It's your big day and you need to hire someone who really knows and understands wedding flowers. Wedding flowers are one of those items that you would notice if they weren't there but you take them for granted when they are there. So, in our opinion, take them seriously enough to hire a professional florist who can help you conceptualize what you want in terms of flowers and how you want them set up in terms of design. In order to find that consultant who meshes with your personality and can come up with an overall design that you will be thrilled with, we have included a few tips below.
First of all, start as soon as you possibly can. The more time you give yourself the better. The longer you wait, the more crazy things will get as your date draws closer and keep in mind the really good florists will have their calendar fill up fast as time goes by. When you talk with potential florists, you will want to keep in mind the time of the year you will actually be getting married. If you are going to use seasonal flowers in your wedding, talk with your candidate about what might be available and what combinations go best with each other. One note on seasonal flowers, they are much less expensive than trying to use out of season flowers. So, if budget is an issue, you will definitely want to go with seasonal flowers.
Speaking of money, a lot of people ask how much money they should budget for their overall flower expenditure. On average, you should set aside around 6% of your entire wedding budget for flower related expenses. A quality professional florist should be able to guide you through the process of choosing designs that will work within your budget. Have a long talk about how many arrangements you will need for individuals and for tables. If the cost starts adding up fast, ask your candidate what they would do in order to stay within your budget but yet still maintain a visually appealing wedding.
Before your meeting with your potential florists, you will want to look everywhere for inspiration. Look at wedding magazines, floral magazines and on the internet for anything that catches your eye. Create a folder of clips and images that you can show your potential florists so they can get an idea of your likes and dislikes. Also, bring with you swatches and other items that show your weddings style, the bridesmaid dresses, invitations, and more. This will be a great jumping off place for a professional. They should be able to tell you on the spot some of their ideas and mesh their talents with your vision.
Make sure you take a look at previous wedding work of each florist. You want to check out what kind of work they do to see if you think it is someone who can get a handle on your vision. Does this work exude professionalism? Ask if they can prepare a proposal which would include a price and overall the items that would be part of a package. Make sure you feel comfortable with whoever you are gravitating to because you want this to be an enjoyable experience. When you find that one individual that you feel can design and produce something that you could be proud of, ask them to put together a contract and check to see if everything you have asked for is in there. It should spell every little detail out. If it does not, make sure that you rectify this right now. Once you are satisfied, sign it and start working on designs together. It is time to stop and smell the flowers.