With most endeavors in life there is a form of balance. We might not always recognize it as natural equilibrium when we see and experience it, but it is normally present in one guise or another. This very often becomes extrapolated in how we approach certain circumstances and at what point do we continue to persist with our own inherent skills and enthusiasm, as opposed to calling in a specialist and merely getting involved in the peripheral strategic decisions.
Making decisions on wedding flowers types is no exception, and it is an area of your wedding that requires careful circumspection. After all do you want your photos to be consigned to your cousin practicing with his point-and-shoot camera, understanding that financially it will probably cost you nothing, but then accepting the reciprocal risk that some, and even possibly most of the photos will be a reflection of his skill, or lack of it, or do you want a photo journalistic story, told with high class photos, embossed in a wedding album that will probably last you the rest of your life, conversely accepting that a professional photographer will come with a professional fee. At the end of the day it is your choice so make it wisely when it comes to wedding flowers.
Mistakes are often due to human error and also are often a reflection of a lack of skill. When making decisions on your wedding flowers types be cognizant of, and avoid at all costs, the following pitfalls:
Flower type, combination and color: Select you flowers carefully in terms of color, type, exclusivity or mixed combinations. Certain flowers simple make excellent combinations, for example calla lilies and roses or bird of paradise with orchids. Alternatively a white wedding dress and white flowers makes for a stunning combination. Be careful of being unorthodox with combinations or using very unusual colors. These flowers might not be available on your wedding day or could be prohibitively expensive.
Flower toxicity: As much as it is an oddity, be careful of occasional flower toxicity issues. These are infrequent but do exist, for example stargazer lilies can be highly toxic to domestic cats, the stems of calla lilies can secrete a toxic sap that can cause a skin rash with some people and as a precaution should be sealed, and remarkably daffodils similarly can be toxic to both animals and other cut flowers and can also cause skin rashes with people. Anthuriums also can be mildly toxic to people and animals. The bottom line is design your arrangements carefully, keep physical handling to a minimum and in terms of good safety practice wash your hands regularly when handling the flowers.
Lack of experience: When making final decisions on the kinds of flowers you want and in what combinations, our instinct can sometimes be counter-intuitive. Use an experienced, technically skilled florist to assist you. They have seen it all, good and bad, and wedding flowers make up a big chunk of their business. Debate, communicate, contribute, suggest and even challenge, but ultimately trust your florist. The additional expense for professional advice with your wedding flowers ideas will be a rewarding investment in your wedding. Your florist is there to protect you and your flowers.
Flower photography: Life it not fair sometimes and being a bride is no exception. You are unfortunately simply expected to be the quintessential communicator when it comes to your wedding day. As important as the communication is between you and your florist, you need to guarantee that your photographer clearly understands what your expectations are in this regard.
Your wedding flowers ideas form a critical part of the story your wedding day tells and apart from being enjoyed in the moment on the day this story needs to be embedded forever in your wedding album. You need to clearly explain to your photographer the necessity for the wedding flowers to play a pivotal role in the photographs. Sometimes even going to the extent of hiring an additional photographer just to photograph the flowers is a consideration.
Poor planning: Avoid poor or late planning at all costs. Like most future events, planning injects a dose of reality and goes a long way to ensuring a relatively seamless day. Whilst it is no guarantee for success, it simply helps to identify some of the more complex issue upfront. Plan your day, plan your venue and plan your flowers well in advance and you will largely, if not completely, avoid last minute potential disasters and unmitigated panic, both of which you can do without on your special day.