Today we’re talking about the top 3 mistakes brides make when planning their wedding flowers. We’ll address these issues, and I’ll offer some advice to making sure you don’t fall victim to the 3 deadly sins of planning your wedding flowers. As a side note, this post follows our Unspoken Flowers Series which addresses, de-mystifies and sheds light into the world of a floral designer. Be sure to check it out!!
For us floral designers, we get 3 days to create and make everything perfect for our brides. Working with a product that is essentially dying from the moment it enters the door of our studio, there isn’t much room for error. Sounds kind of stressful, right? But, it’s the months leading up to this that truly ensure everything goes to plan perfectly. It’s the time, effort and care you take in planning all of details up to the wedding that will ensure everything will go to plan, and your dreams will be brought to reality. So, here’s the top 3 mistakes brides make when planning their wedding flowers:
1. Lack of information provided:
When I sit down with a client, I want them to aesthetically walk me through the start to finish of their wedding. What linen colors are they using? What rentals have they chosen? Are they doing any lighting? What are the men wearing? What are the women wearing? Do we have swatches of these items? What decor items do you have? All of these questions extract the correct information so that I as a professional can properly make suggestions based on the look you are going for. When we don’t have these items, it makes your wishes and desires very hard to create, especially since I can’t read minds After all, your idea of blush may be very different than what your designer’s idea of blush is.
To Avoid This: Provide all pieces of the puzzle when asked, & provide them at least 45 days out from the wedding to your designer. At Botanica, we mark everything needed from our clients in red on their descriptions and details of their order. We also schedule design meetings with our clients in which we use these times as opportunities to getting this information. Pinterest is a useful tool in sharing ‘general’ ideas and overall feels.
2. Lack of organization:
If you’ve chosen to plan your wedding by yourself, sans a wedding planner (which I fully endorse hiring one), you have GOT to be sure you are reading your contracts, documents and keeping on top of your homework that your vendors are giving you. I always say, we can design the most beautiful flowers, but if you don’t let us know the details and timeline for the day of, what have we spent all of this time doing if you haven’t given us enough time to properly set them up and go above and beyond. I’ve found that the majority of brides are late in getting their final payments, details and information needed for us to place their orders and schedule their deliveries. So, what does that mean? It could mean not getting the flowers you want, the colors desired, or the containers needed. It could also mean additional fees added to your delivery and order.
To Avoid This: Read your contracts carefully. If there are deadlines for items needed, mark this off on your calendar a week before they are due, and reach out to your designer if you are falling behind on tasks and payments you need to make. Communication is better than avoidance. Start talking about your timeline, and draft one, whether or NOT you have a planner. It’s so, so important for all of your vendors to know what the game plan is on the day of. And, if you don’t have a planner, we’ll see anything that could be an issue and let you know up front, rather than running into a dilemma on the day of.
3. Unrealistic Expectations:
The world of flowers is mysterious. There are so many tricks and things of knowledge that I would only know about because I have been working with flowers for over half of my life. But, here’s the good news… I’m going to be completely honest about what I know based on my experience. I know the pinterest ideas you pin are cute and adorable, but they are NOT always realistic. I had a bride sent a photo of boutonnieres this past week made of anemones. Sure, they photograph gorgeous, but to uphold throughout the day, hugging, and in the heat… think again! They would be dead within an hour or two. There are so many factors that go into flowers: availability, time of year, supply and demand. Did you know that the majority of weddings we did this year had Juliet garden roses, blush tones and grey accents? Think about the fact that EVERYONE had the same colors (thanks trends!) With only so many flowers in these colors available every week, there becomes a supply and demand issue. But, that may be getting onto a new topic…. Anyhow, to be more realistic about what you’re looking for, you need to trust that the person you’ve hired to be your designer is someone knowledgeable and able to carry out your look. And, someone who is honest in what is or potentially isn’t available for your wedding.
To Avoid This: Share overall conceptual ideas you like & flower types liked. Trust the person you hire. We are selling artwork. I realize when a bride hires me, she is hiring my look and brand, she’s not picking out a cookie cutter design out of a floral book. We pin ideas of conceptual inspiration, but when we go to design and create the wedding, it is completely unique in itself. Never a perfect recreation.
I hope some of these points help you in planning your wedding! Feel free to leave your comments, feedback and questions for our next post!