Type in “wedding” to Pinterest and what comes up – hundreds of images of tables with floral garlands, Brides holding beautiful cascading bouquets, seating charts draped with hundreds of flowers, and archways accented with jaw-dropping greenery and floral arrangements. But – do you really need flowers at your wedding?
Flowers don’t last
We won’t lie to you – they won’t last forever. Florists take the best possible care steps to ensure their flowers stay beautiful as long as they can, but the inevitable cannot be stopped. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it! Flowers are the finishing touch to your wedding day. You won’t have your flowers forever (unless you preserve them!) but you will have your pictures forever – and what will you see in your pictures – you, your groom, your most important friends and family, and your flowers! Your wedding bouquet is your once in a life time accessory!
I don’t want flowers at all
Okay, so you want to decorate your reception space with lanterns, candles, glass bottles, wooden pieces, etc. That’s great! No one says each table has to be smothered with massive garlands or 4-foot tall vases! However, the space can start to look very rigid with these as the only item in your centrepieces. A simple touch of greenery scattered on the table or a few flowers arranged in the base of a lantern can very easily soften your reception space. Plus, studies have shown that people enjoy looking at flowers, because they are a natural element they reduce stress and bring happiness to people. Who doesn’t want happy guests on their wedding day?
They cost way too much
Yes, some flowers (specialty flowers, especially out-of-season) do cost a lot! And they will easily eat up your entire budget. But if you approach your florist with your floral dream and explain your budget, they can make suggestions for in-season local flowers that will help you create your dream wedding without going over budget. Nearly every flower has a less expensive substitute that will give the same appearance and not sacrifice cost. But if you’re set on a specific flower, arrangements can be made smaller to accommodate the budget. So don’t let money stop you from completing your wedding floral dream.
At the end of all the planning, the big day will come and go, and you will have your memories and pictures to look back on. Flowers aren’t just a tradition, they are an integral part of your big day. You and your partner have a one-of-a-kind love story, your flowers should be one-of-a-kind too!
Perth has a notable florist in its midst.
Kelly’s Flowers and Gift Boutique, located at Code’s Mill, took part in a prestigious flower competition in Ottawa recently — the Fleurs de Villes, where they earned top marks as the Florist Favourite.
“We were excited to be voted Florist Favourite,” said owner Krista Mackler in an email exchange. “All the participating florists were given a chance to vote for their favourite mannequin and design, and we tied with the most votes! Voting is still happening this week by patrons who stop by the display of all the mannequins.”
The Perth flower shop tied for the most votes with Trillium Floral — a first for the Ottawa show to have a tie.
Fleurs De Villes originated in Paris and was brought to Vancouver, B.C. Kelly’s received an invitation to submit a proposal last fall to be a part of this event, a six-city, cross-Canada tour. “We found out (in) February that our design had been chosen of as one of 15 to participate, representing the City of Ottawa,” Mackler said.
"Upon entering our boutique … the most commonly asked question is, ‘Who is Kelly?’ Well, let us tell you who Kelly really is. Kelly is a woodland fairy from deep in the Ontario woods. She lives in a temperate deciduous forest in Lanark County with maples, hemlock, oak and beech trees which supports 1,200 species of distinctive fauna and flora.
“Our design is a reflection of her woods, in which she calls home. We will be using florals and natural product inspired by the natural beauty of Kelly’s woods such as; roses, fresh mosses, grapevines, bear grass and succulents. We hope to capture the true beauty of Kelly and her home, sweet, home."
The team spent hours putting Kelly together and Mackler said they couldn't be more proud of how beautiful she is.
“If you haven't already, we strongly recommend stopping by Bayshore Shopping Centre this weekend to see the amazing mannequins.”
by Laurie Weir
Laurie Weir is a news editor at Metroland Media, including The Perth Courier, Smiths Falls Record News and regionally for The Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette and the Kemptville Advance. Follow her on Twitter @InOttValley or find her on Facebook at any of the publications listed.
This movie offers a look inside some of Perth's finest establishments. They say, "it's the most beautiful town in Ontario." While it seems so, know that its people are bursting with personality. They are creative and they are happy by all accounts.
Hold till the end for Perth's ratings out of 5 stars by MAGGIE M !
We may have gone overboard this year and created five designer Christmas trees with accenting displays. We have everything from pianos, wine bottles, woodland creatures and traditional items. Come in and see which theme speaks to you.
Cut flower Care:
Step one: Remove packaging. Please recycle.
Step two: Fill a vase with warm water and dissolve flower food. Read instructions on the package for correct measurements.
Step three: Cut each stem on an angle and promptly drop into the vase.
Step four: Replenish vase with clean water every 2- 3 days. Always re-cut stems before they go back into your vase. This will increase the vase life.
Step five: ENJOY
Step One: remove arrangement from packaging. Please recycle.
Step two: Top up water level, some may have spilled while being delivered to you.
Step Three: Place in a cool area away from direct sunlight and drafts
Step four: Change water and re-cut each stem every 2-3 days for maximum vase life.
Step five: Enjoy.
Wow wasn't that a night, still can't believe it. All I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm so proud to have been nominated with the best of the best from Ottawa's wedding industry. Thank you to Mike and my family who believed in me from the very beginning, to all the brides who trusted me to create magic, to my amazingly talented staff who works beside me everyday, and to all my loyal customers who have followed me all these years on this crazy journey. I am truly blessed and honoured to have won this award. Thank you!! Dream, Create, Share!!
News Release - Kellys Flowers Recognized at Ottawa Wedding Awards - April 2016
Kelly's Flowers is very happy to have been a part of Isabelle and Mathieu's wedding at Stonefield's on June 20, 2015. Their wedding was featured in the EMC Wedding Guide in February 2016, "A Chance meeting turns into romance".
Story by : David D. Johnston
The Magazine write up..
Kelly’s Flowers and Gift Boutique is a charming boutique-style florist located in Perth Ontario’s historic Code’s Mill building. With its romantic heritage feel, this building has become a leading wedding destination province-wide. In fact, the town of Perth is currently considered to be the wedding capital of Ontario.
Your love story is one of a kind, and your flowers should be too. From locally sourced to rare imports- if you dream it, Kelly’s will create it, so that you may share your vision with those who mean the most. “Dream, Create, Share”
Kelly’s award- winning team specializes in modern and contemporary wedding designs and works with brides to provide a personalized service in order to create the most breathtaking and unique floral arrangements.
From the initial free consultation, right through to your big day; Kelly’s takes pride in the detailed service it provides to each and every bride who walks through the door.
Tips for Choosing your Wedding Flowers
"A bride's bouquet is a once in a life-time accessory”. As such, owner & designer Krista Mackler considers it to be the statement piece at your wedding. Her advice? Focus on what you desire most in your dream bouquet. Once your deam bouquet is selected, you can explore different options to ensure that your coordinating pieces carry the theme, while still fitting within your budget."
Here are some other things for brides to consider when planning:
Set a budget
Don’t worry too much about the current trend; let your choice reflect your personal style and taste
No matter how many times you may hear that flowers don’t last; flowers are the finishing touch that leaves a lasting impression of your day
Pinterest like crazy and come prepared to your consultation with images to show your likes and dislikes; trust in your florist’s knowledge and experience on how to achieve your vision.
Keep in mind that the season in which you wed will affect your choice; if a flower is out of season it can be imported, but at a higher cost. You can still achieve the same look with seasonal flowers in a similar colour.
Create a list of required floral pieces early in the planning. Can any be reused (ie: bouquets used on the head table instead, church arrangements moved to the reception space)?
Prearrange all set up details and delivery location and times to eliminate a phone call to coordinate on the day of.
We first met Stephanie and Kiva at the Temple's Wedding Show in November of 2014. The couple attended the show to select vendors, including a florist for their upcoming nuptials on October 10th 2015. Stephanie and Kiva were also searching for someone who could provide them with a Chuppah, a beautiful necessity for their Jewish ceremony.
After meeting with the couple and discussing their wedding wishes, I offered to build them a Chuppah. Together we concluded that we would make the Chuppah from cedar, grapevine, moss and fresh flowers. The couple especially like the idea of using outdoor elements to compliment the outdoor beauty of Temple’s.
The Assembly of Our Chuppah
• To start, we cut cedar posts in 7 foot lengths from our family property, 10 min South West of Perth.
• After cutting the posts, they were screwed together in groups of three and wrapped in grapevine.
• The crossers were single cedar posts also wrapped in grapevine.
• Planks were used on the bottom of the Chuppah for extra stability
and hidden with grapevine and moss.
• The top was made of lovely vintage lace, tacked to stay in place.
• Finally, fresh daisies, alstromeria, babies breath, limonium, and
preserved moss were placed between the vines for an added
splash of colour.
The finished Chuppah provided the perfect backdrop for Stephanie and Kiva as they exchanged their vows. The completion of this project was a first for me and I was extremely pleased to be able to add this special touch to what was a wonderful wedding.
"Absolutely perfect chuppah! Thank you for bringing our vision to life, you are a true artist!" - Stephanie