There are so many things to think about when it comes to your wedding; so it’s really common if you’re not sure where to start with sourcing your suppliers, or you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed by it all! Here’s some tips (and questions to ask) when you’re thinking about choosing your wedding florist and flowers for your big day!
Attend wedding fayres – Wandering around these events is a great place to start! You get to see how different venues look and work, speak to suppliers and get ideas for your wedding. This is a great place to see what different florists are offering, see some different styles and past creations, along with actually being able to speak to the florist yourself. You may not have specific questions early on in your search, but it’s good to get an idea of what the person is like and how you might be able to work together.
Pinterest and Instagram – These can be great sources of inspiration and are great for gathering ideas or keeping a track of what you like (it’s really helpful for your florist to have as a starting point!). Just be mindful that images on these sites are often edited or filtered, which affects how the flowers look in appearance, texture and colour. These images are being pulled from accounts all over the world, so be aware when choosing your blooms that flowers are in season or available at different times, in different parts of the world too. Trust your florist to advise on what varieties of flowers are available in the season you have chosen for your wedding, and the colours that are available too.
Budget – It is really important to have an idea of a budget in place when contacting your florist. It helps your wedding florist massively in planning and designing the floral arrangements you require. You are then able to have a discussion with your florist about what is affordable and realistic with the budget that you have. There is no use in keeping your budget a secret or having a huge wish list with expensive flowers when you have a modest budget set aside for your arrangements.
Style of floral designer – It’s important for you as a couple to ensure that when you are choosing your wedding florist, and their past creations and style match your vision. If you are wanting elegance and are marrying in a shiny hotel, you might be wanting a traditional rounded bouquet and tightly styled floral arrangements; this may not suit a florist who specialises in natural, free-flowing floristry.
Book in advance – When you find your ideal wedding florist, book your supplier as far in advance and as soon as you possibly can; especially for weekend or Summer wedding dates. Supplier’s diaries fill up fast, and the last thing you want to do is get your heart set on a supplier but miss out on working with them because you didn’t contact them early enough!
Ask questions! – Where does the florist source their flowers? How many weddings does the florist do per week, or per weekend? Will the florist be there personally on the day? Who will be delivering my flowers? Make a note of all questions you have, whether they seem obvious or not. It will really help to get to know your florist, plan effectively and will really put your mind at ease!
Be open-minded – Planning a wedding is a big deal! There is a lot to think about and it’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the stress of it all. Remember that your suppliers are professionals, this is why you’re hiring them. Trust your florists to choose the correct flowers for your vision. Try not to get too hung up on flower varieties being a certain size, being a particular shade of pink or having a definite pattern – they are all living things and nature is a wonderful thing, not every bloom will be an identical copy of the last. In one wrap of roses of the same variety, there can be 3 slightly different shades of the same colour. Once they are a part of your whole vision, the flowers will look beautiful and compliment your day perfectly!
If you’re at a stage where you are ready to chat about your wedding flowers, or you’d like a few questions answered first, please feel free to get in touch with us at [email protected]
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