Curiouser and curiouser


The vision dawns

Every little girl (or little girl’s mother), at some point or another, daydreams for a moment or ten about THE wedding. That breathtakingly beautiful day when all of your friends and family come together to watch you walk down the aisle to marry the person of your dreams. You pull pictures out of magazines and put them aside; you save photos in Pinterest, you like photos on Instagram.  Your mom goes to Cousin Joan’s wedding and she has a list of things that you absolutely positively won’t be doing at your wedding….whether you want them or not.


Time goes by…you change your mind a hundred times about what you want your wedding to look like. But the one thing that remains constant is the theme of your wedding. You’ve been thinking about this since you were 7-years-old…when you realized that boys or girls didn’t have cooties. Be it the color of your bridesmaids dresses or the need to have your cake be 6 tiers and all chocolate. And then you meet THAT person….

Now the plan is to find the right people to help you see that theme through to its fruition. There are so many things to think about now that you have decided to get married…your dress…the guest list…the menu…the venue…can your Uncle Bob sit next to his Aunt Shirley without causing World War III…who will be in the wedding party…

You find the perfect event planner and you relay your vision and after what seems like months of consultations and going back and forth on flowers and colors and those tiny touches that will make it all seem that much more special, you get to the day and you see it all on display.

But how does that all happen? How does it get from that cherished idea in your head to the reality that you see on your wedding day? There are hours and hours of work and planning and coordination of people and product…all to make your dream come true. At garnish, we create your event to your unique tastes. Your wish is our command….but that’s a different fairy tale.

The selected theme for one of our recent wedding was Alice in Wonderland, specifically the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. This is the story of the week of the wedding and how it all came together to make one bride very, very happy.

How it starts

“Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

During those long months of planning, you’ve been bombarded with samples of fabric for the tablecloths and finally all the linen colors and china patterns have been selected and confirmed. Your job is done and your decor designer’s job begins. Now comes all the bits and pieces that will put your vision over the top!

Here at garnish, our flowers for your weekend wedding begin arriving on Monday and Tuesday. We pre-order from Holland, from vendors who only cut what we need. That way we can get the flowers that you want AND limit the carbon footprint at the same time. So, it’s the happiest day of YOUR life and you’re helping the planet too!

The construction of the arrangements and centerpieces begins almost immediately. For our Mad Hatter bride, that meant the creation of over 100 individual vintage china teacup arrangements…red and pink roses and stunning purple hydrangea.

But it didn’t stop there, all the additional décor pieces need to be put together. Big, bold centerpieces and candelabrum (there’s your SAT word of the day) that need to be decorated and stored until it’s time for them to be installed.

The little touches

“Don’t give up…it’s generally the last key that opens the door”

We needed to find those distinct things that are inexplicably Alice in Wonderland…antique looking pocket watches, skeleton keys, china bunnies…everything that would be needed to turn our venue site at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia into the perfect Mad Hatter tea party. After all, you haven’t gone through the looking glass without a tiny bottle labelled “drink me”.


And when it all comes together

We’ve gone from buckets of loose cut flowers at the beginning of the week to the night of your wedding. We can’t be late….it’s a very important date! The setup for an event like this begins early in the afternoon. Tables are covered in just the right color linens and all of the beautiful centerpieces can begin to go into place. It all needs to be in place before our bride arrives.

In the end

The ceremony is over. The toasts have been made. And when all is said and done, the last thing that can be quoted from Alice is this…


Congratulations to the bride and groom! We wish you a lifetime of adventures.


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