We all know that colour isn’t as simple as just pink, or orange, or blue. My childhood home was a dusty rose colour, and my husband calls it salmon all the time, and they just aren’t the same thing! I get it! Here is the bad news, while you can show us a picture with the exact shade of roses you want, or bring in ribbon/fabric swatches we cannot guarantee an exact shade for your flowers. Majority of the time we can Create the look you want, or at least get very close, but not EVERY time. I know, it can be really annoying for us (the florists) too. Here are a few reasons why:
- Flowers aren’t available in every colour. This may be a no brainer to some, but not to everyone. It takes awhile to learn which flowers are available in what colour. Or maybe it is available in the colour you want, but not the exact shade. Yes, while you can get dyed flowers, or we can enhance certain colours with spray etc… there is only so much we can do.
- Flowers aren’t always the same colour as the picture you found on pinterest. I love pinterest just as much as the next lady and think it is great for finding ideas, but it needs to be kept in mind that sometimes the pictures isn’t how things look in reality. Depending on the lighting in the photo or how they have modified the image… you can’t always get flowers that LOOK like the picture. They might not exist, it might just be the magic of the photo.
- There are a TON of different varieties of flowers out there, but our supplier may not have access to ALL of them. We can probably get something similar, but can’t always get the very exact one we want.
- Even if you can get the right variety, they aren’t always the same! Sahara is one of my favourite rose varieties. It smells WONDERFUL, it is a gorgeous mix of soft pink tones and beige-y tones that look perfect for that romantic look, and they open up beautifully. But, sometimes they are super pink and not very beige-y, and other times they are barely pink at all.
- Flower/colour availability shifts all the time. Sometimes there are tons of rich, deep purple dahlias, sometimes there are barely any and it is all magenta dahlias. Maybe the demand was just too high for something that week, or maybe the farm it usually comes from had a bad storm that damaged their crop… who knows. We can request what we are wanting, but sometimes we just end up getting what we get because that is the luck of that week.
So, sometimes when the flowers come and they aren’t exactly what you had in mind colour wise, I swear it isn’t because we didn’t try – we only have so much control over the situation! We do try our very best to provide you with what you want. While we cannot control exactly what colour your flowers are, there are a few options to try.
- instead of trying to get all the flowers to all be the exact shade of lavender that your bridesmaids dresses are, use a range of colour. By using a spectrum of purples, they look beautiful together, and then if the flowers aren’t the EXACT shade, it doesn’t look like you tried to match and failed, but that it all the shades complimented each other.
- my favourite solution – introduce a new colour(s)! I think sometimes it is easy to get trapped in having two neutrals and one colour for wedding colours (ex. white, black, red or ivory, grey, coral) because it does keep things simple! Or if brides have included a few colours in their scheme, they feel like they have to try to have an equal balance of everything. Throw those rules out the window. If you want you could just introduce a punch of colour JUST in the flowers without having to try to include it in the linens, stationary, blah blah blah. You can’t get turqouise flowers (naturally) so instead of fighting it, you could just throw in a punch of fuchsia for the flowers and keep everything else in your colour scheme. You can do whatever you want!
- If your colour is something like royal blue or emerald where we don’t have many flower options, you could stick with white flowers and just add non floral accents in your colour with things like the bouquets stem wrap, add feathers to the bouquet, ribbon collar, brooches, glittered succulents… tons of fun options!
- Use mixed colours in your bouquet. Again, this way if things aren’t the exact shade the mixed colours will compliment instead of looking like a miss. There aren’t a TON of coral flowers, but by using a mixture of pinks, oranges with SOME coral flowers it looks wonderful!
- another one of my fav options – let your florist pick the flowers! It is kind of our thing and we will most likely know way more flowers than you so if you know and trust your florist if you let them know the look and feel you are going for and the spectrum of colours we could totally make you something gorgeous and unique!
At the end of the day just exercise some flexibility. While we can’t guarantee colour, there is more than one way to do things and we CAN guarantee that we will do our very best to make you happy with your flowers on your very special day!