It would seem that after the dress, the flowers generate the most conversation before and after the big day. To help sift through the “I dos” and “I don’ts” of getting the perfect flowers for YOUR wedding, we’ve gone global, and then local to our own experts. We hope you find something here that helps make your flowers almost as memorable as the bride.
We found an interesting list of “7 Common Flower Mistakes” on the wedding website theknot.com, but so as not to leave this to a simple web search, we reached out to our experts at Bella Fleur Design Studio in Melbourne to comment as well. First, the experts on theknot.com;
Here are the 7 common flower mistakes your florist wants you to know…
1. Trying to Replicate Inspiration
Nancy Liu Chin Designs in San Francisco says she often sees brides obsessed with an image, whether it’s from a tear sheet or Pinterest. It’s nearly impossible to re-create an image exactly, so focus less on replicating a photo and, instead, be open to using that image as a springboard for a new interpretation.
2. Saying No Before You Know
Julie Savage of Strawberry Milk Events in Alexandria, Virginia, says, “We’ve had couples who say they’re not into flowers and want to ll the reception space with non- oral objects like candles. But, with the rare exception, a certain amount of flowers are necessary to soften a space.”
3. Being Closed-Minded About Colors
“I think the biggest flower mistakes couples make are not being open-minded to color palettes and flower types,” says Alicia Rico of Bows & Arrows in Dallas. “Many times they have a set palette in mind, but don’t know about other cool, rare blooms that happen to be in season at the time of their wedding.”
4. Assuming You Need Flowers Everywhere
According to Kelly Revels of e Vine in Saint Simons Island, Georgia, “Some couples assume they need to have orals on every table and in every corner. They don’t realize once the event space fills with people, most of those go unseen or unappreciated. To avoid this, focus your oral budget on one unforgettable statement piece, then use other details like candlelight to accent.”
5. Pulling All Your Eggs in One Basket
“Florals are so seasonal, and due to weather changes, some things are just not dependable,”says Todd Fiscus of Todd Events in Dallas and Houston. “Before settling on a specific flower, find out what’s perfect and in season before getting your heart set on that.”
6. Mistaking Inspiration for Reality
“A common mistake brides make is falling in love with particular blooms before finding out their seasonality or cost. Florals featured on social media or in editorial spreads are typically high-end blooms and look so stunning because they’re spectacular specimens. An experienced oral designer can guide you to the right blooms for your special day that are available and within your budget,” offers Holly Chapple of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers in Leesburg, Virginia.
7. Choosing Florals Without Considering Your Venue
“After signing for a venue, couples often start the design process without considering the venue’s existing look—or they continue planning the décor and orals based on ideas they dreamt up before making a venue choice,” says Natalie Walsh of HMR Designs in Chicago. She adds, ” Some big design elements couples should consider before making their venue selection are the venue’s overall style and color, as well as the lighting, chairs, linens and place settings offered. that way their palette aligns with space.”
And now, our own local expert, Stephanie Enriquez, lead event designer at Bella Fleur Design Studio, weighs in on what she sees here in Brevard.
1. The True Cost of Flowers.
“Most people think that because flowers are grown naturally they must be inexpensive. at is simply not the case,” Enriquez says. “Flowers are a commodity. Flowers are perishable. They require time, labor and effort to cut, prep and condition to make sure their quality remains intact every step of the way from grower to consumer.”
2. Skimping on Flowers.
Years later it won’t be the food or venue that you focus on, but the décor and orals you see in every one of your photos that will make a lasting impression. Flowers do matter. However, Enriquez adds, “ at doesn’t mean you need to overspend your budget. An experienced florist will be able to listen to your needs and guide you towards orals that will enhance your event but still stay within your budget.”
3. Shop Around
Think that shopping around from florist to florist will get the best quality flowers at the least expensive price? It’s just not that simple. More often than not, when a florist tries to beat another price, they will be using less orals, flowers with small heads or other methods to lower the cost. Enriquez says, “You are better served to pick a florist you like working with — one whose style you admire. If you like the florist you are talking to, be frank and explain your budget. Most often than not they will find a common ground so you are comfortable with what you are spending, and they have the pleasure of securing you as a client on your special day.”
4. The DIY Approach
Most people think it is easy to create orals only to find out that it is not. “Most florists have quite a few stories about brides who thought they could do it themselves, coming in at the last minute to the professional flower designer in a panic because her own efforts were not what she’d expected,” Enriquez says. Floral art is more than just putting flowers in a vase, not to mention the stress level a bride adds to an already full plate of expectations. Going to a professional florist can alleviate this kind of stress and worry.
5. Not realizing the color of orals you see in magazines or photographs sometimes are NOT the true, natural color of the flowers depicted.
Enriquez says she can’t stress this one enough. Many times, photographers have their own style and color palette that is applied to these photos in Adobe Photoshop. is also applies to stylized shoots. e pictures are often enhanced with deeper colors and flowers made to look whiter and brighter. Be flexible with your oral choices knowing that there will most likely be a degree of color variance. “Trust your florist to understand your vision and color palette,” Enriquez recommends.