Don’t Make These 9 Mistakes when Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Part of a perfect wedding day is having the perfect flowers to accent your celebration with the delicate beauty of nature. No matter your wedding style, colors, and personal preferences, our florists can help you pick the best blooms for your big day. Just be sure to avoid these nine mistakes commonly made when choosing wedding flowers.

1. Falling in Love with Out-of-Season Flowers

If there’s an out-of-season flower you can’t be without on your wedding day, we can make it work for you. But whenever possible, we recommend using in-season flowers for your wedding. They’ll look prettier and healthier. Plus, they’ll save you a load of money. (Wouldn’t you rather spend that cash on your honeymoon?)

2. Picking a Rigid Color Scheme

Flowers in colors that complement your wedding party’s clothes appear best in photos. Plus, flowers naturally bloom in a range of shades and tints, making it difficult to match a color swatch exactly. Trying too hard to match up colors can lead to imperfect combinations, which aren’t recommended for any wedding day.

3. Not Considering Allergies and Other Sensitivities

Lots of people have pollen allergies and sensitivities to floral fragrances. Daffodils, for instance, can often cause a rash. We always recommend selecting less-fragrant blooms for bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages, as well as arrangements located in intimately-sized venues.

4. Neglecting to Set a Budget

If you don’t have a budget, you’ll find it hard to determine the variety of flowers and number of arrangements you’ll be able to afford for your wedding day. With a set number (or even a ballpark figure), our florists can help you determine the best flowers to use based on the number and types of arrangements you want to order for your big day. Most couples plan to spend about 10% of their total wedding budget on flowers.

5. Choosing Flowers with the Wrong Meanings

Flowers have a language in and of themselves. Each flower carries its own symbolic meaning, some more appropriate for celebrating a wedding than others. For example, instead of hyacinth, which represents sorrow, we’d recommend selecting larkspur, which features similar shapes and colors but symbolizes levity. Peonies (compassion), roses (love), freesia (trust), and aster (patience) also make wonderful wedding day flowers. For more ideas, take a look at our flower dictionary.

6. Sticking with Only the Basics

Bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and flower girl petals. What else do you need? Flowers are one of the best ways to create a magically elegant atmosphere at your wedding ceremony and reception. You can go all-out with garlands draped over a gazebo or your dance floor, accents on the backs of chairs, flowers for the cake and cake table, flowers for the bar, and you can even order a floral decoration for your “Just married!” getaway car!

7. Ignoring Your Florist’s Wisdom

Florists know flowers, and they know how best to present flowers when they are at their best. At Conklyn’s Flowers, we make sure your flowers are absolutely perfect on your wedding day, and we do this by providing you with insider knowledge and advice during your consultation. For example, we might recommend choosing a certain type of flower because it’ll withstand a chilly winter day or the imposing heat of July. Bride and grooms to be should always ask questions about a florist’s recommendation, you’ll see why a particular flower may be a better fit. It’s important to be open to their florist’s experience-based ideas, knowledge, and suggestions.

8. Ordering Late

Not all flowers are grown in Alexandria; they’re ordered in from all over the world. So, we recommend ordering your flowers at least six weeks before you’re scheduled to toss the bouquet. Order early ensures there’s enough time for us to place an order and for the flowers to arrive on time.

9. Being Unprepared for Your Consultation

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is arriving unprepared to your wedding flower consultation. Doing plenty of research before meeting with your florist will ensure you get the most out of the meeting and come away with a solid plan for your wedding flowers. Keep pictures of the arrangements you love with a focus on style, shape, size, and color. We also recommend compiling a checklist of all the floral arrangements, accents, and decorative pieces you’ll need, so you don’t forget anyone or anything important on the big day.

Avoid the above mistakes to ensure your wedding flowers are perfect on your wedding day!


At Conklyn’s Florist, our flower experts can help you select the best flowers and wedding flower packages for celebrating your special day. Schedule a consultation to discuss your Alexandria wedding plans today!

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