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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

5 Wedding Flower Mistakes to Avoid

There are so many moving parts involved when planning a wedding. So it's totally understandable that many couples rush through some steps in the process! However, it's important to make decisions carefully, so that they don't become mistakes you regret down the road. 

If you're currently in the process of selecting your wedding floral arrangements and decor, here are some mistakes to avoid at all costs -- and you're wedding florist will thank you for!

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Flower Mistake #1: Lack of Research

Choosing your wedding day floral designer shouldn't be a decision made lightly. Be sure to do your research! Remember to find someone that you feel comfortable with, who sees your vision and enhances it, and who makes the process seem simple and fun!

#2: Not Listening to Your Gut Instinct

Remember: this is your day. If you ever feel that knotted feeling in your stomach about a decision you already made, do your best to change it while you can! 

#3: Picking Flimsy or Overly Fragrant Flowers

There are some flowers that may sound pretty for a bouquet or centerpiece in theory, but in reality can affect your wedding day in a negative way. Ask your florist for their recommendations on flowers that hold up well in bouquets, especially for outdoor weddings. And try to limit how many strong-scented flowers you place at each dinner table -- they may overpower the room and affect your guests' appetites!

#4: Being Too Picky

Flowers are seasonal, and this is an important factor to remember! If you're having a spring wedding, but are hoping for flowers that bloom in fall, you will likely have a harder time obtaining the flowers you want. And even if they are available, chances are that they will be much more expensive than you'd like. 

#5: Color Choices

Many of the best wedding florists can assist you with selecting flower colors that would work well with your theme, setting and dress colors. Try to be open minded about the process! And strive for bridesmaid bouquets that aren't too monochromatic with their dresses -- you want the bouquets to stand out from their dresses, not blend in! 

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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 Abbey Armstrong Photography
Gown Margenes Bridal
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Bride Destiny Nichalson

5 Unique Ways to Integrate Flowers Into Your Wedding Day

If you're anything like me, then you probably LOVE flowers -- especially when it comes to wedding decorations and accessories! Although most people typically think of wedding day flowers in relation to the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces, there are many more ways to add a bit of nature into your wedding theme and designs!!

Here are some fantastic ideas to consider for your big day that will make it stand out from the traditional wedding we've all seen before: 

The Potted Pansy and Sara Weir Floral Installation

Include a Ceremony Installation

Ceremony installations and backdrops that involve a lot of greenery and florals are one of my all-time favorite things on this planet! I believe it truly gives an extra bit of romance to a moment that will mean so much to the both of you -- so why not make it even more special by standing in front of something beautiful?! Whether you're looking for a beautiful arch covered in garland and roses, a large greenery backdrop, or some other unique idea, including a ceremony installation is a gorgeous way to elevate your vow ceremony. 

Choose a Floral Hairstyle

I love love LOVE that flower crowns and floral hairstyles are back "in" again! No matter where you're getting married or what your wedding day style is, there is certainly a floral hairstyle to match. Prefer a simple look? Find one bloom that grabs everyone's attention! Going for a boho vibe? Nothing fits that better than a flower or greenery crown! You might even consider having your bridesmaids involved, each with a slightly different look!

Greenery Down the Staircase

Is there a grand entrance to the building at your venue? Or stairways at a particular spot that will be involved in one of the wedding-day festivities? Think about adding a bit of color to make it your own! Garlands are beautiful for this option, but so are other types of greenery, especially if you blend in some of your color palette or similar flowers to the ones in your bouquet. 

Hang Flowers from the Ceiling

Get glamorous and creative with floral chandeliers and dangling installations above the dance floor or reception tables! You can make it as over the top or as simple as you'd like, and it's definitely one that your guests will be talking about for days to come. 

Add Flowers to the Venue Fountain

If your wedding venue has one or more fountains onsite, you might want to ask the venue's coordinator if they allow flowers in the fountain! You could create an overflowing bouquet-like piece to really give it some personality, or you could use small flowers that float on the water's surfaces -- a truly romantic and dreamy option!

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 Installation The Potted Pansy
Design and Photography Sara Weir Photography 
Gown Shop Gossamer
Jewelry Kohnur
Model Pamelagiahi
 

The Best Flowers + Foliage for Fall Bouquets

Fall is my absolute most favorite season of them all for so many reasons! Not only are the colors just jaw-dropingly gorgeous, but its colors are just so warm and inviting, especially for wedding bouquets!!

Fall weddings are all about embracing the season and the nature changing around you! In Utah, the mountains start to change color in early September and gradually the colors fill the valley through October -- making this time of year just perfect for saying your vows and celebrating love!

Fall Wedding Bouquet Ideas

What flower colors are best for each season?

If you're getting married in Utah around this time of year, it's fun to select colors that tie your wedding to the natural world around you, and only enhances and amplifies the decor you choose! One of the most commonly asked questions I hear is what coloring is best for each season. I like to respond by saying that nature tells us what is best already! Each season, nature gives us flowers and foliage that are truly distinctive and indicate what colors are best to use for wedding bouquets, decorations and backdrops. 

Autumn Wedding Flower Ideas

What flowers work well with fall weddings?

Fall is full of golden tones ranging from the very light, almost champagne side to the dark, coppery side. To achieve these color ranges, consider using some (or many!) of the following flowers for a stunning fall wedding:

Adding Foliage to Your Bouquet

And it wouldn't quite be a true fall bouquet if you didn't have some gorgeous foliage! When I can, I love finding some of my favorite fall foliage right in my backyard and foraging the colorful greens for my clients' floral decor. But if I'm purchasing, I'll almost always go for the following foliage: 

Bridal Bouquet Ideas for a Fall Wedding

Add in Lots of Texture

For some truly unique details and texture in your floral bouquet, try adding in some of my favorites: 

Contact the Best 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!

Florals The Potted Pansy
Photography Blake Hogge
Ribbon Honey Silks Co
Local Dahlias Poppin' Blossoms

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