Book ‘em fast
Though your flowers won’t need to be ordered until a few months before your wedding date, it’s important to book your florist and decorator as soon as possible. Many florists and decorators are booked a year in advance.
Stick with the pros
Even if you’re a garden expert, you’re still going to be too busy in the days leading up to your wedding and on the actual day of your big event to handle the floral arrangements and decorating yourself. Also, if you are planning to grow your own flowers, remember weather factors play a big role in the growing season, so have a back up.
Do your homework
Search out what you like for flower varieties, colours, and bouquet styles before heading to your local florist.
If you love a florist or decorator’s style but are unable to get a referral from someone you know, ask the florist for references. If your request is denied, move on.
One on one
Schedule interviews with several florists and decorators. Chat in person, if possible. Be cautious when speaking with them to ensure that they have a current and up to date style, and they are keeping the flowers and decorating consistent throughout the whole wedding. Make sure they are on the same page as you when it comes to what you want. It is a good idea when you meet with your florist and decorator that you limit the number of people you take with you to no more than 2 people. This will help to ensure you stay on track with what it is you want, not the desires of your friends and family.
Make sure the florist and or decorator has the experience creating the kind of bouquets, centrepieces and decor you desire. Bring photos of arrangements and décor you like.
Give clear instructions
Make a list that includes which flowers you love and which blooms you despise. Also, note any flower allergies that you and your groom, and even members of your wedding party might have.
Be honest about what you can spend. Your florist or decorator needs a realistic figure to map it all out. Typically 10 to 15 percent of the overall wedding budget goes to flowers and 20 to 30 percent go to décor.
Eye to eye
Before you sign a contract, make sure you’re comfortable with the florist and or decorator’s attitude and approach. He or she should be creative and readily offer suggestions, but also be receptive to your questions, concerns and ideas.
Know what you need
Before meeting with the florist or decorator, determine your color scheme, ceremony and reception venue and quantities of items needed. Often overlooked is the MC when ordering boutonnieres. Make sure that everyone who is playing a role in your ceremony or family photos is taken care of, including parents, grandparents, singers and readers.
Don’t be afraid to rely on your florist and or decorator for information, not only about your flowers, but other services offered by them and other local wedding professionals…. remember, these are the people your florist or decorator works with on a regular basis.
Try to keep your services in one spot
If your florist offers a decorating and rental service, it will be much easier to keep everything consistent and coordinated. As well, it will save time and money. You can eliminate all the running around before and after the wedding picking up and returning rental items, and often times the more services you use the better deal you will get.