It is no secret that a lot of women love flowers. I’m definitely one of those women!! If you are looking for florals for your wedding in southeast Idaho or beyond, be sure to take a look at The Rose Shop! We have personally met and love working with April. She has such a vision to help you bring everything to life and she knows her flowers. We once had a bouquet that stayed perfect for a WEEK after a shoot! Here’s the interview-
At The Rose Shop we are a full floral shop that has been around since the 1940’s and are one of the largest floral shops in the state! Originally starting as a candy and flower cart in The Rogers Hotel downtown Idaho Falls and eventually ending up in our current location with the current owners who has had it for 35+ years and has expanded the business to a floral shop & reception center! We really love doing weddings both on site in our venue and all across Southeast Idaho! The Rose Shop is a family owned and operated florist and reception Center. I am the youngest daughter of the current owners & I was lucky enough to grow up going to floral shows and being around and involved with flowers since I was young. Surprisingly I didn’t start doing weddings on my own until I worked in a floral shop in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2010 and then I moved back to Idaho Falls and started focusing on and managing the weddings at The Rose Shop. Our venue is a unique one since we are a floral shop as well. When you rent the facility it actually comes with floral swags on the arches, fresh floral center pieces on all the tables, flowers on the buffet, sign in table and gift table. We meet with the bride and groom to get a color scheme and do them fresh for the wedding in their colors! We really love to travel to set up full floral decor ANYWHERE in Idaho.
What is the process for working with brides? (in person, over the phone, do they tell you what you want or do you show them examples, etc)
I definitely like it best to meet with bride in person at least once while I am helping them with their wedding ideas. I think meeting in person just feels more personal and I can get a better sense of their personality so I can really get in touch with what the bride is looking for. However, for brides that are having to plan their wedding while they live out of state I do a lot of consulting over the phone and through emails. Most brides have been planning and dreaming about all details of their flowers for a long time and have a pinterest board full of what they like and want.If that is the case then I will go through their inspiration photos with them and try to come up with something that will incorporate everything they are looking for. Sometimes brides are a blank slate and come to me needing to start from scratch so I can help point them in the right direction. I always have a cooler full of flowers so I bring alot of flowers out so we can put things together and we look at books until we figure out exactly the direction we are going to go.
How early in the planning process should brides be thinking about booking a florist?
It honestly depends on the size of your wedding and how many flowers you are getting. If you are just getting body flowers (i.e. bridal bouquet, corsages & bouts) 1-2 months out is plenty of time, If you are needing full flower decor (center pieces, floral archs, aisle pieces ) you would want to come in closer to 3-4 months before . (that being said, I have had brides come in the day before the wedding to order and we still get it done and love it!)
What are all the different floral things a bride needs for her wedding? How much should a bride budget for the florals?
For body flowers you will need a bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, boutonnieres (groom, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers), corsages (mothers and grandmothers), and flowers for the ring bearer and flower girl. Decor often involves centerpieces, cake flowers, alter pieces for the ceremony, flowers by the sign in book, pieces for the buffet or desert table and often we do flowers on archways. We can do flowers on anything you want!!! For body flowers an average wedding would range anywhere from 500-700 but that could be much lower or higher depending on what flowers you choose and quantities of bridesmaids bouquets & boutonnieres etc. For larger decor Items, that is a very customized total because of size and type of flowers you choose. I can definitely work with any budget!
Who usually pays for the florals- bride or groom?
Traditionally the Groom pays for the flowers and at the very least definitely the Bridal Bouquet. The bridal bouquet is actually supposed to be a gift from the groom to bride on their wedding day. If both families decide to split it up, the Brides side will often pay for the Grooms bout and then all the womens flowers, (except the brides) and the Grooms side will pay for the bridal bouquet and all the mens flowers.
How should brides find inspiration for their bouquets and arrangements?
The internet is such a fantastic resource, especially Pinterest. There are so many fabulous wedding blogs that you can usually pin from and create a totally custom board to collect all these images to show to your florist.
What is your favorite style or type of bouquet and flower?
I love something very organic and textural! Really, I usually like whatever is trending because it means I get to do something new! Some of my favorite flowers would be Astilbe (look it up in pink, you wont regret it) and peonies. There are really so many flowers I love, but lately those are some of my faves.
Advice for brides-
Find a florist you have confidence in and that listens to you and then trust them! I know that when I have brides come to me, I love it when they trust me and let me guide them with what will be best in their colors, the season they get married and their budget. There are alot of factors with flower since they come in different seasons and are perishable that you need someone who knows their stuff to help guide you!
Images by Michelle & Logan
Images by Kristi Sheriff Photography