Florist for my wedding, where do I start?

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One of the keys to stress free wedding planning is employing people who are great at their job and selecting your wedding florist is no exception.  As a wedding florist I am frequently asked where do I start with wedding flowers? Looking for a wedding florist can be a daunting business, especially if you don’t know your delphinium from your daisy. So finding that flower that will complement your wedding colours and style can appear difficult. So here are some tips on what to look for when selecting a good florist and what information you need to make your initial meeting with them a success

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When do I need to book?

It is best to book a florist sooner rather than later, to ensure the florist you have chosen is available. Most people book their wedding florist between one year to six months in advance of their wedding.  However if you are willing to take a risk and have a smaller mid week wedding you could leave it up to a couple of weeks before the wedding however this would be the exception and I would definitely not risk this if your wedding is a bank holiday, during school holidays (teacher like to get married during the holidays so always a busy period), or during the summer months. However  wedding florists can be taking bookings up to 2 years in advance. Don’t worry you don’t need an exact list of what you require just enough to get a quote and have an initial meeting to establish if they are the type of people you want involved on your special day.Bridal bouquet

Not all florists are the same so choose with caution!

Selecting a wedding florist is a little different from just ordering a bunch of blooms.  Wedding flowers require more imagination, planning and knowledge than just putting together a gift bouquet.  So you need to select a florist that you think can handle the job.  Don’t think you need to be limited to the florist on your local high street, florists will travel to wedding venues so ensure you have a good look around before you choose. Your local high street florist may not have capacity to undertake a large wedding so you will need to check that they are willing to  undertake your weddings.  Ask for recommendations from friends and family who they have used for flowers. Ask the wedding venue which florist regularly dress the venue.   Florist aren’t just limited to just high street premises so florists who work exclusively on weddings sometimes will have workshop units and so can be found at wedding fayres, on the internet or through recommendation.  So check out the internet and have a good look at the florists website to see if it inspires you and that you like their style.

Cream roses with lizzyanthus and freesia surrounding a mercury glass hurricane lamp

What do I need in place before I book a florist?

Once you have selected a couple of florists that you catch your eye give them a call to make an appointment to meet them. If you pop into to see them they can be tied up with other work so it is always advised to make an appointment. To get the most out of your meeting it is best to have: selected the date, wedding venues, the style of wedding you will be opting for whether this is: rustic, glamorous, unconventional, elegant or English Country garden. Have a few ideas on the dresses both you and your bridesmaids will wear as details from the dress can alter the shape and style of your bouquets you choose, details from the dress can be incorporated in the bouquet and the colours you choose will influence the flowers used. It is always useful to have a collection of photograph’s of the type of flowers and arrangement you like, so do your research before you meet the florist and come equipped with images from Pinterest, the internet, books and magazines this will allow the florist to understand your taste.  However a good florist should still be able to guide you with good ideas.  Think about how many buttonholes and corsages you would like to order and a rough number of tables you would like to dress.  Have in mind an idea of how much you would like to spend and give the florist and indication of roughly how much you would like to spend.  A good florist should be able to help you with ideas that will suit your budget.

rustic buttonhole with lizzyanthus, rosemary, hebe and astrantia

What can I expect from a consultation with a wedding florist?

The aim of the consultation is to build a picture of your day, understand you and your partners style and expectations for your wedding flowers  so that the florist can inspire you.  Taking images you have found previously from the internet or magazines helps the florist to do this. The florist should be able to provide you with a portfolio of work they have done previously. This will give you an idea of their style and help you understand if you will be compatible, if they have worked at the venue before and if they have any ideas as to where best to place flowers. If you show your florist your previous ideas and what aspects of the wedding you have already in place they should be able to come up with ideas to suit. Talk about budget so they can steer their ideas in line with your budget. At the end of the consultation the florist should be able to send you an exact figure as to how much your wedding flowers should cost, make sure they have specified if VAT or delivery costs have been included. They should also explain how payments for the flowers are paid and what the deposit will be. Ask to have the prices of each item broken down so that you can understand the breakdown of costs.

Once you have received all your quotes compare not just on price but on the quality of the work you saw, your impression of the florist and whether you feel you want them to be part of  you special day.  Finally once you have selected your florist confirm your date as soon as possible with a deposit and don’t forget to keep your receipt.

Happy wedding planning

7 replies
  1. Myrene
    Myrene says:

    Karen Cody – We are interested in geitntg a wedding estimate for a date in October 2013 and what exactly the cost of the site and wedding reception will include (i.e., cake, dinner, open bar, linens, table, appetizers, etc.)Thanks, karen

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    • nicola dent
      nicola dent says:

      Hi Karen,
      Please let me know your exact date and venue and I can establish if we are free to provide your wedding flowers.
      Thanks

      Reply
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