Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day-- Don't Let it Sneak up on You!

Let us help you make a BIG splash with your sweetheart!  Call us at 314-821-0076 to place your order by phone.  Click here to order online OR email us your flower needs and our design team will help you send a gorgeous vase worthy of your Valentine!  It's never too early or too late to make someone smile!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Long Guest Tables- What you need to know regarding flowers & table decor--

One of the current trends that we have been seeing more and more is long tables at receptions and parties.  The tradition of having a long wedding head table has even changed to a rectangular king's table with wedding party sitting all the way around instead of only on one side.  This idea has trickled over into the whole reception and we are now seeing room layouts and celebrations with 8ft. to 16ft.+ tables, guests seated at all sides.

The look of the overall room is stunning with the long tables lined up and table decor trailing down the center.  This trend is fun to work with and design for, but there are a few things to consider when it comes to the flowers and table decor.

We have seen lots of inspiration pictures of long flower garlands lining the middle of a rectangular table, with the garland spilling over the ends.  Here are some images (courtesy of LPhotographie) of a table with a similar look that we did just this past season:

To us, this visual is one of the main draws to doing the longs.  This is such a romantic and lush look and when you envision this in your whole reception, it's breathtaking.  The cost can sometimes also take your breath away if you don't know what to expect.  

In the case of a round, 72" guest table, the decor can be as traditional as a mix of gorgeous seasonal blooms in a low or tall design.  This cost will vary according to flowers and choice of style, but more often than not, a large single arrangement or collection of medium arrangements will give a full showing at the center of the table.  (Image by LPhotographie)

In the case of long tables, oftentimes two 8 foot tables are connected to give an even longer profile.  Sometimes, they are also doubled up in width to give more room for the guests sitting there.  If the table is 16 feet long, the real estate that needs to be covered to give the same fullness as mentioned on the round tables is exceedingly more.  If you want garlands down the center, 16 feet won't drape over the edges, so 20-22 feet per table would be suggested.  Basic greenery garlands that are pre-made with 2-3 types of greenery can range in price from $12-18 per foot in our market.  Adding flowers to the greenery will start in the neighborhood of $15 per foot (additional) and increase from there depending on flower choice and fullness.  Of course, different shops have different price ranges, so check with them.  Solid flower garlands are also popular on social media, but are much more expensive than those with greenery included as a large number of blooms are needed to construct them.

If garlands aren't really what you envisioned for your long tables, another popular look is several small arrangements and candles aligned down the middle.  The coverage of these table scapes is usually pretty full with one arrangement running into the next accented by candles.  If you budget one small arrangment for every foot, then you would need 16 vases of flowers plus candles for each table.  As always, the range of prices will vary with flowers choices and size ( approx. $40-100+ each), but keep in mind that whatever elements are being incorporated will need to be purchased in multiples to achieve that look.

There are lots of variations as well.  Some choose to sit guests on each end of the longs.  Having a place setting at each end of the table decreases the length of decorations needed as well as the tendency to want any garlands draping down the sides of the table.  Some also mix round tables and long tables in one room to have the best of both worlds.  Whatever your vision may be, think past the table shape and explore how best to showcase your table scape!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Don't Forget---Sisters Floral Design Studio is on Pinterest

We know that LOTS of our brides, grooms, moms, bridesmaids, and even some dads use Pinterest for their wedding planning.  Don't forget to look at our Pinterest boards, too!  We have boards by flower color as well as by category (bouquets, ceremony and reception decor, etc.).  Here is a preview of some of the images you will find there:

Enjoy your pinning!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Vintage Design with Metallic Accents

This vintage tablescape we created focused on the very popular blush and ivory color scheme.  We added other accents of gold, mercury, and crystal to give everything a more formal look in this outdoor setting.  Images by Storybook Photography.

Many different metallics were used together on the table.  We love this combination of formal accents!

The flower arrangements were done in a mercury compote for a traditional vintage look.

A special thanks to Heartland Estate for letting us borrow their perfectly vintage venue for this design!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Pantone Colors for 2016- Rose Quartz & Serenity

For those of us who use color as a large element of our occupation, the Pantone Color of the year can play a significant role.  Pantone is a color institute that is used as a reference for fashion design, interior decorating, paint tones, printing, and a variety of other color-based businesses.  Every year, they choose a color that is "a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude."  This year, they have selected two colors- Rose Quartz and Serenity- as their colors of the year.

How does this affect wedding flowers?  Usually, we see an upswing of bridesmaids dresses, linens, or stationary accents in the Pantone shades after the color of the year selection is made.  This, in turn, affects the types and shades of flowers that we would recommend to coordinate with these elements.  There are several flower types that come in a Rose Quartz shade.  In comparison, the choices of blooms in a Serenity tone are much more limited.  There are simply fewer flowers that grow in any shade of blue, making it a challenge.  However, other cool tones could be added to this color palatte to give a larger range of flower selections.  For instance, shades of purple, lavender, and green would coordinate well in the cool color family,  Warm tones that could be added to the pair could range from cantaloupe to coral to red. 

Overall, the Pantone selections can be a fun way to choose your color scheme.  If you aren't in love with this year's shades, you can check out past year's winners as well.  Have fun with color!

Monday, December 28, 2015

I just got ENGAGED! Now what?

First of all, congratulations!  What an exciting time to think and dream about your big day!  We know there are a lot of things to consider, so we thought we would give you some pointers from a floral design standpoint.

How much do wedding flowers cost?

We get this question a lot.  The truth is, wedding flowers are similar to lots of other items in your life with varying price levels.  The question "How much are wedding flowers" is like asking "How much is a car?"  Your flower costs depend on what your needs and wants are for your wedding day.  On average, you can expect to spend 10-14% of your entire wedding budget on flowers and decorations for the wedding party, ceremony, and reception.  We cannot stress enough how important setting an overall wedding budget is!!!  Sit down as soon as you can with those who are involved and discuss what budget is realistic.  This will help in every category of spending for your wedding--guaranteed!

What is a full-service florist?

A full-service florist is one that executes your wedding design from start to finish including meetings, emails/calls, the actual flower designing, and the wedding day set-up and delivery.  Please note that some florists may have lower costs, but this could mean that they also have fewer services and that the person you place the order with is not the same person making your arrangements or delivering them.  Here at Sisters Floral Design Studio, we take pride in our personal and custom services for each of our clients.  Our design team meets with you to discuss blooms types and shades of colors, physically puts your designs together, AND will be there on the day of your wedding to make sure that everything is as it should be.  We wouldn't have it any other way!

What flowers are in season for my wedding?

Many flower types have become increasingly more available due to their popularity.  For instance, peonies, tulips, and dahlias used to have more finite growing seasons.  Now, all of those blooms can be ordered outside of what their typical seasons once were.  At Sisters, we like to get a feel for the types of flowers you are looking for and suggest what best meets your needs- whether it be color shades, texture, overall look, or cost-effective choice.  We always try to give a bride her first choice bloom, but when it's not possible, we always have an alternative ready and waiting!

When should I make an appointment with my florist?

Generally, you will need to have chosen your wedding date, ceremony and reception location, and selected a color scheme before contacting a wedding florist.  Sisters Floral Design Studio is glad to meet for a complimentary custom design presentation based on all your floral needs.

If you are ready to get the design process started, email us ( or give us a call (314-821-0076).  We are excited to start talking flowers with you!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!

To all our past, present, and future clients: Thank you for allowing us to do what we love in a way that we love!  This time of year makes us feel even more blessed to have been able to serve you!

We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season!  Cheers in 2016!

The Sisters Floral Design Team