Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Before approaching florists for quotes, write down a list of what you're looking for in a florist and think about your budget, colour palette, flower preferences, how "big" you want to go, and the style of bouquets and arrangements you're looking for. Here are some of my top picks for sourcing your wedding flowers in the Toronto area.
When thinking of wedding flowers, don't limit yourself to just traditional florists who source their flowers from South America. If you're looking for an environmentally friendly, local option, search 'Flower Farms' in your area. Amanda and Debbie at Cloverhill Flowers (just north of Toronto) are such talented ladies, and their flowers are all grown organically.
If you're not as picky about colours and don't mind a garden-style, hand-tied bouquet, reach out to Cloverhill Flowers or another local flower farm.
Looking for a more affordable option than fresh flowers? If you're struggling to find a fresh florist that will do your dream bridal bouquet in your budget, consider renting artificial flowers (that's exactly what I do). At Bushel & Bloom, I have every colour of flower imaginable and beautiful, Real Touch greenery to bring your flower vision to life at half the price of a fresh florist. My bridal bouquets start at $70 for a 1 week rental, and they are custom made with the colours and greenery of your choice.
Renting artificial flowers is a great option for brides with a tight budget, who are stressed about the unpredictability of real flowers (ex. wilting in the summer heat or freezing in the cold), or have a very unique colour palette and specific flower preference.
With over 500 positive Google reviews, Wild North Flowers is one of the top florists in the GTA. They offer a variety of dried and fresh floral. They offer full service wedding packages ($7000 and up), or a la carte services ($350 and up) where you can select from their pre-made fresh bouquets and arrangements.
Callia flowers operates all over Canada, delivering affordable, seasonal arrangements and bouquets to brides. They aren't a traditional "florist" with customized packages. They keep it simple by offering just a few different styles of arrangements that are easily reproduced for brides. This business puts an emphasis on affordable, seasonal flowers.
Another of Toronto's top florists, Sweetpea's is an exceptional option to consider if you have the budget for it. Their wedding packages are customized to fit each couple's colour palette and style preferences. Recently, they started offering micro wedding packages with a la carte bouquets ($175 - $375) and boutonnières ($55). Book your consultation early before they book up this year.