March 27, 2012

It's Not Fair Pinterest, It's Just Not Fair!

Recently we have had an increase of brides wanting flowers in teal/turquoise. Now if you are a Pinterest addict like most of us at Lisa Foster Floral Design then you know Pinterest is the Pandoras box of craft ideas, flower inspiration, food know-how and anything else anyone could ever need to know. The downfall with Pinterest is that sometimes it is hard to figure out what is real and what is not. 
We love and hate it for many reasons. Pinterest helps our brides organize their ideas, get inspiration and learn about what flowers could be available to them for their wedding. We hate Pinterest because sometimes the photos have been altered, flowers have been painted or they are fake. The popularity of the color teal has caused some heartache for brides. Since Lisa likes to say, "God doesn't make teal flowers".  Now where does that leave us? 
Well, unlike the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland we can't paint the roses red...or teal. There is a special paint for flowers but not all flowers look good painted (see calla lilies below). In all honestly, we don't like to do it! Painted flowers look unnatural in most cases. The one flower that does well with floral paint are hydrangeas. They are the only flowers we will tint when the real ones are not available.  The colors that we typically use are soft pink, blue and green. Since Hydrangeas come in those colors naturally then most of the time you can't tell the difference. 
Another way to color flowers is to let them drink colored water... this works with carnations and regular daisies. We normally suggest for girls looking to use the teal/turquoise color to use it in the wrap of the bouquets. It helps to tie in the color without being too much of a good thing. Also, we tell them to keep in mind is that if you have a teal dress you want the flowers to pop, not blend in.  
Example of the colors blending into the dresses photo via Pinterest  
Artificial teal flowers.

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