Producers of innovative, unconventional and unique events. Blank Slate Events is known for their highly regarded event and high end floral design services. Their team curates fabulous events for aficionados with taste and style. Their selection of clients is strictly edited in order to maintain their attention to detail and superior quality.
Oh Spring how you fool us! Yesterday was so lovely and today it feels like winter again. Wouldn't this be the perfect reason to sip some tea out of these beautiful and delicate bloom inspired porcelain cups and saucers? Until things warm up for real and everything is truly in full bloom, we can just enjoy some warm tea.
We are human and we all make mistakes. What I'm about to give you is priceless advice. Most often flowers are one of the last elements of a wedding to be crossed off the "to do" list. Whether it's because you're nervous and don't know anything about flowers, think that they're not as important as your band or photographer, or just saved them for last because it's the easiest thing to get done, I am about to change your mind!
Here are five easy mistakes to avoid when it comes to flowers for your wedding:
1) SECURING YOUR FLORAL DESIGNER LAST- I know you're thinking best for last but when it comes to securing your floral designer this is not a good idea. Often times your floral designer can do so much more for you than just beautiful bouquets and centerpieces. A floral designer can often help turn your dream wedding into a reality by offering helpful suggestions when it comes to the design, linens, furniture rentals, lighting, and floor plans. They will also help you with choosing the key areas where flowers or decor elements should be placed or where they may not need to be. Some floral designers offer these as part of their services and if they don't I bet they know someone that can help you. Many times your floral designer can offer helpful suggestions and guidance because of their experience and expertise. All you have to do is ask.
2) NOT BEING FLEXIBLE- The heart wants what the heart wants, right? I love when I meet with an engaged couple and they come to me with ideas. This means they are excited and have put some thought into their wedding. However, with that said sometimes what you envision may not always be practical. This is where your floral designer can help but you need to be flexible with your vision. Sometimes there are flowers can't be arranged in a vase a certain way, or containers and vases that are not practical, flowers that are not in season, or are not in the budget. Some flowers may be too delicate for a boutonniere or to be attached to a chuppah. Don't give up on your dream but if your floral designer offers other suggestions don't get discouraged. Trust them. After all, they are the expert.
3) CHOOSING EXCEPTIONALLY FRAGRANT FLOWERS- Perfume often times evokes certain memories or emotions. It's trendy to brand your wedding or event with a signature scent so that people never forget or associate your day with that smell, but perfume can also cause headaches and mess with your taste. It's ok to use accents of fragrant flowers like hyacinth, lillies and magnolia but don't overwhelm people. Most guests will appreciate lightly scented flowers and will likely make them feel happy.
4) USING ONLY ONE TYPE OF FLOWER OR COLOR- Keep it simple stupid. I think we've all heard this saying at least once in our lives and it definitely applies to many situations but not when it comes to your flowers. Having the flexibility to incorporate and work with different types of flowers helps with budget, creating texture (which can be a benefit it photos), and fullness/volume. It's also helpful because many flowers have seasons where they are their most beautiful and well, seasons when they're not. We can still work with them out of their peak season but we may need to use them as an accent. Let them be the accessories that add to the entire look. These rules also apply to color. There are certain colors like blue that are limited when it comes to options if you want something natural. You also want to choose flowers that offer volume. If you have to use an abundance of small flowers your budget will be through the roof! This is not to say that having one color is not possible but at least consider varying shades of a color to help us help you.
5) BUDGET?- Please understand that your flowers are most likely not grown in our backyard and picked from the garden. Most flowers fly on planes from other countries and make several stops before they get to us. Therefore, no one flies for free and every person that played a part in finally getting them to us charges something for their service. Floral design will cost you more than buying flowers at your local market and putting them in a vase so please don't expect that's the price you will be asked to pay. There is a floral designer out there for EVERY budget you just have to find the one that's right for you. Part of the price is time, labor, cost of goods and of course, design. Floral Design is a business and yes, we mark it up because we need to make a profit. Otherwise, all of those talented people in this industry would be coming for your job! So please do not forget to set aside money in the budget for your flowers. Be realistic about what is possible and open to design ideas. Your designer cares about what they are delivering to you on your wedding day. It has their name on it as well so they want to make it look good for you and them.
It seems as though purple hair is the new trend with celebrities like Nicole Richie and Ireland Baldwin dying their locks an ethereal shades of purple. Kelly Osbourne has been rocking purple tresses for days and it looks great on her.
Purple hair isn't for everyone. We think it's pretty cool but not sure we could pull it off so instead we designed this flower arrangement in varying shades of purple in honor of all the cool girls that aren't shrinking violets.