Choosing your wedding flowers, and then your florist can be overwhelming. Whilst pinning your dream flowers are a great place to start, it’s important to work alongside your florist to see what can and can’t be achieved in your budget. However, you can certainly find a florist that can provide something you will love! Alina from Sara’s Events can help your navigate this minefield with her top 6 tips for picking your wedding florist.
Define your style
Put together some examples of what you would like for your day, be it rustic, colourful, romantic, elegant or even glamorous! Pinterest Boards are great for collecting photos of what your dream wedding would look like, including the styling, flowers and your dress. All these details will help your florist get an understanding of what you are looking for, and how your wedding day is currently looking.
When you start looking for your florist, look local. It will allow you to meet up as often as needed, as well as visiting the venue together to discuss your requirements. Being local will also take away alot of on the day stress as your florist wont have to contend with traffic.
To start your search ask your venue for recommended suppliers, ask friends for suggestions and check out local social media. You will not struggle finding florists, but may struggle narrowing it down to one!
Collect images of any flower designs you love, but be realistic when presenting them to your florist. Use your inspiration boards as inspiration, your florist will have their own style rather than copying your image exactly.
Another thing to consider is the scale of your dream flowers, if you are collating a beautiful Pinterest board of large centrepieces but want small ones in reality, your florist will struggle to provide what you are imagining.
It can be easy to underestimate the amount of work that goes into your flowers. The florist will spend hours preparing flowers, from buying to hydrating them. Leading up to your day florists will put in long hours in getting your flowers set up and looking perfect. These man hours and quality of the flowers will reflect in your quote, any extremely low quote should certainly raise red flags when collecting estimates.
The most important thing to do is to set yourself a realistic budget for your flowers, then refine this whilst discussing your requirements with potential florists. Many aspects will affect the cost for your flowers, such as the size of the arrangements, the style, and whether your dream flowers will be in season on your wedding day.
Meet your Florist
Ensure that when you are collecting quotes you are also meeting with your potential florists. Choose a florist that you gel with, as this will put you at ease with them when discussing and planning your flowers. By choosing a florist you get along with you can have confidence that they will provide the perfect arrangements on your wedding day. For further peace of mind you could even have a mock up arrangement made prior to your day.
Discuss with your venue to ensure they can allocate enough time for your florist to set up your arrangements, especially if you have any installations planned.
A further consideration is how busy your chosen florist will be at the time of your wedding. Are they trying to fit in more weddings than they can really cope with? Make sure you have the confidence that your florist can handle their workload without any arrangements being affected.
Above all, Have fun! It’s your wedding day and what a fantastic time to have something you can look back on and smile at?
Thank you Alina from Sara’s Events for your helpful tips!