Planning a wedding? We want to help you make some of the best choices you can during your planning process when it comes to choosing your floral and decor. We have found that most brides are either very detail oriented or not at all. As a florist we try and make sure that you understand that on your wedding day every detail from the floral and decor side has its place. Maybe you have a venue that is in a word "stunning" and requires very little decor and florals. Maybe you have a venue that is in need of some TLC and requires decor and florals to help you achieve your vision. Remember that whatever your situation from personal flowers to the final farewell your photographs will capture every detail that you planned and prepared for. We know that as your wedding day begins to come together that budget can play a role and can affect what you have remaining when you get to planning for your flowers. BUT we want to take a few minuets give you some tips, and offer our opinions on flower mistakes to avoid when planning!
We ran across some great advice written by Justine Blanchard from The Knot and wanted to share it with you. Justine writes that these are a few of the most common mistakes that brides make according to some of the top wedding florist around the country and we agree! These are tip we wish you knew!!
Flower Mistake 1: Not seeing the big picture.
"Couples tend to see the centerpieces and the table setting but do not visualize the whole reception room with their guests in it. For example, couples pay for a room with a wonderful view of the ocean or scenic surrounding and want tall, large centerpieces that will obstruct this view." -- Faith Cass, Cass the Florist, Inc.
Tip from JL Designs: Remember to take the time to look at the big picture. The centerpieces and the details of each table should be considered to create the cohesiveness ideas that you have for the venue that you are working with. Your venue and theme is a "key" role in creating your vision and bringing it to a reality.
Flower Mistake 2: Not trusting your florist
"Communicate your vision, likes, dislikes, and expectations but have a little flexibility and be comfortable with substitution. We want to make your wedding absolutely breathtaking. So relax, put trust in your vendors and remember why you hired that amazing talent!" -- Alana Guglielmo, Mixed Greens Event Design
Tip from JL Designs: Remember that our vision is your vision! We are not trying to change your ideas but simply help you bring them together in to a cohesive idea. Our job is to help you incorporate all of your visions and give you the overall look that you are going for. Remember that we are here to bring YOUR idea to life however big or small!
Flower Mistake 3: Not reusing ceremony arrangements
"Aisle flowers can become centerpieces and altar pieces can be moved to the buffet table. The ceremony usually only lasts about half an hour -- it's a shame to see so many flowers only being used for that amount of time when they could easily be incorporated into the reception decor!" -- Paula Pritchard, Paisley Petals
Tip from JL Designs: Reusing flowers is something that is a great way to save in your budget. Go with the larger alter arrangements in the Ceremony to achieve the wow factor for your guest & then use them for buffet pieces in the receptions to achieve a whole new look! Get the most for your money & WOW your guest all throughout the wedding day!!
Flower Mistake 4: Booking your florist last
"Couples should begin the process of booking vendors by speaking to one vendor from each category before booking anyone. This way they can get an idea of what things cost and perhaps they could budget better." -- Douglas Koch, Douglas Koch Designs ltd
Tip from JL Designs: We see this all the time. In the planning process we are one of the last vendors to be considered and usually one of the last vendors to be officially booked. In the planning process flowers are a large part of your decoration and your personal details. Meeting with the florist early in the planning really give you an great idea for what to look for in a budget so that you can achieve all of your vision and not just parts of it! Also consider in the planning process that your florist may offer you option and decor details that might save you from having to book multiple vendors. A great example of this is linens. We offer a wide variety of linens and JL Designs in order to try and give the bride a whole look for the tablescapes that are used in the reception. By meeting with florist early on you may save yourself some time and hassle trying to complete your ideas.
Flower Mistake 5: Refusing to compromise
"The biggest mistake is for a bride to have her heart set on specific flowers and not be flexible. A florist can do a much better job if the bride asks for an overall look, feel, and color scheme and let the florist create it." -- Jana Stall, Events in Bloom
Tip from JL Designs: At JL Designs we have been lucky and we do not have many brides that are not flexible. Understanding that you are working with nature and seasons is a huge part of planning your florals and decor for your special day! We agree that have some flexibility is something that must be considered because this helps to allow you to have the vision come to life. Mixing and matching flowers, themes and color schemes can be more tricky than one might think. So trusting your florist and knowing that we will do all we can to give you as much as we can in your ideas is our job!
Flower Mistake 6: Ruling out pricey blooms
"Don't be scared of the expensive flowers. Flowers like cattleya orchids and peonies are more expensive, but they also cover more space and have a greater impact. One cattleya orchid can have a greater impact than a bouquet of roses." -- Erin Drake, Enlighten Events International
Tip from JL Designs: Sometime budget can play a role in types of flowers that you consider for your special day. We pride ourselves on being able to achieve looks that the bride is wanting using flowers that may raise her budget in a way that does not raise the cost of her overall total. The Brides Bouquet is a focal for the whole wedding and should be one of the feature flowers. We always recommend that you don't eliminate flowers that might raise one area of your budget when this will be a key designs and detail piece of your special day!
Flower Mistake 7: Not communicating with your florist
"Knowing what you like is just as important as knowing what you don't like. Bring lots of pictures -- it is the best way to help convey what you do and do not want your floral designs to look like." -- Danielle Childress, McKannix Floral Studio
Tip from JL Designs: The more information you can provide the better! It is as simple as that. It is so helpful when a bride knows what she likes and doesn't like, but is will to let us create her something within her vision. We love when brides bring in pictures and examples of the things that they would like to see but allow us to put our spin on it! Every bride can want the same thing but it is our just to see that every bride is different. Communication is key and we love to hear from our brides because it helps up to make everything in your vision that much more perfect!
Flower Mistake 8: Using only one color
"A lot of brides try to match the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses. A bridesmaid in a lavender gown with lavender flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers are a great place to choose an accent color -- for example, a lime green against a lavender gown will bring out the best in both colors and make for fabulous photos." -- Linda Maggert, One of a Kind Events
Tip from JL Designs: A great tip to remember when planning your wedding flowers is to understand that contrast and "shades" of colors exists. By allowing us to bring in hues of the same colors you can achieve a much more versatile wedding than if you were to same go "tone on tone." We ask every bride we talk with the same three questions very early on in to our planning process with them. What color is your dress? What color are your bridesmaids dresses? What accent colors do you see at the wedding? These questions allow us to provide the bride with options and keep her away from making the mistake of placing tone on tone colors in her wedding!
Flower Mistake 9: Choosing strongly scented flowers
"Choosing highly aromatic flowers for centerpieces may sound like an amazingly romantic idea, but it will drive your guests insane if they are prone to allergies. For highly aromatic arrangements -- stick to your bridal bouquet and the altar arrangements." -- Katie Martin, Elegance & Simplicity
Tip from JL Designs: We see this a lot in our body flowers that are ordered. We try and make sure that always mention and have the bride take in to consideration the fragrant flowers when worn on the body. In most cases when we have a bride that would like to use flowers that have a fragrance in her centerpieces and around her wedding the best thing to remember is that if you use it in moderation the fragrance is subtle. In this case the best thing to note is "less is more" to achieve the look and have the scent but not overwhelm your guest!
Flower Mistake 10: Not taking care of your blooms
"Everyone loves hydrangeas, especially in bouquets. However, hydrangeas need to stay hydrated, and the average lifespan out of water in temperate conditions is about three hours. They might not even make it through your ceremony if you're out all day taking pictures." -- Esther Galantowicz, Scarlet Petal
Tip from JL Designs: On your wedding day the last thing that you are thinking about it taking care of the flowers as the bride. This is where you have to have faith and trust your florist. But know that we can only do so much to help preserve your florals for you all day. Knowing how to take the best care of your flowers before you wedding day is knowledge that we provide to our brides at JL Designs. We take in to consideration the climate, season, venue and weather for the day and we provide you with all the possible things that we can do to help you take the best care of your florals that day as we can! We provide vases and water sources for you to use in order to help your flowers last as long as they can!
Flower Mistake 11: Forgetting to budget for flowers
"Most brides find that flowers are an important part of their day but forget to include them in the planning from the start. When I have a budget and a theme, I am really able to advise them better right from the beginning." -- Georgianne Vinicombe, Monday Morning Flower and Balloon Co
Tip from JL Designs: Budget as we have mentioned plays a huge role in your planning process. When planning flowers are one of the first things that most brides consider but one of the last things that come in to the planning. We say... DON'T WAIT! Knowing from the beginning what you are looking at in terms of budget for your florals can help you to plan all the other areas of the wedding. The decor and florals set the mood for the day after you have chosen your location. The details that they provide make your whole theme come to life! Make sure you don't have to cut things in the end because you were not prepared for them from the beginning!
Make your wedding day all YOU want it to be.
Flower Mistake 12: Taking on too much DIY
"Brides who try to DIY their flowers will purchase dozens of glass vases for centerpieces, only to become overwhelmed. We receive many frantic calls, asking to take over the stress of these DIY projects, which oftentimes becomes more expensive than hiring a professional from the start." -- Natalie E. Willett, Zuzu's Petals
Tip from JL Designs: We have seen more of this in the last year than we ever have. Our ideas on DIY ideas that you have for your wedding are varied. We love to see the DIY projects that our brides have for their special day but we always suggest that you do not try and do too much and any projects you have we suggest you do at least a few months in advance. As things come down the the last few weeks of your wedding planning and the big date is so close you can smell it, you are not going to need any added stress and we feel like you should be enjoying your planning. We are here to make your life easy and help you bring your vision to life. Every bride that we have talked with after their wedding that did the DIY flowers regretted the decision. Your wedding day is meant to be enjoyed by you and your family, it may feel like you are saving money but in the grand scheme of the wedding budget after you try and do everything it balances out more expensive than if you hired us to do it for you. Don't take on to much! Enjoy your day and remember every step of the celebration. Let the professional make it one you will never forget, we don't want you to remember you wedding day running around and trying to get everything ready.
Flower Mistake 13: Ordering your flowers too late
"Flowers come from South America, Holland, and all over the world, so it is very hard to contact farms across the world and have flowers arrive within one or two weeks. Leave at least a six-week window ahead of your wedding week to be able to line everything up. Your flowers will be cheaper if you can give us the time that we need to order." -- Brenda Sterk, J's Fresh Flower Market
Tip from JL Designs: This seems to be a more common trend in the last 12 months because to the short engagements. An average planning process for our brides is about 7-9 months. But when all the planning takes place in less than 4 months everything is short notice. We pride ourselves on being able to provide services to brides with short planning process. When we have limited time understanding that certain types of flowers are harder to get and being flexible are always things to remember in the planning process. With short engagements make sure that you are meeting with ALL of your vendors as soon as you can.
Flower Mistake 14: Choosing an oversized bouquet
"Brides often think: 'The larger the better!' What they don't realize is that the larger the bouquet, the more it covers and fights with the overall design of their dress. Further, do you really want to carry something that is huge and heavy? Think about the size and comfort when it comes to your bouquet." -- Shawn A. Rabideau, Shawn Rabideau Events
Tip from JL Designs: One big thing to remember when ordering your bouquet is YOU are the center of attention that day and your dress, your flowers, and your hair. All of these things together create your over all look! You don't want one items to stand out more than the other. Your bouquet is no different. We, when meeting with the brides always take in to considerations the frame of the bride and her height. Understanding that over-sized bouquets can change the look you are going for and will hide more of your beautiful dress are just a few other things to remember when planning!
Flower Mistake 15: Overlooking the reception table linens
"What's underneath a centerpiece is as important as the arrangement itself. Linens don't just complement the look of your centerpieces; they complete them. From runners to underlays and overlays, the right 'undergarments' can make flowers flourish on a table." -- Candice Ryan, La Petite Fleur
Tip from JL Designs: No detail left behind is our motto. Talking about all the details is one of the many things that we do with all of our brides. We offer linens and table decor in many different styles and options. We try to make JL Designs a one stop shop for our brides to help their day go off seamlessly. Being able to provide our brides many different services is another quality we are able to offer at JL Designs!
Blanchard, Justine L. “15 Wedding Flower Mistakes to Avoid.” Web Blog Post. The Knot. XO Group Inc., 18 February 2015 Published https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-flower-florist-tips. 3 September 2015. Accessed.