Are You Making These 5 Flower Arranging Mistakes?

September 25, 2017

Pulling off a professional-looking flower arrangement might seem intimidating. And yet? It’s really not. Give the tiniest bit of thought to color, composition, and care and you’re more than halfway there. (True story: Even our very own founder, Alice Rossiter, started out knowing nada about flowers.)

Below are a few easy tweaks anyone (repeat ANYONE) can make to next-level their arrangement game.

Not Enough Flowers

More is more! Do a scroll through Pinterest of profesh arrangements and you’ll realize that they’re generally packed tight with flowers and filler—even if the overall effect comes off as free-flowing and boho. The size of your vessel will dictate the amount you need, but the goal is enough volume that there’s little room for movement, unless, of course, you’re decorating with a single blossom or branch.

Kookalaka Colors

Oranges, blues, purples, and greens all in one arrangement—hello Clash City. Purposefully opting for over-the-top hues for a kid’s birthday bash is cool, but otherwise sticking with fewer colors is key for creating a polished, cohesive look. And while there are no hard-and-fast rules, three’s a magic number (think white, pink, and purple with a few variations—light and dark pink—in each).

Everything Too Matchy-Matchy

On the flip side, there is such a thing as too uniform: Alternating rows of red and white roses looks like a bad V-day commercial circa 1994, and nobody wants that.

Cutting All Flowers the Same Length

It’s a rookie mistake we’re all guilty of making because it’s easyyyy: You buy a bunch of flowers, line ’em up on the counter, snip the ends, and stick ’em in a vase. Wah wahhhh. The best arrangements include flowers cut to varying heights with some just peeking over the lip of the vessel while others stick out far and fluttery.

Not Stripping Enough Leaves

No foliage should fall under the water level. Underwater, leaves rot quickly and introduce bacteria, which leads to sad flower wilt.

Want to learn even more? Come hang at one of our flower workshops, held at cool venues around the country, or consider becoming an Alice’s Table Exec and you’ll be able to teach this stuff in no time.

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