16 Wedding Flower Mistakes to Avoid
“We asked top wedding florists from around Australia for the most common mistakes brides make – here’s what your florist wishes you knew.”
by Allanah De Luca
1. Not communicating with your florist
When choosing a supplier you must pick one who you feel you can openly communicate with, and who you feel understands the overall look you are trying to achieve. This means that even if all the flowers you always wanted are not in season they can achieve the look you want. They understand textures and colours more than you realise, and as they also know what flowers are available at different times of year, they can use material you never would have considered together to achieve the most beautiful displays.
2. Not seeing the big picture
Having the misconception that height automatically equals to being intrusive on their guests – some venues require centrepiece with a little more height and oomph. Making sure you visualise the whole reception room with your guests in it; by using things like tall clear glass vases, and the type of flower – it can instead create a beautiful ambiance.
3. Unbalanced harmony
If your bridesmaids are different sizes, have different size bouquets made up – as this will create a better balance in the wedding photos!
4. Micro managing
By leaving some of the decision making in your suppliers’ hands, you show them you trust their ability, plus you don’t put any more unnecessary pressure on yourself to make decisions on things you don’t have an expertise in. Don’t try to micro manage- you chose each and every one of your suppliers for a reason- so let them do their job
5. Being closed minded
By being too specific limits your florist creativity, the most successful weddings have been with brides who come in with a colour and feel, opposed to a set idea. This gives us more room to create, and play around with flowers that are in season.
6. Missing out on your “dream flower”
If you or someone in your wedding party suffers from allergies or bad hay fever , or a certain flower that you had your heart set on is not in session doesn’t mean you have to skip out. The bonus of using artificial flowers is that you can keep them forever.
7. Not trusting your florist
Not listening to the advice of your florist, could leave you very disappointed. Its best leave it to the experts – as they have worked on numerous weddings and know what works and what doesn’t.
8. Not listening to your gut
Not having enough confidence in your abilities. Listen to your gut feeling and look at as many pictures as you can before deciding anything. Create a scrapbook online or on paper of all the images that you like. Look for similarities in what really appeals to you. Do your bridal homework. Try and be open to suggestions and others ideas – but don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t absolutely love.
9. Mixing seasons
With silk flowers, unlike fresh, it’s easy to mix flowers from all seasons. However, Mother Nature in all her wisdom seems to know just what works and I tend to honour that in my advice to brides. There’s no point in trying to marry the rustic textures of autumn flowers and foliage with the exuberance and pretty pastels of spring blooms. The minimalist elegance of orchids and other flowers of winter are just as beautiful as the abundance and joy of summer blooms; to mix them just because you can, would be to miss the point entirely.
10. Trying too hard
With your bridal bouquet, do not try and do too much. Simplicity works the best – stick with only a few different colours or blooms, nothing to crazy. On the day with the dress, earrings, bag and shoes you don’t want to be over powered. Simple and elegant is always going to be a timeless classic. A wedding that stands out in my mind is where they went with all white flowers for both the reception and ceremony but used a few selected kinds of (white) blooms – it looked amazing.
11. Choosing at Random
Make sure your flowers are a true reflection of you, possibly ones that hold a significant meaning. Mix shades of the same flower, such as a bouquet of different shaded garden roses, (which are also beautifully fragrant). Instead of just selecting at random.
12. Refusing to Compromise
Flowers have the ability to bring everything together and tell your own storey – they show a lot about you. But it is import to give creative licence to your florist, as it will bring you the greatest results. Work together with them and let your ideas flow and what you like be heard, to creative something together that’s truly unique and makes a statement.
13. Not trusting your supplier
Your suppliers are experts in their field – they know what needs to be done to get the look you are after, so trust their suggestions.
14. Too matchy
The biggest mistake is that they go too matchy matchy – Rather than matching every colour, work with contrasting colours that compliment the venue decor, and bridesmaid dresses. I also suggest for the bridesmaids – using similar colour tones, but choosing a different flower.
15. Not taking care of your blooms
Be careful on which flowers your chose, be aware of the choice of flower for the day. If the ceremony is going to be in the middle of summer and on a very hot day – something like lilies are going to be difficult to manage as they will wilt easily! Top tip: Keep your flowers well hydrated to extend their lifespan – and keep looking fresh!
16. Don’t be afraid of colour
The most amazing wedding I have seen is where everything was black and white, except for the flowers, which were hot pink and orange! It really looked amazing; the colours were striking against the background.
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