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In Bloom

Kara Williams

Most brides who are getting married in the Rocky Mountains know what kind of flowers they’d like to have at their weddings ” from the bridal bouquet and boutonnieres to table centerpieces and altar arrangements.

“They do a lot of research on the Internet, and they usually come in knowing what they want,” said Lynn Bader, owner of Flower Mart in Glenwood Springs.

The flowers featured in the quarterly “Martha Stewart Weddings” magazine also inspire brides. “Whatever they see in Martha Stewart is usually what they’re asking for,” said Kim Nieslanik-Cornelius, owner of Flowers-n-Such in Glenwood Springs.

A recent trend Bader has seen in bridal bouquets is an updated version of the classic nosegay. “This is a little bouquet with a round shape, often made with tight roses, but they are gathered softly for a soft and feminine look,” she said.

Here in the Rockies, wildflowers continue to be popular as well.

“Given that we live in a mountain area, brides want something that looks ‘mountainy’,” said Laura Lucero of Laura’s Sundried and Fresh Flowers in Carbondale. She uses flowers like larkspur, goldenrod and Queen Anne’s lace to create a colorful bouquet that looks like the bride picked from a field on the way to the altar.

The cascading bouquet made with a plastic holder is no longer an often-asked-for style. “Now they’re going with the hand-held, really simple bouquet with stems wrapped in a ribbon,” said Nieslanik-Cornelius.

While many brides have an idea of the “look” they’re going for, sometimes their first inclinations just won’t work, due to the time of year or durability of the flower. This is where it’s important to listen to the advice of your florist.

“A lot of girls come in asking about gerbera daisies, which are great for centerpieces or bouquets, but they don’t hold up real well out of water, so they don’t work as well for boutonnieres,” said Bader. “If they’re okay with the boutonnieres wilting after about three hours, just long enough for photos to be taken, then gerbera daisies are fine.”

Nieslanik-Cornelius agreed: “Some flowers are just more delicate than others. Tulips in the hot sun are going to open up really big and not even look like tulips anymore.”

For brides on a budget ” and really, who isn’t? ” it’s important to take the time of year into consideration. For example, according to Nieslanik-Cornelius, tulips are more expensive in the wintertime, and brides usually stay away from roses around Valentine’s Day, since prices are sky-high.

Bader suggests brides book a florist about six months before the wedding, although she already has some dates set nine months out. “We might be able to help if it’s just one month’s notice, but only if we don’t have the date booked already.”

She also noted that wedding flowers are important to shop for in person. Some brides ask for flower quotes over the phone, which isn’t ideal. “Roses come in grades, like cars. There’s the Cadillac rose and the Volkswagen rose,” she said. “I suggest they come into the shop so I can show them the difference, so they know what they’re buying.”

Another tip: Have a budget in mind. “That way we can work together, and we know what we’re striving toward. It will help both of us from getting carried away,” said Lucero.

To find a florist for your wedding, ask for referrals from married friends or co-workers. Or check the Yellow Pages; there are dozens listed, many who advertise weddings as their specialty.

Internet wedding sites, like, and, can also link you to local vendors, not only for flowers, but for reception sites, photographers and cakes as well.

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