Spending hours on end looking for wedding flower inspiration on Pinterest may be fun, but if you want your big day to be a blooming success, you need to engage a good florist and get down to business. Though you might consider choosing your wedding flowers to be a rather straight forward process, there are certain pitfalls every bride should be aware of. We asked floral designer and expert wedding florist Steve Betts from Birmingham to share his top tips for avoiding that floral faux pas.
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1. Not being open and honest
"Once you’ve chosen the florist you want to design your wedding flowers it’s really important that you are open and honest with them. Communicate your vision, tell them about your likes as well as dislikes and be clear on your budget from the outset. This way your florist can really understand your brief and help you best achieve the look you desire."
2. Ordering your flowers too late
"Nowadays most flower varieties are available all year round but certain flowers will need to be imported if out of season in the UK. It’s important to leave at least a six week window ahead of your wedding day to give your florist enough time to order your flowers and ensure you get the wedding flowers you want. If you do want to use exclusively British grown flowers, my advice would be not to put all your eggs in one basket. Home grown blooms are at the mercy of the Great British weather and unseasonably warm or cool spells could seriously affect the crop, potentially leaving you without your preferred stems come the big day."
3. Not trusting your florist
"With so much wedding inspiration out there on the web, brides can become obsessed with replicating a bouquet or table arrangement they’ve seen exactly, which is near on impossible for even the most skilled florist. A florist can do a much better job if the bride asks for an overall look, feel, and colour scheme and leaves it to the florist to bring her vision to life. Remember why you hired your florist in the first place and put your faith in them. A good florist will be as invested in your wedding as you are."
4. Not reusing arrangements
"By reusing ceremony arrangements at the reception venue you can make your money go so much further. With the ceremony usually only lasting about half an hour it’s a shame to see so many beautiful flowers going to waste when they could easily be incorporated into the reception décor."
5. Refusing to compromise
"It’s great to have a vision of what you do and don’t want but one of the biggest mistakes a bride can make is to have her heart set on specific flowers and not be willing to compromise. Don’t be close minded about colour palettes and flower choices, it could really limit the creative direction of your big day."
6. Using only one colour
"Trying to match the flowers exactly to the bridesmaid dresses is a big ‘no-no’. A bridesmaid in a lavender gown with lavender flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers are a great place to choose an accent colour. For example, a lime green against a lavender gown will bring out the best in both colours and make for fabulous photographs."
7. Taking on too much
"Don’t be tempted to DIY your own wedding flowers no matter how much money you think it will save you. Many brides simply become overwhelmed by such a project and end up making a frantic call to their florist for help. Not only can DIY flowers be extremely stressful, it can often become more expensive than hiring a professional from the start."
8. Ruling out pricey blooms
"Don’t be scared of expensive flowers. Yes, peonies and orchids can be a little bit more expensive but they also cover more space and have a greater impact. For example one stunning orchid can have a greater impact than a bouquet of roses. If you are on a tight budget, talk to your florist about how you can get the most for your money."