Your Guide to Wedding Florals, Silk & Live


August 31, 2023
Words by Lauren Ertl
Photos courtesy of Chris J. Evans

When it comes to planning the floral arrangements for your destination wedding, there’s a lot to consider to ensure your special day is as picturesque as you imagined. We had the pleasure of speaking with Lauren Bericier and Laken Swan, the Co-Founders of Something Borrowed Blooms– a floral company that offers high-quality silk wedding flower rentals– to gather valuable insights and tips for couples embarking on this floral journey.

Communication is Key:

When it comes to choosing florals for your destination wedding, effective communication with your local florist is paramount. “Establish clear communication with the local florist who will be arranging your wedding flowers,” advises Lauren Bericier. This includes sharing your vision, color palette, and any specific preferences you have. Providing visual references such as photos or mood boards can help convey your desires accurately. To ensure that your vision is accurately understood, it’s best to avoid third-party communication if possible.

Budget Wisely:

Destination weddings often come with additional costs. While selecting your dream venue, be sure to inquire about charges and fees for external vendors. “Keep your floral budget in mind and work with a florist who understands your financial constraints,” Lauren Bericier suggests. This way, you can make the most of your budget without compromising on the beauty of your floral arrangements.

Embrace Local Seasonality:

One of the best ways to ensure the freshness and cost-effectiveness of your wedding flowers is to choose blooms that are locally available at your destination during the time of your wedding. Laken Swan emphasizes the importance of this aspect, saying, “Choose flowers that are locally available at your destination during the time of your wedding. This will ensure that the flowers are fresh and will help to keep costs low.”

Consider the Climate:

The climate of your destination plays a significant role in determining the types of flowers that will thrive. Laken Swan suggests, “Consider the climate of your destination. Some flowers might not hold up well in extreme heat or humidity, so opt for varieties that are resilient and suited to the local weather conditions.” This will help prevent any unfortunate wilting or damage to your floral arrangements.

A Unique Alternative

Opting for Something Borrowed Blooms’ silk floral arrangements can be a game-changer for couples seeking a fresh approach to their wedding florals. According to Lauren Bericier, “With our rent & return floral model, we’re able to offer the greatest overall savings. Most couples save up to 70% compared to fresh florist pricing.” This innovative approach allows couples to rent premium silk flowers that are not only cost-effective but also durable, ensuring they withstand the challenges of destination settings.

Laken Swan explains further, “Our silk flowers are able to withstand extreme temperatures, which means they’ll look beautiful no matter where or when you tie the knot! And what you see online is exactly what you’ll get, so there’s no surprises or disappointment.” The peace of mind that comes with knowing exactly what you’ll receive can alleviate a significant amount of wedding planning stress.

Additionally, Something Borrowed Blooms offers an extended rental period of 10 days for destination couples. This gives couples the flexibility to receive their flowers in their home country, travel abroad with their order, and then easily return them using a prepaid shipping label upon their return. It’s an easy, affordable, and stress-free option that aligns perfectly with the unique demands of destination weddings.

Recently, Something Borrowed Blooms conducted a photo shoot to highlight pieces of their newest collection. Inspired by 2023’s color of the year, Digital Lavender, the brand is taking the purple hue to the next level for the wedding day. Featuring a combination of soft lavender, deep plum, and merlot, achieved with the perfect wildflower mix of anemones, scabiosa, sweet pea, and delicate ranunculus, this regal color palette offers everything luxe.

The Marlowe Collection includes two hand-tied bridal bouquets – a full-color ombre design composed of blooms from the entire collection and a blanc version primarily focused on soft tones. Both bouquets coordinate perfectly with the full line of products including bridesmaids’ bouquets, floral balls, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces, garland, aisle markers, and hair accessories. See photos below!
Vendors: Venue: Huntington Library; Photographer: Chris J. Evans; Video: Royal Films; Producer & Creative Director: Molly Stockwell; Hair: Cassie Day Giali; Makeup: Kris Jung Beauty; Models: KC, Paris & Bri from ONE Management; Bridal Gowns: Watters; Bridesmaid Dresses: Revelry; Jewelry: Nadri
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Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Destination Weddings
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