While there is endless information out there about what kind of flowers you should have at your wedding, including inspiration up the wazoo on the most gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces, aisle decor and floral chandeliers, there's not a lot out there on what not to do. We're not talking unsightly floral combinations here, but rather about the way brides approach meeting with their florists—much of it has to do with expectation vs. reality. To get the inside track on what to avoid and how to approach thinking about flowers for your wedding, we spoke to the oh-so-talented Victoria Ahn of Designs by Ahn, a New York City-based floral company. Take note, brides-to-be, there's a whole lot of super useful info packed into these five tips on what to avoid when choosing wedding flowers!
Unorganized Inspiration Boards
When brides put together an inspiration board of their ideas, it can be quite helpful. However, if the collection of images doesn’t follow a theme within the same color palette and style, it can be confusing and more difficult for the florist to understand what the bride actually wants to see on her wedding day. If your photos seem to be all over the place, and you need help deciding on the best route to go for your wedding, have a discussion with the florist first. They can help steer you in the right direction, and you’ll have a clear theme for your inspiration board to follow.
Fixed Ideas About Certain Details
We love a bride who knows what she wants. What becomes challenging is when a bride becomes fixed on particular details such as the “perfect” shade of peach or the exact openness of a peony. As much as we may want to give you exactly what you’re asking for, nature has unlimited variants, and the specific shade or shape you’re looking for might simply not be available. Always voice your preferences, but be open to a little flexibility when it comes to specific details.
Don’t Believe Everything You See Online
As we all know, photos can be misleading. We are frequently shown pictures of flowers that have been heavily edited with Photoshop and filters. Unfortunately, these edits can sometimes result in hues that simply do not exist in nature, and it can be difficult for brides to tell what’s real and what’s not. So before you fall in love with that unique trending shade you’ve never seen before, check with your florist. The reason you’ve never seen it might be because it doesn’t actually exist.
Scheduling A Consultation Too Early
It’s obvious that waiting until the last minute is never a good idea. Believe it or not, getting started too early isn’t always the best idea, either. There are a few key things that you need to know before discussing flowers: wedding date, venue and approximate guest count. Without those three things locked in, the conversation is extremely limited. Not to mention the changing trends. We’ve seen many brides who thought they were getting a jump start on their flowers by coming in super early. Then, once the trends change, they have tons of new ideas and even rethink their entire color palette, essentially starting from scratch again.
Overlooking the Florist’s Design Aesthetic
While many florists can accommodate varying styles, designers do tend to have a certain aesthetic. Make sure the aesthetic of your chosen florist matches the look you’re going for. Research the past work of the florists you’re considering to get a full scope of their abilities. For example, if you love a loose, organic bouquet, you’ll want to avoid making appointments with florists who only feature photos of tight, rounder designs. Try to choose the florist whose prior designs reflect your preferred style.