You’re planning your wedding and that’s fantastic! You’ve probably been bombarded with questions like, “When is the wedding?” “Where is ceremony taking place?” “How many people are coming?” and “What kind of décor are you using?”
I love weddings; I think they are a beautiful celebration of love and I also love a good party – seeing how all the details come together and watching people have a good time is such a satisfying feeling! That being said, planning any event can be filled with challenges, and a wedding is no exception! Here are my top ten tips for how to choose a florist and pick out your wedding flowers while staying on budget!
1 – Is this the florist for you?
Every florist has their own unique style. Do a little bit of research before you meet with one. Check out their social media pages and website. If you’re looking for a lush and gorgeous bohemian-inspired bouquet, but they only show pictures classic, tight, rounded bouquets, they might not be a good fit for your style. Are there examples of other types of arrangements besides wedding work? A florist who only posts pictures of bridal bouquets may not have the skills to create archway pieces, boutonnieres, or large-scale table centerpieces. Don’t be afraid to ask them to show examples of their work!
2 – You CAN start planning too early
I know a lot of couples out there want to start the planning process early so they can feel less rushed and have more time to relax leading up to their wedding date. Good on you if you’re one of those couples! Before you meet with a florist, ensure you have your wedding date, colours, venues, and approximate guest list determined. If you don’t know whether you’re getting married in the spring or winter, using neutrals or bold colours, getting married inside or outside, or how many tables you will need for your guests, a florist can only do so much for you! Both the couple and the florist will leave the consultation feeling unfulfilled. I usually recommend coming in six to eight months before the wedding, and certainly no more than a year in advance to even the most prepared couples.