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Flower packages vary greatly, and while a bride might have her colors in mind, the many other options can leave your head spinning. Types of flowers can drive a theme and range from simple and traditional, to more sophisticated and designer. While a bridal bouquet is often what comes to mind when we think of wedding flowers, there are many other options to bring intricate design into your special day. 

From boutonnieres, flower girls, parent, and grandparent arrangements, to arbor or altar designs and pew markers. And don’t forget the reception. There are many styles of table arrangements and other floral enhancements that best complement your theme and pull together a storybook scene.  

Need help? There is a well-established business in downtown Rome that has years of experience guiding brides through these choices. Bussey’s Florist & Gifts was founded in 1976. While the flagship shop is located in the heart of downtown Cedartown, Georgia, in 2010 the Bussey family opened a second location in Rome, Georgia. 

The demand for Bussey’s unique floral design style was growing in the area and it made sense to open a location to serve the Rome market in a more comprehensive way. The original Rome layout was unique in that Bussey’s, Riverside Gourmet, and The Season Events operated from one prominent building in downtown Rome. However, as the business grew, Bussey’s Rome eventually relocated to a larger, more efficient location in Central Plaza. 

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Kim and Todd Bussey

“At Bussey’s, our mission is to bring beauty into all life’s moments. This is never more true than in creating dream weddings for our clients,” says Kim Bussey, who co-owns the business with her husband, Todd Bussey. And at Bussey’s, they have truly perfected the art of creating beautiful designs with flowers and do so by focusing on personalization. “We prefer to schedule a time when the bride can focus solely on putting all of the details of her wedding flowers and decoration together,” says Kim. 

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A consultation typically lasts an hour but before you even enter the store, they provide a customized form that helps them to fully understand the bride’s vision and style. In addition, they ask the bride for her top ten inspirational photos which helps them to offer suggestions that are customized to the bride’s unique wedding style. At the consultation, they begin by discussing the bridal bouquet and the attendants’ flowers. “This helps us to create a style or theme that can be carried through to the ceremony itself and the reception — the celebration that begins their life together,” says Kim. 

At Bussey’s, each wedding is unique, and they design weddings in all budget ranges, from extravagant to intimate. “Flowers come in all varieties and price ranges, from premium to relatively inexpensive,” says Kim. “Our goal is to work within your budget to create the wedding of your dreams.” No matter what the budget, there are two elements that are essential in creating a memorable wedding —color and style— both of which they have perfected in their 46-year span of serving the community in such a beautiful way. Stop by sometime to meet this special team; they would love to meet you!  

Find Bussey’s Florist at or call at 706.234.1040 

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grew up climbing orange trees in the small, quaint town of Frostproof, Florida, and now resides in Calhoun, Georgia. While she misses the Florida beaches, she has grown quite accustomed to watching four seasons come and go each year. She is the founder and president of the Calhoun Area Writers and director of the Northwest Georgia Writers Conference. While she hopes to one day sit humbly on a best-sellers list, she will settle for a smile or kind word from a stranger.