Mailbag #2 (Flower Power)
The Wadsworth Mansion Mailbag is back! With all the wedding questions and concerns that we handle (I wish I had a nickel for each one), it only seems fair to share and spread the knowledge. The following are just a few of our true inquiries from the not-too-distant past about all things floral:
Tiptoe Through the Tulips
My daughter will be getting married there in August, and the flowers are a very important to me. I know there is a garden on the property where ceremonies happen, which is where [Bride] will have hers. What flowers will be in bloom then? I recall you mentioned roses on the tour. Are there others as well? Please advise.
Hi [Mother of the Bride] —
Ceremonies in the Tennis Pavilion – where the little, white, columned building is bookended by rose trellises – are lovely, and that will be a perfect place for [Bride] to have hers, too. The climbing roses there may have a few remaining stragglers in August, but usually the full rose effect is well gone by then. Our other flowering plants are the giant hydrangeas, which should be white or turning white by August, and they flank the vista just off our terrace. Since you envision a floral, garden-y atmosphere in the Tennis Pavilion, I have an idea which may work for you despite the season. Previously we’ve had late summer and fall weddings where the florist has filled out one of the trellises with roses, other flowers, and greenery, with that serving as the ceremony backdrop. Alternately or additionally, you could have an arbor or chuppah covered in flowers in front of the trellis. I can point you in the direction of florists who have previously done these sorts of things here if that would be helpful. Regardless of whether or not you choose to go with any of these options, your daughter’s wedding will most certainly be a beautiful event.
Build Me Up, Buttercup
We’ve selected [Florist] to do our flowers, and we told them we want them to put some arrangements on the mantles in the ballrooms. We’ll be nearby for a tasting next Wednesday. Can we maybe come by sometime that afternoon to take measurements of the mantles for our florist? It’ll be good to see the Mansion again, it’s been a little while since we’ve been by…
Hi [Bride] —
So great to hear you’ve picked such a fabulous florist; they were here several times last season, and knowing you and [Groom] I can see why you would select them. Although you’re welcome to come by next Wednesday anytime before we close at 5:30, I have the mantle measurements to give you right now. The East Ballroom’s is 9.5″ x 80″, the West Ballroom’s is slightly smaller at 9″ x 78″. You’re also welcome to use the mantle in the Bar if you like, which is 7″ x 69″. Some brides and grooms do fairly elaborate mantle decor, while many florists just use (or incorporate) bridesmaids’ bouquets on the mantles — I’ll be excited to see what you all come up with.
Orange Blossom Special
Hi again –
I meant to ask you on the phone about colors. I really like lots of different flowers and want to do like a rainbow theme, but I don’t want it to look bad, lol! What do other people do? I just don’t want it to look boring and all the same.
Hi again, [Bride] —
You’ve got a lot going on with wedding planning, so having a little brain hiccup is completely normal! Most importantly, you should select the flowers and colors that you like — it’s your big day and you should choose whatever makes you happy. Having options is what it’s all about here at the Mansion 🙂 But since you asked: we’ve seen it all. Blush, cream, yellow, orange, purple, red, 3 colors, 5 colors, all one color… It’s completely up to you. Flowers and decor are the perfect area to spice things up and really make your wedding your own. If you want more specific guidance, let us know or ask your florist (remember, their name is on it so they will want to meet your expectations of simultaneously lovely and lively flowers).
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Thank you so much for everything at the wedding! It was the day of my dreams and I can’t believe it’s already over! I did have a question, though. [My florist] charged me extra afterwards, and when I asked her about it she said it was because the Mansion made her clean up more than she usually has to. Can you give me some insight on this? Everything else was absolutely perfect, so I just want to understand what’s going on.
Hi [Bride] —
You had such an amazing wedding (excellent DJ selection, by the way) and I’m so glad that it was everything you had envisioned! I wish [the florist] hadn’t decided to tack on additional costs in the end, and I’m happy to explain our policy on flower clean up, and what specifically transpired with your florist.
Our contract states that if rose petals are used they must be picked up by the end of the rental, or the bride & groom will be charged. We dislike having to deduct such costs from our couple’s security deposits, which is why we discuss our clean up policies and expectations with the florists ahead of time. I spoke with [your florist] the day before your wedding and told her that it would be her responsibility to clean up any rose petals she scattered. When she returned at night’s end to pick up her vases and votives, I had to reiterate to her that each vendor is held accountable for their items or debris from their services, and that she must clean up the petals so that a fee wouldn’t fall to you. She did end up staying to clear the Vista of petals. Perhaps other venues don’t require their vendors to follow up so thoroughly… but we feel every wedding deserves the Mansion and grounds in pristine condition.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or if I can shed any more light on the matter. Your wedding was truly beautiful and excellent fun — your dance with your Dad was hysterical — and I can’t wait to relive it again through your photos. Keep in touch!
If you have a question you’d like answered about weddings or events, post it in the comments section below. Maybe we’ll feature it in a future Mailbag Blog!
Natalie Newman Locke, the Event Supervisor and a Wadsworth Mansion bride herself, is a seasoned wedding & production professional. When not creatively writing, photographing weddings, or acting as social media guru, she enjoys sampling wedding cake.