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How To Create the Perfect Cottage Wedding

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Everyone loves a cottage-style wedding venue, with a mix of indoor/outdoor spaces, and that rugged vintage charm. So earlier this year, some wedding vendor friends and I got together to create this styled photo shoot using dreamy earthy wedding decor, with a few boho details and a warm color pallet. If you would like to learn more about what a styled shoot is in the wedding industry, and hear the full story behind this photo shoot, click HERE.

My nickname for this color pallet is “Butterscotch Sunset”, haha. I chose these colors to compliment the natural elements of this gorgeous cottage-style wedding venue, like the rugged wooden features of the open-air tent and the stone detailing of the on-site cottage. We knew that including items with a more natural, organic feel would be key to create this charming and earthy look.

Scroll down further to see every single items that we used to pull together the look of this cottage styled shoot.

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Eucalyptus Wedding Flowers…with Stunning White Peonies

Our 100th Wedding!!!

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White Peonies and Eucalyptus, Wedding Flowers, Chattanooga Wedding Florist, Lang Floral Designs
Captured by Kartsie Photography.

It kind of blows my mind that this eucalyptus winter wedding was our 100th! I can remember each and every one of the 100 weddings we’ve done, and have a great sense of appreciation for each wedding. It’s an absolute honor to be chosen to work on a wedding, and I never take for granted the weight of each event. Two people are getting married and starting their lives off together…and I get to be a part of it. It’s really amazing that we have been involved in 100+ at this point.

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Earthy Wedding Decor – A Styled Shoot with Natural Elements

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Back in the Fall, my friend Katherin from Resounding Whispers Photography and I started talking about doing a styled shoot together this Spring. We decided to do earthy wedding decor and collaborate with some of our favorite Chattanooga-area vendors. Little did we know, Spring 2020 was going to be practically non-existent due to COVID-19.

Earthy Wedding Decor, Lang Floral Designs, Chattanooga Wedding Florist

What is a Styled Shoot?

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A Wedding Budget Breakdown With Percentages…Plus Free Spreadsheet!


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Wedding Budget Breakdown with Percentages

As owner and lead florist of Lang Floral Designs, a wedding floral studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I see a very wide variety of wedding budget breakdown percentages. Each bride or client who reaches out to us about their wedding flowers receives a questionnaire from us which includes a few questions about their wedding and floral needs so we can review it and make sure we’re a good fit. Within that list of questions is “Overall Wedding Budget” and “Floral Budget”, and I can’t tell you how often we get an answers like “I really have no idea what I should be spending on flower (or what wedding flowers cost), so right now I’m just looking for some pricing.”

However, before we schedule our first meeting, I require some kind of answer about the budget breakdown from them. Here’s why: What if the floral budget is a huge question mark and after we meet I give them a quote for their DREAM WEDDING floral package of $5,000+? But if they were actually hoping for a quote of under $2,000, then the bride is going to be so shocked by the quote that she’ll probably just move on to the next florist in town. So now we’ve both waisted a bunch of time.

I would so much rather get a sense of what the client feels would be reasonable for their wedding. It’s not that we can’t work within a smaller budget. But with a rough budget of about $1,800, I would have never spend an hour+ in a meeting talking about the DREAM wedding package. We would have looked at her inspiration pictures and said “Okay, so if you LOVE this extravagant centerpiece, but you’re on a tight budget, maybe we could do 4 centerpieces similar to that (slightly scaled down), and 10 smaller and more affordable centerpieces on the remaining tables to balance out the cost.”

So how much should you be spending in each category of your wedding budget? Read more to see our suggested percentages and download your own customizable wedding budget Excel spreadsheet!

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10 Tips for Budget Friendly Wedding Flowers

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Here at Lang Floral Designs, we have created wedding flowers for more than 100 weddings. So when working with a tight budget, how do you know whether or not you can afford to hire a florist? How do you know if you can manage to DIY your wedding flowers. And if you do decide to hire a professional, how can you make sure to choose options that are affordable. Here are my PRO tips for budget-friendly wedding flowers.

Need help with your wedding Budget? Click HERE to download our Wedding Budget Spreadsheet with Percentages.

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15 Ideas for Your Wedding Flowers and Decor

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Here at Lang Floral Designs, we have created wedding flowers for more than 100 weddings. There are so many great ideas out there for wedding decor, color pallets and flowers, that it can feel impossible to choose. But we always love when couples choose a style that fits their own personality to create a wedding that is unique to the bride and groom. Here are 15 of my favorite weddings for you to be inspired by while choosing the perfect wedding flowers and decor for your own big day.

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What To Wear To A Wedding

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What should I wear to an outdoor fall wedding?
How should I dress for a wedding at a hotel?
What should I wear to a boho wedding?
Can I wear Jeans to a wedding?

These are questions that wedding guests everywhere are asking themselves, their friends, and their significant others constantly!  I’ve been in the wedding industry for almost 10 years, so I thought I’d offer some modern-day, real life suggestions on how to be dressed appropriately for any wedding scenario!

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Above photos by Lindsey Lowe Photography

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A Fall Wedding With A Sophisticated Mauve Color Palette

Blush and Mauve Wedding, Modern Simplicity, Howe Farms, Caressa Rogers Photography, Lang Floral Designs, Chattanooga Wedding Flowers, Henna Tattoo, Hindu Wedding, Mehndi
Arbor Flowers, Lang Floral Designs

I absolutely loved the color pallet and style of this wedding! The bride originally had in mind all white flowers with eucalyptus greenery only. However, when she showed me her well-thought-out color pallet with all those gorgeous mauve tones, I knew there was an opportunity to bring in some super subtle color and gardeny greens to round out the sophistication. The bride gave my color/floral suggestions serious thought and ultimately decided to trust me to do something a little bit different than she had originally planned. I’m SO glad she did. This combination resulted in a truly UNIQUE mix that you don’t see just anywhere. 

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