This is a guest blog while I am on vacation from my good friend Judy, of “Fancy Pants Weddings” 

One of my best friends is an amazing wedding photographer and she has been helping me improve my photography skillz.

A while back I went with her to a wedding to act as her second shooter. As I was unloading the cameras, she came over to me and whispered, “Don’t tell them you are a florist!” Why? Because there was a major floral disaster happening in the kitchen of the bride’s home and my friend did not want to lose her second shooter if they enlisted me to help fix the problems.

We have all heard about it and in some cases, seen it. The DIY trend come home to roost. In this wedding’s case it was an Aunt that was a retired “florist”. I do not know what her background was, how long she was in the floral business or how long she was out of it, but this lady should have never undertaken the job of wedding day floral designer.

Yes, it WAS that bad!

*Bridal bouquet featured gerbera daisies which wired down the stem for support.  The wire sticking out of the bottom of the bouquet and kept snagging and ripping little holes in the bride’s dress.
*The callas in the bridal bouquet were brown and wilted.
*Phalaenopsis orchids were clumsily wired into the bouquet and were wilted and dead.
*The stem of the bridal bouquet was so large it resembled a “trunk”.  The bride could hardly wrap her hands around the stem.
*The ribbon on the bridal bouquet was supposed to be ivory was actually yellow.
*The bridesmaids’ bouquets also had wire sticking out of the bottom of the stems.  The wire was catching on and snagging their dresses.
*The red ribbon used to wrap the bridesmaids’ bouquets was not color fast and bled red dye all over their hands.
*Flower girls’ headbands had flowers sticking about four inches off the tops of their heads.
* The flower girls’ head band were too heavy and  kept flopping off the tops of their heads and covering their eyes.
*The flower girls were given fresh red rose petals to sprinkle down the aisle of the church. The red rose petals were crushed into the beige carpet leaving awful burgundy stains all over the church’s carpeted aisle.
*Corsages were cymbidium orchids on the stem with a couple of pieces of sword fern just clamped into an elastic wrist-lette. The metal clamp and mechanics were all exposed and snagging the women’s dresses.
*The orchids in the corsages broke off because nothing was holding them in.
*The boutonnieres were roses with the blunt cut of the rose stem showing wrapped partially in ribbon.  The ribbon secured with a pin that painfully stabbed anyone that hugged the guys.
*At the reception each table was decorated differently (all 15 of them) with no sense of continuity.  The tables ended up looking like they were holding a garage sale.
*Large guest table arrangements right in the guest’s line of sight causing many guests to move the centerpieces on to the floor so they could talk to the people across the table.
*The water in clear vases were slimy, murky and cloudy.

DIY turned into a DI-WHY ME??!!

You can buy a book or watch a You Tube video to learn how to arrange flowers.  But what about all of the other little things?  Things a special event floral designer with years of experience knows how to avoid.
I can understand why some brides will think they can design their own wedding flowers.  The money to be saved can be tempting.  But I URGE you to think it through!  Just because a well meaning friend or family member says they can design flowers, bake your cake or take your pictures doesn’t mean they should.

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