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