(Closed) Floral Consultation

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Bring inspiration pictures! Lots of them, and be prepared to ask what flowers will be in season and easist to get for your wedding.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also, cheaper alternatives to expensive flowers- i.e. garden roses instead of peonies.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Bring lots of pictures of what you are looking for and make a list of exactly what you will need, i.e. 10 centerpieces, 3 wrist corsages, 6 bouts… so they can give you an exact quote.  I would also ask them to give you the quote by line item.  I had one who just gave a total so if I wanted to trim it I didn’t have a good place to start.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yeah, I agree with KMSull, bring lots and lots of pictures, and point out what you like about each one.

Looking back, I wish I had been more specific with my florist. Flowers weren’t a priority with us, and I was really laid back in our consultations, and on the wedding day, the bouquets weren’t what I wanted at all. But it was my fault for not explaining everything better.

I also wish my florist has suggested less expensive alternatives as well, so ask about them! I LOVE peonies as well, and had I known that cabbage/english garden roses were available all year round, I would have gone with them (I got a different flower entirely because it was a fall wedding).

Also, specify colors. We had primarily orange flowers for the BM bouquets and luckily I went to the florist a few days before the wedding to see the flowers because the orange was a peach orange, not a fall orange. We at least got that fixed, but yeah, be specific 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do all the above suggestions, but also look at beautiful flowers available in the time of year/growing season of your wedding.

Some flowers can be outrageously priced (peonies for example) when out of season.

come armed with the $$ flower power!! You can do it. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Strat finding the inspiration pictures that you like and bring them.  It will help the florist to know what style you are thinking.  Defintitely know ahead of time the numbers of bouquets, bouts, corsages, etc that you will be needing and about the price that you have in your budget for each.  That way when you approach the florist they can tell you if they can make your inspiration bouquet for your budget or not. 

We had a meeting with one florist and didn’t do any of this and we really didn’t get any information about of him. 

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