So I Found Reasonably Priced Floral in DC *gasp*
My friend told me there would be cost savings, but didn’t indicate how much. So I went to go see Mrs. Weaver (they are Amish so there is no telephone, internet or any other means of modern communication with which to talk to them). I caught her in her work barn making bouquets for sale. I laid out for her using the last florist’s proposal I’d gotten (w/ very minor tweaks) the style of my wedding and what I was looking for (which was different from my friend’s look). I presented her with:
1 Bridal Bouquet: ‘Black Magic’ roses, burgundy spray roses, eggplant callas, burgundy tulips and burgundy ranunculus.
2 Bridal Toss Bouquets: roses, and spray roses in burgundy tones with burgundy callas.
9 Bridesmaid Bouquets: roses, and spray roses in burgundy tones with burgundy tulips.
1 Groom Bout: Eggplant Calla (I’m making the Groomsmen’s Bouts because they are non-floral but I’m heavily re-considering…)
3 Wrist & 4 Pinned Corsages: ivory roses and spray roses
5 floral centerpieces: white and ivory flowers to be used include white hydrangea, ivory roses and spray roses, white stock and white dendrobium orchids, accented with small silver and gold Christmas ornaments (provided by me)*
I also took my inspiration photos. She gave me some recommendations (originally peonies were in my bridal bouquet) based on time of year, what she can grow herself and what she’ll have to order. She gave me her payment guideline: deposit due 2 weeks before the wedding w/ hardcopy inspiration photos, and pickup can be set for the day before (or earlier if need be).** Then I braced myself as she did some quick math with her calculator to give me the price…
I was so happy I had to tell you all! I want to bring the same savings to you!! If any of you in the DC Metro area (Vienna, Frederick, etc.) are interested in having this wonderful Amish family do your floral… PM me. I’ll either get you the information so that if you are close enough you can visit the Weavers yourself OR I’ll set up a meeting on your behalf (we can Facetime while I’m there if you like – pending a strong enough cell signal), get an order to Miss Weaver and deliver and set up the flowers for you and just tack on a modest fee for helping out.***
*Anything (other than ribbon) that you want to incorporate in your bouquets that are non-floral items, I suggest you provide.
**The Con: The Weavers are Amish, so delivery & set-up would be impossible. Horse & buggy would never make it on I-495.
***I am not an agent of Weaver’s (cuz I’m not Amish, lol… though at this point I’d totally join if they asked me lol) I’m just a bride trying to help other brides!
Some additional info on Weaver’s if you like: http://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/weavers-fresh-cut-flowers-loveville/9f1cb0d137364d8f.html