Post # 1
This may be a stupid question, but this is the one part of the process that I am pretty stumped on! I am getting married next August and planning from several states away. I have my venue, photographer and am pretty close to securing the DJ. Florist is mentioned as another ‘major’ vendor that we should be booking 9-12 months out. But, I have no idea what I want for flowers yet…so how do I go about booking a florist when I am so undecided? Do I just tell them what I generally want (number of bouquets, number of centerpieces, general color schemes…) or do I wait until I am more sure of what I want before booking? I am making a trip home where the wedding will be later this week and I am wondering whether I should make an appointment with some florists. I have been pinning bouquet ideas and such, but beyond that, I am pretty unsure. Anyone have any thoughts on when I should do this? Now or later? I don’t have any other trips planned home so I feel like its now or never (not literally, just not anytime soon). But, I’m honestly not sure what to say to a potential florist since I am so unsure! Thoughts and suggestions, welcome! Am I overanalyzing this (probably!). THANKS!
Post # 2
i booked ours a little over a year in advance. i decided on a florist, then i made an appointment to meet with her. i brought pictures of what i liked, and she made suggestions as well. a good florist will be able to make suggestions based on what you like. ours had a portfolio of wedding flowers she’s done from the past 5 years, so i was able to see what she’d done. she was fantastic.
make sure you ask about details- is there a delivery fee? will they require vases to be returned (some florists require their centerpiece vases to be returned)? will they deliver flowers to two locations (like if you’re getting ready at home, and need flowers delivered there)? if any changes are needed, are there extra charges for that? do you need to provide anything (i provided ribbon to our florist)?
Post # 3
I booked my florist by just coming up with a budget and discussing basic needs. I didn’t have a conversation with him about what specifically I wanted until about 3 months out. I just had to book on his calendar so he wouldn’t have too many events on one day. We put a tiny deposit down and that’s it. He wasn’t concerened that I didn’t know what I wanted when I booked.
Post # 4
I booked ours within about 3 months of the wedding which I was told is average. They were a small company and did two weddings that day no problem. I printed out pictures, told her the number of each bouquet/corsage/alter pieces and put down a deposit after she gave me an estimate.
Post # 5
That makes sense! Did you all visit more than one florist before you picked one, or just went with the first one that was im budget?
Post # 6
i visited 6 florist. i gave them each the same inspiration photo. what flowers i wanted. how many bouquets and boutneers we were gonna need. the main facts that wont change…. they each gave different prices and i went off of the price they gave me and how personable the florist was. my florist did a great job my only wish was she mixed the colors better. it was like one layer all purple and then orange layer; anyway you looked at my girls or my bouquet it didnt flow like the inspirtaion photo… i think you should at least email florist and ask when you have your appointment if they would do a mock bouquet.
Post # 7
Krises: I would definitely go ahead and book one now, and they’ll help you in deciding what flowers to choose. If you wait until you decide what you want, the florist of your choice may not be available for your date.
My florist is a woman who operates out of her home, so my experience is probably different than if you were to go through a larger florist.
I just told her how many bouquets, bouts, and corsages I needed along with photos of my flower choices, and I requested help with creating a focal point/altar for our outdoor ceremony. Our communication has solely been through email with photos found on Google Images, so I actually don’t know what anything will look like the day of, but I’m not super picky and I trust her based on the photos from her previous events. I booked her in June – about 4 months ahead of time.
Post # 8
Krises: I think that many florists can work within a pretty wide range of budgets. They should also be able to make suggestions. I only knew a few flower names that I actually wanted. Other than that, my florist is designing something based off of what I told him I like.
I set up appointments with many florists and the way it generally worked was that they would give me paperwork to fill out where they would ask me to describe my wedding and what I wanted my flowers to look like. (i.e., are you looking for something rustic? classic? romantic? vibrant? etc.) Some even had me check off boxes that had adjectives to describe my wedding. They all asked for inspiration photos or a pinterest account. Some showed me designs/vases/freezers, others did not.
The florist that I picked was wonderful. He looked through all of my inspiration photos in advance and set up a slideshow of his work that was similar to the vision that I had, so that I wasn’t just paging through a portfolio of flowers that were lovely, but not my style. He also brought in different vases for me to look at and had flowers ready in the freezer to pop on top to give me an idea of how it might look (but with different colors, obviously.) He also ordered in flowers that he thought I might like and sent me home with a bouquet! (and he made my bridesmaid who accompanied me a bouquet, as well!)
Others were not as hands on. It will totally depend on your florist.
The best advice I would give is to make an appointment (whether in person or over Skype if your are long distance) and come prepared with color ideas (this can be general) and some inspiration photos where you can pinpoint what you like (ex: “I like the colors in this arrangement!” or “I like the looseness of this bouquet” or “I like the shape of this bouquet but I don’t like these flowers in it”, etc.)
The more you tell them, the better they will be able to put their creativity to work to come up with something you will love. I found that none of our interviews involved me telling them precisely what flowers I wanted (though I did make peonies a requirement!) but in all of the appointments I described the “theme” of our wedding, some colors I wanted to stick to, the shape of the centerpieces, and I showed them some pictures so that they would understand what my interpretation of “classic,” “timeless,” “romantic,” and “elegant” was.
Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 9
I was super unsure about how flowers worked, too; I had no idea what a reasonable price range was. I gave some florists my colors as well as a list of flowers I liked/ flowers I didn’t like, and how many pieces I would need (x number of centerpieces, x numbers of bouquets, etc…), and got quotes. Then I spoke to a few in person and they were able to give me pictures to help narrow in on what types of shapes and flowers I liked. Remember, it’s their job to guide you through this; you don’t have to go into it knowing everything! But I did make a Pinterest board of bouquets and centerpieces I liked, and I found that really helpful because I was able to point to specific examples for things. I also asked about ways to lower the budget, and the florists were able to give me great suggestions. I ended up booking my florist about 10 months out, but she made it clear that we could continue to modify/ get more specific about the design as we get closer to the wedding day, but the contract and deposit are based on specifics.
Post # 10
Krises: I also wanted to add: I would book appointments ASAP. We booked our florist over a year out because he only does one wedding a day. I’m glad we didn’t wait or we might not have been able to book him! This is a good question to ask your florist. Knowing that ours only does one wedding a day is a great way that we can ensure that he will be focused on us!