Thursday, March 29, 2012

Simons Jewelers Wedding Band Event

Sisters Floral Design Studio is excited to be showcasing our florals in this two-day event on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. The event will include the extensive wedding band collections of Armadani, Guertin Bands, JB Star, Precision Set, A. Link and Bez Ambar. The Cakery will also be there to share their delectable delights!

The Wedding Band Event takes place at Simons Jewelers- 8113 Maryland Avenue in Clayton- from 10 am to 7pm pm on Friday and 10 am to 5pm on Saturday. Newly engaged and happily married couples are all welcome to shop the wonderful selection of wedding bands on display.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Formal Wedding at World's Fair Pavilion and Ballpark Hilton

Jamie and Kyle celebrated in true St. Louis style by sharing their wedding with friends and family at the scenic World's Fair Pavilion and a reception at the Ballpark Hilton. Black and white was used throughout the day to convey the formal and classic style of the event. Sisters Floral Design Studio enjoyed putting together the lush rose arrangements that really made a statement at the reception.

Images by L Photographie.

These gorgeous candelabras can be rented from our studio!

Special thanks to Katie Fogerty from St. Louis Wedding Consultants for coordinating an awesome event! Best wishes to the newlyweds and their families!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vintage - Inspired Wedding

Every soft bloom in this wedding was selected with a vintage inspiration in mind for our bride, Madeline. The antique color palette brought femininity to the bouquets and the petal-y flowers were soft and inviting. Our favorite flower types for this particular bridal bouquet were the white ranunculus, ivory garden roses, and light pink hydrangea.

Photos by Under Grace Photo.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Winter Wedding and Reception at Moulin

This was a very chic winter wedding where the bride and groom had general ideas but really let the team at Sisters Design Studio propose the elements of the decor. The idea was to have a very winter white setting with bare branches and blue accents found in the stationary and linens. Both the ceremony and reception were in the same room at Moulin. These are our own shots of set-up.

All the guest tables were long and sat people all the way around. We came up with three different table layouts mixing white flowers and branches throughout the room.

Layout #1

Layout #2

Layout #3

The ceremony was held in the same room, just off to the side, in front of this beautiful mirror. The wonderful staff at Moulin provided some small tables for us to place several of the guest table elements. These vases doubled beautifully as ceremony decor and were then moved to the guest tables after the vows.

We have done many events in this space at Moulin, but these elements really transformed the look of the room for the bride, groom, and their guests.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Keeping Your Flower Budget in Balance

Budget can be a tricky topic for some brides and grooms and their families. Though everyone has a budget, even the Trumps and Kardashians, it can sometimes cause embarrassment and an uneasiness to discuss. Yet, your budget is such an important piece of the puzzle for many different reasons. First, by definition, budgets should keep you in line so that you don't overspend. Budgets also offer another advantage- they keep you in balance. You don't want to overspend in one area and have to settle for something less in another. For instance, opting for invitations that are out of your budget may result in cutting back on the actual wedding programs, menus, etc.

As floral designers, our parameters are set by two things- flower season and flower budget. We make our suggestions based on what is available in nature to use and what can be artistically done within a certain budget. What makes our jobs even more challenging is when a budget is exceeded to afford a grand line item and the remaining balance leaves little for decor.

How does someone go about setting a floral budget? Take it from us, don't gauge your flower spending on what your sister's wedding cost five years ago or on how many bridesmaids you have. Better places to start would be on-line sites that offer wedding budget guides or a hired coordinator that has lots of experience setting balanced wedding budgets. A good starting point for a flower budget is 10% of your TOTAL wedding budget (including dress, reception, transportation, etc.). This will give a very balanced look for your whole event. For example, two different wedding receptions taking place in different venues would certainly have different floral budgets. Just as the total spent on each wedding would fluctuate depending on the price of the venue, guest count, etc., so too would the flower budgets for each wedding. The flower budget would likely NOT be comparable for the same venue with 350 guests versus 100 guests.

Here are two pictures that might help show what a difference flowers and decor make in a room. The first image is the blank room and the second is the obvious addition of the guest tables but it is the design elements that make the room pop. These elements include specialty linens, lighting, and, of course, the flowers.

Throughout history, flowers have remained an integral part in weddings. Think back to your mother's and grandmother's weddings. They also had flowers that made a statement for the time. Even if you think flowers aren't that important to you, stop and think about all the places they appear in the ceremony, reception, and the pictures that follow.

Use the tools at your disposal to create an overall budget and then a budget for each specific item needed for your event. This way, each category will be in balance with the next and no one element will be seen as an afterthought. This will only take a small amount of planning and discussion on the front end versus the strife and confusion that will result with no guidelines at all.

Flowers can convey your personal style and the feeling of the day. Don't forget how important these elements are in making your day special to you, your family, and your guests.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reception at Cornado Ballroom

Jill and Mark had a beautiful, formal fall wedding reception at the Coronado Ballroom. The tones at the reception mimic the neutrals of the ceremony. Everything look lush in that gorgeous ballroom!

Happiest wishes to the happy couple and their families!