5 Common fabric flower wedding mistakes and how to avoid them

5 common fabric wedding flower mistakes and how to avoid them

Mistake #1: Using only one colour.  

Trying to match the entire bouquet to the colour of the bridesmaids dresses can be tempting but can result in disappointing pictures.  The bouquet will often blend completely into the fabric of the dress and the effect of the bouquet is lost.  

How to avoid: Choose an accent colour or a colour scheme for your bouquet.  Choosing one or two complimentary colours or incorporating a few tints and shades of the main colour can help the bouquet to stand out against the dresses.  This will also help to create a more dramatic effect and a more interesting bouquet.  Check out this post if you want to read more about creating a colour scheme for your bouquet.

Mistake #2: Taking on too much DIY.  

Pinterest can be dangerous! It’s easy to get excited about all the DIY possibilities and to get carried away with the amount of things you decide to do yourself.  It can be very frustrating when the tutorials aren’t as straightforward as they originally looked and this can lead to a very stressful time in the run up to the wedding.

How to avoid: Be realistic about what you can achieve. Set out and stick to a clear timeline to establish when each item needs to be completed by.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to make everything and have a trial run of each element as far in advance as possible to avoid any last minute disasters.  Remember that if you are doing a lot of decor items yourself these will need to be set up at the venue.  Ensure you have hired a stylist or have a group of family and friends who can help you decorate.

Mistake #3: Ordering bouquets too late.  

It takes time to design the bouquet, source materials, make the flowers and assemble the bouquet.  Rush orders can sometimes be accommodated but this often results in a higher charge.

How to avoid: Think about your wedding flowers at the start of the planning process.  Take time to research what you want and arrange consultations with your prefered vendors to ensure you get the bouquet you really want.

Mistake #4: Not being able to communicate your ideas.  

It’s absolutely fine if you are not entirely sure about the bouquet you would like.  A good supplier will be able to make suggestions based on your theme, dress and colours.  They will be able to show you various sample flowers and fabric swatches to help you design a bouquet you will love.  But if you have a clear idea about the type of bouquet you would like it is extremely important to  effectively communicate your ideas.  

How to avoid: Be prepared.  Bring fabric swatches, photographs, inspiration boards or anything else that will help communicate the style you are after.  This will help to give a clear idea of what you would like and can be valuable to the fabric florist when designing your fabric flower bouquet.

Mistake #5: Not considering the shape of your wedding dress when designing your bouquet.

Choosing the right bouquet can help to enhance your wedding outfit.  There are no right or wrong rules when it comes to this but it is important to pick a bouquet that will give you the look you want.  For example, a princess dress can look really pretty with a small understated bouquet.  But if you imagined a more dramatic look a smaller bouquet could be quite disappointing.  

How to avoid: Take a picture of your wedding dress with you to your consultation and discuss your ideas.  Your fabric florist will be able to recommend the best shape of style to achieve the look you would like.

The main piece of advice I would give is to trust your florist.  Communicate what you would like, your dislikes and expectations but try to have a little bit of flexibility and trust your fabric florist to create a bouquet you will love!