Avoid These 9 Mistakes When Selecting Your Wedding Flowers

You want your wedding day to be perfect, and so do we! Whether you’ve thought much about them or not, flowers are a big part of every wedding day, so it’s important to get them right. Whether you haven’t yet done much research or don’t know which flowers are best, our florists recommend avoiding these all-too-common mistakes when choosing your wedding flowers. 

1. Picking Out-of-Season Flowers

Our florists always recommend choosing in-season flowers. They’ll save you money (that you can spend on the honeymoon instead) and also look prettier — especially if you’ve chosen seasonal wedding colors. 

2. Having a Narrow Color Scheme

Although monochromatic color schemes are popular, we recommend avoiding them when it comes to wedding flowers. These natural beauties feature a variety of shades and tints that can make it hard to match exactly to a color swatch. If you choose a variety of colors for your flowers, they’ll complement your bridal party’s outfits and look stunning in your wedding photos. 

3. Neglecting Sensitivities

Lots of people are extra-sensitive to the smell of flowers and even have allergies. With bouquets, boutonnieres, and indoor venues, this can sometimes be a concern. For example, daffodils frequently cause allergy sufferers to break out in rashes. Our florists can help you select flowers that shed less pollen and that are less fragrant than other blooms to ensure all of your guests have a great time at your wedding. You wouldn’t want anyone remembering how much they sneezed on your big day instead of your beautiful union. 

4. Not Setting a Budget

When it comes to wedding flowers, there are limitless combinations and possibilities. Having a budget will help you and our florist narrow down the options, making selections that are both cost-effective and perfect for your wedding aesthetic. It’s a good idea to plan for your flowers to account for roughly 10% of your overall wedding budget. 

5. Forgetting Floral Symbolism

Flowers are like a language of their own. Be sure to think about what the flowers you pick for your wedding symbolize. For example, you wouldn’t want to choose a flower that represents sorrow, like hyacinth, to celebrate a joyous event like your nuptials. Asters, representing love and patience, or freesia, symbolizing trust and innocence, are better choices for wedding days. Take a look at our flower dictionary for more ideas and inspiration.

6. Just Sticking to the Basics

It’s your wedding day; feel free to get creative. Sure, you’ll want to cover the usual bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres, but have some fun, too! You can order arrangements for your getaway car, the cake and cake table, to decorate the bar, floral garlands for the backs of chairs, and more! 

7. Ignoring Your Florist’s Advice

It’s a florist’s job to know flowers, so we recommend listening to our advice. We’ll help you avoid blooms that’ll wilt in an instant under the summer sun and those that’ll stay hardy all day long. We can save you money and show you your way around a variety of flowers that might be perfect for your wedding, but that you maybe didn’t even know existed. You’ve come to a professional to make your arrangements, give us room to work with you to create the best floral decorations for your wedding day possible!

8. Waiting too Long

Not all flowers are grown in Florida; many have to be shipped in from all around the world. To ensure you have access to the flowers you want for your wedding day, it’s best to start the process with our florist at least six weeks before your big day. This allows for plenty of time to receive the shipment before you walk down the aisle. 

9. Being Unprepared for Your Consultation

If you’re well-prepared for your wedding flower consultation, you’ll have a successful meeting and wind up with the flowers of your wedding daydreams. We recommend doing research to find pictures of the types of arrangements you love most. Keep an eye on shape, style, size, and color. It’s also a good idea to think about your wedding venue and all the special people attending your wedding who might need flowers. Make a checklist so you don’t forget to order a single bouquet, corsage, boutonniere, centerpiece, or other accents. 

Follow these guidelines and you’ll have the perfect flowers for your wedding!

To schedule a wedding flower consultation or learn more about preparing to order flowers for your big day, we welcome you to contact Marco Island Florist to learn more about our wedding flower packages!