Before I start telling you about my flowers... I promised to show you the completed mint brownies, then all budget hell broke loose and the world imploded and dollar bills grew wings and flew, along with pigs, south for the winter. And through all that, I forgot to show you the gorgeous picture of the completed product from this recipe! Behold, mint brownies in their delicious glory:
Ok, now that your mouth is watering, back to flowers...
Yesterday, I braved the pouring rain (and nervous, horrible rain-drivers) to visit our florist after work. I briefly told him our situation. Sitting down, we went over what I needed and didn't need. Don't need a toss bouquet. Don't need centerpieces (at least $700 saved!), don't need arrangements for the reception hall.
I explained our change in theme from damasky and formal to more contemporary and visually detailed. Instead of damask, the bouquets will have a more modern black and white handle wrap (I left it up to him, because I enjoy letting a pro do his job once in a while!) I decided to keep our decorations simple in the church. There will be a large arrangement (donated to our church after) on the altar behind us. It will have similar flowers to my bouquet, but also more pop, like Bells of Ireland and other taller branches. It also may use some carnations... I just love them!
I also decided to change up the bridesmaid bouquets. I want them to be really rich with texture, but I love the green. Chuck the florist recommended adding:
Hypericum Berries... these little green berries (above with a bout) have a great green color and visual, textural impact.
Then it comes full circle...
My favorite flower when we started planning... green hydrangeas. He suggested starting with a hydrangea poof and setting the spider mums and berries into it. The finished product would look very close to this:
I will admit, I had doubts when he mentioned pairing hydrangeas with spider mums. Then when I did the google image search later, I realized I was sooo pleased (and he was sooo right!) I love the slightly varied greens and stunning array of textures! Squeeeee! I also had him throw some hypericum berries into my bouquet... you know... for funzies.
Even with the changes to the bridesmaid bouquets, we'll be paying less. Some days, I am really happy this happened, because I don't feel guilty now about bouquets and arrangements.
Did any "cons" in your wedding end up being "pros" in ways you didn't expect? Did you make any changes to your flowers throughout the process? How hands on were you, and how much did you just let the florist do him or herself?