♥ The big “B” word- BUDGET. Consider what your budget is and stick to it. Knowing exactly how much you want or have to spend is so important for your own sanity and for your florist’s. I believe this is the best starting point…..What are you willing to spend? This is the driving force for all decisions on types of flowers, how many arrangements, size of arrangements, extras and etc. Whether you have an endless amount of money to spend (which, unfortunately, almost no one does), setting a limit on what you’re willing to spend will save you and your florist a lot of time and problems. If your florist knows what your budget is, they will know where to begin in making suggestions on varieties of flowers and how to get the most for your money. One question we get a lot is, what is a reasonable budget for flowers? The rule that most florist’s tell us is, “plan to spend about 10 percent of your total wedding budget on flowers”.
♥Do you want a Florist or Floral Designer? Yes, there is a difference, and not many people know this. While any knowledgeable florist is going to produce beautiful flower arrangements for your wedding, keep in mind that there are other options. Though they often use third-party suppliers, hiring an independent floral designer is an excellent option for couples who want a truly special floral design for their wedding. Floral designers are more expensive, but they are artists. Their services don’t always stop with flowers; floral designing is only one of many things done by professional wedding decorators who can use flowers, drapery, candles, ornaments and etc. to make your wedding a day to remember. This is not to say that flower arrangements designed by a florist won’t be beautiful and exactly what you are wanting, they are professionals, and it is evident in their designs. While a florist often juggles a great many of orders at one time, floral designers can focus on one client at a time.
♥ Ask friends and family that have gone through the excitement of planning their own wedding for their recommendations. They will be delighted to “spill the beans” about whether their florist bloomed or wilted under pressure. Don’t let this expertise go to waste because they will not let you use a florist that did not meet their expectations. Word of mouth is the best reference and resource to use.
♥ Pictures of flowers you are wanting are so important for you to have so your florist knows what your expectations are. This shows you have an idea on what you want your wedding to look like. The hard part is getting that image across to the florist, and that can be accomplished with photos. Start keeping notes and cutting out pictures early. Clip magazine photographs, collect files from online wedding web sites, etc. for wedding pictures. The more information you can give your florist, the better. The research will reflect your choices, making it easier for your florist to provide a perfect realization of your vision for your special day.
I hope this helps you when you begin to think about how a florist can help you create your dream wedding. As photographers we love to see a vibrant colorful wedding decorated with beautiful flowers. I hope that these tips help you start to think about something other than the standard bridal white flowers.
Keep Smiling and have an amazing wedding.
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