Pinterest is the perfect tool for planning your wedding, right? It helps brides plan their color schemes, types of flowers, tablescapes, centerpieces etc. Nowadays nobody plans a wedding without it, and as a florist, the first thing we ask our brides is to send us their Pinterest boards so we can see what they’ve been pinning. This will always give us a good idea of what you’re looking for.
So what’s the downside?
Flowers are a natural product
Availability can depend on more than just season. We source flowers from all over the world, and we try our hardest to get what our brides want, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control, such as drought, rain, disease, political issues, problems at airports/customs, pandemics (like covid-19) and demand. These things are usually not an issue but in our 25 years in business we have come across all of these problems and have to keep them in mind.
When pinning, many brides see and save the best of the best not knowing the cost of the premium flowers used in those beautiful bouquets. For those on a budget this can be misleading and you’ll get sticker shock when you find out the real cost of these pricey blooms. A good florist will be able to take the inspiration and get you as close to the color palette and style you want without breaking the bank. You will have to trust your florist to do what they do best and give them some wiggle room to do their job to the best of their ability, all they want is to make you happy!
Size and color of flower
Nowadays there are barely any photos on social media that aren’t edited, and some are harder than others to sniff out. This means when you’re looking at photos on Instagram and Pinterest, the colors of the bouquets and centerpieces may not be what they seem. Most wedding edits now are more muted, less saturated, and somewhat “dusty” to make the wedding appear more rustic.
Pictured above : Entirely silk bouquet – these flowers don’t come in blue! With the exception of hydrangea, and eucalyptus is never this dusty. This is a beautiful bouquet, but it cannot be done with real flowers.
Sometimes they’re silk!
Silk flowers are super convincing these days, especially in photos! Sometimes you’ll pin a silk flower bouquet without even knowing it, or it’ll sneak into a bouquet of real flowers. Not all silks are realistic when it comes to size and color. The best example is blue, there are only a handful of flowers that actually come in blue. If you see a bouquet full of blue flowers, be warned, half of them may not exist in that color! Silks are also not always true to size, some of those giant roses you see may not be so big after all.
All that being said, Pinterest is a great tool for planning your wedding, but you always have to be realistic about your budget and expectations. As florists, we come across these kinds of situations all the time. Talk to and listen to your floral designer! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, the best-case scenario is when everyone is on the same page so you can get your dream wedding with as little stress as possible.
Bloomers Weddings and Events
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Allentown, NJ 08501