A few days ago my mom and I met with the florist to finalize the details of my order and also the "day of" schedule--when and where to drop everything off. Linda brought a sample bouquet and two boutonnieres with her so I could have a look and add/drop any flowers.
I had originally told Linda that I wanted a lot of orange, with fuschia and purple and some lime green mini hydrangeas. The bouquet that Linda brought was very much a fall bouquet--lots of orange, but also red and green. I liked it, but I was going for more of a wildflower look. Luckily my mom made some suggestions that I think will help achieve that look.
Another thing we did was hold the bouquet up to the plum colored napkins that we bought to put under each centerpiece. Since the flowers will be the same, it was nice to see the contrast between the flowers and napkin. The dark napkin really makes the flowers pop.
All in all, for my bouquet plus three BM bouquets, nine bouts, four coursages, 10 small arrangements for the pews in the chapel, and 10 centerpieces, I am playing about $1000. I think that's a pretty good deal. My mom kindly decided to pay for two large arrangements for our stark white chapel, and that set her back $150. I thought that was kind of a lot, but she said that was what she was expecting to pay.
I am nervous about the florist, though. I recommended her to a friend who got married a few months ago, and the bouquets and boutonnieres looked a little under the weather. It was a hot, July day following a massive rain and that isn't really an excuse for slightly browning and sad looking flowers, but I think the florist may think it is. So I am concerned that I will not get the most stunningly perfect flowers that I can imagine, but I guess I care more that I'm not paying an arm and a leg for them. I just need to keep that in perspective.