Riverbanks Botanical Garden, Columbia Marriott & Wintergreen Woods

Weddings by Jennifer had three weddings this past weekend and we thought we would share some of the details with you and a couple pictures we took from each one!

Amy and Matthew were married at the beautiful Riverbanks Botanical Garden on Saturday, April 28th. Amy chose a color scheme of purples, lavenders and greens for her bouquet and also for her bridesmaids. We did mini calla boutonnieres for all of the guys and lavender rose corsages for the ladies.  While we were setting up we saw the beautiful white chair covers with green sashes by Chain of Events in the Magnolia room where the reception was held.

Hana and Michael had their ceremony and reception in the Palmetto Room at the Columbia Marriott on Saturday, April 28th. Hana chose a pink and white color scheme for her bouquet and Michael’s boutonniere was a white rose with pink filler. We also decorated two candelabras with flowers and ribbons in shades of pink and white. While we were there, we met Shannon of  Shannon Baker Weddings & Events. She was installing the beautiful pink and white chair covers.

Mandy and Justin were married on Sunday, April 29th at Wintergreen Woods in Lexington. I loved the yellow color scheme that Mandy picked out to go with the Bridesmaids “Malibu” blue dresses! We did yellow roses and white calla lilies for her bouquet and yellow calla lilies for the Bridesmaids bouquets. The corsages and boutonnieres were done in yellow and white roses.

Side note: Last fall, we had hired Justin (the groom) to install speakers throughout our showroom at White House Florist, as he came highly recommended by a friend. We didn’t know that he was Mandy’s fiance until he came out to give us a quote and said “You guys are doing our wedding flowers next April”. Pretty cool! He did a fantastic job and we would highly recommend him too. He even had to crawl under the 127 year old house to run the speaker wire to the different rooms! Mandy did a great job as his assistant! Our customers love hearing the music as they browse the gift shop and also love the “rock” speaker he installed in the front flower bed! If you need his number, let us know!

Do I need to make an appointment to talk about my Wedding Flowers?

Often times we are asked this question and the simple answer is yes. There are several reasons for this.

1) We want to make sure that we can give you our undivided attention and be able to sit down and discuss your special day without interruptions.

2) We need for you to fill out the Consultation Form on our website. Knowing the details of your wedding helps us prepare for your consultation. .

3) Making an appointment gives you time to prepare and gather the necessary information as discussed in our previous post: What to bring to your Consultation.

4) There are always exceptions and sometimes due to work schedules, etc. it is impossible for someone to come in and meet. If this is your situation and if you are just wanting to get pricing for your wedding flowers, you can email us with the specifics (with pictures of what you like) and we can work up an estimate and email it back to you for review. Our email address is: whitehouseweddingflowers@gmail.com

Each Bride is different and on different timetables but on average I would say we schedule the consultations 4-6 months prior to the weddings. However, depending on how long the engagement period is, sometimes we meet much closer to the wedding date or sometimes up to a year prior to the wedding.

We have had some Brides that wanted to book with us and be sure to save the date, but weren’t ready to schedule an appointment as venues, dresses, colors, etc. have not been picked out yet. If this is the case, you can book your date with a $250 non-refundable deposit which would be applied to your wedding order once finalized.

I hope you have found this information helpful. Any questions or comments? I would love to hear from you!

What to bring to your Consultation

Now that you have scheduled a wedding consultation to talk about flowers, you may be wondering if you need to bring anything. Well, as a matter of fact there are a few things!

1) Wedding Colors – It is important that you have picked out your bridesmaids dresses and wedding color scheme prior to our consultation, as the color and style will guide and steer the flower choices and selection. If you can bring (and leave with me) a color swatch of the bridesmaids dresses, that would be very helpful. It can be a swatch from the dress, a piece of ribbon that matches the color or even a paint chip that matches the color.  Also, a picture of your dress as well as the bridesmaids dress is helpful too so that we can see the style and type of material.

2) Flower Pictures – Prior to your consultation, you will need to spend some time researching the bouquet  & centerpiece styles you like as well as your flower preferences. Don’t worry you don’t have to figure out exactly what you want, we just need to know what you like and don’t like. Compile as many pictures as you can (bouquet styles, centerpiece examples, corsages and boutonnieres, church decorations, flower types, colors, design techniques, etc) so that we have a good idea of what you like. These pictures can be from magazines and online. To see examples of our work, visit our Flickr page and you can follow us on Pinterest and Instagram.  You can  also bring your laptop or iPad so that you can show me the pictures you have found online. Photos on your phone work too!

3) Budget –  Know your floral budget. For more on this subject, see our post: The Budget Question

4) Corsages and Boutonnieres – Be thinking about you would like to have a corsage or boutonniere for and make a list to bring with you.  Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents and Ushers are pretty standard.  The Minister (only if he is wearing a suit), Director, Greeters, Readers, Soloists, Musicians are all optional.

I think this about covers it. I hope you find this helpful as you prepare for your wedding consultation. Do you have any comments or questions?

Amanda and Jeff

In honor of Amanda and Jeff’s 1st wedding anniversary, we thought we would tell you about their wedding we did last year! April 2, 2011 was a beautiful spring day in Lexington, SC! The ceremony was held at Boiling Springs United Methodist Church and the Dogwoods outside the front of the church were in perfect bloom! Amanda chose Ivory hydrangeas and Sweetness roses for her bouquet and Sweetness and Ivory roses for her four Bridesmaids. The Sweetness rose variety is an ivory rose with a pink edge and it complimented the girls mauve colored dresses very nicely. Ivory roses were also used for the corsages and boutonnieres. All of the ceremony and reception flowers were made in their wedding colors of Ivory and Mauve. We used roses, hydrangea, lilies, snapdragons, waxflower filler and greenery. Their reception was held at Country Club of Lexington. We always enjoy working at this lovely venue! Clark Berry Photography took amazing pictures as always! We’ve included a few images on this post but if you want to see a few more images from their wedding, courtesy of Clark Berry Photography, click here: Amanda and Jeff . Their beautiful cake was done by Vicki at Vintage Bakery. We actually got to taste this delicious cake because Amanda’s Mom, Judy brought us a piece on the Monday after the wedding. How nice!! We also received a sweet email from Judy after the wedding – “Everything was beautiful! Thanks again for all your help and please don’t hesitate to use us as a reference for other business you will get in the future.” We were so pleased to be a part of their special day! We wish them a very happy 1st Anniversary and many more happy years together!