by: Lauren

I am so excited to finally share a new special series, “Do This, Not That” with you all! This series was born from a conversation with wedding planner and designer, Amber of Amber Veatch Designs, about how small tweaks can make a big difference in wedding design. In this series, you will see several elements of a wedding design done two ways, all photographed by Caroline & Evan Photography. One way will be the “Not That” way- generic, non-personal, and lacking intentional design. The second will be the “Do This” way, in which the element is taken a step further in personalization or design. The whole goal of this series is to show the amazing things that design can do for your wedding look, and I hope it will inspire you to design your wedding with intention! Take it away Amber!

First up is the centerpiece! Flowers can be a very challenging design element for brides, mainly because most people aren’t knowledgable about flowers. That’s okay, don’t be scared- this is where the professionals come in. We had V List Member Andrea Layne Floral Design create these two arrangements for us. A lot of brides on a budget come in to meet with her and request hydrangea and roses and/or greenery. Her theory is they do this for several reasons. Maybe those are the only three floral names they know and fair enough, you’ve probably never had to know anything about flowers before now. Or, maybe you read somewhere that you should use hydrangea because they are cheaper. There are just so many other flowers out there and they may not necessarily be more expensive than hydrangea and roses.

In the “Do This” centerpiece, Andrea used flowers and greenery that are at the same price point as the flowers in the “Not That” centerpiece. Now, the “Do This” centerpiece is indeed larger than the other centerpiece, so there is a price difference between the two, but if the “Do This” centerpiece was the same size as the “Not That”, then the price would be very close. Work with your professional floral designer to think outside the box and help you select flowers that are within your budget, in season (those two tend to go hand in hand) and best of all, are cohesive to your wedding design.


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A big thank you to all of the vendors who participated in this series! We can’t wait to share the other elements soon!


Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Caroline & Evan Photography // Venue: Forty-Two Ten // Design: Amber Veatch Designs // Floral Design: Andrea Layne Floral Design // Paper Goods: Citrus Press Co. // Linens: Linens By The Sea // Tabletop Rentals and Boxwood Wall: Set Event Rentals // Chairs: A Chair Affair

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Lauren Grove is the editor and owner of Every Last Detail. A clueless bride-turned-wedding planner, Lauren uses her experiences and knowledge to educate and inspire brides all over the world.

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  1. Nicole (just curious)

    This new series is such a great idea! As an interior designer, I always stress to my clients that good design doesn’t mean they must pay more.

    However, please consider having your examples be of comparable price points. Otherwise these visual comparisons loose their effect! The “Do This” centerpiece at least twice the cost as the “Not That” example. Unless they are the same size, how will people understand how a talented designer or planner can give them more bang for their buck?

    Thanks for continuing to present a terrific site – I imagine it isn’t easy with a new baby! Always beautiful weddings and great ideas, I make it a point to check in every morning!

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