Aaaaalright you lovely person you. Today, we’re gonna explore one of my favorite topics ever: FLOWERS.
The wedding planning process takes a lot of time, thought, commitment, and brainstorming to really know what you want and what’s best for you and your fiancé. AND, on top of that you have to work with vendors in an industry where you’re not an expert.
Before you get yourself worked up, keep in mind that the goal of the florist is to support, educate, and bring your vision to life on a budget that you can afford.
Because the process can be overwhelming, here’s 5 tips on what can be helpful when starting the process with a wedding florist!
1. Have a vision
When you first meet with your florist, they are listening to the words that you use, the way you may emphasize details, or patterns in the photos that you share as a way to create your vision. A florist needs to really understand what you imagine and dream about for your big day. Being able to clearly articulate what it is you envision is important and today it’s even easier with Pinterest. Show your florist a collection of photos from your Pinterest board and be ready to explain what you like about the design (and don’t like) so you both can focus on the same details.
2. Know your (general) budget
If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you know that I am a firm believer that nailing down your budget before signing any contracts is uber important. So when it comes to making the initial meeting or call as effective as possible, you should already know your budget. Ask yourself how important flowers are to you and tell the florist what your ballpark budget is to make sure your vision matches what you can spend.
3. Be prepared for the cost
Truth bomb: flowers are expensive. They are a luxury, perishable item that can make you gasp at the cost. Growing flowers is a true labor of love and by the time they pass through all of the middle men (or women!) they are marked up. No matter your budget, there are many ways to make your budget work and florists can let you know what flowers will match your budget. Just be prepared that your florist’s proposal may come back higher than you expected.
4. You are often paying for much more than just flowers
What might help take the sting out of the floral proposal is knowing what goes into cost. Keep in mind that you’re not just paying for those beautiful blooms. A huge portion of the cost will be labor. Flowers take love, care, and time to process, source and care after. Typically, florists will spend time designing boards, writing and revising proposals, communicating and meeting with you, sourcing and buying flowers (DREAM job anyone?)- and that’s all months before your wedding day.
5. Make sure you have a connection with your florist
The biggest piece of advice I can give you when looking for a wedding florist, and any wedding vendor actually is to make sure you have a connection with them. At the end of day you want to enjoy not only your big day but the process with your vendors as well. You want rock star vendors that you can enjoy working with and trust.
I hope you find some of these tips useful!
Are there any particular tips that you think others should know when it comes to wedding flowers? Do you have any questions related to wedding flowers?
Please leave any questions/stories/advice in the comments below!
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