David Heroman calls it “a beautiful ballet of perfect symmetry.”
That’s when the flower arrangements and decorations are in place, the bouquet is complete and the blooms pop open at just the right time.
“I always tell the bride to put us at the end of the line,” says David Heroman, owner of the “Original” Heroman’s Florist. “If something doesn’t come through for the wedding and the bride has to make changes, we can always make last-minute changes with the flowers to accommodate that.”
But first things first and that means the bride-to-be must make an appointment for a floral consultation.
“With today’s technology, it’s a lot easier for the bride and for us,” David Heroman says. “A lot of brides will collect pictures from Pinterest and bring them. That way we know what flowers she’s looking at. The only problem is that she can choose only one bouquet.”
And sometimes that choice takes a surprising turn. In the past, bridal bouquets traditionally have been made up of white flowers. Not so these days.
“It’s all over the map,” says Robert Heroman, co-owner of Billy Heroman’s Florist. “We do a lot of pretty mixtures, but the trend isn’t always for all of one flower.”
The most popular of those pretty flowers among prospective brides are peonies, which have a short availability window during the year. Peonies are plentiful in the U.S. only in April and May. If a bride wants peonies at any other time, they can be ordered from outside the country.
“Peonies are still popular, and this is the right time of year for them,” Robert Heroman says. “But what we’re finding is that the garden rose is a good substitution for the peony once the peonies aren’t available. Garden roses have a cup-shaped petal that are similar to the peony.”
And, David Heroman adds, garden roses hold their blooms longer than stem roses.
Bridesmaids still carry bouquets, and Robert Heroman says his florist always takes the color of bridesmaids’ dresses into consideration when choosing flowers for the bride and her attendants.
“Blush pink has been very popular in recent years, and it’s beautiful with white and green accents,” he says.
When it comes to decorating the church, brides sometimes schedule their big day on or near a holiday so they can use the church’s holiday decorations.
“We always take the bride’s color scheme into consideration when decorating the church,” Robert Heroman says. “The church ceremony is always conservative, and a lot of times, we can have more fun decorating the reception hall, where we can use a lot of different flowers and colors.”
And with the Internet, brides no longer have to visit the florist to get a final look at her flowers before the wedding.
“We can email or text pictures to them for their approval,” David Heroman says. “We’re last, because everything’s in the timing for us. We know our flowers, and we know how long to keep them refrigerated. We know when the blooms will be ready, and we know right when to place them in the church — it’s a beautiful ballet of perfect symmetry.”