In making the wedding day a success, the wedding planner and floral designer work equally hard as the couples. Your floral designer will have a huge responsibility of managing everything regarding the wedding flowers. If the chemistry is well and you set your instructions clearly to your florist, you will be amazed to see what magic flowers can do to a wedding décor and theme.
We would definitely recommend you to talk to at least two to three floral designers before making the final decision. You usually get the hang of it after one or two floral consultations. However, it is wiser to prepare for the first consultation beforehand. Trust us; this will actually save you a lot of time before making the final call.
Look for inspiration
Before anything else, you must research! Know about what you are getting into. Browse online to look for inspirations from websites such as wholeblossoms.com or talk to couples who recently got married. Collect samples of their wedding photographs or at least skim through the Instagram and Pinterest photos. This will give you a basic idea where wedding flowers can be used and how it can impact the overall wedding theme and décor.
Next, look for the colors that you want for the wedding. Create a site map in your mind about the theme, décor, colors, sitting arrangements, clothes, accessories and how well can you align the wedding flowers with them.
Set an estimate of the budget
Wedding flowers can cost you from $800 to $4000 depending on the arrangements you are making. Yes, the amount is quite huge and we want to save you from the shock factor during your first appointment. Sit with your partner and decide on your wedding budget at first and what kind of arrangements you are actually expecting.
The budget scheme is supposed to vary according to the type of customized arrangement you want. But it would be wiser if you get an estimate of the flower prices from wholeblossoms.com and other flower websites.
Figure out what you need first
Both the good and bad part of wedding flowers is that you can use them everywhere! This gives you more options for customization and personalization. Figure out what you want to do with the flowers. Do you want just the bridal bouquets or need bouquets for bridesmaids, flower girls, family members and friends? The type of floral accessories you will need, starting from corsages, boutonnieres to floral crowns and much more. Create a list of your essentials and non-essentials for the wedding.
Take pictures and samples of your research
It’s definitely better to take pictures on your phone about the type of look and feel you want for the wedding. It makes it easier for the couple and floral designer to communicate. Pictures help to create a better understanding for the floral designer about what the client is looking for.
Ask for work sample and portfolio
Do not hesitate to ask for work samples and portfolio from your floral designer. If you are going to work together, you need to know which aspects your florist is better and in which themes he/she is comfortable working for.
Show pictures of your wedding venue and dress
It is very important that you show your floral designer the wedding venue pictures and the dresses. This will help better visualize the accessories and decors needed to make with the flowers. If your florist has worked before in the same venue that is a very good news for you! She/he would be more comfortable working there and know about the venue details and measurements well beforehand.
Be specific about the instructions
Clear communication is very important between you and your floral designer. Do not be uncomfortable if you have any questions to ask. Be very clear about what type of flowers you are looking for, what is ideal budget, the number of accessories you want and other factors.
Know about the delivery details well
Timing is important when it comes to flowers. These are delicate items and the delivery procedure and timing should be cleared out with your floral designer beforehand. Make sure you inquire about the extra charges and who would be making the delivery and arrangements.