A few tips on prepping for your 1st appointment with your florist
1| Set your budget. Have a number for your florist to target or a range to aim for. This will help your florist suggest the types of flower varieties that will achieve your look you want for a price you can afford. Generally set aside 10% of your overall wedding budget for floral.
2| Colors. Pick your color palette for your wedding. Include everything that will accent and assist. Think of color hues, contrasts, textures & metallic.
3| Create a love/hate list of flowers. Which blooms do you LOVE & which blooms can you do without? Are there any allergies to flowers or greenery? Remember flowers are grown seasonally so it’s best to make a back -up list with substitutions. Variety and availability are important factors to consider when selecting your flowers. Sourcing can become more expensive for flower varieties not in season when it’s your wedding date (Eg: Peonies).
4| Inspiration board. Bring any photos or images saved from blogs or pins from Pinterest. Remember to include the images of non-floral items (your dress, bridesmaid dresses, suits, invitations, color swatches, & cake) & any additional items you want to incorporate into the flowers (special ribbon, brooch, lace from your dress etc.). All these details will help inform your florist of the design style you gravitate towards. From there, the florist’s goal is to execute your vision & have your wedding celebration be truly memorable while incorporating your own expression & personal style.
5| Numbers. Arrive to your consultation with an estimated or fixed (if known) amount for bridal party, guest count, reception tables (family style or round), centerpieces, ceremony pieces, large statement pieces, etc. These numbers can be tweaked & confirmed closer to the wedding.
6| Prioritize florals. Decide which florals on your wish list are the most important. Think about where you want to spend the majority of the floral budget. Is it the ceremony or reception area, or equally in both areas? Rank your preferences in order of importance to you. Fact: The most photographed wedding floral is the Bride’s bouquet.