3 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Florist

Posted: August 3rd, 2020
Wedding Florist in Middlebury, VT

There are a lot of different elements that go into planning your wedding—the venue, the dress, food, music, etc. But what really helps you set the tone and pull all of those elements together are your wedding flowers! When you choose a florist for your wedding, it’s important to find someone whose style matches your tastes and who is willing to work with you as closely as necessary to bring your vision to life.

Here are our top three tips for choosing the right wedding florist:


1) Get an idea of your flower preferences and needs before you talk to anyone.

If you don’t know what you want or need for your wedding flowers, it’s going to be difficult to determine if a florist you’re considering is well-suited for the job. Start your search for the perfect florist by researching your perfect flowers first. Look online and at shops around to figure out what colors, flower types, and arrangement styles you like best. Throughout this process, consider things like the venue, season, budget, theme, and size of your wedding to narrow down what you need logistically.

2) Ask for recommendations.

Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for in your wedding flowers, talk to people you know to see if they have any recommendations for a florist. Ask married friends and family, your wedding planner if you have one, or even your connections on social media if they’ve had a good experience or heard good things about someone. After you have some contenders to consider, check them out online to read reviews and see if you like their style.

3) Schedule a meeting with your top choices before making your final decision.

After you’ve researched and gotten a few leads for a florist, make an appointment to interview/speak with each one individually. You’ll be able to get a better idea of whether they suit your preferences, are able to meet your needs, and seem like an overall good fit for the job. Don’t forget to bring some of those examples you found of what you have in mind, wedding color swatches, and any pictures of the venue that can help the florist discuss your vision with you.

If you’re planning a wedding in the Middlebury, Vermont area, let Cole’s Flowers go above and beyond to take care of all your floral needs! Our consultants will work with you to custom-design arrangements, bouquets, décor, and all of the other floral elements you need to make your wedding magical.

Contact us today to get started with a consultation!

When Should You Book Your Wedding Floral Arrangements?

Posted: April 11th, 2019

Whether your big day is one year away, or you haven’t gotten engaged yet, it’s never too early to start planning your dream wedding. Once you have a grasp of your personal style you can decide on theme and design. Floral arrangements add a special touch of elegance and beauty to your wedding venue and overall experience.  

When to Orderwedding

To ensure that you have the best experience, it is best to start discussing your floral arrangements with your florist as soon as possible. Consider the following factors when ordering wedding flowers:

  • Guest List/Venue Size – The amount of centerpieces you will need is dependent upon the size of your venue and how many guests or tables you have.
  • What kind of flowers you want- Before heading to the florist, do some research on what type of flowers you want at your wedding.
  • Season of Wedding- It is important to consider what flowers will be in season when you plan your wedding. A special order for flowers may take more time which is why you want to establish this ahead of time.
  • Wedding Party Size- There is no rule to how many bridesmaids and groomsmen you can have but this is decision will affect the number of bouquets and boutonnieres you will need.


Ordering in advance will ensure that you have time to coordinate your flowers with the venue and wedding apparel.

What’s My Budget

According to Brides.com, you should commit 10 percent of your overall budget to your floral arrangements.

Flowers are a huge part of weddings and are included in several aspects in the ceremony. Here is a list of the different types of flower arrangements you may need:

  • Bride’s bouquet
  • Groom’s boutonniere
  • Bridesmaids’ bouquets
  • Groomsman boutonnieres
  • Father and grandfather boutonnieres
  • Mother and grandmother corsages
  • Centerpieces
  • Cake flowers
  • Ceremony flowers
  • Trellis flowers


Every ceremony is special and your floral needs will depend on your wedding venue, guest list and personal style.

Flowers are a crucial part of the overall beauty of your wedding and they will live forever in your photos. At Cole’s Flowers we are dedicated to your happiness. Our wedding consultants will work with your specific style and budget to bring your special day to life.

Stuff About Flowers You Didn’t Know

Posted: July 29th, 2015

agave flowerNaturally, flowers have been part of human existence since the dawn of mankind. They are an integral component to the school of botany, and generally the most beautiful. Not to mention the pleasant olfactory effects they usually have. But aside from being among the most pleasant ornaments to a typically smelly, dirty natural world, flowers can also be strange and surprising.

Interesting facts about flowers;
• Of the more than 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world, the Titan Arum is the world’s largest. Sprawling to almost 10 feet in height, Titan Arum unfortunately also emits a gigantic odor, and it is NOT a pleasant one. A similar stench to that of rotten flesh, the Titan Arum smell also earned it the nickname, corpse flower.

• Ancient Egyptians considered lotus a sacred flower and used them in burial rituals. The interesting thing about lotus is that even though it blooms in swamps and wetlands, it can lie dormant for years during times of draught and bloom again when water returns.

• The Agave, also known as the century plant spends many years without growing any flowers, after which it grows one single bloom and dies. It also instrumental in distilling tequila, namely the blue agave. First produced in the 16th century by the Aztec people, it was popularized by the Spanish conquistadors as a substitute for brandy.

Floral Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece Ideas

Posted: November 25th, 2014

There’s no better way to say Happy Thanksgiving to your friends and family this year than with flowers. The general rule of thumb for Thanksgiving floral arrangements is sticking to warm fall colors, like reds, oranges, yellows and browns. And if you even want to jazz up the centerpiece, there are a few pointers to remember.


Thanksgiving table decorating with a floral arrangement enhances the spirit of your home and the appearance of your dining room. Fall flower arrangements that incorporate pumpkins, and fall colored flatware are something to keep in mind when inviting over company. Fall flower arrangements with wild rose hips, fruits, vegetables, rowan-tree berries and fall leaves make very personal and colorful Thanksgiving table centerpieces and home decorations.


A versatile addition to any room, fall flowers, complete with great textures and fresh aroma, symbolize all of things you are thankful for. Rich shades add an exciting feeling of warmth, in addition to such decorative elements as hips, fruits and vegetables.


Other classic ideas include;


11 candles centerpieces with rowan berries


Fall flowers atop easy to make, inexpensive table centerpieces.


Autumn colors for your Thanksgiving centerpiece can offer an element of tradition second only to the turkey centerpiece. Right alongside your cranberry, stuffing and pumpkin pie should be your autumn floral arrangement. Because nothing says Happy Thanksgiving better than flowers!


6 Tricks for helping your bouquet live longer

Posted: September 29th, 2014

6 tips for longer lasting flowers | Coles FlowersEveryone loves receiving flowers. They are a wonderful way to commemorate accomplishments, show your love and your support, and remind your loved ones that you are thinking of them. Typically a fresh bouquet will only last a few days. But there are ways that you can prolong the life of your beautiful bouquet. Here are some tips and tricks to consider:


Did you know that if you add a sprinkle of a clear soda, the sugar will help the flowers to stay alive longer? Just like people, plants and flowers need nutrients to stay sustained. By adding just a little bit of clear soda like Sprite or 7-Up, you are feeding the flowers enough sugar to help keep them nourished.

Hair Spray

Not only does hairspray help keep your hair on point during long days and nights, but you can use it to preserve the integrity of your flowers. Give the undersides of the petals and leaves a quick spritz to keep them from falling off.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar

If you make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar and then add it to your vase of water, your plants and flowers will be able to absorb those nutrients and stay fresher longer. Just be sure to change the apple cider vinegar and sugar mixture every few days.


Part of the reason why flowers tend to die is because bacteria accumulates in the vase water. To prevent your flowers from going bad via bacteria, add a small splash of vodka to the vase water. The alcohol will prevent bacterial growth. Combine with a sprinkle of sugar to gain maximum benefits.


Have you ever heard of this trick? Crushing an aspirin and allowing it to dissolve in your vase water is a tried and true method to help your flowers stay fresh. Still remember to change the vase water every few days with a new aspirin tablet added.


If you have the space, refrigerating your flowers at night or before they are on display will help to elongate their life. Similar to fruits and vegetables, flowers are able to last longer if they are kept cool. Remember to consistently change their water and add a source of nutrition such as sugar or soda water as mentioned above.

Best Flowers For The Fall Season

Posted: August 25th, 2014

Fall Blooms Coles Flowers

Nothing is quite as refreshing in home décor as a bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers. They easily take your home from boring to cheery. As a florist, we know loads of people who come in weekly to get their fresh flowers to bring as a gift, or decorate their own homes. Fresh bouquets are a great way to show that your home is loved, and well taken care of. Autumn is the best season for fresh floral harvests. It’s clear from the wide variety that you will see at the florist this time of year that fall is the best season to find beautiful flowers. This fall, consider stopping in and asking for one of these awesome seasonal flower options:


An elegant classic, mums are an autumn bloomer. Mums are definitely a great choice for those looking for outdoor plants that will be in full bloom in the fall months. Their bright colors add a splash of interest to your outdoor or indoor spaces.


Asters are often referred to as the grand finale of the perennial garden. They bloom brightly in a variety of pinks, blues, purples, and white. These little flowers are great not only for aesthetic appeal, but they also attract a variety of wildlife.


Roses are available at all times during the year, but very few people realize that autumn is when they can be seen blooming seasonally. If you are look for an elegant and classic flower bouquet, go for a dozen yellow, orange, or red roses. Nothing is more attention grabbing and uplifting than a bundle of roses; especially if they came from someone you love.


A classic flower that is at its peak in the late summer and early fall, sunflowers are the biggest and brightest flowers you’ll see around this time of year. The giant buds are world famous, and look classic in any setting.

How To Choose the Right Flowers for Your Party

Posted: August 1st, 2014

choosing flowers for your party

Flowers come in a multitude of varieties and colors; choosing the right ones for the occasion can sometimes seem overwhelming. Roses in pink, white, or red; Marigolds or sunflowers for a more natural looking setting. How do you choose?


Your flower choice should always enhance the theme of your setting and bring your decor alive.

Here is a simple guide you can pull out each time you plan a dinner gathering, cocktail party, or celebration event:


1. Avoid tall flowers, trees, and plants for dinner parties.


Remember that flowers or plants that are too tall should not be used for dinner party centerpieces. They will obstruct the view of your guests and get in the way of natural socializing during dinner. Tall flowers and plants can be used for walk-around type gatherings, where your guests are less likely to sit down the entire evening.


Small bouquets of multiple varieties or striking single flowers, work well on dinner tables. There is enough of a floral decor to be noticed and admired by your guests, but not enough to be distracting.


2. Choose flowers with more subtle scents.


Highly-scented flowers all over a room can be disturbing to some of your guests. Particularly during a social gathering or cocktail party where many women and men will wear their own fragrances; the floral fragrance of an abundant of flowers can be overpowering and may irritate those with allergies.


Consult with your florist to find out which flowers have more subtle scents and would therefore be more appropriate for a social gathering.


3. Consider the colors in your decor.


If your party decor is minimalist or natural; flowers can be used to add that splash of color every design craves. If you are throwing a more fabulous and colorful event; white flowers can be stunning and elegant. When you contrast the colors of your flowers with the colors of your decor, you create a powerful and stylish, look where no aspect of your design goes unnoticed.


4. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Plan ahead.


Before visiting your florist, choose a few flower color choices, and do your best to stick with them. You can get easily overwhelmed in a florist shop by all the beauty and choices of flowers and plants, and end up choosing too many colors and too many varieties.


So plan ahead and remember to keep it simple.


Posted: July 18th, 2014

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