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How to Select the Perfect Wedding Vendor Team

There are a lot of moving parts involved when planning your dream wedding, especially since the day is about more than just how the celebration looks -- it's about how it feels. After it is all said and done, how do you want to feel when you remember it, when you scroll through your photos or watch your video? 

One of the best ways to look back on your day and feel confident about how the whole event came together is to choose a truly amazing vendor team. Here are some helpful tips to get you on the right track to selecting the perfect vendors for your wedding:

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1. Meet with them face-to-face. 

Speaking with each vendor as you shop around is extremely beneficial in several ways. First, it gives you a face to a name, allowing you both to communicate more easily and get a sense of each other's personalities. 

You'll also feel more comfortable asking them questions over the course of the planning process, and you won't show up the day of not knowing what they look like. 

And even if you're planning a destination from afar, many vendors offer ways to virtually meet through programs like FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts. You'll be glad you did!

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2. Don't be afraid to ask questions. 

Write a list down in advance before speaking with each vendor, and jot down notes as you talk.

And after you meet with each vendor, remember to consider how they make you feel. Are you comfortable speaking with them? Do you jive with them and feel confident in their ability to help make your wedding day unforgettable? 

It's also okay to meet with a few different people who offer the same services to make sure you are ready to work with the one that fits best for the role. No need to feel pressured to choose the first one you talk to, just to choose the right one. 

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3. Ask your vendors for referrals. 

Having a hard time finding other vendors after you've already booked a few on your list? Ask those you're working with who they might recommend for the other services!

Some of the best wedding professionals in the industry have made solid connections with other top-notch vendors they work with regularly (or have even started close friendships!). What this means for you is that they will be personally vetted by someone else you already trust. 

It also can help make your day go far smoother, since they will already be able to communicate with one another before the day even begins. 

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4. Do your research. 

Take a look at their previous work. Read reviews. Compare package offerings (remember: it's not always the price you should be looking at, but what you get for what you pay). 

Researching your options thoroughly can give you a big head start before you even reach out to a handful of potential vendors.

Try search on more than one platform: Google, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and of course wedding websites like WeddingWire and The Knot. You don't need to overwhelm yourself by searching through them all, but exploring more than one will allow you to broaden your search and have the best chances of finding the perfect vendor team for your wedding. 

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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!

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Couple Katie Bowman and Jules
Photography Emma Vidmar Photo
Event Planning & Design: Sage and Thistle
Florals The Potted Pansy
Gown Designer Anne Barge
Gown Shop AltaModa Bridal  
Ring Catbird NYC
Hair Lunatic Fringes
Rentals All Out Event Rental
Catering Marvellous Catering
Groom's Tux Zegna
Lighting Moon Light
Linens Susan's Party Rentals
Cakes
Bubble and Brown Bakery
Cake by Courtney
City Cakes Bakery & Cafe
Granite Bakery
 

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
 

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!

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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!
 

Copper.

This popped up in my feed today. From a year ago. I remember this shoot so well, remember waiting patiently for the day to finally arrive when Haley Nord and I would work copper. 

Copper The Potted Pansy and Haley Nord

I remember when Haley finally found this gown. It was perfect. The copper glow was gorgeous. The details absolutely divine. It wasn't over the top, but it had just enough splash. And the way it glistened! Oh the way it reflected the sun. Words will never be able to describe that!

And then the planning really started. We decided on a desert landscape to accent the copper and really bring in a earthy vibe. Of course, I loved that. But when we arrived at the location, the funniest thing happened. There was a small group of campers set up near where we had planned to shoot. They had a small fire going, a few motorbikes, and seemed to just be enjoying themselves. So, why not continue as planned? And we did. During set up, the campers pulled out their guns and by the time we were doing the shoot, they were shooting as well! Not at us!!! But at targets. Poor Haley! Every time a gunshot would go off, it seemed that she was in her most concentrated place and it startled her so badly! Such is real life! It's not always what we seen in the images!!!

This is one of my favorite bouquets, in one of my favorite locations, with some of my favorite people. And the images take me back to the memories of first time I ordered flowers in from out of state. To one of the first times I really felt that the structure of the bouquet was spot on. The first times that I knew this is how I wanted to design. To my love for saturated, bold, beautiful color. And how that bold color contrasts with the colors of the desert, sometimes washed out and subdued and drab. And it takes me back to the essence of me and the essence of design. And it makes me happy. I hope it does the same for you!

Copper Shadows
The Potted Pansy and Haley Nord
The Potted Pansy Copper Geode
The Potted Pansy Dinner Scape
The Potted Pansy Copper
The Potted Pansy Copper Bouquet
The Potted Pansy Copper Roads
The Potted Pansy Copper with Haley Nord

Florals and Tablescape The Potted Pansy
Photography Haley Nord
Model Lauren Bledsoe
HMUA Megan Gorley
 

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