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What's one of the first things you think of when you think of a wedding?
If you're like most people, second to the white dress, the first thing you think of is probably a beautiful bouquet and unique flower arrangements.

The right flowers can set the tone for your whole wedding. But, choosing the best flowers and arranging them properly is no simple task.

If you're feeling lost when it comes to selecting flowers for your big day, keep reading.
Listed below are some common flower mistakes people make when planning their weddings.

NOT DOING YOUR RESEARCH

One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning their weddings is neglecting to research the flowers they're going to use in their bouquet and decorations.

It's not enough to just search "wedding flower arrangements" or "wedding bouquet" on Pinterest and choose the bouquet that looks prettiest (Although, that can be a good starting place).

Figure out which types of flowers are included in the bouquets you like. Then, do some research to find out whether or not they're in-season and how much they cost.

A little preliminary research will help you save money (And who doesn't want that when they're planning a wedding?). Your florist will also have an easier time putting together great bouquet and flower arrangements for you.

GETTING TOO WRAPPED UP IN THE DETAILS

Details matter, of course. But sometimes people get so wrapped up in the minutiae when they're planning their wedding that they forget to step back and look at the big picture.

Don't get so focused on one element -- like your bouquet or your centerpieces -- that you forget to think about the whole theme of the wedding.

STICKING TO ONE COLOR

Monochromatic flower arrangements aren't inherently bad. In fact, they can often look quite nice. But, there's nothing wrong with mixing colors, either. This can add variety to your arrangements and help your flowers stand out.

It's also important to avoid trying to match flowers perfectly to your bridesmaids' dresses.
Think about it. If the flowers match perfectly, they'll blend in and make your photos look a bit bland. Choose flowers in contrasting colors that will pop in pictures instead.

CHOOSING STRONGLY SCENTED FLOWERS

You might love the scent of a specific flower, but that doesn't mean your guests will.
Strongly scented flowers can cause allergies and discomfort among guests who are particularly sensitive to smell. Strong scents can also mingle with the scent of food being served and throw off people's appetites.

Keep your guests' health and comfort in mind and choose flowers that have little-to-no fragrance. If you absolutely must use a strongly scented flower, at least try to use it as sparingly as possible.

NOT HIRING A FLORIST

In an effort to save money, some people try to handle their bouquet and flower arrangements themselves.

This might seem like a good idea initially. But, unless you or a family member has experience arranging flowers, it's likely going to end up taking a lot of time and causing you a lot of unnecessary stress.

You could also end up spending more money than you would have if you hired a florist in the first place.

Instead of trying to take on this huge task yourself, find a professional who will do it for you. If you're worried about the cost, remember that a talented florist can work with just about any budget.
You may have to make some compromises when choosing your flowers, but you'll also get to save time and money and keep your wits about you.

CHOOSING CHEAP FLOWERS

Some people also try to lower the cost of their flowers by exclusively choosing inexpensive blooms.
You don't need to fill your bouquet with the Rolls Royce of roses, but it's also not a good idea to pass on expensive flowers altogether.

Adding some more expensive flowers to your bouquet can actually save you money. This is because larger flowers cover more space and reduce the need for filler flowers.

IGNORING ADVICE

Even if you have a very specific vision for your flowers, it's still helpful to get a second opinion. Florists are experts, and they know what will and won't work when it comes to arranging wedding flowers.

It's okay to bring in pictures or share your thoughts on what you want -- it's your wedding, after all. But, it's also important to listen and take the florist's advice into account.

ORDERING TOO LATE

It takes time for flowers to be shipped to your florist and arranged for your wedding. They often come in from all over the world.

Be sure to order your flowers at least six weeks in advance. This will give them plenty of time to arrive, and your florist will be able to ensure that they're arranged properly for your big day.

NOT SHOPPING SEASONALLY

Choosing seasonal flowers can help you save money. It's also better for the environment since your flowers don't have to be shipped from another part of the world.

Spring wedding flowers include lilacs, boronia, and tulips. Summer flowers include forget-me-nots, gerbera daisies, and lilies.

In the fall, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and zinnias are in season. Daffodils, camellias, and poinsettias are in season in the winter.

The following flowers are also available year-round:
  • Baby's breath
  • Calla lilies
  • Carnations
  • Orchids
  • Roses
Keep these guidelines in mind when planning your wedding and setting your floral budget.

CHOOSING FLIMSY FLOWERS

Some people also make the mistake of choosing flowers that don't do well when they're left out of water.

Flowers like dahlias, for example, are made primarily of water. They tend to wither when they're away from water for too long.

Look for sturdier flowers that can handle being out of water for long periods of time. This is especially helpful if yours is a summer or outdoor wedding.

DON'T MAKE THESE COMMON FLOWER MISTAKES

If you want to plan a beautiful wedding that people will talk about for years to come, be sure to avoid these common flower mistakes.

Need help creating the perfect flower arrangements for your wedding? Contact us at Peach Tree Petals today for a wedding consultation.

You can also check out our online wedding portfolio to see what kinds of arrangements and bouquets we can make for you. Continue Reading ›
Flowers are sentimental tokens all over the world. They represent sympathy, love, and respect. Using flowers goes back to ancient times and is noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest human ritual.

But why are some flowers popular for weddings while others are primarily used during funerals? Funeral flowers have specific meanings behind them, which is why they are reserved for the sad moments in a person's life. Many funeral flowers symbolize everlasting love, purity, and innocence.
Which flowers are appropriate for funerals, and why? Let's explore funeral flower meanings and their history.

A HISTORY OF FUNERAL FLOWERS

Funeral flowers date back to ancient times. In 1951, researchers discovered burial sites in Northern Iraq that used flowers. The sites are believed to date back to 62,000 B.C.

For the ancient Egyptians, the lotus was seen as a sacred flower. They believed it represented resurrection as a lotus can regrow from water. The Egyptians often incorporated the lotus flower in funerals in hopes the deceased soul would be reborn.

In Russia, funeral attendees must give flowers in even numbers. The belief stems from the tradition of giving two flowers during military funerals. One flower was for the fallen soldier, while the other flower was for God.

According to written records, people first started using flowers at funerals to mask the scent of a decaying body. In these early times, funeral flowers were primarily chosen based on their strong fragrances.

As the art of embalming came into play, flowers moved from being a necessity to representing sympathy and respect for the departed soul.

In the mid-west, funerals included "flower ladies." This group, usually consisting of about six women, would carry flowers from the funeral home to the flower vehicle. The ladies would then be responsible for arranging the flowers at the cemetery.

FUNERAL FLOWER MEANINGS

Certain flower types are more popular at funerals due to their symbolic meanings. Lilies, roses, and carnations top the charts for most popular funeral flowers. Let's explore the different funeral flowers and what each one represents.

Lilies

Lilies are the most popular flowers for funerals. They represent restored innocence in a soul after a person has died. White lilies symbolize purity and sympathy.

Lillies are especially symbolic for Christians, who believe Virgin Mary's tomb is covered in white lilies. Images dating back to 1580 B.C. show ancient Cretians using lilies during funerals.

Peruvian lilies represent friendship, while pink stargazer lilies signify prosperity. In addition to funerals, lilies are also the second wedding anniversary flower because of their connection with devotion.

Carnations

Carnations come in a variety of colors, each of which is popular for funerals. Their strong and long-lasting fragrance originally made carnations a top pick for funerals, but their symbolic meanings are why they continue to be a top flower choice for funerals.

White carnations symbolize pure love and innocence. A red carnation represents admiration and deep love. Pink carnations stand for eternal remembrance.

Gladioli

Gladioli plants are tall and contain multiple flowers. They can stand as high as four feet tall. For funerals, a gladioli plant is typically arranged in a fan spray for an elegant and classic appearance.
Gladioli symbolize sincerity and moral integrity. They embody a strong character. These flowers are popular for funerals to represent the loss of a strong-willed human with a respectable character.

Roses

While roses may be the most popular flower bought on Valentine's Day, they are also a top pick for funerals. During a funeral, a red rose symbolizes true love and grieving. Red roses also are a sign of courage and often used during military funerals.

Other color roses are often used for funerals. White roses represent innocence, purity, and a clean soul. Yellow roses are often given by funeral guests as a sign of friendship. Dark pink roses represent gratitude for everything the deceased person has done.

Chrysanthemums

For Europeans and Americans, mums represent mourning and grief, making them a popular funeral flower. White chrysanthemums may sometimes be associated with positivity and truthfulness. They are commonly used in floral wreaths at a funeral service.

In Asia, however, chrysanthemums symbolize rebirth. Instead of funerals, Asians commonly give chrysanthemums at baby showers to represent a healthy future for the new child. In Chinese, chrysanthemum means "long time" and is a sign for long life.

Orchids

An orchid plant means "I will always love you." During a funeral, an orchid plant symbolizes everlasting love for the deceased soul. Orchids are known to withstand rough temperatures and live a long life, which is why they are commonly associated with funerals. White or pink orchids are most popular with funerals as they represent condolences and sympathy.

Spring Tulips

Spring tulips and daffodils symbolize renewal. They are often used in funerals to represent positivity and a fresh start. These cheerful flowers are excellent sympathy gifts for grieving loved ones.

Tulips signify elegance and grace, especially yellow tulips. White tulips represent forgiveness. Purple tulips are often used in royal funerals, while red tulips are signs of perfect love.

CHOOSE THE BEST FLORAL ARRANGEMENT FOR A FUNERAL

While we no longer have to rely on flowers to hide the scent of a dead body, they are still widely used throughout the world to pay respects to those who have passed on. Now that you know all about funeral flower meanings, you can create the perfect funeral arrangement or floral gift for a deceased loved one.

If you're looking for sympathy and funeral flowers, you've come to the right place. Browse our selection of funeral bouquets to find the perfect arrangement for your dearly departed. From blessings to long-stem white roses, we have a variety of funeral floral designs to choose from. Continue Reading ›
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