Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Inspiration Pictures from Pinterest- Ceremony Garlands

Ceremony decor is becoming increasingly popular- not only in flowers, but in other elements as well.  As couples seem to be exploring lots of other venue options, including outdoor venues, the creativity and detail put into making a ceremony unique and romantic is more important than ever before.  Thus, we receive lots of ceremony pictures from Pinterest and other sites from our clients.  The following photo is one that we have seen quite a bit over the past few wedding seasons.

When we see this photo in an email or on a Pinterest board from our laptop, we think the size and perspective are more easily seen.  However, we realize that the majority of our clients do their searching and pinning from their phones, which is where we think some of the confusion about the size and scope of these flowers comes from.  What may be hard to see from a phone is that this is a very large structure judging from the thickness of the pillars that the fabric is covering.  Just based on that, the flower garlands must be pretty substantial to make such an impact on the very wide concrete pillars.  Another thing to notice is the chandelier.  Let's guess that it's at least four feet in diameter.  The flowers garlands, though most likely pictured slightly in front of the chandelier, appear to be a similar span and height.  For even more perspective, here is a picture that we have never gotten from a client, but is a shot of the same ceremony and structure, fully decorated.

With the help of this photo, we can all see that this is a pretty awesome venue with a pretty awesome flower budget to match.  The scope of this is not easy to pick out from the first photo, especially on a smart phone or other smaller device.  We have had some clients that just want this look and we were able to make suggestions on how to achieve it at their venues and with their structures.  

This picture represents one end of the spectrum when it comes to perspective and scope in the photos you see from Pinterest and other similar sites.  It's easy to pin something or take it to a design meeting without really knowing what it is.  Any professional who enjoys her work will be glad to educate you about your choices to mimic your pictures as best they can.  But why not try and self-educate as much as possible?  Look for other objects in a picture to help you gain some idea of size.  Also, compare apples to apples when it comes to your venue verses an inspiration picture.  If you don't have a structure for your ceremony at all or one that can support this look (rounded pillars vs. canopy or arbor) you may need to adjust your expectations.

Pinterest can be a great tool to get some visual ideas of the look you envision.  Don't forget to look a little closer at your favorite inspiration pictures to help yourself better articulate that vision.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Autumn Wedding and Coronado Ballroom Celebration

Nicole and Andrew were married last fall at St. Raphael and enjoyed a celebration with their friends and family at Coronado Ballroom.  Their style was very organic and textured while still romantic and vintage.  Take a look at these photos from Jordan Brittley.

Nicole's bouquet was a mix of all white and ivory blooms with accents of seeded eucalyptus and berries for some fall texture.

Lucy is the couple's furry baby.  She wore a collar of greenery and roses for the photos!

These fresh boxwood wreaths were hung on the doors at the church.  They were moved to the Coronado for the cocktail hour after the ceremony.

An asymmetrical piece for the placecard table outside the reception gave the guests a glimpse of what was coming in the ballroom.

The textures of the ceremony were repeated on the guest tables with the addition of some deep jewel tones for a pop of color.

Gold accents were used on the tables to compliment the gold in the room.

Best wishes to the bride and groom and their families.  It was a sincere pleasure working with you!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Inspiration Pictures from Pinterest- Submerged Flower Centerpiece

We see a lot of inspiration pictures this time of year, as we are meeting with many newly engaged couples.  Pinterest has exploded in the last few years and has become a widely used tool for wedding planning and flowers are no exception!  We welcome any kind of inspiration picture from pretty much anywhere, but most of the pictures we see come from Pinterest.  Because of Pinterest's popularity, we often see the same pictures repeated through consultations over one or two wedding seasons.  More often than not, clients are surprised to learn how much some of these inspirations cost.  We thought it may be helpful to potential clients to give an idea of what price points some of these pictures entail. (Please note that all the pricing references will vary from market to market and that we are simply giving an idea of what level of expense to expect.)

The following picture has been a popular pick for about two seasons in our wedding market.  It is very classic and seems simple and somewhat understated in design.

First of all, this is a gorgeous design.  We wish we could do this, as pictured, every time a client brought it to us.  What's difficult to really focus on in this picture is how much real estate is being taken up by this centerpiece.  It's a pretty large footprint and, therefore, involves at least five vases that we can see/count.  Just the glassware puts this out of some people's price ranges.  But how would anyone who isn't in the business know that?  As we continue on, there are four or five types of flowers seen, one type in each vase.  These types include tulips, full stems of orchids, and calla lilies.  These are the perfect flower choices for submerging as not all blooms are submersible.  Calla lilies and orchids are higher-end blooms and can be price-y, especially in the quantities we see here.

Let's do some general pricing for just the flowers.  A very conservative estimate would be that each vase contains between $15-100 (retail) of flowers depending on the type and stem count.  So, for our purposes, we are going to assume around $40 of flowers per vase.  This figure multiplied by five is easily $200, just for the flowers.  Some vendors may rent you vessels, others may want you to purchase them.  Either way, vases of that height and shape are not found every day at the discount dollar store and will certainly add to the overall price.  Something else to consider is just how many gallons of water (added labor cost) it will take to fill these vases.  We have LOTS of stories about this!  :)  Another time........

This is all a lot of information, but the take away is this- you don't know what you don't know.  We never fault a client for not knowing how to price any of the inspiration pictures they bring us.  Pricing and figuring the designs for clients is our job.  A good designer can take a client's vision, likes, and dislikes and come up with an idea that encompasses the important elements within a reasonable budget (see our previous blog about budgets).  Because the pictures you fall in love with may have costs and elements that you are unaware of, just be willing to give a little and listen to your professional vendor on ways to make it happen for you!

Look for another installment of "Inspiration Pictures from Pinterest" coming soon!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Coral Peonies In St. Louis Bride Magazine

We are tickled to be featured in the latest issue of St. Louis Bride Magazine!  As a part of the "Fabulous Flowers" piece, we were asked to design a "dream bouquet."  As artists using a perishable medium, we always appreciate the unique or extraordinary products that nature can produce.  When asked why this particular design represents a dream bouquet, one of our designers said it best,

"To see these amazing coral peonies at market in November is so unusual.  Having peonies be so full and vibrant is really a dream any month of the year- they showcase the very best of what fresh flowers can be."

Looking forward to a dream-filled 2015!!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Do I Set a Flower Budget for My Wedding/Event?

This is a question we hear a lot in our line of work.  Even though it may not be the most pleasant subject, the truth is, everyone has a budget, no matter the size of their wedding or event--and they should!  Setting a budget ensures that all the important elements of your day are in balance and make sense with the overall look and feel of the event. 

On average, you can expect to spend at least 10-14% of your overall event budget on flowers.  (Overall budget would include invitations, formal wear, food & beverage, venue bookings......everything.)  For weddings, this would cover the flowers for people, ceremony, and reception.  At our studio, we always ask clients a flower budget before meeting with them to be sure everyone is on the same page.  We don't ask to spend every nickle on the table or to purposely give an initial bid for more than that amount.  We ask so that we can provide ideas for our clients that not only fit within the parameters that they have given us, but that they can be excited about.  No matter the budget given, it is always a goal at Sisters to make the perceived value of our designs more than the client has spent.  A budget is not something that we dread, it's a tool to help us best serve our clients. 

At Sisters, we enjoy the beauty of flowers every day.  We want to bring the same joy to those who choose to make flowers a priority on the important days in their lives as well.  Thanks to all those who have trusted us with their flowers, letting us be a small part of their special day!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tips from Saint Louis Limo

Jamie Watson from Saint Louis Limo has some great tips on their website for brides in the planning stages of their wedding.  Check out thier company and their ideas on their website: 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Renaissance Grand Ceremony and Statler Ballroom Reception

Goldie and Mark were married late in November at the Renaissance Grand Hotel.  They celebrated with their family and friends in the Statler Ballroom following their vows.  Here are some images from Sal Cincotta of their soft, vintage flowers.

Goldie wanted a vintage look with soft colors to include peach, champagne, pale blue, and blush pink.

Goldie's bouquet included hydrangea, roses, cremone dahlias, spray roses, and limonium.

The maids carried textured mixes of larkspur, limonium, and roses.

The ceremony room used elements from the reception to give the guests a hint of what was yet to come.

A mixture of high and low centerpieces decorated the Statler Room.

 The tall centerpieces showcased a garden style with larkspur, curly willow branches, white hydrangea, and draping seeded eucalyptus.      

The low flowers were large mounds of lush, blue hydrangea.

Best wishes to Goldie and Marc!  It was a pleasure working with you!!!!