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The Potted Pansy's Favorite Color Palettes

No matter where your ceremony and reception will be or what style you choose, one of the first steps in piecing together your wedding-day vision is choosing a color palette. If you aren't sure where to start, here are some tips and ideas to inspire you!

How to Choose a Color Palette for Your Wedding

Even if you have always dreamed of a wedding with a specific look and feel in mind, the early steps in the planning process give you a chance to explore a range of ideas before settling on "the one"! 

You should first start by thinking about which wedding venue or location might provide the right ambiance you're looking for. For example, if you want an organic yet elegant feel, consider selecting an amazing outdoor wedding venue that suits your personality!

Once you have a place booked and a date selected, you can use the location and time of year to give you ideas. And if you're hoping to add a little spin to the style or theme, start looking in places like Pinterest, TV shows, books, restaurants and more to see what may make your wedding unique!

My Favorite Color Palettes

I have a deep passion for the colors of the natural world, and love seeing unique shades come together to create something that truly speaks to who my couples are. Here are a few I can never seem to get enough of: 

Whites to Ivories

For a soft and more classic color palette, I love using a range of whites and ivories together in a way that is non-traditional. 

Muted and Subdued

Although many florists out there love the bright and vibrant blooms (which have a beauty in their own way!), muted and subdued colors can give off such a romantic and organic vibe. It's also a great palette option for those who are planning a desert wedding!

Plum and Rust

These colors are just rich and warm -- especially together in bouquets and centerpieces. If you are wanting an autumn color palette that is a little outside the norm, this might be perfect for you!

Bold Burgundy, Mauve and Greens

And last, but definitely not least, I love seeing burgundy and mauve against green in really organic and garden-style floral arrangements. 

Reach Out to a Wedding Florist in SLC

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Upcoming Wedding Trends: Are They Right for You?

While traditional weddings may never go away, fresh wedding ideas pop up every year. They are a new twist on classic traditions and allow couples to create a unique celebration that’s personalized to their style.

But just like all trends, whether it’s the latest beauty product or clothing style, trendy wedding options may not be for you. Here are some of the latest trends to hit the wedding scene -- are they right for you?

Going Green

The Potted Pansy Morgan Laycock Wedding

Within the last year, there's been a rise in the "all greenery" trend. Instead of using blooms and colorful flowers, some couples are starting to integrate only greenery into their wedding design. 

When done right, the look can be simple, yet elegant! However, this isn't for everyone. Before deciding if this is a good style choice for your wedding, consider the location, setting and overall theme you're hoping to achieve.

If it is an idea you're in love with, talk with your wedding florist to find the right type of greenery that will match your wedding design's aesthetic!

Unexpected florals

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Florals have grown from solely being displayed in bouquets and centerpieces to making their way into every aspect of a wedding. Whether it’s through living botanical bars, a wall installation full of greenery, or big potted plants placed on the aisle, florals are being used in unexpected ways.

If you want to use florals to make a statement at your ceremony or reception, this trend is perfect for you. Freshen up a space by creating a floral display to act as a focal point. But maybe an emphasis on florals isn’t your style, and if that’s the case then stick to florals in a traditional sense by going with a blooming bouquet or elegant centerpiece.

Experience over materials

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It’s all about the experience. From alternate forms of entertainment, a destination location for an intimate wedding, or unconventional food options, couples are seeking to create an experience that their family and friends will get a kick out of. Couples choosing this route over "materials" want their guests to have a unique experience and leave with memories rather than party favors.

This trend can be incorporated in a range of ways, for both modern and traditional weddings. You can either choose an unexpected space, mix up the ceremony structure, or even add a food truck to your cocktail hour. With this trend, the sky’s the limit and you can personalize your wedding with as many experience elements as you’d like, big or small.

Colorful florals

The Potted Pansy Morgan Laycock Wedding

While florals always tend to add a pop of color to a ceremony or reception, weddings are seeing florals going from light pastels to deeper hues.

If you’re hesitant about color but curious to try this trend, add pops of color in small doses by mixing in dark-hued flowers within a lighter bunch. The dramatic colors combined with classic shades will make for a subtle statement if you don’t want to lean full-on into color.

A modern touch

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With a focus on design, weddings are seeing a transition from traditional setups to more modern, architectural spaces. While the rustic farm style had its time to shine, it’s time for museums, lofts, and rooftops to have their moment.

Couples are finding themselves planning weddings at contemporary venues to mix it up and create a memorable experience for guests. If you lean more towards the traditional style with classic elements, then the modern and architectural trend may not be right for you.

But if modern describes your design style then consider incorporating sleek elements into your nuptials. Lucite chairs, transparent table accessories -- mid-century modern is making its way back into the wedding scene.

Contact a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

How to Define and Refine Your Floral Style

Every creative professional out there should work on finding their own unique style and approach -- and florists are no exception. 

Having a floral style allows you to better attract ideal clients looking for a particular look and feel when it comes to their bouquets, flower arrangements and other requests. It also can help you feel more confident in the work you do, especially if you find a style you love to work with!

But finding your individual floral style may seem like a challenge when you first start your floral business. 

Whether you are just beginning to learn the ins and outs of floral design, or you are working on refining your floral style over time, here are a few tips to help you in the process. 

Play with New Ideas

The Potted Pansy and Blake Hogge

Don't be afraid to try new things, even if you've already established a way of designing your arrangements!

You never really know what you like until you've tried it. And should you ever feel like you're losing your motivation, trying new ideas can replenish your creative side and rejuvenate your business!

Learn from Others

Schedule a mentorship session with another florist nearby or sign up for a floral design workshop!

One of the best things you can do for your business is learning from others and being open to constructive criticism. Once you understand how other professionals in the industry create their work, you can adapt it to suit your own needs and ideas. 

Then you'll be able to find your own method of doing things and be drawn to pull in certain components from your lessons that you love along the way. 

Ask Yourself: What Are You Most Drawn to? 

The Potted Pansy and Blake Hogge

As you begin to grow and practice designing florals and greenery, pay attention. 

Which are the flowers you always tend to order more of? Which pictures are you always saving to your boards on Pinterest? What do they all have in common? 

Look for the similarities and repetitions in your work. This is the base of your style! 

Reflect

Try digging into your past for inspiration and ideas!

Your background, hometown, and childhood all may hold unique qualities that can help you define and refine your floral style.

What are the experiences, places, smells or activities that have influenced your life? See if there's a way to incorporate them into your design style. 

Analyze

The Potted Pansy and Blake Hogge

This may seem like a really formal term or way to go about it, but analyzing and evaluating all of these factors above can be the difference between floundering and flourishing. 

Look back on your style over time and notice the signature moments and characteristics your floral designs have. Then write it out and define it! 

Once you know your style, see where it takes you. You might be surprised to learn more about yourself along the way. 

Contact a Premier Floral Mentor

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Each mentoring session is designed to cater to the needs of each attendee. If you’re looking for a mentor who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about mentoring today!

Floral The Potted Pansy
Photography Blake Hogge
Gown Rue de Seine from Alta Moda Bridal
Suit True Gentleman Supply Co
Models Brynn Stahle and Stephen Stahle

The Top 5 Floral Details You Should Include in Your Wedding Design

There are a variety of moving parts involved when bringing your wedding-day vision to life. And sometimes the pressure can feel overwhelming, especially since your wedding design should speak to who you are as a couple, your personality and your style. 

Although every wedding will be different, there are a few key floral details to consider including in your wedding design. Use the list below to guide you as you plan your perfect day!

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The Bouquet

This is the most obvious, but also because it's the most important floral piece! Bouquets are the number one floral detail you should have for your big day. 

Why? Because they complete your bridal look! They are also a beautiful touch that will bring some extra pizzazz to your wedding portraits, and one of the biggest focal pieces your guests will see as you walk down the aisle. 

The Potted Pansy bouquet

Ceremony Florals

Your bouquet isn't the only thing your guests should see during the ceremony!

There should be something in the ceremony area that catches your guests' eyes and says, "Stop here. This is where an important event will take place." 

A few examples may be greenery aisle runners, a ceremony floral installation, or a wall backdrop. And just imagine how the photos will turn out with an extra pop of greenery and/or color!

A Floral Entrance

First impressions aren't just for people! Set the tone as each guest walks in, and it can go a long way in completing the overall ambiance of your wedding celebrations. 

Consider a floral archway, or a set of large floral pots on either side of the doorway. Or for a smaller touch, add some blooms to sit atop your welcome sign! 

The Potted Pansy floral installation

A Floral Installation for Your Reception

Especially if your reception will be in a different location and separate from your ceremony, you may want to consider a focal statement piece for the big celebration!

Adding florals to one main wall in the reception area or hanging a floral installation from the ceiling are both two great ideas for something like this! The key is to remember quality over quantity. People will be far more likely to remember one statement piece more than they'll remember small centerpieces on each table. 

Something for Your Guests

Especially for more formal, sit-down dinner events, giving each guest a little something at their seat or on their plate can have a meaningful impact. 

This can make them feel delighted and welcomed personally. You could go with a simple sprig of greenery or as elaborate as a small potted plant for each guest to take home and remember the day by!

The Potted Pansy Centerpiece

Floral The Potted Pansy
Design and Styling The Potted Pansy
Photography Jessica White Photography
Venue The Loft Studio Lehi
Gown Leanne Marshall
Model Jess Ruiz DelVizo
HMUA Marisa Rose MPH

Contact a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Ranch

If you and your soon-to-be spouse love the outdoors and everything non-traditional, an adventure wedding may be the perfect option! 

What is an Adventure Wedding? 

Adventure weddings have increased in popularity over the last few years -- and for good reason! Not only does it give you the freedom to celebrate your love nearly anywhere you'd like, but you can likely plan it in a shorter timeframe, with less stress and with a smaller budget. 

To put it simply, adventure weddings are ceremonies held in an outdoorsy location, especially in places like the mountains, forest or desert. Although many couples choose to do without any wedding guests, others invite a small group of friends and family to join in on the fun!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliffs Lodge outdoor

How to Plan an Adventure Wedding in Utah

One of the best perks about this unique style of wedding is that you can put as much or as little effort into them as you'd like. You can keep the planning process to a minimum, with only the details you care most about. 

Top Places in Utah for an Adventure Wedding

The first step to planning any wedding is to find the right place to say your vows. Utah's vast landscape offers dozens of great places to have an adventure wedding, which can make it hard to choose just one!

Between five stunning National Parks and a wide range of state and local parks, you're sure to find something you love for an adventure wedding backdrop. You might even take a look at another one of our blog posts on 5 Outdoor Wedding Venues in Utah that may give you the inspiration you need!

Keep in mind that the desert can get extremely hot during the summer and very chilly in the winter. Spring and fall are beautiful times of the year for an adventure wedding in Utah, but if you're up for some snow, winter can be just as beautiful for your big day!

Vendors to Contact in the Planning Process

Once you've found your location, you should begin reaching out to a handful of wedding vendors who can help you bring your vision to life. 

A few you'll want to consider speaking with include a wedding photographer, a floral designer, an officiant, a wedding videographer, and a makeup and hair artist. Once you book your vendors, the rest is up to you! Send invitations to guests you'd like to join in on the fun, or start reserving a place to stay for just the two of you!

The Potted Pansy Bouquet Red Cliffs Lodge

Contact a Top Floral Designer in Utah

The Potted Pansy, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz, is a premier floral designer in Utah. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style (and LOVES elopements/adventure weddings!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy Red Cliff Ranch

Ribbon Honey Silks & Co
Bride Michelle
Venue Red Cliffs Ranch

Enlightened Workshop | Earth

Earth. Could anything get closer to what I stand for, love, and talk about? Not really! Earth. It's Mother Nature in all her glory that allows seeds to germinate, flowers to grow, the clouds to cover, the rain to fall, the snow to cover what was and the spring to bring forth what has become. It's Mother Nature who creates splendid sunsets and billowing clouds for us to enjoy. It's Mother Nature who allows spring to turn into summer and summer to turn into fall and fall to turn into winter. And then do it all again. It's Mother Nature who grows imperfectly perfect things all around us.

So a full workshop dedicated to her meant living and dry and rock and earth. It meant wood and green and flower and leaf. It meant hard and durable and soft and delicate. And it meant the perception of life.

Amethyst rock, geode decor, wood flooring and chairs, hanging greens, and the delicate balance of what was once alive. That is what Earth became. 

The Potted Pansy Utah Geode Wedding
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The Potted Pansy Geode Tablescape
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Which Bridal Bouquet Size is Right for Me?

There are several key factors involved when planning your wedding florals, including colors, style, types of flowers/greenery and more. 

And when it comes to your bridal bouquet, you'll want something that has the perfect balance of being eye-catching while still fitting in with the rest of your wedding day aesthetic. 

If you're trying to figure out which size is best for your wedding bouquet, here are some questions to consider: 

As Ever Photography Small Bouquet

1. What size bridal bouquets are there?

First things first: know your bouquet sizes. Wedding bouquets can range from a smaller size of 6"-7" up to 11"-12" wide, as well as a length up to 18"-20"! 

It's also important to remember that (on average) your wedding bouquet should be larger than those of your bridal party. After all, this is your day! You should be the center of attention in every way. 

2. What styles am I most drawn to at heart? 

Among all the images you've sorted through on Pinterest of bridal bouquets, which ones give you the butterflies? Chances are, your gut is leaning more towards one way or another. 

3. Which flowers or colors are we using in the other floral decor? 

Sometimes, having bouquet flowers that match the rest of your wedding day's design can really bring the whole look together in a beautiful and cohesive way! Additionally, the types of flowers and color options may naturally make a bouquet appear larger or smaller.

And even if you want flowers that are different from the centerpieces, backdrops, and other floral installations, talk with your wedding florist about which ones may have a similar appearance or match the overall look you want to go for so that they don't appear too far off course.  

As Ever Photography + The Potted Pansy

4. What is my wedding dress like? 

 According to The Knot, an "easy rule of thumb is the bigger the dress, the bigger the bouquet." Why? Because if you're wearing a large ball gown dress, but ordered a very small bouquet, the flowers can "get lost" among all the fabric. 

The style of your dress should also be considered. If you have a more patterned, lace, or decorative gown, you may want to opt for a bouquet that is simpler than one that is "busy" or oversized. 

When in Doubt: Talk with Your Wedding Florist

If you're unsure about which size is best for your big day, ask a professional! 

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

As Ever Photography + The Potted Pansy

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography As Ever Photography
Models Hailey Beth McCarty, SierraSarah Parry
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Gowns Custom Design, Dyed Gown, BHLDN & Marisola Capes
 

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend a Workshop in 2018

If you've been slowly growing your business recently, or have been in the wedding industry for a while but have started to feel static when it comes to being creative, it may be time to sign up for a workshop. Or maybe you're a beginner and need those skills to really get going!

Nearly every type of creative or wedding-focused business could benefit from attending a workshop this year and furthering their education, especially since trends and updates seem to happen so often these days

Whether you've thought about it before or not, take a look at some of these top reasons you should consider being a workshop-attendee in 2018: 

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1. Grow your techniques and learn new skills.

Are you still in the early stages of your business? Take a workshop to expand your techniques and skills!

Many of us start a business because it's something we enjoy or are good at. But that doesn't mean we know from the get-go everything there is to know about our industries.

Workshops are especially useful for those who are new to the business, since they can show you tools of the trade and teach you methods from professionals who have been doing it for years.

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2. Continue your education.

They're also extremely useful for established professionals, by allowing them to test out new styles that can help them grow faster than they would have on their own!

Whether you're a wedding photographer, planner or a floral designer, ongoing education is an impactful way to grow your business faster and expand your horizons. 

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3. Re-light your creative flame.

Have you been feeling overworked, uninspired or just stuck in your usual go-to strategies for your work? Attend a workshop to renew your desire, your passion and rekindle the flames that were the reasons you started this career in the first place!

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4. Expand your network.

Workshops are the perfect opportunity to find your tribe, your flock, your squad -- whichever you want to call them! 

Connect with others across state boarders by traveling to one in a place you've never been but have always dreamed of visiting. Or stay local and build relationships with other vendors and creatives nearby!

Not only will you likely make long-lasting friendships, but you'll also likely find others who can be great referral partners for you. 

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5. Escape from the grind.

Maybe all you need is a break from the everyday habits and to-do lists. Or you want a way of de-stressing by getting away from a demanding atmosphere.

A workshop can be the perfect escape from the hard work, and give you a chance to be around whatever you love most, whether that be flowers, cameras and lenses, or art! 

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If you're thinking, hey, maybe I need to check out a workshop, click below! We'd love to have you!

How to Select the Right Type of Centerpiece for Your Wedding

Although it may not seem like it at first, centerpieces can have a big impact on your overall wedding design. Not only do they provide your guests with something beautiful to look at during the reception, but they can also be finishing touches that personalize your wedding and make it stand out from the rest! 

Without centerpieces, a wedding reception design can simply feel incomplete. But with a wide range of styles and looks, selecting the right one can quickly become overwhelming. 

Here are a few important factors to consider when finalizing your wedding design and narrowing down your centerpiece selections. 

The Potted Pansy + As Ever Photography Centerpiece

Consider Your Color Palette

If you have already planned other decor items to a specific set of colors, there's no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to your centerpieces. Aim to keep them within the same range of colors, or choose one or two of your primary colors to ensure consistency. 

Then speak with your coordinator, designer, rental company and/or wedding florist to bring together a design that won't clash with the rest of your decor. 

Remember the Setting

Especially if your wedding is set to be outdoors, you'll want to keep the elements in mind when selecting your centerpiece items. Certain styles of candles can be blown out easily in the wind, and you might want to rely on more hardy plants for settings in full-sunlight. 

The setting of your reception can also provide a lot of inspiration! If you're getting married beside a mountain lodge, you may want more greenery or rustic elements involved. Or if you are celebrating your day in a garden, look for softer, more romantic pieces to go with a springtime vibe!

Tables

Will your guests be seated at large round tables? Or will they be seated along wide rectangular tables? Keeping these in mind when choosing your centerpieces will be important, since one style may fit better on one table size and shape versus another. 

When in Doubt, Speak with Your Vendors

After all, that's what we're here for! We know how to listen to your ideas, understand your vision, and implement a centerpiece design that will bring your wedding reception together. Ask us for advice on florals and greenery, votives and candles, tablerunners and more! 

Looking for a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah?

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

5 Stunning Floral Installation Ideas for Your Wedding

Aside from bouquets and centerpieces, florals play a major role in the overall aesthetic of a wedding. No matter if it’s an indoor wedding or outdoor wedding, rustic or elegant, floral installations and greenery are an easy way to elevate your wedding ceremony or reception.

If you’re a bride that wants to make a statement at your wedding, a floral installation is the perfect way to do so. Whether it’s a wall with blossoming flowers or a table covered of greenery, here are five stunning floral installations ideas for your wedding day.

The Potted Pansy + Ponderosa and Thyme Installation

Wall of Flowers

Is there anything more photo-worthy than a backdrop of nothing but flowers? Draw all eyes towards you and your partner with a wall installation full of flowers or greenery as the background during your ceremony.

Whether you go with natural, viney greenery or choose white roses for an elegant touch, a floral wall is sure to make a memorable statement.

Table Runner

There’s no better place for a long, beautiful piece of garland than down the table as a runner. If you’ll be having long tables at your reception, consider adding greenery to the center as a table runner. They’re a simple way to make the table decor feel effortless and still leave plenty of space for the place settings, food and drinks.

Floral Chandelier

Make florals front and center by incorporating them into the biggest statement piece in the room -- the chandelier. Imagine dancing beneath a cascading arrangement of flowers and greens floating above the dance floor. Dreamy, right?! 

Consider working with your florist to create a floral centerpiece, like a chandelier, that can hang in the middle of the room and create a stunning focal point.

Garland Drapery

Another way to incorporate greenery? By draping garlands throughout the space. Whether your venue is an outdoor tent and the garland is draped from the ceiling, or if it’s hanging against the wall in a modern indoor venue, you can’t go wrong with fresh, decorative garlands.

Hanging Decor

Floating flowers create a romantic setting and are always a hit! If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you can hang floral arrangements or cascading vines from the trees, or if you’re indoors consider hanging something modern like glass globes or geometric structures with flowers woven in. The sky’s the limit!

Close up Installation The Potted Pansy

Contact a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Floral The Potted Pansy with Ponderosa and Thyme at a 1:1 #ponderosaandthymeworkshop
Photography Mariel Hannah
Model Carrie Jones

From the Proposal to 'I Do': A Floral Wedding Timeline

If you and the love of your life recently became engaged, then you probably already know there are a lot of moving parts to consider as you start the wedding planning process. 

When it comes to your wedding bouquets, centerpieces and other floral arrangements, there are certain key steps you should take to make sure everything looks cohesive and runs smoothly. 

Follow these steps to have all of your wedding florals ready for the big day!

Baylee Dennis + The Potted Pansy

First Things First: Venue

Before any other vendor is chosen, finding the right venue is the essential first step to planning your wedding. Why? Because it can shape how the style, setting, and timeline looks for the rest of your special day. 

Take this time to enjoy looking up locations you love. Do you prefer to stay local? Are you looking for a destination? Look through Pinterest and your favorite wedding magazines to find a place you absolutely adore. Once you can't imagine having it anywhere else, secure your date with the venue! 

Baylee Dennis + The Potted Pansy Utah Bride

Think About Design

After your venue has been booked, start brainstorming and researching which floral items you may want involved, including any colors or themes you want to integrate. This will give you a good initial idea of what you're looking for, which is really helpful when you begin to search for wedding florists in the area to discuss options. 

Bring some of your ideas to the table when you schedule your consultation with each florist. You may not need to know exactly which flowers you love or want, but showing images with your vision in mind can help your florist pinpoint the blooms, greenery and overall style that will bring your vision to life.

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Choose and Hire Your Florist

Each time you meet or talk with a potential wedding florist, ask yourself a few key questions. How did it feel talking with them? Are they able to understand and elaborate on your wedding day vision? 

Other important things to consider also include whether or not they can work within the budget you have set aside for the wedding, and how much quality and value you feel you'll get with this florist. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions as you speak with them! You should feel extremely comfortable with your florist, even if it means talking about changes or what you do/don't like down the line. They are a key player in your big day!

You might also want to head over to our blog post on the subject, How to Find the Right Floral Designer for Your Wedding!

Walk the Venue with Your Florist

As you both work together to plan the day's decor and floral arrangements, taking a venue tour can be useful in playing with ideas before finalizing the wedding day design. Have fun walking around and seeing which areas could be great for things like your welcome table, or a jaw-dropping ceremony installation!

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Finalize the Details

The final step to your floral to-do list is simply the logistics: finalizing quantities of items (such as the number of centerpieces, floral crowns or bouquets), where and when the items will be delivered on the day of your wedding, and any other details that haven't been sorted out yet. Be sure to provide your florist with contact information for the other vendors (and vice versa!) so they can take care of the rest for you. 

And then you can relax and enjoy the day without any worries!

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Contact a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Floral The Potted Pansy
Photography Baylee Dennis Photography
Bride Kenzie B Photo
Groom Tyler Ward
Ribbon Honey Silks Co

How to Find the Right Floral Designer for Your Wedding

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Whether you're just starting to plan your big day or you've already begun your search for the perfect wedding vendors, be sure you're working with experienced professionals you trust to help make your dream come true. 

After all, this day requires a lot of hard work -- for you and for your vendors! So you'll want to select ones who understand your style, personality and vision well enough to bring it alive. And when it comes to selecting the right wedding florist, try the following steps to help guide you along the way!

Determine Your Budget

Having a big wedding with all the bells and whistles? Opting for a smaller, intimate ceremony? No matter the size of your wedding guest list, a pre-planned budget can keep you in line so you aren't splurging on areas of the event that may not matter to you as much, and focus more on getting the highest quality vendors for the parts you care most about (such as photography, florals and venue). 

Start with Research

Some of the most well-designed weddings don't come together overnight. They require a certain level of research, so that you know exactly what you want your day to look like and which professionals can help you achieve it! Take a look at platforms like Pinterest and Instagram to get an idea of what floral arrangement styles you love and reach out to your top floral designer choices to see if their available for your date. 

Talk with a Few Florists and Ask Questions

Be sure to narrow down your search to a few of your top wedding florist choices and ask for a consultation. Set a time to meet with them in person (or video chat if you're planning a destination wedding) and ask them key questions to ensure you feel comfortable with them and like what they have to say. Here are some questions you should ask your potential wedding florist: 

  • Do you have my wedding date available? 
  • What is your floral design process like? 
  • What can you do within my budget? 
  • Do you have experience working with my venue? 
  • What flowers might look well with my style or theme? 

Pay a Deposit and Sign an Agreement

When you've decided on the right fit after the consultations, it'll be time to put it in writing! It's standard practice for most vendors in the wedding industry to require some form of deposit to secure their services for your date, and a signed agreement that states what the work will entail. 

Collaborate on Ideas 

And the rest is history! You'll have a blast collaborating on floral design ideas to bring together your wedding day with an organic, natural feel. Talk with them about bouquets, centerpieces, tablerunners, installations and more!

Looking for a Premier Wedding Florist in Utah?

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!
 

Hunter + Ashton | Backyard Utah Reception

The Potted Pansy Hunter Reception Centerpiece

Backyard receptions can be so absolutely beautiful! It's all about creating an ambience, making your guests feel at ease, and celebrating your wedding! Backyard receptions tend to be less formal and more fun, so for couples who enjoy the outdoors and really want to party with their guests, this is a great option!!!

Backyard receptions don't have to be dull either. Spice it up with a fun installation like this canopy area, or add details to each table for guests to enjoy! Create a theme for your party and allow your guests to really relax and have a good time. There is no need for them to rush off! Make this their night's entertainment!

Hunter and Ashton were married on St. John's Island about a month before their reception. The space between their wedding day and reception allowed for a very laid back atmosphere, full of friends, family, and laughter. The backyard was set up in reception style, with a side area for yard games, a bonfire, and of course food! The bride and groom were dressed in regular attire, making it easy for them to join in on the fun! 

The details of this wedding were so fun to create as we pulled in a combination of an industrial look, with added vintage and foliage details! My favorite piece turned out to be the cake table. Scroll down for it...and tell me what you think!

The Potted Pansy Flour and Flourish Cake
The Potted Pansy cake floral
The Potted Pansy Backyard Reception
The Potted Pansy Cake Table
The Potted Pansy Cake Floral
The Potted Pansy Backyard Wedding Details
The Potted Pansy backyard reception

Florals and Installation The Potted Pansy
Photography As Ever Photography
Cakes Flour and Flourish
Rentals Alpine Event Rentals
Design, Decor and Food Kim Johnson
Bride Hunter Kofford

3 Tips for Creating Unique Wedding Florals

Unique Wedding Florals The Potted Pansy

Not a fan of roses? Hoping to stay away from traditional flowers or colors for your wedding flower arrangements? No problem!

Whether you're hoping to achieve that off-beat bride look, or you simply don't want traditional wedding flowers, there are a few key ways to have non-traditional wedding florals for your big day. Take a look at the following tips to help you create an outside-of-the-box bouquet or centerpieces unlike any other!

Choose a Non-Traditional Color Palette

One of the first few steps you can take to have unique flower arrangements is by starting with your wedding color scheme. If a traditional look isn't for you, go for bolder or deeper colors on the color wheel. You might also consider changing out the soft pinks and solid reds with similar colors that might be a little lighter or darker than what you might be used to!

Add Lots of Texture

There's nothing quite like a bouquet that challenges the norm with plants that have fun textures to them! Some options include greenery, branches and foliage, berries, or even seeds. Ask your florist to see what plants might best achieve the look you're going for!

Mix it Up

While it is becoming far more popular than it used to, mixing up the florals you include instead of choosing all one flower is a great way to stand out from the crowd of other brides. It can be really stunning to have a unique combination of florals in your bouquet, especially if you have one big flower to be the focal piece!

The Potted Pansy Saltair Yellow Bouquet

When in Doubt, Ask Your Wedding Florist

Are you wanting to have a bouquet that’s unlike any you’ve seen before? Make a statement with a non-traditional floral design that speaks to your personality and style! 

The Potted Pansy, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz, is a premier floral designer in Utah. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography As Ever Photography
Gown As Ever Photography
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Model Buddrcupp
HMUA Tanglez Hair and Makeup
Film Lab The Find Lab

How to Elope in a National Park

The Potted Pansy Dead Horse Point

One of my all-time favorite settings for elopements is a national park! And luckily here in Utah we have five of them (Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce)! 

If you're planning to elope in a national park, Utah is one of the best places to do so. Learn some tips and information below to create the perfect destination elopement at one of our gorgeous national parks!

Check with the Park About Permits

It's fairly standard for most public places to require permits, and the National Park System is no exception. While you can get married in a national park, you'll likely need to pay for a permit to do so -- even if it's just the two of you plus your officiant. Most of these permits are under $200, and should be reserved as soon as you can (even if that's several months in advance!). Each park may have its own rules, so be sure to ask someone from the park you plan to elope to for more information about their requirements.

Consider the Weather

Depending on the time of year you want to get married, you may have to check with the National Park Service to learn which months may have roads and trails closed off for the winter months. Many of the parks close sections (or the park entirely) on days when snowstorms blow through, so be sure to do your research. 

Ask About Ceremony Locations

Some parks may have specific areas designated for elopement and wedding ceremonies. Check with your park to see if you can get married at a location of your choosing or if they require you to select one from their recommended locations. 

Plan Ahead

Be sure to talk with any wedding vendors (such as wedding florists or photographers) about your specific plans well in advance. This will help them to know where to meet you inside the park, and be prepared in case you are hiking to a specific spot for the ceremony. 

Have a Backup Location in Mind

If you run into problems with weather or some other problem arises, consider selecting a backup location. Thankfully, Utah has several national monuments, state parks, and recreational areas with just as gorgeous views of our state as the national parks do! 

Even Elopements Are Better with Flowers

The Potted Pansy, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz, is a premier floral designer in Utah. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style (and LOVES elopements!), talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

The Potted Pansy + Eden Strader Dead Horse Point

Florals by The Potted Pansy
Photography by Eden Strader
Gown by Natalie Wynn Design
Ribbon by Honey Silks Co

Out of the Dark Shadows | Utah Spring Bouquet

Out of the Dark Shadows, The Potted Pansy

Out of the dark shadows emerges the woman of strength. Though she may falter and fall, she is strong. She is determined. She is full of fire. And her passion burns brighter than any doubts; any fears; any troubles.

Dark Shadows The Potted Pansy

And so it is when winter turns to spring.
And so it is with life.

The Potted Pansy Spring Bouquet

Florals by The Potted Pansy
Photography by Kenzie D. Photography
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs
Ribbon by Honeysilks Co
Model Kendra Mack

How to Choose the Perfect Florals for Your Bouquet

When it comes to selecting flowers and greenery for your wedding, one of the most important steps is choosing which ones you’ll want for your bouquet. Not only will it be one of the most photographed items on your big day, but the bouquet is also a major focal piece that can say a lot about the style you’re going for!

But with hundreds of inspiration ideas on Pinterest, choosing florals for your bouquet can very quickly become an overwhelming task. Take a look at these tips to help you decide on the most perfect florals for your bridal bouquet!

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Think About Your Theme or Style

Are you going for that soft, vintage look? What is your ceremony location like? Which types of florals or greenery might match your wedding dress?

These are all important factors to consider when planning your bouquet. The style, location, theme, setting and color palette should have an impact on your decision.

Do Your Research

Take the time to explore out-of-the-box ideas and save the ones that speak to you the most. Don’t rush into choosing the first one you fall in love with. It’s also helpful to research various types of plants that may match the colors you want to go for. But don't worry, it's our job to help you know what the names of those plants are and how to use them! If you simply have images, that is enough! Remember, you may be surprised to find something you’ve never heard of!

Consider Your Budget

If you have a budget you are trying to stay within, explore various options you love that have a similar vibe or color palette. Your florist will be able to help you narrow down costs and expenses of each of these options. Sometimes you can achieve a look that is just as stunning with flowers or greenery that are less expensive than your top choice!

Ask Your Wedding Floral Designer

When in doubt, ask away! Whether you aren’t sure about how to achieve a certain style or you want to ask for expertise and guidance, speaking with a floral designer is the best stress-free way to plan your bouquet!

Getting married in Utah? Reach out to The Potted Pansy!

The Potted Pansy is Utah’s premier floral designer, owned and operated by Mandy Ogaz. Every arrangement, bouquet and centerpiece is custom designed to reflect your personality and love for one another. If you’re looking for a floral designer who cares about all the intricate details and is passionate about texture, color, and style, talk to Mandy about your wedding today!

Photography by Nicole Aston Photography
Florals by The Potted Pansy
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Gown by Maggie Sottero Designs