Comparing Wedding Florists

Jillian Michelle Photography

I have had a few rejections this past week. The dreaded “sorry, we’ve decided to go with another florist” emails have haunted me in my sleep this past week. I completely understand that choosing wedding vendors is a personal (and mostly budget driven) decision, and of course am 100% supportive of a bride’s decision to book someone else. But when brides start comparing me to other florists simply based on budget, it can be quite frustrating. It’s frustrating because I’m in a specialty wedding service business – not just a ‘buy it off the shelf’ business where we take your money and simply provide a product that can be compared to other suppliers simply based on cost. I pride myself on providing so much more than just the end product. Being accepting of constructive criticism, and doing my best to analyze this and what I can do differently as a business owner,  there are two things that I take from this rejection that I need to work on. 1. I need to help the client to understand Anthomanic is more than just a ‘florist’, and 2. To educate other brides about wedding florist shopping!

This post will be a little lengthy, but stick with me!

I’ll start with this cautionary tale…

I had a bride contact me last summer for about a quote for her late 2013 wedding. She raved about my work, and made it very clear she would love to book with me, said she was ‘ready to sign’, but of course wanted a proposal first. I provided a quote for the designs, styles and flower types she was looking for – and what I would recommend to design in my style (i.e. full, lush bouquets) that is synonymous with my floral design aesthetic. I knew she would not get simply what she requested, but would also be WOWed on her wedding day. She had not told me her intended or desired floral budget. Because on the order, the flower types and descriptions may have appeared the same, but in comparison of my quoted costs to other florists, I lost the potential client. The client said my prices “are much higher than Florist X”. Well, guess who’s wedding flowers I saw pictures of on the internet today? You guessed it… that bride. Sadly, they were nothing like what I had quoted her. I’m not saying this to be nasty or insulting to the other florist or the bride, but simply as a cautionary tale of how NOT to compare florists. If she would have wanted me to quote for those exact designs that she actually ended up getting on her wedding day, I very well could have had a similar price quote for her to ‘Florist X’. But, I was quoting for much, MUCH more than what was in her final bouquets. I was quoting for almost quadruple what she had in her very small, drastically undersized bouquets that I saw in her wedding photos. No wonder she didn’t book me. The other florist was simply (unbeknownst to the bride) modifying and drastically scaling down the designs and flower counts, but all while using the same flowers. There is no way for the bride to have known this when looking at the proposal, because florists usually don’t include flower stem counts. During the ‘bidding’ process and the bride’s process of comparing florists, I appeared to the bride to have higher priced florals. Which, is just not the case.

Believe it or not, florists do this to my potential (and lost) clients quite frequently – and due to FB, I’m able to see the finished product and how it compares to what I quoted. I provide a quote, the other florist copies the quote, but fudges the numbers to make the bride believe she’s getting a better rate (which actually means the stem counts are changed ‘behind the scenes’) and the bride gets a pared down version of what I quoted – and the bouquets aren’t what the client expects.

You’re probably thinking “well, then how the heck am I supposed to get the look I want or know what to expect, within my budget? How do I compare florists if I DO want to compare prices?”. These little gems of wisdom should help you to have the most successful experience with your wedding florist and ensure you get the best bang for your buck.

Another example of comparing prices – pretend you went to both florists. If you were judging based on price, you would think Florist Y charges too much for ‘the same thing’.

Florist X

Bridal Bouquet: Peonies, garden roses, spray roses, stock flowers hand tied and wrapped with satin ribbons

Florist Y

Bridal Bouquet: Peonies, garden roses, spray roses, stock flowers hand tied and wrapped with satin ribbons

Florist X quotes you $225, and Florist Y quotes you $340. Let’s see why…

Florist X has designed and priced the bouquet based on these ingredients:

3 peonies, 5 garden roses, 5 spray roses, 4 stock flowers, ribbon, vase and pins + design labor of 30%

Florist Y has designed and priced the bouquet based on these ingredients:

5 peonies, 8 garden roses, 8 spray roses, 6 stock flower, ribbons, vase and pins + design labor of 30%

What appeared to you to be a higher priced florist, is actually a florist that accounts for more flowers than the one you are comparing to. Those 3 peonies, or three garden roses might not sound like a big difference in your mind, but really can make a world of difference in size/fullness of a bouquet.

1. Narrow your florist options to those that you LOVE

Do they regularly design bouquets and centerpieces that either look like what you have in mind, or just generally have the look you want for your own wedding. Florists don’t magically adopt new design styles or design & flower selection methodologies, and some underestimate the amount of flowers needed to create magazine worthy designs that you may have brought them an image of. Make sure you can see past work that is similar to what you want. Some floral design studios account for a greater amount of stems per design, increasing the amount of flowers over their competitors to create those jaw-dropping designs. If they regularly do magazine worthy work, this is probably why….more flowers = more fabulous.

2. Read their past reviews

Of course check out past reviews for an idea of what their clients have to say in the end. It’s one thing to see pretty pictures, but reviews from brides that have had their expectations exceeded is something you need to look for. This goes back to the cautionary tale – did the final product live up to what the client expected? Or did it look half the size of what the bride was asking for that maybe Florist Y (me, let’s say) was actually quoting that the client thought she was getting from Florist X. In the end, (and of course IMO) there is no way she got what she was envisioning based on my previous conversations with her.

3. NEVER. EVER. EVER. compare quotes, ever. please. just don’t.

Unless you have an exact breakdown of how many flower stems (how many roses, how many hydrangea, how many orchids, the exact container types to be used), then it really is like comparing apples to oranges. Using my own business again as an example – if I quote you $3,000 overall for your wedding and the other florist quotes $2,000 – it’s not because my flowers and labor are actually that much more expensive. It’s most likely a situation of MORE flowers than the other quote you got. If one florist comes in higher than the other, and this concerns you, simply ask the florist if there is a way they can help you understand either the amounts of flower stems being used. A florist that wants your business should be able to do this for you (but don’t hate them if they won’t break it down for you) If the stem counts are the same amongst both florists, then yes you are getting a more accurate flower comparison. But, other things to look for that could differ from florist to florist would be delivery, setup/installation, breakdown, rental charges.

We all use different stem counts than each other – you simply cannot compare apples to oranges unless you know how many stems each florist is using.  

If wedding florists were charging for the same exact amount of stems, then yes, by all means price compare. But, if you have no idea how many stems Florist X is accounting for vs. Florist Y, then you are doing yourself a disservice by even bothering to compare quotes.

I know everyone has a budget, but keep in mind that you may be comparing apples to oranges. If the florist you LOVE is charging $3000 for what seems like the same flower types and pieces as the other florist that is charging $2500, think about the finished product – don’t focus on that end number. You’d be better off asking the 3k florist to help you meet 2500, ensuring you get fabulous designs as opposed to settling for the one that ‘seems’ cheaper.

4. Are they a full time or regular wedding florist?

Simply using any ‘ol flower shop on the corner does not ensure a smooth wedding floral ordering/delivery process. Wedding setups involve very small setup time frames, that sometime include strict schedules of ceremony, reception and other such time schedules as first looks. If you’re using a standard flower shop, they may have any member of their staff ‘drop off’ the florals. They also may not entirely guarantee they’ll have everything where it needs to be and on time. Make sure you feel comfortable with their reputation as a wedding florist. Some things you can do to check on this are asking fellow wedding vendors that they tend to work with (venues, photographers, etc.) or if you’re feeling bold, investigate some of their past brides (Facebook?) to ask their feedback – don’t ask for a list of their past clients, or you’ll probably get their favorites list. Wedding setup time frames are often short, 2-3 hours prior to a ceremony start time – smaller times for church deliveries that often overlap into the reception setup time. A non-experienced wedding florist could have a number of unexpected/unprepared events happen – they forget something vital to a pergola setup, they don’t realize how long it’s supposed to take for setup and guests arrive before a display is finished, etc.! An experienced wedding designer has these things down to a science, and also has backups. Human error does happen, but it’s about using the professional that is prepared with backup materials, tools or staff for any last minute mishaps.

5. Are they providing a detailed contract and detailed event order?

There are basically two things a wedding florist should provide: a contract, and an event order.

This really is #1 over and above anything. You need a professional guarantee (a.k.a. a Contract) that what they say they are going to provide on your Event Order will be provided by X times, on X date and if they don’t, they are at fault and will provide refund if not provided. This will help you sleep at night. These types of things should be listed in your contract: delivery addresses, client full names, event schedules, floral substitutions policy, times and setup time frames for all events, cancellation or postponement policy (it happens! and is great to have the backup), their refund policy if any, possible/potential fees that may come up, rental terms (if any).

If they do not provide you with a contract, run. Run very far away from them and to a florist that will provide you their written and VERY detailed guarantee of services. Regardless of the size of your order, you should have a professional guarantee that they will do as promised, and a means for recourse if they don’t.

Then, on your Event Order, all the descriptions and amounts of the individual pieces in your collection (e.g. table centerpiece) will be listed, with pricing breakdown of delivery and setup or pickup information. It’s also great if your order includes any links to images of inspirations – we link the Pinterest board or mark photos in our email (so we have them available online whenever/wherever needed) for our clients.

If it makes you feel more comfortable, ask them to write out how many stems/blooms of each flower will be used per design. Some might not want to have that in writing, in case they happen to end up only using 7 stems of garden roses instead of 8, but if it makes you feel better it definitely doesn’t hurt to ask.

a copy of our (old version) contract that we provide to our clients:

6. Fees associated with a wedding florist

There are a few parts to the way a florist calculates their work and quotes you for your wedding. I attempted to have a ‘transparent’ estimate form last year by showing clients that they are paying X for their flowers and supplies and X for the labor to design the bouquets and centerpieces. But, they thought that I was adding on an additional fee, so the psychology of estimates won over me and now I do what other wedding designers do – it’s now rolled into the total cost of the wedding collection.

Design Fee

Florists ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS charge a design fee – Joe Schmo florist or not. This is added on to the total cost of your flowers (whether it’s added per line item e.g. bridal bouquet, or at the very end of your estimate form), and it can range from 30%-50% depending on the intensity of the design work to be completed/amount of staff required/etc. This will either be hidden into a line item (as I’ve written it above in the bouquet comparisons) or it will be written overall at the end.

Flowers & Supplies

The stem counts, and supplies. Florists always round up to the nearest bunch when estimating your wedding – we have to order in a minimum of 10 stems for most flowers, and 25 for roses. So, if you only need three roses for your whole wedding for some boutonnieres, you will be charged for all 25. I recommend providing your own ribbons or vases where available, or getting rental products for the florist to use. This can work out greatly in your favor saving you hundreds of dollars.

Delivery & Setup

Setup is either a part of the Design Fee or it’s a separate line item altogether. Setup is not without work – florists ALWAYS charge for this. Even if you don’t see a line item for it — it’s considered somewhere.

Delivery is usually based on mileage from their studio. I find most florists just charge a low flat fee.

In conclusion

Please remember that comparing based on quotes is the worst way to start comparing – and remember about the stem count thing I talked about! I wish you all the best in selecting a wedding florist – and if you have any questions as floral consumer (that sounds weird), or even as a fellow vendor, feel free to message me! In the end, it’s all based on what’s most important to you. Does booking the florist that ‘seems’ more expensive also mean you are guaranteed GORGEOUS designs?

XOXO Amanda

Anthomanic is a specialty wedding-only florist serving Virginia and destination weddings – with an average of 50 weddings per calendar year.

Wedding Floral Pricing Comparing Shopping Estimates Quotes

Kat - I LOVE THIS!!!! I remember when I contacted you about my wedding florals, and unfortunately the quote was over budget. However, you worked with me to find the PERFECT flowers for the look I was going for, AND helped me with my budget. I’m so glad you did, because I knew the QUALITY of your work was better than Joe Schmo’s :) Great post, girl!! Full of helpful tips & great insight!!March 6, 2014 – 10:04 am

Melissa - Education is key – nice post! Your work is beautiful!March 6, 2014 – 11:09 am

Heather - Great post! I loved your work but when I was still “shopping” for florists I compared what you had told me to what others told me and there was a HUGE difference. I also really examined their past work. Many flower shops had bouquets that all looked the exact same they just changed colors here and there. I didn’t want to pay that much for something I could make myself. Your work is not only beautiful but its creative and individually designed for each bride and that was very important to me. I’m so excited to see what you design for me in May!!!March 8, 2014 – 2:05 pm

Wedding & Event Floral Design Workshop

Wedding & Event Floral Design Workshop

Learn to create gorgeous bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces and large structural ceremony designs with a hands on workshop with Amanda. Learn all the ‘behind-the-scenes’ floral design techniques and skills used by Anthomanic to create a wedding from start to finish!

To register, hop on over to the workshop page for all the details!

the winner is…

The winner of the 2013 Bridal Bouquet contest is #25! Stephanie’s bridal bouquet set had a total of 47 votes (some of which were double entries as some provided specific design principles as to why they liked the bouquet – contrast, shape, texture, etc.!).

Comments about her bouquet were very similar, in summary readers said they enjoyed the designs because of the rich, vibrant contrast of color and use of texture in the cabbage, succulents and large variety of unique flower types. And of course the best part, the brides comment that it ‘exceeded anything she could have envisioned’.

In my opinion, I designed and hand crafted each one of these magnificent little beauties in the contest specifically for the bride and the wedding vision. So, just because yours may not have gotten the votes, doesn’t mean anything about how fabulous it is — just means you need to share it with your FB friends more so they can vote for you in future contests! : )

I’ll be sharing each bouquet and the entire wedding photo set over the coming weeks as a fun way to show you the overall wedding set and why I loved each one!

I’ll be emailing the winner of the Starbucks gift card as well! If they don’t claim their prize within 48 hours, I’ll pick a new winner!

Bouquets of 2013, Why I love #3

Emily & David, Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania Virginia by Katelyn James Photography

So, this week we have a contest on the blog, here, that lists some of the fabulous bridal bouquets I’ve handmade this year! To vote for Emily’s bouquet – head over there and comment to enter (also gets you a chance to win a Starbucks gift card) YUMMM.

Each and every bouquet I have ever made is awesome for it’s own reason, and I think when you see simply the bouquet on it’s own, it needs a little explanation to really add to the sentimental value! They fit not only the brides personality, likes/dislikes, overall wedding theme & colors and of course, the clients budget overall for all the pieces required for their space. So, I wanted to show you each bouquet in the context of it’s entire setting, with all the other decor elements to show you how they make so much sense and fit perfectly!

Starting with #3 (the first real wedding in the post, working in numerical order) I want to tell you why I think they are all so fabulous!

Emily & David were married in the end of June, which has a somewhat limited availability for flowers, because it is in between the late summer offerings (dahlias, etc.) and after the spring flower selection has gone (ranunculus, peonies, etc.). Many brides come to me with restrictions (what they don’t like (that may actually help with their budget or coloring), and what they do like (that’s often out of season), creating a challenge and sometimes limiting the possibilities of what we could create. The great thing here was that Emily just LOVED flowers and LOVED purple – which is perfect! I was also super excited to do their florals because I LOVE a monochromatic palette (shades and tints of one hue), the flowers really POP – helping the texture to stand out.

Emily wanted an elegant, yet garden feel to her flowers. She provided lanterns that we created a custom floral piece for the base, and she also had an awesome set of vintage shutters!

The guys wore tones of purple and lavender with grey suits and the bridesmaids wore a medium purple tone, long chiffon gowns.

Another thing that is awesome about Emily (and David of course, he was a gentleman and just wanted his love to have whatever she wanted! What a guy!), was that she was totally cool with using carnations! What?! Most brides don’t like carnations (I think the 80′s and seeing our moms bouquets has made us think that carnations only come in pink red and white), but I bet you don’t even notice any here, do you?! There were LOTS of them, in brilliant purples, fuschias and lavenders – hidden amongst the finer, or more exotic blooms that take center stage (orchids, lisianthus, roses, stock flowers)! We hid the carnations amongst the centerpieces and the pergola floral piece to give color and fill space (better bang for the buck), but used them very sparingly in the bridal bouquets. You still can’t see them, can you? ;-) Flower magic!

These two were just so adorable, his eyes just sparkled when he looked at her – so sweet! I don’t get to meet too many of the grooms (I think they just don’t care for the flower part!), but I did get to meet David and I could tell he just adored Emily!

I love when brides like to dress up the pergola, it really sets the tone for the ceremony space. I think if you’re going to decorate any part of the ceremony space, to put the budget towards the frame that you will be in for the majority of your photos. We hung burlap curtains and created a custom floral piece across the top of the pergola at Stevenson Ridge.

What do you think of a monochromatic palette?! I just loooove it!

Vendor List -  Florals: Anthomanic / Photographer: Katelyn James / Venue: Stevenson Ridge / Cake: Gateau / Richard Green Entertainment /  MUA: GoGo Gorgeous

Anthomanic is an event floral designer based in Central Virginia, creating custom floral collections

Nicole Gilbride - I love these flowers, and I’m not just saying that because I was in the wedding (yes that is my arm holding that beautiful bouquet above). I just remember the wedding day when we all came downstairs and saw these flowers. Everyone just gasped because they were pure magic and really captured the vision we all knew Emily and David desired. I plan to use this approach for my flower orders in the future! Pure magic!January 6, 2014 – 11:39 pm

Bouquets of 2013

In 2013 I personally hand designed over fifty five bride’s bouquets. Below is a compilation of just some of the fabulous bouquets I made this year, and I want to know which is your favorite.

Vote on your favorite bouquet for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card, we will enter your name into a drawing! Then the winning bouquet (the bride) and corresponding photographer will get a $10 gift card each!

To vote, simply comment below with the corresponding number to the image that is your favorite! The corresponding number is listed below the photo. Voting ends January 12th, winner announced on Monday, January 13th! *Bonus, get a double entry for describing what you love about the design of that bouquet (the color, the texture, the details, the flower types)*

1 Rachel May Photography, Styleshoot

2 Katelyn James Photography, Workshop Styled Shoot

3 Katelyn James Photography, Emily & David

4 Melissa Arlena Photography, Green Wedding Shoes : Monthly DIY Project

5 Katelyn James Photography, Anna & Patrick

6 Melissa Arlena Photography, Caitilin & TJ

 

7 Melissa Arlena Photography, Ashley & Richard

8 Katelyn James Photography, Styled Shoot on Ruffled Blog

9 Rachel May Photography, Siobhan & Anou on Style Me Pretty

10 Katelyn James Photography, Kat & Matt (Southern Weddings)

11 Jillian Michelle Photography, Lauren & Austin

12 Rachel May Photography, Jessica & Beau

13 Carley Rehberg Photography, Lauren & Jordan

14 Katelyn James Photography, Coaching Shoot

15 Marta Locklear Photography, Bridal Session (Bridal Musings Blog)

 

16 Stacey Windsor Photography, Andrea & Chris

17 Charlotte Tittle Photography, Bronze Bouquet Inspiration

19 Carley Rehberg Photography, Katie & Jeff

20 Chattman Photography, Anna & Michael

 

21 Marvelous Things Photography, Jordan & Jake

22 Amanda Dorian Photography, Mindy & Ben

23 Abby Grace Photography, Jenn & Charles

24 Stephen Turner Photography, Tera & Jesse

25 Okodio, Stephanie & Adam

26 Wolfcrest Photography, Catherine & Kevin (Capitol Romance Blog)

27 Amanda Dorian Photography, Katie & Rob

28 Brandi Blaha Photography, Heather & Mike

29 Bow and Arrow Photography, Anjali & Tom

30 Katelyn James, Styled Shoot

If you are the bride pictured or the photographer, share with your followers to increase your chances of winning! (One entry per person, please email me if your bouquet image isn’t shown anthomanic [at ] gmail [dot] com – I have only posted the professional shots we currently have.)

 

Kristin - I like 4 the best… it’s the most unusual and I am all for unusual. I also think that it would have fit my own winter wedding almost 10 years ago!January 3, 2014 – 5:46 am

Shery Swift - How in the world can you just pick one? Each is a unique blend of your creativity and the bride’s vision for her special day. That being said, I love #3 for the use of purples, the mix of texutres and the sizes. It just makes me smile every time I look at it.January 3, 2014 – 5:55 am

Miranda - #25 is gorgeous!January 3, 2014 – 5:56 am

Kat - UMMM #10!!! Because (a) it’s mine and (b) it was an AMAZING masterpiece of pink, orange & fluffy flower goodness :)

But in all seriousness…. every.single.one. of these should be on the cover of magazine. You’re amazing & I LOVE them!!! xo!!January 3, 2014 – 5:56 am

Rachel May - 9! I LOVED Siobhan’s bouquet! Although I’m kinda partial to 12 as well, SO stinking feminine and sweet!! <3January 3, 2014 – 5:57 am

Emily - I know I am a little biased but I loved my flowers! They were one of my favorite things of our wedding!! So I will have to go with #3! :) All of these are stunning!! Your work is amazing!January 3, 2014 – 6:07 am

Sharon H. - #10 – - because that was my daughter’s bouquet and you did an AMAZING job of capturing her vision!January 3, 2014 – 6:10 am

Stephanie - #25 for obvious reasons of being my own, but more so because it exceeded anything I could have ever envisioned in my own head.January 3, 2014 – 8:42 am

melissa - #25!January 3, 2014 – 8:43 am

Jozie - #25 :)January 3, 2014 – 8:54 am

geri - I think far #3 was the best. The flowers were gorgeous.January 2, 2014 – 9:00 pm

Andrea - Well, I’m obviously going to vote for #16/18 (they’re the same!). You did an amazing job perfectly articulating my vision through flowers, even without ever having an in-person planning meeting. Plus the colors really looked great in my photos – vibrant and almost like they are on fire! I love it!January 2, 2014 – 9:11 pm

debora - #25 beautiful colors are amazingJanuary 2, 2014 – 9:12 pm

Adam - #25 because I was the groom in this wedding!January 2, 2014 – 9:18 pm

Rebecca Peterson - #25 – the most vibrant arrangement!January 2, 2014 – 9:20 pm

Courtney Olson - #6 Caitlin and TJ!!January 2, 2014 – 9:25 pm

Brittany Wright - #6!January 2, 2014 – 9:27 pm

jan white - I love #6. I love the use of the succulents. It’s a very naturey feel.January 2, 2014 – 9:27 pm

Anne Overington - I love #13 for many reasons… Muted colors, textures, flowers and the sweet framed vintage photo tucked into the bouquet. Genius!January 2, 2014 – 9:28 pm

Kristina - #6!January 2, 2014 – 9:29 pm

Jessica Banglesdorf - I love every single one of your bouquets, Amanda! You’re so talented! My favorite definitely has to be #12 tho ;) it was a dream come true!January 2, 2014 – 9:34 pm

nicole - I go with #6! its absolutely beautiful :)January 2, 2014 – 9:34 pm

MaryBeth Bowling - #6January 2, 2014 – 9:37 pm

JES - #6!!!January 2, 2014 – 9:38 pm

eileen lippl - #6 very pretty and unique!January 2, 2014 – 9:39 pm

dee - #6January 2, 2014 – 9:40 pm

Caitlin Anderson - I’m not going to vote for my own because obviously I love & loved it. So my vote goes to #13 not only is this bouquet gorgeous but it belongs to my best friend in the entire world, a beautiful bouquet for a beautiful bride.January 2, 2014 – 9:41 pm

Megan - #13 ❤️January 2, 2014 – 9:43 pm

Lisa - #6 Caitlin & TJJanuary 2, 2014 – 9:43 pm

Carol Hackney - #6-beautiful!!!January 2, 2014 – 9:47 pm

Ryan - #6January 2, 2014 – 9:48 pm

Rebecca - #6January 2, 2014 – 9:49 pm

ashley - number 6.. Caitlin and tj.January 2, 2014 – 9:50 pm

Lauren - Amanda captured “me” perfectly into my bouquet (#13) and she did the same with my best friend’s bouquet. It’s vibrant and fiesty just like her. Love you Cait 2. Vote #6!January 2, 2014 – 9:52 pm

Jessica Stewart - #6 the colors are beautiful plus it is a very uniqueJanuary 2, 2014 – 9:55 pm

Heather Ruedi - #1 BeautifulJanuary 2, 2014 – 10:19 pm

Lindsay - #13!!January 2, 2014 – 10:21 pm

Suzanne Myers - #13! As beautiful as the bride who carried it! My daughter, Lauren! I also love #6!January 2, 2014 – 10:24 pm

Diane - Love #6. Absolutely beautiful!January 2, 2014 – 10:26 pm

Erica - #25- Beautiful colors and unique arrangement! Looks like something out of a fairy tale- fit for a princess marrying her prince! :)January 2, 2014 – 10:29 pm

susan vasu - #25 is the BEST!!!January 2, 2014 – 10:29 pm

James Morse - #6January 2, 2014 – 10:32 pm

Casey - Number 25…WOW!! Definitely gets my vote!!January 2, 2014 – 10:37 pm

Sheri Pastorino - #10, beautiful bouquet! Love the colors and flowers!January 2, 2014 – 10:45 pm

Beth - #13 is lovelyJanuary 2, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Melanie - #25, the vibrant colors of this bouquet keeps you looking at the many different flowers and colors of the flowers you don’t see every day!January 2, 2014 – 10:57 pm

Krista - #25, gorgeousJanuary 2, 2014 – 11:09 pm

Laurie - Bouquet #6 rocks with an awesome combination of colors!January 2, 2014 – 11:10 pm

Sandra Salupo - #25 definitely. Beautiful flower choice and designJanuary 2, 2014 – 11:15 pm

Robert - #13 because of the timeless beauty it displays. I prefer traditional bouquets to modern.January 2, 2014 – 11:21 pm

Linda - I vote for # 6 the colors are amazing…T J. And Caitlin AndersonJanuary 2, 2014 – 11:21 pm

Sandra Salupo - #25 definitely. Colors were so bright, flower choice and overall size was perfect for the beautiful bride.January 2, 2014 – 11:25 pm

Laura Enteles - #6…..Caitlin & TJ……Beautiful Flowers for a beautiful bride!!!!January 2, 2014 – 11:25 pm

Barb - #13 gets my vote. The beautiful bouquet belongs to my beautiful niece, Lauren.January 2, 2014 – 11:42 pm

Beth - #6 – love the colors of the roses and succulents!January 2, 2014 – 11:53 pm

Mary - #25 is my favorite :)January 2, 2014 – 11:55 pm

Karen - #25 has the best colors. I absolutely love it!January 2, 2014 – 11:57 pm

Linda Batts Andresen - #25. Beautiful colors and the type of flowers used were just right & gorgeous for the season.January 3, 2014 – 12:04 am

Mary Ann - #25 because the colors are so bright & the textureJanuary 3, 2014 – 12:05 am

barbara - #3 !! The contrast of the dark purple and lighter lavenders are beautiful ! Simply elegant, beautiful work !January 3, 2014 – 12:13 am

Kevin - #25 because the colors & texture of the flowers are amazingJanuary 3, 2014 – 12:22 am

Cindy - #25…Absolutely gorgeous!January 3, 2014 – 1:12 am

Kelly - #25January 3, 2014 – 4:05 am

Kris - #25 because it was magicalJanuary 3, 2014 – 4:54 am

Carol - #25 the purples are beautiful and love the use of the cabbage and succulentsJanuary 3, 2014 – 4:56 am

Shannon - I must say #6 it’s amazing Caitlin & TJ’sJanuary 3, 2014 – 6:21 am

Casey - #6!January 3, 2014 – 6:57 am

Katie - #27! I loved what Amanda did for us. I walked in there not knowing what the heck I wanted and she came up with the most beautiful design for not only me but I LOVED the wand she made for my neice who was the flower girl!January 3, 2014 – 7:53 am

Stephanie - #6!January 3, 2014 – 7:54 am

Allison - #6 Hands down! I love the classic elegance!January 3, 2014 – 8:05 am

Leah - #3 has to go to my girl Emmy Roop!!!January 3, 2014 – 8:18 am

Chey - #5January 3, 2014 – 8:54 am

Maureen Dodd - Beautiful!January 3, 2014 – 8:57 am

Megan well - I like #3 ;) they r all gorgeous thoJanuary 3, 2014 – 9:13 am

Joyce Schindler - #25. Beautiful !January 3, 2014 – 9:17 am

Brooke wheeler - #6. Beautiful color contrastJanuary 3, 2014 – 9:46 am

Sarah Brannon - #6 Caitlin and TJ’a bouquet is beautiful. I love it because the color combination is unique and works well together. Mint green is also my favorite color :)January 3, 2014 – 10:00 am

Ronda - #13 the flowers were almost as beautiful as the bride :)January 3, 2014 – 10:03 am

Michelle M - #6 Caitlin and TJ. Beautiful flower combination! :)January 3, 2014 – 10:39 am

Ashley - #10- Kat’s wedding was beautiful but her bouquet said it all about her! The flower colors and arrangement couldn’t have been more perfect for her stunning day! Grat job!January 3, 2014 – 12:02 pm

Elizabeth Carlock - #10. Enough color to pop but still have a traditional bridal look. Gorgeous fluffy blooms almost as pretty as the bride.January 3, 2014 – 12:10 pm

Emily - Can’t stop looking at #10. Absolutely beautiful!!!!January 3, 2014 – 12:33 pm

Jenny - #5. Classic, a little rugged, and beautiful!January 3, 2014 – 12:54 pm

Amy Webber - How in the world do you ever just pick one of those?! They are all stunning for different reasons. So, I’ll choose #10, mainly cuz I know Kat haha. But what I love about her bouquet is how perfectly it tied together her whole day and theme. I love the ribbon and the flowing greenery.January 3, 2014 – 12:57 pm

Arianna - #27, is absolutely stunning! I only wish I lived in your area so that I could one day have you as my florist :)January 3, 2014 – 2:10 pm

TLC - #6. Colors are beautiful together. They represent love, peace, and eternity!January 3, 2014 – 2:11 pm

Kathy Belcher - I vote for # 6 Caitlin and TJ. It was soooo awesome!January 3, 2014 – 2:59 pm

Erin F - I love #9! Gorgeous!!January 3, 2014 – 3:11 pm

Elizabeth Dimond - I love #19. I love the purple flowers and the white hydrangea in the bride’s bouquet.January 3, 2014 – 3:15 pm

Rob Hassinger - I vote for 27January 3, 2014 – 3:21 pm

Cassie Jett - #6 is beautiful! The wedding was absolutely gorgeous as well :-)January 3, 2014 – 3:29 pm

Sarah Robertson - #14 is my favorite, because I attended that shoot and I remember absolutely loving the gorgeous, vibrant colors of the bouquet and how well it complemented the dress!January 3, 2014 – 3:30 pm

Pamela - #25 is absolutely beautiful. The shades of purple blend so well together with the pop of green. Great Job!!January 3, 2014 – 3:30 pm

Nita - #25….beautiful!!January 3, 2014 – 3:31 pm

Heather - They are all so gorgeous, so hard to pick just one! My vote is for #3. The blend of purples really “pop” against her dress, while the blend of flowers look so soft and etherial, very “fairy tale” like.January 3, 2014 – 3:37 pm

Ann McDonald - #21 – Jordan and Jake! Just stunning!January 3, 2014 – 3:49 pm

Margaret - I love #22 Mindy & Ben’s Wedding. The purple roses are so beautiful.January 3, 2014 – 3:53 pm

Kelsey - #6 is gorgeous! Caitlin & TJJanuary 3, 2014 – 3:54 pm

Randi - #25 is gorgeous!January 3, 2014 – 3:57 pm

Vonnie - #22January 3, 2014 – 4:03 pm

Charlotte Mihu - Love # 25…colors are so classy and majestically beautiful! fit for a bride who looks like a queen for a dayJanuary 3, 2014 – 4:16 pm

cheryl - No.25 is beautiful!January 3, 2014 – 4:22 pm

Joan Bohannon - I like #22 the best!January 3, 2014 – 4:31 pm

Rebecca G - 22. Mindy and Ben. Beautiful blooming flowers. Very soft and elegantJanuary 3, 2014 – 4:32 pm

Paul Bohannon - I like NUmber 22 Mindy and Ben. Love the purple and white.January 3, 2014 – 4:33 pm

Ben - #22. The simplistic nature of the soft lilac flowers made this arrangement the most pleasing as it was not wild or over the top. It was designed to enhance the brides beauty not distract the onlookers eyes. A job well done.January 3, 2014 – 4:37 pm

Ute Winters - # 24 The beautiful bold Colors ,there are many beautiful bouquets ,but i like also the natural effect and it complements the bride :-)January 3, 2014 – 4:56 pm

Fiona - I am not seeing enough love for #27!?!?! I love those colors and the size! Admittedly it is an insanely difficult choice, all those designs are fabulous and deserve a vote :)January 3, 2014 – 4:58 pm

Tera - 24 bc nothing beats a sunflower! The way you made them stand out so boldly took my breath awayJanuary 3, 2014 – 5:39 pm

Alison - #24 this bouquet looks like its alive, honest and natural, not just cut flowers I love it!January 3, 2014 – 6:12 pm

Lyndsay - #10! Because the colors were perfect for Kat’s wedding and the flowing greenery makes the bouquet look so whimsical!January 3, 2014 – 6:29 pm

Sara Deviers - #24, they are all beautiful but I love the sunflowers!January 3, 2014 – 6:39 pm

Julia - #24 truly stunningJanuary 3, 2014 – 6:45 pm

DAVID HAKENSON - Well done!January 3, 2014 – 7:19 pm

Amy Hunter - I vote for Number 24 because the uniqueness of the flowers complements the beauty and individualized style of the bride. The bouquet captured the natural essence of the celebration.January 3, 2014 – 8:03 pm

Lavelle Kelly - The colors were beautiful colors for the fall. Loved the sunflowers. Also loved the antique lace around the flowers.January 3, 2014 – 8:24 pm

Mindy - #22!!!!! The flowers are simple, but hold a special meaning to my husband and I and that is why I selected them for my bouquet. We are both in the National Guard and met right before our deployment, these roses were the first flowers he sent to me after we spend our first weekend together before we both deployed and were seperated for the first year of our relationship. Amanda- all the flowers you design are amazing, but thank you for making our wedding so special and wonderful!January 3, 2014 – 8:28 pm

Michelle - #6 is beautifully arranged. The unique greens accent the oranges and pinks and the bouquet perfectly reflected the bride’s vibrant, creative personality.January 3, 2014 – 8:39 pm

Talara - I love number 5 the best :)January 4, 2014 – 1:35 am

Caitlin - #3! It is absolutely stunning! I’ve never seen orchids used that way before and it looks breathtaking. That bouquet is the emanation of the word ‘serenity’. I love purple, I love orchids and the design is fabulous! I was never to sure what colors I would want for my wedding but this bouquet definitely makes me gear toward purple. And roses are my favorite flower so congrats on making a bouquet so exquisite that I would actually consider not having a full rose bouquet. Just lovely!January 4, 2014 – 1:48 am

Annetta - So hard to just pick one!! But I will and that would be #8. Love the soft colours.January 4, 2014 – 2:00 am

Renae - I like #13. Free Form is my favorite to photograph.January 4, 2014 – 7:18 am

Maria - My favorite bouquet is #3! Love these!January 4, 2014 – 8:24 am

Lauren - #5 is my favorite!January 4, 2014 – 8:26 am

Rebecca - These are all just stunning! I think #5 is very romantic and soft.January 4, 2014 – 8:31 am

Amanda - #5January 4, 2014 – 8:43 am

Jess - #30 I love the addition of the greenery. The color really pop without being too much.January 4, 2014 – 8:59 am

Brooke - Number 9 is amazing!! I love the big, open flowers and the succulents!!January 4, 2014 – 9:08 am

Kristen - #23 is my favorite its just so stunning.January 4, 2014 – 9:11 am

Amanda - #10 definitely!! I LOVE the ribbon details and the textures of the flowers used, I want to call them “ruffley” even though I’m pretty sure that isn’t a real word… I love the right amount of color against the whites which, along with the SIZE of this bouquet, make it distinctly a bridal bouquet. Just beautiful!!!January 4, 2014 – 9:50 am

Lauren Swann - I love #30!!!!January 4, 2014 – 10:14 am

Sarah - Number 5 is gorgeous!January 4, 2014 – 10:40 am

Maggie - #5!January 4, 2014 – 10:53 am

kathie Cooper - Number 4 is my favorite. It is so different.I love anything different and unique, and that one sure is all of that and more. Georgeous.January 4, 2014 – 11:09 am

Sarah Hill - #20. They are all beautiful but this one is so unique and different. I would’ve loved it on my wedding day! I hope some of my brides this year have amazing bouquets like these!January 4, 2014 – 11:14 am

Anna Maria - #5. It was the bouquet of my dreams – effortless, timeless, and elegant. Plus it made my bridesmaids bouquets POP in all our photos (and the rest of my flowers were equally as gorgeous!)January 4, 2014 – 11:29 am

Kimberly - #25 – the colors are so vibrant and rich. Love it!!January 4, 2014 – 11:31 am

Tiffany Williams - #5. I love the gray and white color of the bouquet- it exudes “simple elegance.” The textures of the different flowers keeps it modern and interesting. Beautiful.January 4, 2014 – 11:32 am

Tiffany Byrne - I really like #4 because it is so different! Beautiful work.January 4, 2014 – 12:04 pm

Sam - I love the colors and uniqueness of #2, but they are all so gorgeous!January 4, 2014 – 12:11 pm

Amber Reinink - Oh my Amanda….you do make it so hard to pick a favorite. I swoon over your artistic eye and the way you put flowers together. So inspiring and beautiful! But…I’m going to go with #27. Love the pop of color.January 4, 2014 – 12:16 pm

Lelia Marie - #4 is my favorite! For it’s sheer uniqueness and just wow. Though I also love #30. Your work is always stunning!January 4, 2014 – 12:25 pm

Shelley Dee Hohe - #6, #9, #13 or #25 are my favorites!!!January 4, 2014 – 12:38 pm

Nicole - #16! I love orange :)January 4, 2014 – 1:20 pm

Linda Casey - #24. Love the arrangement of the colors. The lace is wonderful. #24 should b the winner.January 4, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Cindy - 13 gets my voteJanuary 4, 2014 – 5:35 pm

Jeff - 27 has my voteJanuary 4, 2014 – 6:30 pm

Beth - They are all beautiful! My vote is for #12!!January 4, 2014 – 6:42 pm

Kristina W. - #3 is my favorite. The purple orchids are so intense, I love them!January 4, 2014 – 7:24 pm

Elizabeth Timms - #3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 ,19 21, 23, 28!! Hopefully I didn’t miss any ; ) All of your bouquets are gorgeous but nothing beats our Stevenson Ridge brides!January 4, 2014 – 8:05 pm

Constance - 3 is my favorite, I love the colors.January 4, 2014 – 11:01 pm

Susan Maier - #10 is beautiful because it ties in so well with the bridesmaids. Love the flowers and the ribbons!January 4, 2014 – 11:08 pm

Sarah - #5 fo sho! So beautiful!January 5, 2014 – 1:01 am

Eileen C. - #22 absolutely! The simplicity of the flowers coordinated with the dresses is gorgeous. The bride’s roses are so unique and the photo is great too.January 5, 2014 – 5:51 pm

Sue - I vote for #21. It is delicate and romantic and just plain SWEET! I don’t know any of the couples or photographers. All of your bouquets are lovely! Great work!January 6, 2014 – 1:12 pm

Britney - #3, love the combination of purples used here! Beautiful work!January 6, 2014 – 1:21 pm

Katie Wood - I love #19 because it’s as if you took the picture I didn’t even know was in my head and made it real. It was exactly what I wanted :) But I also really love #25 and #29 too! How beautiful!January 6, 2014 – 4:58 pm

Ashley Barber - I love #27!!!!! Katie and Rob :-)January 6, 2014 – 10:04 pm

Shannon B - #3 for me….all are gorgeous, but that one just stands out…lovely!January 6, 2014 – 10:53 pm

Heather - #5!!!January 6, 2014 – 11:05 pm

Natasha - #4! LOVE!January 6, 2014 – 11:20 pm

Siobhan - Can I vote for myself? lol! #9 of course, because I love what you did with my bouquet. But all of your creations are lovely.January 9, 2014 – 10:49 am

Nikki Piner - How can I pick just one?! I’ll choose #4 because of it’s lack of a focal flower…so unique! It’s pretty much foliage and accent flowers, but it’s still freaking fantastic. It’s all drippy and flowing and awesome.January 12, 2014 – 8:30 pm

Lauren - #21 is the best :)January 13, 2014 – 8:46 am

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