(Closed) Booking a Florist – How does that go? :)

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

They’ll need to figure out what flowers you want in order to quote you a price, but you can talk with the florist during the meeting about flower possibilities.  I’m a bit controlling, so I did research ahead of time about what flowers would be in season, but this is probably not necessary.  One thing to note is that the florist probably won’t be able to give you a quote immediately (at least none of the ones I met with did) like other vendors, but you should hear from them relatively quickly.  The most important thing is to make sure you know how many bouquets, bouts, corsages, centerpieces, etc. you will need!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We actually ended up deciding to DIY our flowers. However, we did meet with a florist prior to making that decision just to discuss things with her. The meeting was about two hours long and the florist brought along books with pictures of what she has done in the past. She also had books of examples of what she could do for our wedding (due to the time of year and flower availability, etc). I brought along example pictures of what I liked as well and that helped steer the conversation towards the look I was aiming for. She was able to give us a basic price quote after we went over what flowers we liked and we left the meeting from there to decide what we wanted to do. We ended up calling the florist back about a week later just to let her know we had decided to go a different route with our wedding flowers and that was the end of the process for us.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You may want to get some ideas of flowers you like but the florist will discuss different options as well. When i met with mine, I told her what I was thinking and she was able to identify flowers that would work. The florist will give you a proposal breaking everything down as far as cost is concerned. If you agree you’ll give a deposit and sign a contract. The next step after you book your florist should be a prototype meeting so you can see how everything will look. Good luck!!!

Post # 6
Hostess
11177 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

If you are going to an experienced florist they should be able to discuss with you your vision vs. flower options vs budget. Go in with photos of what you like and what you don’t like, colors and looks that fit your theme and then discuss. It is also helpful to bring in a photo of your dress, bm dresses and colors etc. Any little hints of what you want your wedding to look like should be enough for the florist to really run with it.

I had two long floral meetings with two different florists. The flowers were a huge part of our budget and I had a lot of ideas in mind. I allowed each florist sufficient free reign so that they could use their expertise to make the most of what I had suggested. Then after about a week I recieved an estimated budget and detailed suggestion from each and chose based on what sounded the best.

 

Post # 8
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1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How collaborative the process is depends on how picky you are! 

Post # 10
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260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think I was more picky about the budget too! Just to give you an idea there are 12 total bridal party members, flowers for fathers and mothers, cake flowers and centerpieces for about 1100. 

Post # 11
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64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Erika_Meep:  How was the process of DIY-ing your flowers? Did you do all of them or just the bouquets? I just met with a florist over the weekend and the price was wayyy out of my budget. FH wants us to DIY but I’m worried about the stress factor. Let me know your thoughts, if you don’t mind…thx!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@koi424:  Hah, I was the same way. I went into my first and only florist meeting and just said “This is my budget, I just want all white flowers and no roses.” and we went from there. I never had any dream flowers or anything, I just wanted it to be pretty and in budget!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I just met with my florist this week. We sat down and discussed all of the flowers I would need and where they needed to go. We discussed my wants, likes and dislikes. He is now compiling all of my ideas and putting together a list with several options for each category. I then will get to go through and pick out through the list the options that I want that fit my budget. I don’t know how many florists do this type of thing, but I absolutely love it. (I enjoy being able to pick from several options). He called it ‘a la carte’ because I pick what I want. Very excited to see my options! The whole meeting took about an hour and a half. I reallyhad no idea what I liked when I went in, other than some random pictures I complied. He sorted through them and came up with some great ideas.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@tresim36:  The process went very well! We actually ended up purchasing all of the centerpiece and ceremony flowers from Sam’s Club and a few other websites and put them together ourselves both the day before and day of the wedding (with a lot of help from close family and friends). We bought 100 bulk roses (in white and peach) from Sam’s Club, three bunches of dried baby’s breath from save-on-crafts.com, and several bunches of dried lavender from a seller on Etsy and kind of went to town on creating our centerpieces and everything. FYI, I worked for several months collecting different vases to use from Goodwills and other second hand stores. We were going for kind of a vintage/eclectic theme so it worked out well. However, you could also rent or buy vases in bulk from other places if you’re wanting a more streamlined look. 🙂

I did end up buying bouts and corsages from a seller on Etsy since I didn’t feel confident in doing those myself. However, those ended up being relatively inexpensive (they were dried lavender and the corsages had some small dried roses incorporated as well).

Overall, I think we ended up spending less than $400 on all of our flowers which was great considering we had 20 tables at the reception and each table had a floral arrangement. Plus, we had around 10 bouts and corsages, four small bouquets for bridesmaids, and my bridal bouquet.

Below are a few pictures of what we came up with. One example of a small arrangement on a table and one example of my dried lavender bouquet (all of the bridesmaids had a smaller version of that bouquet as well). Wish I had more pictures on this computer but unfortunately, I’m at work. If you’d like to see more examples of what we did, let me know and I’ll post them later tonight once I’m on my home computer! 🙂

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