Over the past 8 years we have seen some consistent mistakes that we believe are totally avoidable and once explained will completely make sense. We will outline what the mistakes are but also give easy, practical ways to avoid them and correct them. So here we go, let's dive in:
Mistake # 1: I can DIY the flowers
Ok this is an easy one, don't do it. There are so many other times in life you can have fun with flowers. Baby showers, bridal showers, brunch, mother's day... but your wedding day? I would say is a big fat NO. How to correct this mistake, allow your friends and family to help with other tasks if you need to redirect them. Create your wedding shower flowers, this will give you an idea of how messy, how much hard work, and how expensive flowers really are.
Mistake # 2: Not budgeting enough money
How much do you budget? We suggest that a floral centric event should budget anywhere from $35-$75 a person. Please note that this is a person that puts flowers as one of their top priorities in their wedding. You are a flower fan and want flowers to be a focus of the event. If you have a budget less than suggested, take a look at Mistake # 4 for solutions to stretch your budget.
Mistake # 3: Expecting a certain flower
We see brides coming in so hopeful that a particular flower will be available for their event. Peonies are not available all year around, I am sorry. And even in the middle of their season, all the following issues can arise: delayed shipment, held at customs, flower quality not to par with our standards, flower farmer thought you said red not pink, flower cooler froze over night due to the electrical outage in the building. You guys I could go on and on. We deal with a perishable item that has many of hundreds of miles to cross and more variables than I can possibly mention in one blog post. Solution: be flexible, tell your designer what aesthetic you like, find a designer you trust and allow them to find the best blooms the season/farmers have to offer.
Mistake # 4: Putting flowers everywhere
If your budget can't afford it, don't do it. We guide our clients to make sure we use their budget to the best of our ability. Let's make some statement pieces, let's have the bridesmaids carry a simple bouquet, remove those ceremony flowers and let's focus on where the party will be for most of the night. Make simple adjustments that will allow your budget to be focused and purposeful. We are a purpose driven design company that will make sure your whole budget will be seen and felt through out your event.
Mistake # 5: Not allowing your designer to take the wheel
This is what we do for a living. We have our 10,000hrs in flowers. We live for this and have found our passion in flowers. Find that designer that your trust and give them the wheel. Just like anything in our lives, if we feel micromanaged, we are more likely to feel less valued and honored in any process. We give up our weekends, birthdays, graduations, and so many special holidays for our clients. We wouldn't do this if we didn't take severe pride in what we do and promise that we will do our very best to make this the most special moment. We feel so inspired by our client's trust.