the one person who asked me up front what my budget was. Why start talking about elaborate stuff if I can’t afford it? Her quote to me was that she would rather work within my budget and get my business than to give me a quote that was out of it and have me never call her back. Her quote was slightly over my budget, but really not by much and it is definitely a do-able amount for us. YAY!

So we now have all our vendors lined up and all the major things are decided. It’s just the details now… which there are a lot of.

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February 29, 2008

Flowers

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 11:08 am by Molly

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For the most part (a few minor freak outs excluded) I think Mitch and I are really enjoying planning this wedding. At least I am. The DIY projects are moving right along and the stress levels have been relatively low considering how much is going on. I think that speaks well of our future marriage as well.

However, we are now at the flowers stage of the game and I couldn’t be less thrilled. This is probably going to be my least favorite part of this whole process. I’m not really that interested in flowers. I mean sure, they’re pretty and smell nice and brighten up a room, but they also die, and in my hands they die faster than most. There is just so much about these little things that I don’t understand. People seem to plan their weddings around their favorite flowers and have exotic ones flown in from overseas and the like. (Perhaps I’ve been watching too many wedding shows on the WE network though). I just can’t imagine being that attached to a certain flower and willing to pay top dollar for it. Can’t I just pick some from a neighbor’s garden that day?

All kidding aside, I’m just a little nervous about being raked over the coals here.

I am taking my Mom/MOH with me to play bad cop (or maybe she’s the good cop). Also we can always fall back on the “well, i’ll have to run it by my fiancee first, he holds the money you know” haha. Mitch will be enjoying himself snowboarding while all this is going on.

I HOPE to get a fairly good deal on flowers. We are not having floral centerpieces so right there I think we’re cutting a good chunk of cash out. (more on what we’re actually doing for centerpieces later) I just want to get bouquets – for me and the gals, my mom, Mitch’s mom (spoiler alert!) and the grandmothers. I am choosing to do smaller bouquets for the MOG and Grandmothers instead of corsages. Just cause I like the idea. Then boutonni√®res (i have totally learned how to spell that) for all the groomsmen, Dads and Grandpas. That should be IT for flowers. My estimated budget may be too small for all that, but I’m going to see what creative things people can come up with to make it work.

They’re just flowers people!

As for appointments we have three over the course of the weekend. Appointment #1 is with the recommended florist for our venue – Windmill Florist in Fitchburg, MA. We spoke briefly with them at the tasting we went to a few weeks ago.

Appointment #2 is with Beyond Petal Pushers in Westminster, MA. This is in the same town as our venue and I just found them during a Google search for florists. We will meet with Gwen.

Appointment #3 is on Sunday with a woman my Mom knows. I guess she used to work for a florist and now does flowers for weddings and probably other events on the side. She is going to get some books to my Mom for us to go through and then we will sit down with her Sunday morning. I’m really looking forward to this one. I’m guessing we would get a more honest price from her than a commercial florist that hears “wedding” and instantly doubles their prices. I guess we’ll see though. Maybe flowers are just way more expensive than I think they are.

I honestly can’t believe how much people spend on flowers for weddings. I just can’t imagine having this as one of the bigger percentages of our budget. It’s one thing if you have a $40K budget and spend $3K on flowers, it’s quite another to spend $3K on flowers when you have a $15K budget. I just want to get this part over with and check it off the list to be honest.