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8-28-20 Morgan and Josh

When Morgan and Josh began planning the wedding of their dreams in 2019, never did they imagine the incredible challenges that 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic would throw their way.

Their dream wedding was originally scheduled for 5-9-20 – Mother’s Day weekend. Near the end of the April, the wedding had to be postponed because the State of Pennsylvania was locked down – and all gatherings were prohibited.

The wedding was re-scheduled for 8-28-20. (The pandemic should be over by then …….right?) But no – that became questionable, as our Allegheny County Executive & The Allegheny County Dept of Health imposed even stricter rules than the State of Pennsylvania. So, in mid- August when the venue scheduled to host their wedding could not host it, with all the things they wanted, Morgan and Josh moved their wedding – to Montour Heights Country Club.

The ceremony was to take place in the grove, next to the golf course, while the reception would be held on the grand patio, underneath a very large tent.

Everything was moving in the right direction. Then at 1pm on Friday, the rain hit. a heavy, blowing, torrential downpour….that did not stop.

The wedding ceremony & reception was moved inside the club. So, Josh and Morgan got married under our white fabric draped & decorated arch. After the ceremony & a few pictures, the Arch was quickly dismantled and the reception continued.

Pictured below is our arch, Morgan’s bouquet and her bridesmaids bouquets.

Centerpieces included both short and tall flowers using white hydrangea and soft pink Mondial roses, similar to these centerpieces. Flowers for the arch were re- purposed as decor for the head table.

Eve though the rain continued all evening, spirits were high… and in the end Morgan and Josh were finally Married! Wow! What a tale to tell their children some day!

Blessings to you both! Thanks for allowing Parkway Florist to be part of your special day!

It really does take a Village…

“Love recognizes no barriers,

It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls

to arrive at its destination full of Hope.”

(Maya Angelou)

(As we area ready to “Leap” in to 2020,  and we are receiving so many calls about wedding flowers, I thought it might be helpful to translate 35+ years of advice into a  roadmap for our newly engaged couples.  If there is anything you need, or any questions that we can help answer, please feel free to call me.)

Planning a wedding ceremony and  reception these days really can become a daunting task. It is a task that many  people have little experience in, and are  reluctant to ask for help or advice.  It is not that anyone is “dumb,”  it is a matter of not knowing what questions to ask.  Hillary Rodham Clinton stated that: “It takes a Village to raise a Child.”  Today, it takes a Village to Plan and Execute a wedding!

Many times today, a wedding planner or a Day-of Event Coordinator, is hired near the beginning of the process.  Sometimes the “chief planner” role  falls to the Mother of the Bride, or Groom or the Big Sister or the helpful Aunt to shepherd things along, and keep  everything on track.  Sometimes,  the wedding couple is almost entirely on their own…..and need to rely on the words of wisdom given to them by many knowledgeable vendors & friends.

So, in planning a wedding, where do you start?

Step one: Start by compiling a rough guest list. Approximately how many people do  you  want to share your wedding day with? Knowing roughly how many people might be invited or attending helps to narrow the choices of ceremony and reception sites.     Moms and Dads will have input as well. Finances and budgets will be discussed extensively at this point and agreed upon.  (Remember that not everyone who is invited will be able to attend your wedding).

Develop a “guideline budget” for each item or service that you  will need to purchase. You may not know the exact cost yet, but you need to at least have a “goal number” in mind. This is not cast in stone, and may  change as the process evolves…. but it is a place to start.

If you are employing the services of a wedding planner, this would be the point that the wedding planner is hired. They will guide you through all the many next steps, including being realistic about each budget item.

Step Two: What is the vision that you see for your day? Are you planning on a wedding inside a church, or a barn or another type of all inclusive facility?  Do you want to be married in a meadow, or in a grand Cathedral?

Step Three:  What time of year would  you like to get married? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?  Each one of the seasons has its advantages and disadvantages. There are often financial incentives offered for winter weddings. Special Holiday weekends, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day can mean that certain items (such as flowers or  food)  will  be more costly.

Step Four:  Now that you have answers to 1, 2, and 3, you can begin visiting churches and reception venues and hopefully book something that will accommodate your tentative plans. Book and get under contract the ceremony & reception site  that best fits your needs. Deposits or retainers will be required for both, and are generally NON-REFUNDABLE…………choose wisely, and read the contract before you sign on the dotted line.

Step Five:  Now that you have a date, church and/or venue booked, begin shopping for Dresses. Your bridal dress should be the first priority, with bridesmaids dresses second.  It’s your day. You get to pick! Have fun shopping! Be sure to ask for color swatches, and take lots of pictures for the florist and other vendors to see. Your shopping should also include veil or headpiece, shoes and the appropriate undergarments needed for your dresses.

Step Six:  Now begin booking your other vendors.  All require a  retainer/deposit to book their services.  Needed vendors  may include: caterer (if not part of your venue package),  photographer, ceremony musicians, DJ or band, florist, make-up artist, hair salon or hair stylist, transportation, videographer,  photo booth,  bakery, minister or officiant (if you are not getting married in a church.) Your venue can often give you a list of preferred or referred vendors. These are vendors that have proven to be reliable and trustworthy.

All of these vendors generally have information available online about their services. Pricing is often customized to fit your requests and timing. Many will require face-to-face meetings or Skype or similar to make sure that they understand what you want each of them to provide.  (This is not a “shop online” process.  You really do need to talk with the vendors in person, and interact with them.)

The Photographer may offer you an engagement session;  The florist may need to meet with you one or two times;  The bakery needs you to taste the flavors of their cakes and pick one; there will be food tastings, and many other decisions to make along the way. Our advice is to make the decision on each item — check that item off  the list and  move on to the next item.  If you agonize over the decisions, or  are  indecisive, then you will make you, your fiance and everyone else working with you a basket case.  You want to enjoy planning your wedding…..and not find it distasteful for years to come!

This is usually the point where some of your earlier choices may begin to have a positive  impact your budget. For instance, if everything is taking place at Rosemary’s Long Lost Sunny Acres Barn (ceremony & reception), you will generally not need a limo or a bus to get everyone there. Family members can drive the bridal party to the event,  or they can drive themselves.  If you are at one location,  your DJ may be able to handle the ceremony as well as the reception music. (Translation:  Savings on transportation and ceremony musicians).

Your florist may offer items that can be used both for ceremony as well as reception decorations. Again,  potential savings for  you.

Your “venue package” may include:  cake, linens, up lighting, flower centerpieces for your tables.  Try to use everything that  comes with your package. Often you will not get a deduction from your venue price  if you do not elect to have a wedding cake, for instance. (However, you may be able to change the cake to cupcakes, instead).

There are a couple of things that you do not want to skimp on:  Food,  Liquor and DJ (or music). It is quite the norm these days to serve only beer & wine at a wedding reception.  However, if you are planning a non-alcoholic reception, please be sure to make that known to your wedding guests on your wedding invitations.

Step Seven:  Invitations need selected, printed, and mailed approximately 8 weeks prior to your  wedding date, with a reply deadline of at least 3 weeks prior to your wedding date. Email invitations are not generally appropriate for weddings. You need to spend the money, address and stamp the invites and actually mail them via snail mail. If you have not received a response from someone when the response deadline is passed, plan  to call or text them to get their response. (Assuming that someone is not coming could mean that your guest shows up, with no place to sit and no food to eat.)  It has become OK to set up a wedding website & have the guests RSVP on the website.  Very easy for them to do, and actually brings in a higher response rate.

Step Eight:  The bridesmaids, friends, etc plan your bridal shower.  You should not plan your shower…  They can check the date with you, and ask what type of affair you would like to have. (Informal, picnic, formal, etc.) They are in charge; you are the guest of honor!

Step Nine:  The Bachelor and Bachelorette parties are planned;  The guys and girls give you and your fiance a nice night out on the town.  ‘Nough said.

Step Ten:  Arrange the seating of your guests with your reception site co-ordinator, including the placement of cookie tables, buffet tables, etc. Think of “traffic flow” at this point.  Try to avoid creating bottlenecks that will delay the start of cocktail hour or serving dinner.

Step Eleven:  About 1 to 2 weeks prior to your wedding, finalize your ceremony with your officiant and church or venue. Confirm delivery and set-up times with all of your vendors. Supply all items that you need to drop off, such as place cards, favors and cookies, when they are requested.

Step Twelve Finally,   Show up on your wedding day with a smile on your face, and a sunny disposition.  If something happens that was not as you planned, deal with it after your wedding day is over.  Do not allow a small hiccup to ruin your day. Enjoy your day, and the beginning of a lifetime of happiness together.  And afterward, be sure to thank the Village that helped you plan this most beautiful day!

Happy Planning!!

Cheryl @ Parkway Florist

 

 

 

2018 – Sometimes, the little things mean a lot!

Gone, but not forgotten!  We were honored to be able to help Jennifer with her wedding flowers on Saturday, 7/7.  A number of family members were honored in Jennifer’s bouquet through the use of special pins added to her bouquet.

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Pictured here is her bouquet (841) and her bridesmaids’ bouquet (842).  All six family members were surely smiling as she said “I do!”  Thanks Jen, for allowing us to be a part of your big day!

 

 

 

Marriage License Types

Congratulations, you’re getting married!   Now what?

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Well, for starters, no couple can get married in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania without a valid marriage license. There are two types to choose from.  We’re here to break it down for you so that you are prepared for the application process and all that comes with it.

The two types of marriage licenses issued in Pennsylvania are:
-A Traditional License
-A Self-Uniting License

A traditional marriage license is what most people think of. It requires an officiant to solemnize the marriage as defined under Pennsylvania law.  

Your Officiant must be licensed in the Commonwealth  of Pennsylvania in order to perform your ceremony.  After your ceremony, your Officiant will usually sign the marriage license and handle the recording with the Marriage License Bureau for you.

A self-uniting license is more uncommon, but growing in popularity.   It has been around historically since the time of Quakers in Pennsylvania and does not require an officiant. The couple generally recites vows to each other, that they have written, uniting  in marriage on their own, either as part of a self guided ceremony or privately if they wish.  After the couple have recited their vows to each other, two witnesses who are present at the ceremony sign the license.  The couple is then responsible for mailing the license to the Marriage License Bureau for recording.

In Pennsylvania, there is a mandatory three day waiting period for all couples from the time that they apply for their license to when it is granted.  It is best to apply for a marriage license two to three weeks prior to your scheduled wedding ceremony. Once the license is granted,  it is valid for up to sixty days.

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To apply for a marriage license, both applicants must complete the application (either online or in person) and both must appear in person at the Marriage License Bureau to complete the application process. Once your application is accepted, the applicants must wait the mandatory 3 days until their marriage license is available for pickup (or it can be mailed.)  (There are some exceptions that can apply in certain cases, such as a medical issue.  Please check with the County Marriage License Bureau for further guidance).

The information above applies to all counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The cost of a marriage license can vary from county to county, however.  Please check each county’s website for costs and hours of operation for the Marriage License Bureau in that county.

And Good Luck to all!!

Romance in the Garden

Petals line the isle, the guests have all arrived, the smell of fresh flowers fills the air, all is set for a romantic garden wedding ceremony.

This was just the scene on Saturday August 12th as we watched the bride and groom enter married life surrounded by loved ones. We were happy to help provide the perfect atmosphere for Danielle & Chad to say “I Do.”

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Our pipe and drape created the perfect backdrop for this sweet ceremony. Threatened by rain, their love prevailed and the ceremony was able to take place outdoors at one of our favorite venues.

Danielle carried a cascading bouquet of stargazer lilies, dendrobium orchids, purple lisianthus, and white roses.

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The isle was decorated with rose petals and flowers clusters on the ends of the seats. This provided a nice pop of color as the bride walked down the isle.

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After the ceremony concluded, family pictures were taken in the garden while the guests moved inside to cocktail hour.

Danielle’s bridesmaids wore deep purple dresses, perfect for their August wedding, and a great contrast to their bouquets of light green hydrangea, lavender roses, and calla lilies.

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Congratulations to Danielle & Chad, your garden wedding was a dream come true. We are so happy we could help you make it all happen!

Lanterns! Our Newest Trend

There’s nothing like the sight of lanterns at a wedding. Pretty and whimsical, lanterns come in many styles, colors, and sizes. The romantic soft light of a candle glowing from within makes lanterns the perfect wedding decor item.

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Our wedding this past Saturday took this idea and ran with it. Lanterns were used throughout the ceremony and reception providing a consistent theme.

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White lanterns were used on the guest tables as centerpieces as well as on the head table. Topped with blush pink and ivory flowers, the soft elegant look really came together.

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The wedding cake was decorated with many of the same flowers from the centerpieces for the perfect soft pink touch.

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As with any trend, each person makes their own adaptations to fit their personal style and taste. Below are some of the many styles of lanterns that we have worked with just in the past few years alone. You’ll see that each has its own distinct look. This is a trend that we hope stays around for a while to come!

Glitz & Glamour Please!

One of our favorite parts of wedding planning is working with the bride to develop her  vision. This is what ties together all of the small details to convey an overall theme or feeling for her day. This begins in the planning stages and becomes more developed as  the wedding day approaches. A big part  of this can be heavily reliant on the look of the reception room. The room is like a blank canvas ready for a painting, and we become collaborative artists. Last Saturday we worked with a bride who wanted a classic, elegant look for her wedding, and we knew just the tricks.

Below is The Three Rivers Ballroom at The Pittsburgh Airport Marriott.  A major factor that gave the ballroom an elegant and classic look were the gold chivari chairs that were used. Paired with gold overlays on the tables,  the room made a stunning first impression.

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The centerpieces were another important piece of the puzzle. White hydrangeas and roses were the showcased. The centerpieces were surrounded by pillar candles on silver candle holders. To complete the look, handwritten table numbers were displayed on small glass frames.

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The cake was decorated with white hydrangeas and roses between each tier. Two flexed roses were used as the cake topper for a natural look.

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Lastly, our bride carried a cascading bouquet. It included blush and ivory roses, dendrobium orchids, white stock, and seeded eucalyptus. Her bouquet later adorned the bride and groom’s sweetheart table, seen behind the cake table above.

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The bridesmaids carried simple clutch style bouquets of white hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus, and lemon leaf.

Congratulations and best wishes to our beautiful bride and groom!