There are many fun aspects to planning your wedding, and one of these is the choice of flowers. Whether you are having the wedding of the century or just an intimate gathering, your flowers say something about who you are. They should have the look, color, and scent that you love. When you look back on your wedding day, the flowers should be a lovely reminder.
First things first
- What style of wedding do you want? Indoor, outdoor, formal, informal, large, small, close by or at a distance
- Where will the reception be held? Decide on the location. Determine the number of tables and the color of the table linens. Know how many servers you will have. Determine whether flowers will need to be transported from the wedding site to the reception, and who will do that.
- How many attendants will need bouquets and boutonnières? If the bridesmaid dresses vary in color, select a bouquet that will go with all of them.
- Select the colors you would like in your bouquet. Will you be holding a sentimental item that needs to be accommodated in the arrangement?
- How do you want the flowers displayed at the altar? Down the aisle? On the reception tables?
Finding the florist that is right for you
You have many options to choose from when selecting a florist: A small neighborhood florist; a professional wedding florist; a local nursery; or an online florist.
- Ask for a referral from a recent bride whose opinion you trust; get recommendations from the ceremony/reception venue; attend bridal shows where you can speak directly with a designer; work with a wedding planner.
- You want a designer who is reliable; listens to your ideas; offers suggestions that are in keeping with your preferences and budget; and will arrive on time the day of your wedding.
- Determine whether the florist is available for your date.
- The designer should provide recent photos of their work. Ask if the flowers were arranged by the same person that is doing your arrangements.
- Bring magazine clippings or photographs of arrangements that you like. You will pay more for flowers that are not in season at the time of your wedding. Ask the florist for alternatives that fit within your budget.
- Discuss all of the charges including delivery, setup, rental supplies, and the cost of changing your order.
You don’t have to make a decision on the spot. Compare the price and services of at least three shops. Don’t make the decision based on price alone, but also whether you feel they will meet your expectations. Whoever you choose, be sure you make the decision no less than three months before your wedding date.