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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer by T Villager Designs

Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you’re like me, you might admire flowers, love having them in your house and wish you could have a beautiful garden in your backyard. But if you’re like me, you may not know the first place to start when ordering flowers - especially if it’s for your wedding! The good news is that we have Jack and Troy of T Villager Designs here today guest posting on the blog about what to ask your wedding floral designer. So whether you want flowers dripping from every corner of your wedding venue or if you’re more of a minimalist, these questions will help guide you in the right direction when meeting with your Nashville wedding florist. I’ll let the experts at T Villager Designs take it from here! 

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Wedding flowers are an important part of a bride’s wedding day and floral design is a true art form. Flowers are one of the focal points that create the look and mood to support the bride’s vision for her wedding. 

There are several questions to consider when consulting with a floral designer in order for a bride to make the best informed decision. Below is a short list of some questions to think about when meeting with a floral designer. Although not all inclusive, these questions might be helpful.

1. Have you provided flowers at my chosen ceremony and reception location before? If not, are you familiar with the site/sites?

 

2. Where did you receive your training to work with flowers and how long have you and your designers been working with flowers?

 

3. How many weddings will you schedule on the same day or same weekend? If there are multiple weddings you do on one day/weekend how will that be structured so I know my wedding will get the attention it needs?

 

4. What design styles do you primarily work with in your floral designs? 

 

5. What recommendations can you give me to help me maximize my budget?

 

6. What flowers are in season for the month I am getting married? Can I get the flowers I want? Will it be more expensive for flowers not in season?

 

7. How far in advance of my wedding will you create bouquets and arrangements and how are they kept fresh?

 

8. Is there an extra fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception site?

 

9. Will you provide me with an itemized list of all the elements we’ve discussed along with pricing for each element and flowers to be used in bouquets, etc.?

 

10. What are your payment terms?

 

The list of questions a bride may want to ask her floral designer can go far beyond the questions above and each bride should choose the questions that will help her make her best informed decisions.

There are many wonderful floral designers in our community who are very talented and do great work. Finding the floral designer that best meets your needs, your budget requirements that you work well with is very important. 

Photo by Details Nashville

Thank you so much for sharing your insight with us, Troy and Jack! This is super helpful - knowing the season, experience level and familiarity your florist has with executing your vision is key in the hiring process! And if you are looking for a designer, then T Villager Designs is definitely a great choice. Troy has years of floral design experience and his work is so creative and innovative - your florals will leave your guests in awe! You can check out more of T Villager’s work here on their website and be sure to follow them for the latest on their Instagram page here!

All photos provided by T Villager Designs

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Geny’s Flowers: Nashville’s Historic Flower Shop Offering Bridal Bouquets + More

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Photo by Kelly Cummings Photography

When you're looking for your wedding flowers for your Nashville, TN wedding, you won't want to miss Geny's Flowers! As Nashville's long-standing floral shop (they've been around for 150 years!), Geny's has seen it all! And when it comes to your modern-day wedding, Joan with Geny's Flowers can help you craft the perfect wedding floral look. Geny's offers everything from DIY wholesale flowers to custom wedding floral designs. From simple bouttenieres to intricate floral arches and installations, Geny's can provide the flowers to fit your unique style and budget! I could go on, but I'll let Joan, owner of Geny's Flowers, tell the story below! 

Photo by Julie Paisley Photography

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Tell us about Geny's Flowers!

Joan: Geny's is Nashville's oldest purveyor of fresh cut flowers. We can take all the perfect things you have found for your wedding or event and show you how flowers will work to pull together the perfect look. Our skilled & highly experienced designers will guide you through floral selections that will complement your location, personal style and budget. We offer DIY consultations for the brave do-it-yourself bride or floral enthusiast.

Geny's Flowers has a rich history here in Nashville! Tell us about how the business has grown + lasted throughout the years!

Joan: John Geny, co-owner of Geny's Flowers and Bridal is a fourth generation Geny in the flower industry. His great grandfather John Geny and his brother Leon were master gardeners from the Alsace region of France. They began their career here in 1868 installing and caring for the gardens at Belmont Mansion for the then builder and owner, Adelicia Acklen. We have evolved with the industry over the last 150 years from green houses and train cars and five retail shops and are proud to be one of the two oldest, along with Levy's, family owned and operated businesses in Tennessee.

Photos by Abigail Lauren Photography

What's the philosophy behind Geny's Flowers?

Joan: Our focus has always been on quality product and quality customer service. We care greatly about flowers and take great pride in our rich history in this business. So, we want you to be successful with your floral adventures, whether they be a small baby shower for a friend or a foray into owning your own small floral business. We want to be here with you every step of the way.

What are your strengths compared to other florists?

Joan: Knowledge and commitment to excellence. Since we work on both the sides of the flower business, retail and wholesale, we understand what quality products and service means to the finished look as a whole.

What type of bride books Geny's Flowers for their wedding?

Joan: Because we strive to offer services for every type of bride, I'm not sure if there is one specific kind. However, they tend to have more of a traditional style and an interest in quality more than quantity.

Photos by Rebecca Denton Photography

Tell us about some floral trends for 2017 that you're excited about!

Joan: Lots of textured greens! Texture in general is one of my favorite things and allows me to use many different, beautiful flowers and greens in our arrangements.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your company?

Joan: We are Nashville proud and we are here for you. We have been for 150 years and we hope to be for another 150 years.

First 2 photos by Ellie Odom Photography

Last photo by Julie Paisley Photography

Thank you so much for sharing all about Geny's Flowers and the rich history of the company, Joan! You can find more about Geny's Flowers on their website here or be sure to catch them over on Instagram here! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Geny's series tomorrow - we'll dive into their beautiful wedding dresses! 

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Meet Rachael Ann’s Event Design: Nashville Wedding Planner + Florist

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When it comes to florals for your wedding, you want to hire someone with experience and design expertise. And if you're looking for a florist who is up on all of the latest and greatest trends, then look no further than Rachael Ann's Event Design (yes, she specializes in greenery)! And if you saw the elopement styled shoot she designed at Houston Station, then you know her floral designs are on point (it's seriously one of my favorites this year!). From designing small centerpieces and bouquets for your Nashville wedding all the way up to full-service wedding planning for Nashville brides that includes floral design, Rachael can do it all! No matter if your wedding budget is big or small, Rachael can work with you and deliver exactlly what you envisioned! Keep reading to learn more about her business...

Tell us about Rachael Ann's Event Design + how long you've been in business!

Rachael: We have been in business for three years now. We absolutely love doing floral design and making the bride's vision come to life. We can work with a variety of styles and budgets and always love working with new ideas.

How did you get started in weddings?

Rachael: I started by interning in college with an amazing wedding planner and florist. They helped grow my passion and I will forever be grateful.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Rachael: Our clients are our number one priority. We strive to make them the happiest they have ever been on that day. We want to create memories and joy that last them a lifetime.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Rachael: We are so versatile and can create so many different styles for all things floral.

What attracts brides to Rachael Ann's Event Design (+ describe that bride!)?

Rachael: How personable we are and how we can work with a variety of budgets. We don't have a minimum because all brides are different and have different visions.

Tell us - what's trending now in weddings? 

Rachael: Greenery is one of our specialties to work with and it's a major trend right now. Everything from greenery in bouquets, accent pieces, centerpieces, garlands, etc. We absolutely love working with it and the look that it gives a room.

Thanks so much for sharing your expertise with us, Rachael! You can find more of Rachael Ann's Event Design on her website here. And be sure to check out her Instagram page here for more inspiration! She is one talented lady! :)

All photos provided by Rachael Ann's Event Design.

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Melody + Chris’ Modern Glam Wedding at Global Events Center by Paige Brown Designs

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

When it comes to glam, hip and sophisticated weddings in Nashville, TN, Paige Brown Designs is the perfect choice for your wedding designer! Paige's designs never cease to amaze me and she continues to come up with the most innovative and breathtaking wedding designs for Nashville area brides. And she definitely delivered on style and innovation for couple Melody + Chris! Their modern glam wedding at Global Event Center wowed all 350 wedding guests. From the custom built flower wall to the extravagant draping designs, Melody + Chris now have lasting memories of their day that guests will talk about for years to come. Take a look at all their stunning wedding photos below from photographer By Jarquise!

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Melody + Chris

West End Church of Christ + Global Events Center

9.24.16

350 Guests

Wedding Team:

Planning, Florals, Design | Paige Brown Designs

Rentals | Liberty Party Rental

Lighting | Bright Event Productions

Draping | Southern Design Works

Photographer | By Jarquise

Tell us about the couple.

Paige Brown: Chris and Melody are very laid back and super fun to be around!

Tell us about the couple's vision.

Paige Brown: They were pretty non-chalant about the design details, which is obviously every designer's dream come true. I was able to come up with a design with no creative restrictions.

What details were used to create their theme?

Paige Brown: Their wedding colors were plum, silver, and white. We used a ton of textures, lucite, and mirrored elements to give off the modern look we were going for. We also incorporated a gorgeous 8'x8' foot floral wall that served as her ceremony and sweetheart table backdrop.

 

Can you share any special moments or highlights of their wedding day?

Paige Brown: Their first dance was super fun. They started with a traditional first dance and then broke into "Ju Ju on the Beat." I love that they were committed to being themselves the entire day. Super fun!

Did they have any special requests or unique challenges that you had to work together to overcome?

Paige Brown: It was pretty difficult transporting and building an 8'x8' foot wall, but it turned out so great! This was also the largest space we've ever transformed, accommodating 350 wedding guests!

Congrats to Melody + Chris on such a beautiful wedding! You can find more of Paige Brown Designs' portfolio on her website here and also be sure to give her a follow on Instagram here

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Details by Margaret: Providing Full-Service Wedding Planning in Nashville, TN

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

If there is anyone I know who pays close attention to details, it is Margaret of Details by Margaret! The talent behind her wedding planning company in Nashville, TN is remarkable and she has so much fun while she's planning. Not only will Margaret help you with the ins and outs of your wedding day, but she will coach you to stay on track with your budget. No matter what size or style of wedding you have, Margaret is here to get the job done and by the end, she'll be your new BFF! Check out our interview with Margaret below and be sure to read it all the way through for a special deal at the end of the post... :)

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Tell us about your company + how long you've been in business.

Margaret: Details by Margaret is a full service event planning company. From day of planning to full service coordination and flower design, Details by Margaret will make your day stress free and fun. We plan parties because we are passionate about it! We listen to your ideas and dreams for the vision of your wedding. Our team is on site from beginning to end to ensure a smooth and memorable day. We have been in business for 10 years.

How did you get started in weddings?

Margaret: I LOVE weddings and events. It started with a friend and then the word spread that Margaret weddings are the best! I wanted to help couples have the wedding of their dreams without breaking the bank. I coach couples on how to make selections to fit their budget without making the day feel low budget.

What's the philosophy behind your company?

Margaret: You wedding shouldn't be stressful or a day that puts you in debt. Planning a wedding should be a fun and memorable adventure. I like to help couples put together a day that they will remember forever and their guests will be talking about for years come.

What are your strengths compared to others in your category?

Margaret: I am not cheap but I am affordable. I help couples stick to a budget of $20,000 or $100,000. Whatever it may be, I can keep you on track. Plus, the details are FUN! We become friends with our clients along the way because we believe in building lasting relationships. We want to make sure the day is representative of the couple and not us. All of our weddings are unique.

What attracts brides to your business (+ describe that bride!)?

Margaret: We are referral based for sure! We have worked with some amazing brides who tell their friends about the great experiences of working with us. We have 5 star reviews everywhere and satisfied clients! Our style is our bride's style. We find that our work is something you would see trending in magazines and on Pinterest. Lately, we have done weddings with a garden or rustic feel but we have also done super glam. Whatever the bride wants, we make happen!

What is the most innovative new product, service, style or other aspect of your industry that brides and grooms might appreciate?

Margaret: It isn't innovative or new.... we just provide the best customer service possible. We make our brides feel like they are our only clients. We are not only building relationships with clients but with some of the best vendors in town. We love putting together the dream to make a day perfect!

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your company?

Margaret: Just meet us and you will love us! We are a team of fun, caring and upbeat girls who pay attention to the DETAILS!

And I have to share with you - Details by Margaret + Ryan Tolbet Photography have been married for 10 years, so they're offering brides who book both of them for their wedding a 10% discount! What a fun promo and such a dynamic duo to have on your #weddingteam! I highly recommend working with both of them! 

All photos provided by Details by Margaret

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