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Vildana Glisic, is an amazing woman whose life story is often told in words, colours, and flowers. Without even trying, she draws you in with her ability to adopt brides as if they were her own daughters. She shares her story as you share yours, simultaneously arranging flowers (of only the best quality and freshness) as you talk, putting together various design options and colour palettes to fit the dream wedding you just finished describing.
At Belmont Flowers, every bouquet is designed by Vildana personally. She is dedicated to making sure that each bride loves her flowers as much as she loves her new husband. It’s the norm to find Vildana sharing a hug and tears with a bride on her wedding day because as far as she is concerned, “For every bride, her wedding day is the only day that matters… And that’s the way I treat every one of my brides’ weddings.” This personal touch doesn’t go unnoticed as Belmont Flowers constantly gets referrals from past clients for flowers for every occasion. We interviewed both Vildana and a number of her past brides (who ADORE her, to say the least), to find out how it is that this one person could continue making such a splash in our K-W wedding community. Here’s what we found…
For Vildana, a lifetime with flowers has been a dream since childhood. She went to University to become a journalist, due in large part to her parents’ belief in the importance of a University education, and in smaller part to the fact that journalism still fed into her inner artist. While working towards her degree, Vildana managed to stay in touch with floral design by working in a flower shop to help put her through school.
Once Vildana and her husband Ned fell in love with Canada and made it their home, Vildana never returned to journalism. She worked in local flower shops while raising her daughter, and twelve years ago purchased Belmont Flowers.
Vildana takes on about forty to fifty weddings each year. She intentionally sticks to these numbers so she can ensure that she can always give each wedding the personal attention it deserves.
Samantha Price booked Belmont Flowers for her wedding day. She told The Ring that Vildana delivered above and beyond what she could have every imagined, “Vildana is a professional, with a wonderful, warm personality, who works with any budget and wants only to make the bride happy. She wants to make your vision for your day a reality, and will work all hours to make sure that happens. She is also a very talented florist so you should trust her advice and lend her some creative control – because you will not be disappointed. I trusted that she understood my vision, and she did – even better than I had!”
At Belmont Flowers, it really is all about unique, standout, quality flowers. You likely won’t find flowers like commercial mums, or carnations. We absolutely LOVE stopping by the store to see what gorgeous new selection of flowers Vildana has in store.
Kathleen describes Vildana’s style as modern and elegant, but that she is “also willing to adapt to the bride’s style.” Tamara agrees and told us that she thinks Vildana is able to create floral arrangements for “any personality and style. Belmont Flower Market has a full spectrum of creativity.”
More locally, Vildana says she also has great relationships with local florists, telling us that they can work together if needed, use one another as resources or recommend each other if they’re booked for your day.
With that said, it’s no wonder that brides trust Vildana to ensure that their florals are gorgeous on their wedding day. She says that her favourite brides are the ones who tell her the colours, style and budget that they are after and let her run with the designs, “They are also the happiest brides!”
Another reason why her arrangements make such a lasting impression is that she is a full-time floral artist. So, Vildana’s entire job revolves around creating breathtaking bouquets and arrangements- very different than a wedding planner who also does flowers!
Vildana sees her own daughter in each bride that comes into her shop. Tears came to her eyes when she explained. “I put myself in the shoes of their parents. I think of how wonderful it will be to see my own daughter marry… How important that day will be for her. I make each bouquet with that in mind.” With that said, she treats every bride the way she would want her daughter to be treated.
This not only inspires great care in every detail of your flowers, it also helps build a relationship between you and your floral designer. “I always call my bride to come and check their flowers the night before so that I know for sure they are going to love them. If anything needs to change, it’s done way ahead of time.” The last thing Vildana says to each bride is, “I’m giving you my blessing.” Accompanied by a hug, many cry!
Another favourite thing amongst past brides is that Vildana is often a calming presence amidst all of the wedding stress and chaos.
Bride (and a best friend of Tamara Niesen’s), Krystal Darling, found Vildana through Tamara. Krystal had already seen Tamara’s bouquets. “The flowers were gorgeous. Tamara highly recommended using Vildana. She told me that Vildana was the only florist that actually took the time to sit and discuss what she was looking for, gave her suggestions and genuinely showed she cared.”
The brides who choose Belmont Flowers know what they want. They’re looking for something perfect, customized to them. And if you love flowers and consider them an important feature of your wedding, then you’ll love Vildana. Sandra remembers being nervous about receiving her bouquet. “I had only provided Vildana with a picture and a brief verbal description of what I envisioned…” But her nerves settled and tears set in at the sight of her bouquet. “It was EXACTLY what I wanted. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
During a recent visit to the shop, we chatted with Vildana about the importance of choosing flowers that reflect your personality and taste- a big reason why she likes to meet with brides to talk about your favourite colours, flowers and style. “We come up with a bouquet and floral designs that are as special and unique as you. It’s all about your personality…we don’t do cookie cutter weddings at Belmont Flowers.”
Krystal’s favourite memory was going to see and approve her centrepeices the day before her wedding. Vildana had twenty laid out Krystal’s twenty arrangements for her to see. “I was so amazed and happy with them, she almost had me in tears. We took photos together, talked for a bit, and I left her flower shop both relaxed and excited!”
• Vildana recommends booking your date with her at least 6 to 12 months ahead of time; May, June, September and October are the biggest wedding months for her, so if you have your heart set on one of these months, book early. • The average bride spends about $1500 (including bouquets, boutonnières, and some centrepeices) • At Belmont Flowers, there is never more than a non-refundable $100 deposit no matter how much the wedding is. “If they put a deposit down, they are booked for that day,” Vildana told us. • Your balance is due the week before the wedding when you come in to approve your flowers. • Vildana recently did two destination weddings in Vancouver and Chicago. She treats the opportunity as a vacation for her and Ned. She purchases flowers retail on-site (and doesn’t mark up the cost) and does the design and assembly there, proving that virtually anything is possible.
To visit the Belmont Flowers shop in person, you can find them in Belmont Village at 722 Belmont Avenue West in Kitchener. Feel free to stop by or make an appointment by calling Vildana Glisic and her staff at 519-570-1490. You can also reach them by email at email@example.com, but Vildana always prefers to speak with her brides on the phone and especially in person, to provide that personal touch. Check them out online at www.belmontflowers.ca.
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