We Did It! With A Little Help From Friends & Fam

Cathy Morphew (Mom) Livonia, MI
My youngest son announced his engagement in December and we had an engagement party for them here in Texas. I knew the wedding was going to be in Michigan where the bride is from and having done wedding flowers as a business many years in the past I knew I wanted to do their flowers, at least in part if they wanted my help. But there were several obstacles. First, I'd never used an online floral company and was a bit nervous. Second, I'm in Texas and I would need help and a place to do all the arrangements. Third, how was it all going to be coordinated and delivered. The bride was excited, we chose some easy submerged flower arrangements as centerpieces but I wanted to surprise her with something ... more elaborate for the reception. FiftyFlowers was very accommodating and reassured me that the flowers would be fine but that I should have them delivered on June 4th, Thursday before I arrived on Friday which concerned me, to say the least. My son, the groom and his bride-to-be received the huge delivery, had 15 buckets ready and waiting and processed the flowers according to directions. When I arrived on Friday the flowers were in great condition in the parents of the bride's basement. The bride's parents were so gracious and set up tables and gave us some space in an adjoining office to work on bouquets and arrangements. Fortunately, it was cool and we also used the air conditioning to keep the flowers cool once they were arranged. I had my two sisters, my best friend, her daughter and two of the bridesmaids to help. We started on Friday and got everything finished on Saturday, and delivered the arrangements to the reception site Saturday evening the day before the wedding on Sunday. We still had flowers to add to the tall arrangements to complete them on site on the day of the wedding. It all turned out beautiful and I even had time to enjoy the rehearsal dinner and the wedding. The advice that FiftyFlowers gave was perfect, the flowers held up well and looked wonderful! Lynne at FiftyFlowers let me know a week before the wedding that, indeed, I would be able to order the Coral Peonies I so wanted for the bouquets and centerpieces. They are my favorite and more importantly, the bride's favorite! Everything looked magical at the reception. The 7 tall reception centerpieces and the 10 tables of trio of vase submerged centerpieces looked amazing. My new daughter-in-law and my son were so pleased. They sent me a text message when they left the reception telling me it was "100 times more beautiful and magical than they could have imagined." Of course, that was music to my ears and I was so pleased that I could do it, with a little help from my family and friends. My advice - don't be afraid to try, condition, and process the flowers as directed, keep the flowers cool and in a dark place, have a well thought out coordinated plan and ask for help! Oh, and order extra flowers because a few may wilt. We had lots of flowers as you can see and used all of them. The flowers from FiftyFlowers were in beautiful, perfect condition when they arrived and gorgeous and it was a wonderful wedding! Thanks FiftyFlowers! Show more

Arrangements Made

  • 50
  • 15
  • 1
    Bridal Bouquet
  • 6
    Bridesmaid's Bouquets
  • 20
  • 5
  • 3

Flowers Used for Cathy Morphew's Arrangements

Salmon Pink Roses ( 50 Roses )

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

Great price for a pretty color that complemented our other flowers.

Used for: Centerpieces

Hydrangea can be difficult but this came perfect and stayed nice all the way through. I had a couple of them wilt but I think that was due to needing a little more water when they were placed in the large, tall arrangements.

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Centerpieces , Other

Loved, loved, loved these peonies and I was so glad they became available about a week before the wedding. They are my all time favorite flower.

Garden Rose Apricot Blend ( 50 Garden Roses )

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets

This was added later but I was glad we did. The shape and color are so unique and it is amazingly perfect looking when it opens up with all of its ruffles.

Used for: Centerpieces

We had a few that wilted but had plenty of the Bells to use in centerpieces. I call these Dr. Seuss flowers. They are so unique and so much fun with their bright green color and spiral shape. Always a great line flower. I highly recommend them.

Used for: Centerpieces , Other

Very nice, came in bud form but they bloomed well and added just the touch of blue we needed for the trio submerged centerpieces and gave height for the tall centerpieces.

Used for: Corsages, Centerpieces

Beautiful blush on white dendrobium orchids and they were used for mom's corsages and centerpieces. Orchids always look elegant and this came in pristine condition and they held up well.

Used for: Centerpieces

I have used this before and I wasn't disappointed. It is a perfect greenery for draping down tall, Eiffel tower arrangements and low, head table centerpieces. Love the shape of the leaf.

Used for: Boutonnieres, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Centerpieces

This flower has so much color- coral, pinks, a little gold, perfect for our colors of coral, pinks, and peachy colors. It is a sturdy rose, held up well and I used it for all the boutonnieres.

Used for: Centerpieces , Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

This rose is huge, soft pink and opens so well with lots of petals. We used it in bouquets and centerpieces.

Used for: Centerpieces , Other

I love garden roses but unfortunately, this one did brown around the edges and began to look more wilted.

Garden Rose Rene Goscinny ( 72 Garden Roses )

Used for: Bridal Bouquet, Bridesmaid's Bouquets , Other

This flower is a gorgeous color. It opened nicely and looked wonderful in reception arrangements and bouquets.