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Floral Mistakes to Avoid at Your Wedding

When you’re starting to plan for a wedding, you are likely considering floral arrangements. Many people don’t have anyone to help them plan for a wedding who has done it before, and they may be making some common floral mistakes. These floral mistakes could be costing you extra money, time, and frustration as your wedding gets closer. In this article, we’ll discuss a few of these mistakes and what to do instead.

white roses bouquetToo Many or Too Little Floral Arrangements

There are usually two directions that a wedding can be taken: going all out because it will happen once, or trying to stay within a budget. These will both lead to great weddings, but they can also lead to mistakes. When couples decide to go all out on their wedding, they may try to fill every available space with flowers. This may not be practical and it might not make sense for the venue or your wedding or reception. When the room begins to fill up, flowers in the corners will disappear, and flowers in the center with the dance floor, around the area where you’ll be having vows, or that were in the bouquet will stand out the most at your wedding. This applies in the opposite direction if you’re trying to stay on a budget. Instead of going with no flowers, you may find that some flowers soften up the area and will make a big impact where you do put them.

Not Being Flexible With Flowers or Design

Another big floral mistake is not being flexible with your flowers or your design. When you’re not flexible with the flowers that you’d like for your wedding, you might not consider that they aren’t quite in season or that they might just not be available in their best form at the time of your wedding. When there’s some flexibility with your flowers, your florist will have greater flexibility to give you truly beautiful floral arrangements for your wedding and save you the frustration and time wasted. Additionally, when couples find clippings from bridal magazines or images on pinterest that they want to recreate, it can be difficult to do it exactly as in the picture. This can be due to flowers available, colors, and many other impediments. Think of the pinterest and magazine ideas as inspiration instead of the exact floral arrangement you need for your wedding.

Exquisite ShadesStarting Early and Communicating

One last floral mistake that couples make when wedding planning is not starting early enough when planning their floral arrangements.You should research and choose your top florists and then contact them early to ask about their availability at the date that you have chosen for your wedding, if they deliver to that location, and other pertinent questions. Have your colors, venue, and other items picked out before you meet with florists. Once you have chosen a florist, continue to communicate with them when they ask for approval or have other questions. In return, you can also communicate your questions or concerns.

Are You Planning Your Wedding? Start with Wittendale’s Florist!

If you’re starting the wedding planning process, why not give Wittendale’s Florist a call? Our experts can guide you through the process and help you decide on what floral arrangements might work best for your wedding. Contact us today for more information and to get started.

Bring Positivity to January with Floral Arrangements

With the holidays all but done, and January already a week in, it may be starting to feel wintry and blue around your home or workplace. Many people like to decorate during the holidays and when it all comes down, it leaves your space looking empty and without cheer. While flowers may be the perfect gift during the holidays, it can also be the perfect gift to a friend, coworker, or even yourself when January hits. Bring a little positivity into the office or your home with a bright and cheery floral arrangement. Not all flowers will die in cold weather, and this is especially true when you are keeping them inside.

Victorian SpringReplace Decorations with Floral Arrangements

Instead of the harsh transition from a home or workplace full of decorations to a bare and blank space, treat yourself or your office to floral arrangements which will make the transition easier. Choose a cool and subdued floral arrangement for an understated look, or choose bright and cheery to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Not only will the flowers become a “decoration” in the room, but they will also give you something to take care of and see thriving even in the cold and harsh weather.

Keep Them Alive Longer

One of the most important things you can do is to always cut your flower stems–whether from the store or the garden. This is a quick process, and you will do this just to get your flowers in the vase. Afterwards, you can arrange them how you’d like. Make sure you are using a very sharp knife or scissors to cut, otherwise you will end up smashing the stem instead of cutting. Cut the stem at an angle, not too much. Immediately place the stem in the water because it will seal very quickly. Do not wait! You will have to re-cut. Replicate this process with every single flower. Repeat the process in a few days to make sure the flowers are getting the maximum water they need to thrive. Additionally, make sure you are changing water and that your flowers are getting the sunlight they need.

WARM TONESMake Someone’s Day

When you surprise a friend, coworker, or even yourself with a floral arrangement, you are bringing a smile to their face in what can be a very depressing time of year. You don’t have to pick the biggest, most expensive item in the shop to make them smile, but make sure to pick something that you think that they will appreciate. Think about the things they enjoy. Do you know your coworker loves the color yellow? Does your mom enjoy the smell of lavender? Try to think about these things, and then choose or create the perfect arrangement for them. The fact that you thought about the little details really shows you care.

Need Help? Visit Wittendale’s Florist!

At Wittendale’s Florist, we can help you choose the best floral arrangement with your needs and your budget in mind. We have many beautiful arrangements to choose from, and we can help you create a custom arrangement as well. Contact us today or stop in for a visit to our shop!

Halloween Floral Arrangements

fall floral arrangements

When you think of Halloween, the first thing that comes to mind is costumes, candy, or pumpkin. However, floral arrangements and accents have a place in the Halloween atmosphere. Halloween floral arrangements are great for parties, to set on your porch, and to accent your home. We discuss the best display options for Halloween floral arrangements.

Centerpieces and Table Decorations

Centerpieces and table decorations are one of the easiest ways to incorporate Halloween floral arrangements into your. These are classic, easy to put together, and look fantastic and inviting for guests. Also, remember to consider how people use the table and who will be seated at it. At a drinks table, you can use tall spindly branches and dried out flowers. This creates a spooky look. However, at the dinner table, it is better to use shorter, fuller floral arrangements. These allow guests to have conversation without craning their necks. A short glass cube full of deep red roses and also covered in spiderwebs could be a creepy addition to your dinner table.


Party Decor

Halloween floral arrangements are also wonderful additions to a spooky costume party or theme party. Imagine a graveyard in the front yard of the home and walking inside to see antique urns filled with flowers of dark hues, like some dahlias. Perhaps some are dried out, some have spiders “crawling” on them, and some also have cobwebs. This sets the mood of the party the moment that you walk in the front door. Halloween floral arrangements have the ability to turn your party from a cheesy party store event to a fully-formed and spooky occasion.

Porch and Home Accents

Whether you have a Halloween party or not, Halloween floral arrangements really set the mood of the season. A simple fall arrangement can work well for Halloween or Thanksgiving. While most will not last that long, if you have a certain color scheme you’d like to keep throughout the autumnal season then this is your chance. Chrysanthemums, daisies, orange ranunculus, and white hydrangea are all wonderful Halloween and fall flowers. Pick the colors which best suite your style and home. Try a variety of holders from rustic pitchers to vases to pumpkins/gourds to baskets. The sky (and your imagination) is the limit.

Wittendale’s Florist is Your Halloween Floral Arrangement Destination

When you find yourself looking for a beautiful Halloween floral arrangement this season, think of Wittendale’s Florist. Contact us today for more information about what we have available. We create custom and premade floral arrangements, and we work with you to find the right fit for your special occasion, gathering, or party.

Fall Floral Arrangements 2018

Now that fall is finally here, it’s time to start decorating with fall floral arrangements for 2018. Whether floral wreaths or floral accents, decorating your home for the fall season is essential to truly getting into the spirit. Floral arrangements for Thanksgiving and the fall season are always a beautiful touch. In this article, we give you a few tips on how to make the most of your materials and get your house ready for guests and company.

fall floral arrangements

Don’t Be Afraid of Texture

Whether you’re looking to buy arrangements or create your own, don’t be afraid of texture in the fall. Your arrangements never need to be all floral! Try berries, leaves, branches, and accents to give your arrangements interesting texture and depth. This brings a whole new feeling and whole new warmth to the room. Don’t stick to one or two types of flowers and put them in a vase. Choose something interesting for your home that spices up your next gathering.

Tell a Story with Your Fall Floral Arrangements

When selecting from a floral shop like Wittendale’s Florist, you may choose the colors that go best with your home or the season and move on. However, the best floral arrangements that we see are those that evoke a feeling or enhance the the gathering. Think of a fall floral arrangement with berries, leaves, understated reds, and dried gourds. This arrangement brings the feeling of walks through the forest on a fall afternoon or a family gathering years past.

fall floral arrangementsOther ways to enhance your entire gathering with a floral arrangement are to consider the height, width, and placement of floral arrangements to correspond with the area’s purpose. Tall flowers are placed on a drinks table, but shorter arrangements are used for conversation at the dinner table.

Incorporate Harvest Vegetables

When you’re creating a fall floral arrangement for your buffet table or your dining table, try working with harvest vegetables. These veggies give a distinct weight and earthiness to the quality of your arrangement. Floral pieces can be placed throughout, but the whole arrangement will be low to the table and spread out lengthwise in either direction. Harvest vegetables are great because they stay looking beautiful for quite a long time. Just make sure to replace them when they begin to go bad.

Wittendale’s Florist is Your Fall Floral Arrangements Specialist

If you’re looking for a fall floral arrangement for your home, look no further than Wittendale’s Florist. We will work with you to find the perfect arrangement for your home, gathering, or event. We know how important each arrangement can be, and we take pride in our careful work. Contact us today for more information!

Winter Wedding Floral Inspiration

This fall, many of us are getting the finishing touches on our winter weddings. Something you might be waiting on are the floral arrangements. Many flowers are not in season they you may wish to have at your wedding, so it’s important to pick from those that will be the freshest, most beautiful additions to your winter wedding floral arrangements. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.


winter wedding floralOne of the first things a couple usually decides on are the colors for their wedding. The colors may be based on personal style, the changing seasons, or some other reason. In many cases, couples will choose whites for the winter season because they look so nice next to snowy branches and frosted over windows. However, sometimes white will look a little bare because of all of the similar colors. To warm up your wintry wedding, try shades of ivory and light peach and antiqued finishes. These will give your wedding a softer feel and let you stand out from your surroundings. They’re also perfect for winter wedding floral arrangements because there are so many flowers which will work perfectly with these colors, like white roses, lilies, paperwhite narcissus, and more.

Size of Bouquet

No longer is the bouquet a small addition to the bride’s overall outfit. It can be the centerpiece of the whole look when done properly. Small bouquets with delicate flowers are great for smaller weddings with just friends and family. They show that you want to keep it simple, but beautiful. They can also work well with dresses with delicate beading or lacework because they do not detract from that.

If you’re looking for a big, blooming bouquet then it’s important to have a more simple dress with clean lines and understated colors. The bigger bouquet is the centerpiece in that option, and the dress may be beautiful but it is complementing the floral arrangement. For a big bouquet in the winter season, go for dark green leaves and greenery spilling out the sides of your bouquet. This gives the look of a bigger bouquet while still being manageable to carry. Plus, dark green is a great color with ivories and creams, and will look amazing for your winter wedding.

Winter Wedding Floral Centerpieces for Tables at Reception

winter wedding floralWhen the wedding is over, all of your guests will head to the reception. While many brides choose not have a lavishly decorated reception, many take this opportunity to decorate each table with centerpieces and other floral arrangements for their guests. Some even allow guests to take home centerpieces. In these cases, it’s important to choose something that will not only remind guests of the good time that they had, but not die immediately after being taken home. A good thought to keep in mind for wedding centerpieces is that guests may wish to talk across the table. Try to keep the centerpieces tall and skinny or short and squat. In either of these cases, it makes it easier for the guests to talk with each other and not feel cut off by large, floral centerpieces that make it hard to see. Another idea for a fun and interesting choice for winter wedding table settings could be mini succulents. Each succulent in a pot with the guests name and table number could be a great parting gift.

Get Your Winter Wedding Floral Inspiration at Wittendale’s Florist

If your wedding is coming up this winter, give Wittendale’s a call! We can help you brainstorm on which flowers would work best for your wedding, and we will work with you to make sure they are delivered to the right place and on time. We take pride in our work and we want to make sure that you get the best service possible. If you have any questions or would like to get started, please give us a call!

Why Watering Flowers is So Important

It may seem obvious, but watering flowers can be the main cause of whether they stay vibrant and beautiful or wither and die. Of course, there are different flowers that require different amounts of water, different solutions, etc. Plus, if you have flowers already cut in a vase, how often should you change the water? Do you have to re-cut the stems? Wittendale’s Florist has a few tips for your floral success!

Flowers in a Vase

watering flowersThese flowers are already cut, arranged, and ready to go! However, there a few tips that you need to keep in mind to keep them happy and healthy. The first is that you should always cut the stems at angle every three to four days. This will let the flower continue to drink water and get food. Additionally, make sure that you are replacing the water! Do not let murky, dirty water sit with your beautiful flowers. You can bet that you wouldn’t enjoy drinking soiled water, so why would your plant? You can use the packets given to you to keep your flower healthier, but they are not necessarily necessary and you shouldn’t feel pressured to add more every time you replace the water. Flowers do die eventually if cut, and this is expected. Treat them well and they will last as long as they possibly can!

Flowers in a Pot

How much you water flowers in a potted container will vary based on soil type and flower type. It will also vary on how much sun that the flower receives. Is it sitting outside in the sunny and humid weather? Or is it sitting in indirect sunlight on the kitchen counter? Take these things into consideration before watering your plant. Even if you just have this basic common sense knowledge, you make a judgement call on how often that you need to water your flowers.

Basic Guide to Watering

sunflower watering flowersDirect Sunlight, Dry Soil: This plant needs watered today! The soil is dry and it is not getting the nutrients that it needs on such a hot and sunny day. Water the plant as you would regularly for this plant type. Do not overwater.

Indirect Sunlight, Partially Dry Soil: This plant might need watered. When was the last time it was watered? If it was recently, the soil underneath may still be retaining water. It’s also in indirect sunlight, so it isn’t drying up as fast. Follow your normal watering procedure for this plant, and water again if it starts to look dry.

Rainy, Wet Soil: This plant does not need watered. The rain just did it for you! However, keep in mind that you need to keep your flowers from being overwatered. Bring it inside if there is daily downpours that are killing the flowers.

What else is important for your flowers?

Your flowers need just a few things to survive and thrive, but they need them in varying quantities depending on their specific needs and what the climate is like. What are these things?


It’s your job to maintain these things to make sure that your flowers are beautiful and healthy for the whole time you enjoy them.

Wittendale’s Florist Can Help You with Watering Needs

If you’re not sure when you need to water your flowers or change the water for your arrangement, we will happily give you advice! If you have a garden of your own, we’re also happy to give you tips on what we do to keep our flowers healthy and nice. Give us a call today and we can advise you on what to do. 

Flower Arranging Doesn’t Need to Be Difficult

Flower arranging may seem like an art of the past, of days gone by where hostesses carefully put together centerpieces for their tables, but it still has great use today. If you have a garden and want to arrange flowers for centerpieces, gifts for family, or other purposes, floral arranging is a must! We’d like to give you a few basics to get you started.

How to Cut Flowers

flower arrangingThis is the most important step in flower arranging as it will be the difference between a vibrant, long-lasting arrangement and a dull, dead arrangement. All flower stems should be cut. Whether they’ve already been cut in the store, whether you want to or not, they need cut! But how do you do it safely and with the least damage to the stem? Let’s find out!

1. Take the time to set everything out and get your arrangement container (vase, bowl, etc.) ready to use with water, you have a sharp knife, and your flowers. This is a quick process, and you will do this just to get your flowers in the vase. Afterwards, you can arrange them how you’d like.

2. Make sure you are using a very sharp knife or scissors to cut, otherwise you will end up smashing the stem instead of cutting it. It’s very important that the stem has as much surface area as possible to drink from.

3. Cut the stem at an angle, not too much. Immediately place the stem in the water because it will seal very quickly. Do not wait! You will have to re-cut. Replicate this process with every single flower until you have all in the vase. Repeat the process in a few days to make sure the flowers are getting the maximum water they need to thrive. Now, you can begin the process of arranging.

Weighting & Foam Tips

Add the biggest, heaviest flowers first. They will lay down on the vase, and will not crush the smaller flowers that you lay on top. Then, place smaller and softer flowers on top of that. Leave space in between the stems, and you can also hold the flowers in a specific place with foam. Foam can be easily hidden behind large blooms.

Switch it Up

assorted greeneryAdd lots of different flowers! Different shapes, sizes, and colors will make the arrangement varied. However, if you’re going for a certain color scheme, pick flowers with hues within that shade. Or choose complementing colors (across the color wheel). We can advise you on which colors of flower types will complement each other in an arrangement.


Make sure that your flowers don’t look short and squat! You want them to waterfall up and out so that they are much taller than their container size. This is more visually appealing, and it will lead the eye upward so that your whole tablescape appears grander. In certain circumstances, like with round blooms in a round bouquet, it’s all right to have it more short and squat, but in most cases you want a spray of flowers. Make sure to keep in mind how large your arrangements are as well because you don’t want to be craning around the giant centerpiece just to talk to your friend.

Have fun and get creative!

Don’t let flower arranging become a chore! It can be a relaxing and great outlet for your creativity that also lets your parties and dinners look amazing. Don’t let this art fall away to the past. However, if you’ve tried it and it’s just not your thing, no worries! Wittendale’s Florist has you covered with beautiful arrangements for every occasion. Contact us to find out more about our options.

Floral Arrangements for Summer 2018 Parties

Are you looking for a way to make your summer parties stand out from the crowd? Be the envy of your family and friends with a classic, elegant touch. Wittendale’s Florist can help you achieve that with floral arrangements for summer 2018. Let us help you find the feeling of your party. 

Classic, Light Summery Affair

WHITE GARDENSpring and summer is for flowers. Most people think of bright, light flowers arranged beautifully in the garden area. Whether you live in a regal mansion or a humble cottage, we help you find the perfect flowers. The colors of your home matter when searching for a light, summery look. If your home is painted in shades of red, it’s better to pick a complementing color rather than the same color (i.e. roses).

Beautiful flowers to consider for a classic, light summer affair might be lovely pink or white peonies and lilac sprigs tucked between. These are great complements, and they are both classic flowers that most everyone knows and appreciates. Lilies and grasses are a favorite for a more sophisticated look that fits with any party. Be sure to keep feline friends away from the plants, as they can be toxic to them. These arrangements are suitable for a baby or bridal shower, lunch with friends, or a dinner on the beach.

Bright, Sunny, and Fun Arrangements

citrus floral arrangementIf you’re looking for a pop of color with your floral arrangements, bright, bold hues with dark green leaves and grasses tucked in between are your best option. Our Classic Charm arrangement is the perfect fit for this. Sunflowers,clematis,queen annes lace,mini green hydrangea, green hypericum,and bordered by lavender roses. This is a beautiful summery arrangement that is a classic while still having bright colors.

Another choice for a bright, sunny arrangement might be that of our Citrus arrangement. This bright colorful arrangement is unique green ranunculus, lavender freesia, mini orange spray roses, lavender hyacinth and sprigs of lemon leaf. This arrangement is complemented by our Gerbera Brights arrangement of hot pink and red gerberas mixed with miniature gerberas in orange, hot pink and yellow. Salal and seeded eucalyptus add a touch of green. Both of these arrangements are perfect for a colorful get together like a birthday party, housewarming party, or brunch with friends.

Custom Arrangements

hanging flower basketsCustom floral design is the best way to get exactly what you’re looking for! We work with you and hear your ideas on what you want to see for your custom arrangement. We recommend which flowers are best for the season and help you with flower meanings. It’s also important to work with complementing colors and matching the theme of your home and gathering.

Summer is the time for weddings, and custom arrangements are perfect for your wedding. Choose the right colors, flowers, and arrangements to match your wedding and we’ll get it ready for you. Weddings are a great time for flowers, and summer weddings have beautiful flowers in bouquets, on tables, next to the aisles, and even on an arch above or around the couple during the ceremony.

Contact Wittendale’s Florist for beautiful floral arrangements for summer 2018 parties. We help you choose what’s best for your party, and deliver it to you in no time. Give us a call today and get started getting the floral arrangements of your dreams.

How to Choose Floral Wedding Arrangements

Are you looking for floral wedding arrangements, but you’re not sure exactly what you want? We all love to look at a beautiful arrangement, but sometimes we don’t know what’s the best flower for our event or what looks nice together. There are a few things to consider when choosing floral wedding arrangements, and these include color, flower meaning and type, and scent.


white roses bouquetColor is probably the first thing that you think of when deciding on which flower to choose for wedding arrangements. You may have theme colors for your wedding, or you may just like a certain color for the event and want the floral arrangements to match. Whatever the reason, color is most likely on your mind with floral arrangements.

The first thing to consider with color is whether the color complements the room and the event. If you’re looking for a sophisticated aura, you may want to go for lighter or more subtle flower colors (like pink roses or lavender) instead of bright and bold colors (like in sunflowers). If you’re looking to have a more whimsical vibe, you may choose to do the opposite! The colors that you choose will depend on your own style and how you want to incorporate that into your event.

Flower Meaning and Type

Another point to consider when choosing flowers is their meaning and type. The type of flower can be important because of the shape or how it fits in with other flowers in the arrangement. Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouses, Inc. can advise you on which flowers will do well together and which may be better be left alone.

The flower meaning can convey feelings. In Victorian times, the flower you gave to someone meant something specific. For example, a red rose is a sign of passionate love, but lilies are commonly associated with funerals and may not be a first choice for a wedding. It’s important to consider the meaning of flowers to express yourself for your wedding through beautiful floral arrangements and bouquets.

Exquisite Shades


If you don’t like the scent of the floral wedding arrangements, you’re not going to enjoy the wedding or the reception where they are in abundance. Before choosing a floral arrangement with a new flower you’ve never smelled, take a visit to the greenhouse and make sure you like the scent. It will be a very long day if you’ve got a headache from the hyacinth by 2 pm.

At Wittendale’s Florist and Greenhouses, Inc., we can help you find the perfect floral wedding arrangements. We will work with you to get a sense of your style, preferences, and feelings to create a truly unique and wonderful arrangement for your wedding. Additionally, we have styles already designed that you can choose from. Whatever you do choose, give us a call today to chat about your options!