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Kate Parker, New Hampshire Vendor: Wedding Planner Website: Kate Parker Weddings About Me: Kate Parker is the owner of Kate Parker Weddings, a wedding planning and floral and event design studio located on the Seacoast of NH. KPW specializes in simple and sophisticated weddings throughout New England and New York and also provides lighting services, paper products, custom out of town welcome baskets and music entertainment. Kate loves to work with as many details as possible- ribbon banding, monograms, favor tags etc to make each wedding unique and fabulous! She lives in Somersworth, NH with her husband Ryan, son Zachary, and chihuahua Lola. Although she doesn't have much free time, Kate loves to travel, read a good book, and entertain for close friends.
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Jessica from Jessica’s Country Flowers gives brides some great advice when choosing the right florist for their big day! Check out some of her work below or visit her site to see more inspiration.

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Tips and advice for selecting a florist:

  • If flowers are high on your priority list you may opt for selecting a wedding floral designer vs. going with a traditional flower shop. Wedding floral designer is usually completely dedicated to designing weddings and special events. A normal everyday shop probably won’t give you the much needed attention you deserve.
  • Select about 3-4 floral designers to interview. You’ll want to hire someone that can work within your budget and someone that you connect with. It’s a long process with planning a wedding and you need to know that the person you hire will create something you will be completely satisfied with, or give you more than you imagined.
  • Expect to budget approximately 10-20% of your overall budget for flowers.
  • Be cautious when selecting your date if flowers are important to you. You will get more for your buck if you don’t get married on Mother’s day weekend or during a busy holiday season. Don’t insist on peonies in August. If peonies are something you want, plan to marry in late May to mid-June.
  • Choose a color scheme with your florist and maybe a few important blooms. But, try and give your floral designer a little creative freedom.
  • Ask for a sample bridal bouquet as well as a sample table setting. This way you will view your design prior to the wedding and make any necessary changes or additions.
  • If you have a limited budget, spend more money at your reception. You have to figure, you’re only going to be at the ceremony site for about an hour and spending most of your time at the reception.


Jessica also shares with us some trends happening in the floral design space…

Brides are looking for fresh, creative designs. Our signature “tree” centerpieces have been big for us. We are seeing more monochromatic weddings and color is big. People are looking to have events that people walk away saying “wow! I never saw anything like that!”.

Colors that have become hot right now are purple flowers and touches of green along with all white/cream flowers with touches of green. We are utilizing more unique containers and coming up with natural organic table settings.

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Miss Poodle (message)  3,386 posts, Sugar bee

great tips ;) lovely flowers!!

 

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Kate Parker @ Kate Parker Weddings Kate Parker, New Hampshire Vendor: Wedding Planner Website: Kate Parker Weddings About Me: Kate Parker is the owner of Kate Parker Weddings, a wedding planning and floral and event design studio located on the Seacoast of NH. KPW specializes in simple and sophisticated weddings throughout New England and New York and also provides lighting services, paper products, custom out of town welcome baskets and music entertainment. Kate loves to work with as many details as possible- ribbon banding, monograms, favor tags etc to make each wedding unique and fabulous! She lives in Somersworth, NH with her husband Ryan, son Zachary, and chihuahua Lola. Although she doesn't have much free time, Kate loves to travel, read a good book, and entertain for close friends.
 
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