Four Easy Steps to a Smooth Floral Consultation

Since my last post on how to pick a wedding dress was such a hit, Sean suggested maybe doing a similar post this week, focusing on another element of wedding planning.  I took his idea and ran with it, and am turning it into a multi-part wedding planning guide.

A few days ago, Veronica talked about the benefits of hiring a wedding planner. There are so many ways that a wedding planner will make your life easier, but for some, it’s simply not the right choice. If you fall into that group, but still aren’t sure where to start, I’ve got just what you need.  As I mentioned, we’ve already talked about the dress. This week, we’ll tackle another big element of your wedding…

The flowers.

The level of importance of the flowers varies with each bride. Some don’t even notice that they have a bouquet in their hand, while others actually pick their wedding date based around when certain flowers will be in bloom (yes, I know someone who has done this).
Regardless of how important the flowers are to you, meeting with the florist can be a daunting task. I’d like to speak from my experience as a designer, and give you some advice on how to make your first meeting go as smoothly as possible. The biggest thing to remember is, even if you think you don’t have a clue as to what you want, deep down, you really do. Any wedding consultant worth their salt will be able to coach you through the process and help you narrow down what you’re looking for, but just in case, follow these simple steps:

1. Bring photos. Wedding designers really DO want to see what you’ve been looking at online. You are the client, and we want to please you. Maybe narrow it down, and don’t bring  all 500 photos of the same bouquet, but do bring enough to give us a sense of your style. Even if you haven’t seen “the one” yet, if you’ve seen something you positively HATE, bring that, too. And we will make sure to flip right past any pages that contain that type of arrangement. The last thing either of us want is to keep showing you things that you hate.

2. Know your numbers. Chances are, your first meeting is mostly about outlining your budget, and making sure that your bank account is in agreement with what you’ve picked out. Know how many will be in the bridal party and approximately how many tables you’ll have at the reception hall. We know that you can’t give us an exact number, but chances are, you’ve discussed with the hall whether or not you’re using tables that seat 8 versus 10, and you probably know roughly how many people you’re inviting. Trust me, you’ll be a lot less frustrated if you can throw out “We’re having 10-15 tables” instead of shrugging and being completely unsure.

3. Challenge your designer. And no, I don’t mean to a duel. Ask your designer what they’ve done in the past with a certain theme/color scheme. Get their creative juices flowing, and you never know where you’ll end up. Do you have your heart set on pool blue dresses from the bridal salon, but have no idea how to best compliment them? Your designer will. I promise you, if you’ve chosen a florist that’s been around for a substantial amount of time, there’s not much that they haven’t seen or done. Use that experience to your advantage. We are more than happy to show you the work we’ve done in the past.

  4. Trust us. This is huge. Flowers can be a very volatile market, and no one knows better than the designer.  Google and Martha Stewart will tell you that any flower is available at any time, and to a degree, they’re right. Most flowers ARE available year-round, with a few slight exceptions. But just because they’re available doesn’t mean that they’re in their prime season, or that they’re affordable. If you have your heart set on peonies, I’d suggest planning your wedding date around your local bloom time. If you just want a beautiful assortment of  flowers that coordinate with your colors, maybe consider asking your designer what’s available AND pretty that time of year. It’s very common to want to pick out every single flower, to have a hand in the selection of every minute detail of your bouquet, but if you give your designer some leeway, your bouquet will be far more stunning.

I could go on and on for days about flower selection and complimentary colors, but we’ll save that for a future post. 😉

The most important part to remember when meeting with ANY vendor? This is YOUR day. Have some fun with it.


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