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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! 


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. 


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

Amanda + Dominique

Amanda + Dominique Utah Wedding
Amanda + Dom Ceremony
Amanda and Dominique Chandelier
Amanda + Dominique Green Wedding
Amanda + Dominique Modern Wedding
Amanda + Dominique Utah Wedding

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!

Mercedes + Tyler

Mercedes and Tyler Utah LDS Wedding

Because I’ll never get over this sweet, gorgeous late summer wedding! Mercedes and Ty are still some of my all-time favorite people and I jump at every chance to see them! Mercedes gown was absolute perfection. Ty’s light gray suite was elegant yet understated. The way they look at each other was indescribable.

And the dahlias! Oh. My. Word. If you’re getting married in August or September, you MUST have dahlias! Mercedes wanted to incorporate some antique frames that were meaningful so we created this beautiful backdrop for their ring ceremony. Dahlias galore in muted fall tones with all that lush greenery. Oh take me back! Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you for being friends forever!

Mercedes Utah Fall Wedding

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
The Potted Pansy Geode Wedding
The Potted Pansy Geode Tablescape
The Potted Pansy Geode Bouquet

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!

Utah Wedding Florist Bridals

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!

The Potted Pansy Utah Florist

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

The Potted Pansy + As Ever Photography Utah Wedding

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