Wedding flowers

Snow White & her Prince

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen Snow White, I still route for her not to eat the poisonous apple.

I know. I know, the poisonous apple leads her to true love’s kiss, but I can’t help but wish for a non-salty path to her Happily Ever After. Who routes for stress anyways?

Having a stress free fairytale-wedding

Luckily, in reality, brides don’t have to travel down Snow White’s tension-ridden path to Happily Ever After. You can thank the endless tap of support and stress-free alternatives waiting to take lead: internet, wine, and those friends who don’t hold anything back when it comes to giving free advice (usually after two glasses of wine.)

When it’s your time to ring the bell for wedding flower planning, we wanted to make sure you have a quick handy-dandy guide (particularly like this one below) that will help steer you away from the most common wedding flower oversights – no one likes pesky little speed bumps.

How To Have A Fairytale Wedding

Read on for a collection of bad apples to avoid, so you can feel all the zen when stepping foot into your first floral consultation. There will be no trumping bliss mode here.

Bring reality to your Pinterest dreams

1. Mistaking Inspiration for Reality

We all know Pinterest is an inspiration mecca. It’s the first spot we hunt for inspo and the last place we check before making any final inspo decisions – especially for wedding planning. However, what we have to commit to memory is that Pinterest is inspiration and solely JUST that. We would warn not to mistake inspiration for reality.

In actuality, the majority of wedding flowers found via Pinterest (those you fall in love with and obsess over) are Photoshop’d, color corrected, or styled flawlessly after 30 shots/takes – which is why Pinterest replicating isn’t a fun game and can leave so many of us frustrated.

Choosing wedding flowers & more

We’re here to provide a friendly reminder to take a step back, breathe, and disengage from sparking the madness of Pinterest perfection, because who likes copycats anyways? Make it your own.

Your love story should be different because get this….there isn’t a love out there like yours and soon-to-be-hubby’s. And, the right wedding florist will encourage this truth by assisting you in finding similar choices and solutions to capture all those Pinterest inspirations. Take in the inspo but cheer for originality.

2. Not Factoring in Extra Budget

Remember, the so-called wedding vendor you absolutely love because of their incredible designs, gifted talent, and rocking personality? Well… take away that extra budget tacked on at the end of the invoice, and they wouldn’t be in business. The extra budget isn’t one hefty number vendors just pull out of thin air. That number is formed from items that get the job done such as tax, rentals, gas mileage, labor, and more. While heading into your meeting, keep in mind that vendors have to earn a living to be able to afford to design magical moments for us all somehow.

Understanding the importance of the extra budget component will allow you to be less hesitant at that fundamental number at the bottom of your invoice. Trust me, the added labor costs are essential and extremely worth it.

Consider all the costs when selecting vendors

3. Wedding Floral Budgets Are Not the Same

Every wedding is different. Therefore, every wedding budget is different. A big, big misconception is when a bride compares her flower quotes to a fellow girlfriends wedding.

For instance, your friend had her wedding in Napa Valley, and you’re having yours in Charleston. There’s already a HUGE difference: location. Add in the decor styles, theme, flower preferences, and y’all will come up with completely different Pinterest boards. With these differences on board comes contrasting price points. And, that’s A-okay.

Hopefully, spotlighting these common floral mistakes will lead you to sighs of relief instead of tense shoulders as you joyfully journey toward your Big Day. Swerve around those bad apples and keep that hippo sized to-do list in check.

Keep Blooming!

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BIO: Blooming Hites Floral & Event Design of Roswell, GA has unique designs to fit your various occasions. From everyday celebrations to your happily ever after, our designs set the tone for every event!

 Jackie Hites





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Express yourself with flowers

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

When meeting with a florist, the question is how do you pick the perfect bridal bouquet?  Your bouquet is an accessory to your wedding ensemble, just like your shoes, veil, earrings, and bracelets. It should complement your bridal gown and be the perfect accessory piece. After all, you have spend hours with family and friends finding the perfect dress that says who you are and what you will look like for one of the most important days in your life. Your flowers should play a big part in carrying out the theme of the day and expressing your personality.

Your bridal bouquets indicate formality of your wedding

Bridal Bouquet Styles

A florist should understand who you are as a person so we can determine what would make you feel wonderful holding your flowers. Most A-type personalities like control, nothing spilling out or too organic. Clean lines like callas lilies, orchids, roses and hydrangeas make people feel good that the softness is in control, whereas I see the creative brides like flowers with texture and movement such as poppies, tulips, sweet peas, peonies and garden roses.

Once you figure out the style that compliments the dress as well as the type of personality the bride is then the creating of flower picking begins.

Wedding the woods

White vs. Color

 I get this question asked every day, a white bouquet versus a colored bouquet? A white bouquet is part of the accessories and not one thing jumps out except how beautiful the bride is. When you have color it will always be about the color first and then the bride will come into focus. Our eyes naturally look at contrast.  There is no right or wrong answer as to what to choose; it is just what statement do you want to create as you enter to walk down the aisle?

Focus on the bride with flowers

Focusing On The Bride

Once the bouquet florals and style have been determined, we suggest wrapping the bouquet in the same color the dress is so the stems disappear and all you look at is the bouquet and the bride. Brides are often confused of wedding photos versus a photo shoot. During a photo shoot we love to add textures like pearls, brooches, ribbons and rhinestones to the stems handles so you see the creativity of the full bouquet. When you are a bride and beginning to walk down the aisle the focus should be on the bride and her ensemble not the flying ribbon across the pin tucked skirt pulling our attention away from her.

Trends in wedding flowers

Color & Style Trends

The color palette that we saw in 2014 will became a large part of 2015 is champagne and blush pinks. It is a very beautiful and soft romantic palette.  My concern is that brides get caught up on the media of the colors and end of picking them since that is what visually they keep seeing. There have been many brides sitting in my studio that when I dig deeper I find out that they actually do not even like the color pink. Then why do they pick it? Because many of us have trouble visualizing what our wedding is supposed to look and feel like. The wedding style, color and feeling are supposed to represent you as individuals as well as a couple. Being authentic and true to ones self while designing your wedding location, colors, style, activities will create truly a perfect moment in your life. You want to be able to look back in 10 years and still have it represent you.

Big bouquets dominate current trends

The big trend in floral for 2018 we are seeing are romantic, whimsical, and loose floral arrangements with lots of greens and textures. It is perfect for those winery, meadow weddings and Bohemian style shoots. Whites, crèmes and blush using anemones, sweet peas, peonies and ranunculus are the perfect backdrop – but adding the contrasting hues of blackberries, agonis, and burgundy dahlias create a warm rich palette that not everyone expects.

Allocating your floral budget

Allocating Your Flower Budget

Spend your money wisely, the big splurge should be on the bridal bouquet as that is the one item that will be photographed the most and displayed in your home.  Your ceremony is the least amount of time spent so I usually cut items there unless you are repurposing things like hanging pew jars that can be transferred to cocktail tables after the ceremony. Another way to save is to do maybe only 6 tall arrangements really well with abundant floral and smaller low lushes or candles will fill the rest of the room.

“Greens” can be just as much if not more then flowers so adding more of them is not always the right answer or suggestion to a florist.

Whatever color palette or style you end up choosing just make sure it is truly representing you as we all only have one chance to make this wedding a perfect moment in time.

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Focus on the bride with flowers

Bio: The Flower House of Livermore, CA specializes in flower design for weddings and other events. Their lead floral designer Jinger Leonard put her 20 years of experience in the wedding industry to work for you. Their website offers beautiful examples of popular styles and trendy color palates that can help create the perfect wedding experience.

Phone: (925) 960-1375



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