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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. 

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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! 

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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!

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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

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
 

Ribbon! Why It's All the Rage in the Wedding Industry

Over the last few years, ribbon has become increasingly popular in the wedding industry -- and for good reason! 

Not only is ribbon a beautiful fabric to integrate into your wedding day, it also has a wide range of uses. Here are some of the top reasons why ribbon is trending in our industry today:

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Ribbon is Elegant, Yet Simple

While other fabrics like lace and burlap have their own purposes, ribbon is the right balance of elegant and simple. It also has a sleek appearance while still being soft to the touch, which makes it a perfect chic addition to wedding dresses and decor. 

And who doesn't love the way ribbons float in the wind? It's simply timeless!

Natural Colors

Another popular reason why ribbon is all the rage today is the use of natural dyes. Ribbons dyed with flowers and other greenery gives it an organic look that can be hard to find in other fabrics. 

This also means the colors will look great with other soft and natural colors in a wedding's aesthetic, such as the dress, floral centerpieces and ceremony installation. 

Versatility

One of the best perks of using ribbon? It works for a variety of items!

From the base of the bouquets and cake layers, to a sash on a dress and the backs of the guest chairs, ribbons can bring together a wide range of wedding elements into one cohesive look everyone will love. 

My Favorite Go-To Ribbon Options

The majority of my ribbons come from Honey Silks Co., who I also just ordered some velvet ribbon from and can't wait to use! The other two I love are froufrou Chic and Silk and Willow

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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 Tyler Rye
Coordination and Editorial Publishing Utah Valley Bride
Ribbon Honey Silks Co and Frou Frou Chic
Gown Cathy Telle
Model Bri Stauss
HMUA Thomas Times and Chantry Wagstaff

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

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!
 

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That dogwood though. Enough said.

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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
 

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