hydrangea bouquet

Hydrangea’s are one of the most popular wedding flowers for brides, and one of my personal favorites as well! They come in a variety of lucious colors such as, beautiful (natural) blues, precious pinks, wonderful whites & gorgeous greens!

They are perfect for the bouquet & centrepiece, as they are so full & lush, a little can go a long way, making them an excellent choice for the budget conscience bride.

Hydrangea works very well & complements many different flowers, or are very impressive when they stand alone. They have no fragrance, so they will not offend

As mighty & beautiful as the hydrangea may be, keep in mind, this stunning bloom does have a dark side!

They are very thirsty! Hydrangeas on a hot day, may not make it through the ceremony. They wilt extremely fast. I do not recommend using them in boutonnieres or corsages , as I did on my wedding day (live & learn).

Keep your bouquets in water & spray regularly, until you need them. If your flowers are doing double duty, being used at the ceremony (outdoor) & reception, some blooms my need to be replaced. Hydrangea are shade loving plants & can only tolerate small amounts of sunlight.

Hydrangeas can be easily dried to preserve your precious memories! Flowers can be hung upside down or placed in a vase with or without water.Whichever method you choose, be sure to keep individual inflorscences separated as they dry so that none of the flowers get squashed.


Now that “engagement season” has come & gone, a BIG congratulations to all the newly engaged couples! Now its time to get down to business…..planning a Wedding. Where to start? First, and most important step, figure out what your budget is. Ideally, set your budget before you decide on a Wedding date.

The average Wedding in Canada costs approx. $23,000-$26,500    Here is a general breakdown:

*dress & accessories-$2,000-$6,000

*photographer- $2,000-$5,000

*transportation- $900-$1,500



*DJ- $1,000-$2,000

*flowers- $1,500-$4,000

*linens & chairs/covers/draping- $600-$3,000

*guest favors-$300-$800

*video- $2,000 & up

*bridal party gifts- $500-$1,000

*hair & make-up for bride-$300-$600 & $100 per bridesmaid

*ceremony location (church or permit location) $300-$1,000

*officiant- $300-$600

*Reception venue (dinner & host bar)- $10,000-$20,000

Without a well-thought out budget, you can quickly get lost in all the hoopla. Having a budget will help you understand the difference between your perfect dream wedding and what you can acually afford.



Choosing your wedding flowers can be a daunting task! How do you choose, when there are so many options? Going with your favorite flower(s), can  seem the way to go, but those gorgeous blooms can be very expensive! Here are some tips on how to choose your wedding flowers….without breaking the bank

First, set a realistic flower budget. You are kidding yourself, if you think a $500 floral budget is going to give you the look you saw in that bridal magazine. So what is a realistic budget for flowers? Consider approx. $1000-$1500 as a moderate budget. That should get you flowers for  the Bride & Groom, bridal party,  parents, ceremony, reception & centrepieces

Second, keep an open mind, when choosing your flowers. You should choose your colors, then look at all your options within that theme. If you have your heart set on orchids & calla lilly’s, you may want to bump up that budget.

Trust & allow your floral designer to  make suggestions on using other (gorgeous) flowers, to create that “look” you want. Think about using seasonal flowers, as they would be less expensive. If you do insist on a certin  bloom, use it sparingly. You can still create that lush bouquet, using less of the “feature” flower, by adding in “filler” flowers & greens.

Also, think about your flowers doing double duty. Use your ceremony flowers at your reception. Lining the aisle with floral designs, for that dramatic look, then using them as your centrepieces & the larger designs can be used to flank the head table.

And last…..have a consultation! Don’t ask your floral designer to give you a quote over the phone or via email. If you simply email them, asking for a quote on your flowers, giving them only basic information, you will not get an acurate quote, nor will you get suggestions on how to keep  within your budget. You are doing yourself a dis-service.

I want your Wedding Day to be as beautiful as your are going to be!

If you have a question or comment, please respond below….Happy Planning!


Hello & welcome to FCL’s first Blog post! We are very excited to  finally be blogging to you, a new milestone for FCL. Now….what to blog about for our first time out of the gate? Hmmmmm, good question. What about an introduction to the person behind First Comes Love Wedding & Floral Designs….will that work? Lets do it

My name is Tracy Nolan, I am a certified (WPIC) wedding coordinator & floral designer (CIFD). What does being “certified” mean to you? Do you care? Should you…..YES!

Being  WPIC certified, means you will have the best trained, highly qualified and educated wedding planner, who must adhere to a strict “code of ethics” put into place by WPIC


*We do not accept kickbacks (money for referrals) from vendors. Vendors must know that the clients are the recipients of any discount given

*We treat each client fairly, and we will be honest and upfront in the representation of our clients

*We uphold our ethics. We will not take or attempt to take clients from, or discredit, other vendors with gossip or slander

*Every client will receive a detailed contract for Wedding Day Management, Destination or Full/Partial Wedding Coordination services

*We will provide all services agreed apon in the contract that must be signed by both the client and Coordinator at the commencement of service

*We believe in continuous education, networking and training within the Wedding Industry

*Our pricing is upfront and industry comparable

*We will make every effort to return calls and emails in a timely manner (Within 48 hrs.)

*We always endeavour to benefit our client and not ourselves. Vendors are suggested on merit, in the best interests of the client, not ourselves or the vendor suggested

*We can not guarantee your wedding will be perfect, but we can guarantee we will do everything within our power to make sure it is as close to perfection as it can be


We are constantly networking within our industry, learning & getting to know vendors for our clients. FCL has even set up our own networking group, which has been very successful & well received

Attending conferences & seminars to keep on top of the ever changing Wedding Industry, and to become the best business we can!

We are proud to be certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada & the Canadian Institute of Floral Design and will continue to give our clients the best service and advice possible.

I LOVE what I do, it is truly a dream come true for me, being the owner of my own business. I spent the last 22 yrs, in the restaurant indusrty, bartending,serving & management, an although it was a fun & challenging career, it has run its course, as I am not getting any younger!

I must admit, that sitting on the other side of the bar, is awesome! But between you and me…..the service sucks!!



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