Wedding Floral Consultation

Brides are plenty prepared to hire a florist (your backyard bouquet of dandelions and the neighbor’s roses when you held a pretend wedding in pre-school tells the tale).  However, preparing for your first appointment with your wedding florist is often where brides draw a blank.  Coming into your consultation with a game-plan can cut your meeting time in half and help guarantee you’re on the same page with one of your key wedding vendors.

 

Here are some tips on prepping for your first appointment with your florist.

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SET YOUR BUDGET

Come in with a number for the florist to target, or a narrow range to aim for.  This guides your florist on suggesting the best types of flowers to achieve the look you want for a price you can afford.  If you’re unsure what that should be, The Knot advises earmarking 8-10% of your overall wedding budget for florals. Typically, brides spend about the same amount on florals as they do on photography, music/entertainment, and attire.

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PICK YOUR COLOURS

Choose a color palette for your wedding and include any metallics you want to feature such as gold, silver, or copper.  Your bridesmaids’ dresses and men’s suits or tuxes factor into this decision, too, and should be included in your conversation with your florist.  Every detail – even your mom’s dress! – educates and inspires your florist to provide you with perfect designs for your big day.

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Make a love/hate list

Do a little research ahead of time so you can tell your florist which blooms you absolutely love…and which ones you do not want to see on your walk down the aisle.  Remember that flowers are seasonal so some favorites may not be available on your wedding date.  If you’re an April bride whose heart is set on dahlias, you may want to find another favorite.  Dahlias are a mid-to-late summer bloom and may be impossible (or at the very least, expensive!) to include in your wedding florals.

PINterest

 Time to put those hours of pinning to good use and share your ideas and inspirations with your florist.  Pinterest boards can inform your florist on what styles and designs you gravitate towards.  Every bride is unique and florists want to bring each individual vision to life as best they can!

Don’t forget to include images of things you’ve already picked out for your wedding, such as your invitation or your dress.   Tiny details echoed throughout your overall wedding design create a sense of cohesion to tie everything together.  For example, if your invitation shows a small rose detail, your florist can ensure that rose is seen throughout your wedding, from your bouquet to your reception décor.

 

Come with a checklist

Come in with a number for the florist to target, or a narrow range to aim for.  This guides your florist on suggesting the best types of flowers to achieve the look you want for a price you can afford.  If you’re unsure what that should be, The Knot advises earmarking 8-10% of your overall wedding budget for florals. Typically, brides spend about the same amount on florals as they do on photography, music/entertainment, and attire.

Prioritise

Come in with a number for the florist to target, or a narrow range to aim for.  This guides your florist on suggesting the best types of flowers to achieve the look you want for a price you can afford.  If you’re unsure what that should be, The Knot advises earmarking 8-10% of your overall wedding budget for florals. Typically, brides spend about the same amount on florals as they do on photography, music/entertainment, and attire.