November 11 / 2014

The Debate Over DIY Wedding Flowers

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Wedding season creeps upon on. We’re thrilled, as you can imagine.

What is less encouraging, however, is when we’re approached by brides-to-be, just weeks before their wedding, with disheartening anecdotes about their attempts at DIY wedding flowers. We agree that do-it-yourself floral designs have their time and place  and, above all, we want our brides to feel that their visions have truly been incorporated. As industry professionals, however, it would be remiss of us not to share our expert insights beforehand.DIYwedding_ovando

One of the biggest challenges that our brides must often overcome is letting go of their attachments to specific flowers.  We know it can be heartbreaking to do but, the truth is, a bride will be more heartbroken if her wedding flowers don’t look perfect. While some flowers can be found all year long, these same flowers may not look good all year round… or perhaps not at a a less-than-extravagant cost. Without a doubt, we recommend laying aside any preconceived floral choices and using seasonal flowers instead.

The other significant challenge is that brides often have a certain idea in mind as to what their wedding flowers should look like. Executing this wedding wonderland, however, is not as easy as one might think. Brides: this is your one day! Spare yourself the stress. We adore hosting our monthly floral design classes and hope that our students walk away with a better sense of what goes into floral arranging. But as any of of class participants might also tell you: creating a breathtaking floral arrangement can be a truly challenging endeavor. Consulting a professional is important.


DIYwedding_ovando2While we understand the desire to fully inject yourself into your very special day, there are certainly a few realities to consider as well. In the end, all we want is to make your day unforgettable.

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