Black Eyed Susan Bouquet for the Baltimore Bride

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Every summer into fall you will find thousands and even billions of Black Eyed Susan’s in bloom up North in planting beds or arranged in a cute little mason jar on a kitchen table. This butterfly and bird attracting plant blooms from June until October and can grow anywhere from 1 to 3 feet tall. In Baltimore, MD today is known as Black Eyed Susan Day and Pimlico Race Track has tons of events going on so be sure to check them out.

For those getting married and love the wildflower look to a bouquet, be sure to plant tons of Black Eyed Susan’s to have enough for your beautiful bouquet. For those in regions where Black Eyed Susan’s are not grown there are other options for your bouquet such as Sunflowers, Viking Pom or Sunflower Gerbera Daisy. 

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Are you getting married in Baltimore? Email me & let’s talk wedding flowers!

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DIY Bride, STOP arranging your own wedding flowers !

April.14,2015 I published a blog post on why you should hire a professional/expert floral designer for your wedding. I received great feedback and many other experts and professionals enjoyed it. This post on the other hand is a must read and what I’m about to say may shock some of you.

This current post ties in with the topic of why hiring an expert is best but, I’d like to take it a little further and tell you 3 reasons why you should stop arranging your own wedding flowers.

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Sounds a little harsh right? A slap in the face? Almost like I’m talking at YOU instead of with you, the reader, the bride to be or perhaps the mother of the bride who wants to do the flowers herself to “save money”. But, I will do another post on 5 reasons why you should DIY your wedding flowers to make up for what I’m saying if you feel offended. So let’s get down to business. 

1_foam_finger3 Most of you have no clue how to design a bouquet

Most likely your bouquet style and shape will look like every other DIY Bride out there. A beautiful “hand tied wild garden bouquet”. So much for being different, right? Let’s face it getting a perfectly round bouquet of 25 Roses takes practice. Creating a spiral bouquet is hard. Stems break, Rose heads fall on the floor and that bouquet you envisioned on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings is no longer Picture Perfect.

But you are on a budget, right? Find a professional that will work within your budget. I promise there is at least ONE out there. If not e-mail me.

2. Most of you have no clue how to properly write up a floral recipe.

Personally, I am not a good chef in the kitchen. I can cook the essentials but when it comes to baking, I hate measuring and 9 out of 10 times I always add too much or not enough and it screws everything up in the end. This results in WASTED PRODUCT.

Flowers come in bunches and some are packed differently than others. Some are by weight and not by stem count. A complete way to throw you off, right? Ordering what you “think” you need will eventually end in money lost and wasted flowers.

But you are on a budget, right? Find a professional that will work within your budget. I promise there is at least ONE out there. If not, e-mail me.

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3. STOP setting yourself up for floral disappointment.

There is nothing picture perfect about babies breath in a bud vase that my 5 year old niece can do. And trust me, it is not “vintage”. It’s simple. It’s easy. That is exactly what it is. It does not leave a lasting impression on anyone. You also have no clue if your Garden Roses or Birds of Paradise will open up in time for the big day. If they stay shut, your whole day is ruined.

But you are on a budget, right? Find a professional that will work within your budget. I promise there is at least ONE out there. If not, e-mail me.