The Love Hate Relationship with Pinterest

Most of us have been on Pinterest; it's great for looking up DIY's and crafts. I have used it to find flower names, colors, and inspiration for the colors used on my website. I just used it to find out how to take in the waste of some pants.

When a couple gets engaged, or even before, the bride or sometimes groom, has their online vision board started on Pinterest. They may have a page just titled Wedding with anything and everything pinned under that page or they may have a page for Wedding Dress, Flowers, Honeymoon, etc. And then there are those that have subpages under the main page. Each tells a lot about the person.

But here is the thing, can you tell when the photos were taken? The style they are looking at may be from 8 or 9 years ago and long out of style. Also, most of the photos are professional photos and have been photoshopped up the wahzoo. Flowers just don't look like that. Take the photo below. Yes there are flowers that can look like one of these roses. but they are far and few in between. Plus the angle that the photo is taken makes the bouquet look much larger than it actually is.

Then there is the unrealistic person telling the florist that I saw the flower on Pinterest so it must be in season; i.e. the peony. Peonies are the "it" wedding flower. They are large, they come in all colors, they smell amazing, the bloom from April to June maybe. I say maybe because it is all about weather. Peonies love cool weather. Alaska actually has a great Peony season, but with temperatures warming up around the world the growing season is getting shorter. But in theory, yes it is possible to get peonies year round. The quality may not be as good and you will pay probably 5 times what you would when they are in season which is already a pretty penny.

These are fake!!
With these flowers, it is easily a $400 + bouquet

So why do florist still ask for a Pinterest page? In all actuality we can figure out the style and colors the bride wants but it may take some probing. Here are some of the questions you will be asked.

Why do you like this type of style? Then we look at the bride and see if it would fit with her body type. We don't want a little 5 foot bride with a bouquet so big it covers her up.

What is it about this exact flower that you like? Remember flowers that are not in season or that grow in another part of the world are terribly hard to get and very expensive. If she says, my Grandmother used to grow them in her garden and they remind me of her; well that is something all together different.

As a florist and an artist we see the photos as an idea while the bride wants is an exact copy. Let me be clear, you will never get an exact copy. Here are a few reasons.

  • The bride wants to pay $150 but if you want an exact copy it will be more like $900 +.

  • The florist is unable to get the exact flowers from their wholesalers, and yes they tried more than one. Florist usually have 2 or 3 wholesalers they work with who intern work with numerous growers. It's not going to happen.

  • What flowers we did order didn't come in so now we have to substitute. It happens way more than you think. A great florist should take you to the wholesaler and tell you what would happen if the flowers they ordered didn't show up and show you how they would then choose your flowers.

  • Do you really want a copy of what someone already had or do you want an original?

So when you fill out the questionnaire prior to your consultation we ask that you be as exact as you can. If you honestly don't know where to begin just say so and come with a color pallet in mind and we can help with the rest. Or if you are one of those that just want to make it easy for yourself and everyone around you and really don't care about getting into every nitty gritty detail go a la carte. A la carte takes the stress away and has already been priced out for you in predesigned bouquets, centerpieces, and wearables. All you need to do is choose the color and how many of each then the florist that provides this type of service, like I do, will deliver to the venue the day of.

Good Luck to all the future brides. All I have to say is relax. It is one day, you don't need to show off to anyone as they already know who you are and love you for that. Be yourself and be happy.

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