Little Bundles of Joy Why weâ€™re loving posies for brides, moms, and more these days
Erin Walters with Melissa Bigner
Blame it on Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. While looking for inspiration for Charleston Weddingsâ€™ fall-winter 2013 fashion shoot, we stumbled upon runway images from the iconic designers with their models carrying the smallest of bouquets. The idea of bridal florals as delicate, winsome accessories (rather than headliners) won us over, and Darlyne Priester, floral buyer for Charlestonâ€™s Whole Foods Market, was kind enough to fashion a suite of bouquets for the shoot. See some of the sweet blossoms above, and read on for Darlyneâ€™s talk about why sometimes less is more.
Charleston Weddings: What do you think about posies for brides?
Whole Foods Market: Smaller bouquets really seem to be the trend right now in the wedding world and weâ€™ve been finding a lot of brides (or their mothers) wanting the smaller dessert plate-size bouquets. Personally, I like those that are medium, or dinner plate-sized, but it is a little easier to construct a smaller bouquet.
CW: What bride and what style of wedding do they appeal to?
WFM: Usually smaller bouquets appeal to do-it-yourself brides. They also catch the eye of brides who may not feel flowers are that important, but their mothers or mothers-in-law insist they have something.
CW: Are they a good option for a junior bridesmaid (instead of a kissing ball) or for a mother of the bride or groom (instead of a corsage)?
WFM: Posies are a great choice for mothers or junior bridesmaids. We call these smaller bouquets â€śtussie mussies,â€ť and Iâ€™ve noticed several instances where the moms especially prefer to carry one instead of wearing a corsage all evening. When sheâ€™s done with it, she can always plop it into a vase at the reception for added decoration.
CW: Can you share a general price range for posies?
WFM: Smaller posies for the mother of the bride or junior bridesmaid start around $26 and go up from there based on the flowers used and the size. Most people are shocked when I tell them the most Iâ€™ve ever charged for a bridal bouquet at Whole Foods Market is $155.
CW: How far in advance should a bride order a bouquet of any scale from you all?
WFM: Ideally, we would like to get the order in at least three weeks prior. If we can get the flowers requested by the bride through our local vendor then it keeps the cost down and allows us to make the bouquets more quickly. If our vendor doesnâ€™t carry the bloom the bride wants, we have to reach out to someone else and that often doubles the cost of the flower.