One of the most significant decisions you will make when planning your big day will be your choice of florist, you will want to be confident that your florist completely understands your vision for the perfect day.
It’s probably the one day of your life where you get to carry around a beautiful bouquet, have flowers in your hair and adorn practically every area around you with beautiful blooms…so why not make the most of it?
But when it actually comes down to choosing a florist – where on earth do you start? The vast majority of people love fresh flowers, but have little idea of names and varieties, or what is in season and when.
When you visit the florist, make sure you ask to see a portfolio of their previous wedding work. This should be up to date and in good condition. But most importantly, how comfortable do you feel? Make sure you feel confident in the florist and that you’ve been listened to and that they have a good feel for what you want, not just what they want to sell you.
It’s generally a good idea to bring along pictures of flowers and arrangements that you like, even if it’s just a colour, a flower or a shape that you like – these can be in the way of magazine clippings, swatches, photos or website links.
When to book your florist:It’s a good idea to start looking at florists as soon as you’ve decided on your venue – preferably 6-12 months before your wedding as the good ones do tend to get booked up quickly. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist, as you’ll need to have an idea of how many arrangements you need, and the colours and styles that will compliment your venue. It’s also a big help to have a good idea of the style and colour of your wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses - this will help you both to choose a style, shape and the types of flowers that will look perfect with your dresses and add to the look of your day.
A picture of your wedding gown and swatches of material from your bridesmaids gowns or something in a similar colour - if available, a picture of your ceremony and reception room.
Try to put together a list of all the flowers you’d like at the ceremony and reception venues. Numbers of bridesmaids, and number of buttonholes and corsages you’d like. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly who’s having what, it can all be discussed at the appointment and your florist can let you know who should have what.
There is no point your florist quoting for a £2000 wedding when you have just £600 to spend. There are always great designs to suit all budgets. A good florist will help you obtain your dream flowers, as long as you remember to also be realistic.