Post # 1
This is more for those of us already married, inspired after commiserating with the bride in this post who like me, didn’t get the flowers she wanted. So wanted to compare: whose flowers came out as they wanted them (for the most part), whose didn’t?
Here were my inspiration photos, and I asked repeatedly for the wildflower, organic, textured look with lots of leaves and berries, billy balls, daisies (preferred mini), and minimal white. The colors for my woodland wedding were mustard yellow, taupe, and brown. I didn’t like most roses but I LOVED the sola wood roses in this bouquet on etsy, and except for the wheat it was exactly what I wanted:
On the day of, I was handed this bouquet, and of course the florist was nowhere around to edit:
While it certainly has the billy balls, daisies, and sola wood roses, it also has the sahara roses that I had said I wasn’t into because they looked too pink – and they are! I thought the wood roses were to replace any other rose, not add on to it. And the leaves, berries? None. Nothing loose or organic about it, just as tight as I didn’t want it to be.
It sounds like a lot of us that request the wildflower look don’t get it, such as my SIL who had the same issue – a lot of florists either don’t understand or don’t care.
So – did your bouquet match your inspiration pics? Let’s see some pictures!
Post # 3
@mrscash: Wow, they look completely different! I’m so sorry you didn’t get what you asked for. I would have been so upset….flowers are so important on your big day.
Here are my inspiration pictures….I was going for light pinks and cream with a lace wrap to match my dress. I asked for small carnations, peonies and roses with light greenery and pearl accents (to match my theme)
Lace wrap (my dress was ivory lace)
My bouquet (I don’t have my professional pics back yet)
She did the lace wrap with pearl pins and it looked so pretty!
Post # 4
@mrscash: I’m sorry your florist didn’t listen to what you wanted 🙁 .. First pic is my inspiration bouquet and second pic is my actual bouquet.. She did add lavender flowers but I think it came out beautiful and I loved it.
Sorry I don’t have my pro pics back either.
Post # 5
I thought mine turned out perfectly – but then I didn’t have super-duper strong opinions about my bouquet.
My inspiration pic for shape:
My inspiration for color:
Post # 7
My inspiration pic was a floral arrangement rather than a bouquet, and I think the florists got REASONABLY close with what they came up with. I just felt like my bouquet should have been a bit bigger — it was about the same size as the bridesmaids’ bouquets (which were exquisite).
Post # 8
These are all great, but I want to see more of the pictures from the people who voted no!
Post # 9
I think they did a great job! It’s more pink than I wanted but I ended up liking it more. Plus I think they used more peonies. The boutonnières were done to match too. I was happy with them all. A weird thing with all the bouquets I found in Paris was that they wrapped them all with those giant green leaves. I’ve never seen it before but I thought it was pretty unique so I kept it that way instead of unwrapping the leaf and adding ribbon.
Post # 10
Actual (DIY from fiftyflowers and Costco)
Post # 11
@val_toro: Wow yours is spot on!
Post # 12
Mine wasn’t exact but I loved it! Wasn’t wild about the folded leaves, but I actually got a lot of compliments on them.
Post # 13
@mrscash and PPs: did you give your florist a color photo of your bouquet and told her to match it? I’m curious as to how some of them could be farther off from the inspiration than others. I want to make sure my florist is spot on with what I want. Thanks!
Post # 14
I did not have any true inspiration pics. Just a lot of what I liked and didn’t like. My only beef was we specifically asked for lavender spray roses and the online portfolio she sent had a color like this:
I walked down the aisle to see all the men wearing these:
That is not the same rose….and kinda looks like crap. Not to mention my dad decided all the men needed pocket squares when I had specifically said no….. I may just ask the photog to photoshop them all out before we do an album so the offensive roses do no appear.
Here’s what my bouquet was…same f’ing ‘lavender’ roses…
I would not be so upset over the lavender if we hadn’t had a trial viewing with the same color and said we did not want that.
Post # 15
@GeorgiaBride5: I did give all color photos, and I forgot to mention that I’d had a sample done as well. I had mentioned a bunch of times that I wanted less white and more beige and wasn’t finding many flowers, especially roses, that would fit that, which is why I was excited for the sola wood roses.
Post # 16
@all: Just for fun I glanced back at my email thread with the florist and found this exact message I sent:
– Bridal bouquet: if we do the wood roses (which would be awesome) than I don’t think we need the sahara ones, especially because they were a bit pink. Instead, I’d like to add scabiosa pods, tallow berries, brown hypericum berries, and seeded eucalyptus instead. Basically I just want to add more browns and greens into it, maybe even a twig or two, and have stuff that can stick out all over the place so it has that picked wildflower look to it. I love this for instance, minus the yellow roses: http://www.unitedwithlove.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Rustic-Romantic-Virginia-Wedding-White-Yellow-Bouquet.jpg
Also, mini daisies instead of large ones, which seems like it might go better with all those berries.
– Bridesmaid bouquets: let’s eliminate the roses all together so that way their bouquets will be more distinct from mine
If you’re wondering what the difference was with the bridesmaid bouquets…