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Today I want to discuss one of the most important themes – choosing the florist and everything you need about the basics. Floristika studio is one of the lead florists in Massachusetts. Working together on multiples projects with Ksenia, we’ve become friends, and I can’t wait for the upcoming summer weddings to capture her inspiring decorations. She’s always doing a fantastic job. Our first project in 2020 will be in the Museum of Science, Boston, MA.
For years in Massachusetts, I’ve discovered a lot of awesome wedding professional vendors and always happy to share references with my clients.
Here is the short interview, hope you find the information below quite helpful.
Tell me about yourself. How can you describe your style?
Floristika Studio is a European floral design and event studio offering a full range of floral design and décor services for weddings, corporate, and private events of all shapes and sizes in New England. We don’t limit ourselves to certain styles but work individually with each client and present a design plan based on their vision and priorities, event space opportunities, design trends, and budget. We apply extensive knowledge of floristics and design, efficient techniques, and creative vision to maintain high standards of floral design and present elaborate results.
MUAH: Marina Melnikova
How to plan the budget for the decor & flowers?
The average wedding allocates around 15% of the total budget to florals. It’s important to define priorities when planning. Rather than spreading the flower budget equally over every aspect of the wedding, we always suggest prioritizing a few significant areas and invest in them when keeping to a specific budget. E.g., major wedding focal points – The Bride, Ceremony, and Dinner tables. The rest might have a complementary character. Choosing vendors you like and trust. Being open to suggestions is very important and will make the planning process more comfortable and more enjoyable.
Floral theme and the seasons, kind of flowers available during the year.
Non-traditional materials such as dried and tinted flowers, fine art aesthetics, personalization, and mix are recent biggest floral trends, and we expect these to continue further. Focal greenery made its way into the weddings a couple of years ago, and I think I became a timeless trend. Graceful, elegant classic style is also timeless and always strong.
The global market we live in makes the flower seasonality matter a bit less problematic, but choosing in-season blooms is always a better option when clients want to maximize their floral budget because of
1. In-season flowers always come in their best quality and size;
2. They are adequately priced for the season;
3. They can be sourced locally.
MUAH: Vera Gordias
Enviro-friendly and sustainable floral design movement continues to spread apace as well. There’s a big concern over plastics use in the industry, and as the world moves to more eco-friendly ways of living, so does the floral industry. Floral designers are rethinking their mechanics, waste management, and material sources. This isn’t going to be an instant change, of course, but we take the responsibility, look for alternatives, and work hard on making our processes as “green” as possible.
MUAH: Vera Gordias
A Bouquet for the bride?
A bridal bouquet is an important part of her image. It is a wedding tradition that goes all the way back to ancient times. In the modern world, the main purpose of it is to be a beautiful accessory that complements the bridal style and keeps her hands busy when walking down the aisle. It’s a part of the main wedding focal (The Bride), and every bride
wants it to represent her personality and to be meaningful. That’s why we are primarily focused on listening to her vision and preferences. Again personalization is everything.
Boutonnieres and backup boutonnieres pros and possible cons.
Groom’s boutonniere complements his style and matches bridal flowers. We usually pick a couple of smaller blooms from the bridal bouquet and tie them together with a piece of greenery and other accents. After lots of wedding day hugs, the boutonnière will probably start looking a bit “tired” especially if the blooms are delicate. Ordering a backup boutonniere for the Groom is always a good idea to ensure he has a neat and fresh looking one all day long.
Any additional flower accessories for the bride, bridesmaids, and moms?
Personal wedding flowers category also includes a range of accessories such as hair flowers for the bride and bridal party, corsages (bracelets) for mothers and grandmothers, hair crowns for the flower girl(s), and boutonnières for groomsmen, fathers, officiant and ring bearer, etc.
Love is love wedding: Two bouquets or two boutonnieres?
My answer is: “Wear (carry) what you want!” It can be matching florals or entirely unique styles that highlight the personalities. We love both approaches, and there’s seriously no wrong way!
MUAH: Marina Melnikova
I did Ksenia’s portrait after the styled session on the sunset in Dedham, MA