Jen
Savvy May 2022

Venting About Selecting Bouquets

Jen, on September 27, 2021 at 12:19 PM Posted in Planning 0 13
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Hello WeddingWire friends,

I need a minute to vent. I have next to no experience with flowers. We're trying to find just bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, wrist corsages, boutonnières, and some flowers for our cake. No decor.

And I would never have thought of myself as picky about flowers, but I must be because I have spent hours upon hours, day after day, looking through Pinterest and Instagram and Google image search and I feel like my eyes are going to fall out and I still only have a couple pictures of what I like!

90% of what I see seems to be pure white, completely pastel, vintage, single color roses, or super boho - none of which is my style. Show me color! Some variety! Something traditional and romantic that isn't monochrome!!!

I tried talking to florists and they don't want to meet in person, they don't have real flowers in their studio (except for whatever wedding is immediately taking place), and they shut me down when I suggest meeting telling me to go back to Pinterest /cry.

The whole process has become miserable for me and just makes me feel drained and sad. I can't stand staring at any more pictures of digital flowers - I am so sick to death of it. I've tried going to grocery stores and flower shops, but there's just a tiny amount on display (again, pretty much all one color).

Is anyone else experiencing this frustration?

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Latest activity by Mieca, on September 28, 2021 at 1:18 PM
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    Dedicated October 2021
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    I feel you! Pinterest can skew unrealistic and/or older photos in my opinion, so I followed a bunch of florists in the area on Instagram. Most of them are very active and post stories and photos of weddings as they do them, and I liked those “real” photos way better than Pinterest. It made it easier to see their style. Maybe try researching them and following, and seeing if any grab you!
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  • Jen
    Savvy May 2022
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    Thanks, that’s a great idea! I’ll try peeking specifically at the local florist instagrams and see if it sparks
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  • Cool
    Super July 2020
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    Try changing up your Pinterest searches or as PP suggested try Instagram. It’s not unusual for a florist not to meet in person, especially if only doing bouquets and it’s also common for them not to have a stock of live flowers to show you. Search tons of pictures, reviews, have some phone calls and trust your gut.
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  • Jen
    Savvy May 2022
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    Thanks; I wasn't sure if this was normal or not.

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  • Cool
    Super July 2020
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    Yeah it’s hard because they’re live plants and once they’re cut they have such a short life. You can go to a local florist to simply browse flowers but I would also focus on what is in season at the time of your wedding. Not all flowers are available during the same seasons and there have been flower shortages making some unavailable or very expensive.
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  • Michelle
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    Oops- I deleted my comment after re-reading you just want corsages and bouttenieres only. Please disregard my photo. Corsages can be a single flower or a cluster of 2-3 smaller flowers. You can pick colored roses to colored orchids. It's possible others chose neutral to match whatever dress their mothers or ladies were wearing. Male bouts tend to be simple in structure and color. My groom wanted chocolate orchids for our tropical mood. Is there a botanical garden you can walk through for inspiration? I also suggest reading flower articles on brides.com for seasonal. best wishes.

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  • Vicky
    Devoted October 2021
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    Hello, not sure if you interested in artificial flowers, I got a set from lings moments it came with My bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets and the corsages and boutonnieres.

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  • JM Sunshine
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    I know you said you're tired of looking at digital photos of flowers, but have you checked out FiftyFlowers.com wedding collections? They have very vibrant bouquets and bridal party packs.
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  • Jen
    Savvy May 2022
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    Thanks for the info! Your flowers look beautiful! And I think I spy delicious macaroons /drool
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  • Michelle
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    What color do you like? Have you searched for specific color bouquets?



    Definitely browse fiftyflowers.com for ideas. Since you are talking to florists, it sounds like you are not interested in artificial flowers so scratch that off the list.
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    Just Said Yes December 2021
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    One of my friends in the floral industry shared that there's a shortage. So don't feel like they're trying to give you the runaround. My friend says stock is low and shipping is delayed.

    So some of the blooms you're craving might not be in your actual sight until closer to your date.

    A friend sent me a bouquet from Urban Stems and it brightened my week. If you need a break from digital flowers, something like that could give you ideas and a bit of tactile relief.

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  • Jen
    Savvy May 2022
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    Thanks, I wonder if the shortage will still be going into next year, too
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  • M
    Just Said Yes December 2021
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    Hmm… I’ll update you if I hear anything more. 🙂
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