You are getting married! You have found your venue, photographer, DJ, and caterer and are ready to book your florist!

Check out florists online and take a look at their photos and style. Ask your friends and co-workers who they used and if they would recommend them. Ask your wedding groups on Facebook for recommendations. Word of mouth from past brides is often the best way to find quality vendors. The brides have real experience with them!

Also, take some time to decide the look and feel you are imagining for your wedding day……… you picture fresh, fragrant blooms for your wedding bouquet…. picked as the best stems among them all just for you…..lush and soft blooms for your guests to enjoy as the centerpieces… and one of a kind corsages for Grandma to wear? The centerpieces can be gifted to special guests as they leave or used for gift opening or brunch the next morning.

OR are you thinking faux florals that you will keep in a shadow box with your invitation, a photo and a garter perhaps? A memento for your bridesmaids to keep?

Faux or real is the question. Yes, faux flowers can be very budget friendly…..but they can or may look very budget friendly. Often, you will pay double or even triple the cost of a real flower for a faux one that looks real and is quality! So decide on what is most important to you for your wedding…..gorgeous, fragrant flowers in full bloom that will be perfect for your day and you can gift to loved ones or enjoy at home after the event…. or faux ones that you can keep at home forever. The choice is totally yours.

With fresh, you can preserve them at Suspended in Time out of Adel, IA ( )

or have them preserved through embroidery at Muted Rose Embroidery on Etsy. ( )

These are 2 of our favorite vendors at Baqara!

Maybe you want to stick to faux and other decor. for your tables and have fresh florals for the bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for the most special people in your wedding. That is also an option as well!

The bouquet pictured has real and faux flowers. It gives a pop of silk gold hydrangea and gorgeous white tulips, hydrangeas, roses and a flowing mix of eucalyptus.

As a florist, fresh flowers are my favorite as I love the fragrance and romance of them as we get to enjoy them at their best for the wedding day! However, I do offer both to bring my brides vision to life!

Happy floral planning!