We talked to Carly Totten of Carly is Inspired to get some tips on wedding day florals. She shared the following information for engaged couples who are looking for floral inspiration.
When asked what the biggest mistake couples make when choosing florals for their wedding, Carly said something that resonated with me as a wedding planner. Pinterest! Carly elaborated, saying Pinterest is a wonderful tool, but the images featured sometimes make it seem as though something is completely obtainable when a flower or design may be far outside of a couple’s budget. It can be so difficult to meet with a couple whose hearts are set on a specific flower or design before hearing about the costs associated. She wholeheartedly believes in sourcing inspiration, but it’s so important to let it be just that – inspiration. Just like a wedding dress or venue, don’t fall completely in love and close yourself off to other options before you know you can absolutely bring that exact vision to life. Another version of your vision may be even better for your wedding than the one you found online!
When asked what trends she is seeing regarding florals, Carly talked about bouquet trends. Her favorite trend is using long flowing ribbon to tie around bouquets for brides and bridesmaids. She loves turning to Frou Frou Chic and Adorn Company because both design hand-died ribbon in the prettiest colors to create a soft, effortless look. Opting for a cascade of ribbon is such a beautiful, updated take on a classic ribbon bouquet wrap, and bouquets always look beautiful when there’s a light breeze to blow the ribbon during portrait sessions.
When asked how couples should prepare for a meeting with their florist, Carly suggested to first take a peek at Pinterest. It’s helpful to arrive at a meeting with a semi-curated selection of items that you LOVE as well as some that aren’t quite your style. Florists want to see both, especially right before we create a floral proposal. While you’re gathering your selection together, think about adding bouquets, ceremony styles, and centerpieces to the mix.
Second, have an open mind. While it’s helpful to know what you like and don’t like, try to be open to the florist’s suggestions for your wedding. He or she may mention a look they feel will match your style and aesthetic wonderfully that is different than what you may have had in mind prior to your meeting, or they may mention a different variation of the flowers than those you thought would fill each of your pieces. The best florists and stylists always have your wedding vision at heart. We’re trying to make it the best that it can be!
When asked to give advice to couples, Carly said to make every attempt possible to use in-season flowers. It’s a great way to honor the season in which you’re getting married, plus the variety of blooms and colors is always greatest when you can source them from a variety of places due to their vast availability. If there are flowers you absolutely have to have, consider setting your wedding date during a time when that bloom will be in season (mid-May – early June is peak season for peonies!), allow your florist to suggest a flower that has a similar look to the one you love, or opt to use an out of season bloom sparingly to keep your budget in tact and truly make a statement with your favorite flower at your wedding.