Things are going great and the big day will be here before you know it! You have the venue booked, you’ve locked down a photographer, you´ve hired your wedding planner and found THE dress. One of the next steps you need to take is meeting with your floral designer.
Here are ten ways you can prepare for your wedding flower consultation with me and any other option you have in mind for your flowers:
1. Have your wedding date chosen
Knowing your wedding date will allow your wedding florist to give you an accurate floral quote as well as offer suggestions about blooms that will be in season at the time of your wedding. Most florists also have limited availability for weddings each week and knowing your date will allow your florist to know if they have availability for your date or not.
2. Have your venue booked
Your wedding florist will need to know your wedding ceremony and reception locations to suggest floral arrangements that will complement the aesthetics of your chosen venue.
***The first two ways to prepare are the most important! If we don’t know your date we can’t know if we have availability to take on your wedding. Also, if you haven’t chosen your wedding venue your florist can’t give recommendations on how to choose flowers to decorate it.
3. Have your colour palette chosen and style of your wedding
It will be easier for your us to suggest suitable blooms to use if they have a colour palette, style and general vibe to work with.
4. Have your dress selected or an idea of the style you are looking for
Your bouquet design should complement your wedding dress style. It is also helpful to have your bridemaid’s dresses chosen as well.
5. Photo Inspiration
Bring photos of bouquets, centrepieces and other floral inspiration you have found but be open to suggestions from your wedding florist about ways to make your florals reflect you and your partner. Having a few photos helps us to become familiar with your FLORAL STYLE and WEDDING VIBE . A Pinterest board is also very helpful to have and can be sent to your florist prior to the initial consultation. Remember, we will take as inpiration, the ideas is create something for you.
6. Have a budget in mind
The budget may need to be adjusted based on your floral needs and if you are unsure about the cost of flowers your florist will be there to answer any questions. Most of our couples come to us because they love florals and really want the florals to be a key element in their wedding. We suggest a budget of 20-25% of your total wedding budget for Pinterest-worthy, fine-art inspired, lush designs.
7. Create a list of floral needs
How many bridesmaid’s bouquets do you need? How many guest centrepieces? Do you need ceremony flowers? Is there a stunning detail that should be adorned or an entryway they could use some flowers? It’s okay if you aren’t sure who should have flowers or exactly where you should place flowers at the ceremony or reception. Your florist will go through a list to help you determine who you might want to give flowers to or where you can add floral decor.
8. Trust your vendor
If you are making an appointment with a floral designer, be sure you REALLY LOVE her or his style. Do some research about where she or he has been featured, recommendations , etc.
9. Book a consultation early
This is especially important if your wedding date is in high season ( from february to april and from October to December) – the most popular wedding months. You should contact your florist 14-8 months prior to the wedding date to set up a consultation.
10. Have fun
This should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience! An important part of our job is to explain the process from start to finish and answer any other questions you can think of.
Congratulations and best of luck!