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Vancity Vendor: Bridal Beginnings

May 31st, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Bridal Beginnings

Larissa Meade was born with the entrepreneur gene. She worked for her family’s hotel business since she was a teenager and she always knew she would be her own boss one day. Larissa opened Bridal Beginnings in 1997 and has been in the industry for over 16 years. Bridal Beginnings provides full event design and decorating services for all budgets. In addition to floral design, Larissa also has decor and high quality linen rentals to complete the look of your event.

Larissa Meade - Photo courtesy Cora's Photography

Set up a consultation with Larissa 6-9 months before your event, preferably, but if your date is sooner, she would still love to be a part of your special day. If you’re curious about how your flowers will look like, she will gladly email you photos as the arrangements are coming together and even invite you to her Coquitlam studio a few days before the big day so you can see your bouquet for yourself. Larissa can source out anything to make your bouquet stand out but is also willing to incorporate pieces that are meaningful to you, like your grandmother’s brooch or a piece of your mom’s wedding dress. To see more of her work or to contact her for a consultation, visit her website and be a fan on Facebook.

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A Few Words With Larissa…

Bridal Beginnings What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets? What flowers would you suggest to them and why?
“Consider local /seasonal flowers first. Thankfully we live in a region that provides an abundance of local grown flowers all year long. If you’re in love with peonies but your wedding is in August, we will make suggestions for other flowers that may be a complimentary sub.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“I am a studio based event designer, thus allowing me the flexibility to offer pricing that is competivtive, without the overhead of a storefront. I offer on location consultation when required. I also will try and source as many of the flowers directly from the growers/farm/greenhouse which will then allow me to pass on lower cost to the clients.”

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“Each occasion is uniquely designed to express the client’s personality and vision. This is what we love – helping someone realize their dream so they can cherish the memories forever. My favourite part of the job is having someone come to me after the event and say, this is more than I could have ever hoped for!

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What was the most unique arrangement you’ve created for a wedding?
“A beautiful fall bouquet that included Kale, artichoke and seasonal fall grasses. We also included flower from the family’s garden.”

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Bridal Beginnings - Photo courtesy Jennifer Kirk Photography Describe a real life situation when you had to deal with a low budget bride. How did you make her dream bouquet come true? 
“The featured photo above was very reasonably priced – we used large mass floral elements (kale, artichoke) supplementing them with VERY REASONABLE alstromaria, garden grown grasses, and then a few roses/hypercum.”

How do you stay competitive when it comes to pricing?
“As a home studio based business, my overhead is much lower then store front operations. As a result I can offer lower overall cost to the clients. We source local flowers and support growers close to home. We take pride in recycling and being sustainable in our business practices. Being environmentally friendly can also help your wallet! We rent vases and other décor so you don’t have to buy it.”

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Bridal Beginnings If you had to make a bridal bouquet for $50, what flowers would it include?
“:If you want to have impact on budget, look at local in season flowers, preferable large mass pattern flower (gerbera, sunflowers, dahlia, peonies)  If we were in September, I would recommend Dahlia from one of my favorite local farms. Thy have a huge array of color and style, and it’s easy to pull together a look that would compliment any theme. During the late winter/spring I would recommend local grown greenhouse tulips. In between mother’s day- father’s day a bouquet a fully bloom local grown peonies (about 6 blooms).”

What kind of venue is your favourite to decorate and why?
“I prefer a classic venue with good bones not one that is over the top decorated or ornate, that does not compliment all themes.  As well a venue that  so bare/spares that you have to spend a lot of $$ to cover up the evils  can work against you. It may be very budget friendly to rent, but you end up spending more then budget allowed to make it your own, on décor, specialty linens, draping etc. One with lots of windows to let in natural light is always nice.”

Bridal Beginnings - Photo courtesy Cora's Photography

Bridal Beginnings - Photo courtesy Lindsey Duban Photography What is the easiest way to transform a room?
“Make your head table a WOW feature, everyone will be looking at it all night long. Spend the $$ in a beautiful backdrop if the space does not have a pictured location already.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“This is YOUR wedding, so be sure to included elements that are important to you. Each occasion is uniquely designed to express the client’s personality and vision.  Get excited about your vision, and others will get excited as well, including me!! This is what I love – helping someone realize their dream so they can cherish the memories forever.”

To contact Larissa, visit her website.
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Vendor prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are accurate to the date published.

Photographer credits: Pedersson Storyteller (feature image), Tanis Katie Photography, Jennifer Kirk Photography, Earthling Photography, Cora’s Photography, Lindsey Duban Photography

All photos provided by Bridal Beginnings

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  • June 2nd, 2013 at 11:50 pm
    Sheila says:

    I contacted her last year since we were planning a destination wedding in Vancouver. After I emailed her 3 times , she finally answered and told me to contact her when i have a venue picked and she can’t help me. it was incredibly rude. jokes on her, i picked a better florist and she helped me pick a great venue.arrogant and unhelpful

    * Jeannine’s response…

    I’ve spoken to Bridal Beginnings and Larissa has clarified that she has a policy that requires each customer to have a venue booked already before requesting a quote. Flowers need to complement the venue so having a booked venue will allow Larissa to create an appropriate quote. Hope that clarifies everything.

  • June 11th, 2013 at 7:10 am
    Exciting Wedding Favors says:

    Kale and artichoke in a floral arrangement? I would have never anticipated that – but it works! And the advice about making the head table a Wow factor is spot on. Every decor needs a focal point to work. Nice blog.


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