(Closed) Floral consult this week, what do I need to know before going?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
385 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I was just about to ask the same questions 🙂

Also, what’s the best way to bring in pictures of flower inspiration? Would you recommend printing them all out? Or should I just bring my laptop with me?

Post # 4
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would bring a picture of your dress and of their BM’s dresses.  Is your dress white?  If so, what shade of white? <– my florist asked me this and I had NO idea until that moment that there was more than one type of white…

Also have an idea of what you want to spend!  I was asked how many corsages/boutonnieres I wanted for mothers, grandmothers, fathers, readers, etc., so maybe think of that before you go. 

Definitely bring lots pictures!  Even bring ones of things that you definitely DON’T like, so your florist knows what to stay away from.  For example, I really like flower arrangements with clean, simple lines.  So I brought a picture of a hand-picked style to show her what I wanted to stay away from (not that there’s anything wrong with that style, it’s just not my cup of tea).

If your ceremony and reception are at two different locations, ask if you can bring all of the decor from the ceremony location over to the reception to re-use (and save some money!)

Post # 5
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@thesejoys: I tore pictures out from magazines and then printed some out from online sites.  I guess it depends on how tech-savy your florist is.   Mine really liked to be able to draw on the pictures I showed her (like a giant X through the part of the arrangement I didn’t like), make little notes, and then make a copy for her own files. But to each their own, probably!

Post # 7
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we needed approx # of tables. i’d also forgotten about some areas we needed to decorate, like the gift and dessert tables. i would look for some inspiration pictures to bring so you can show them the look you’re going for. 

have a drink before you go =P it adds up so quickly, it’s crazy!

Post # 8
197 posts
Blushing bee

Print the pics because likely the florist will hang onto them. You might want to bring a pic of your dress as well, maybe one of what the guys will be wearing to aid with boutonierres (or just be ready to tell the florist what they are wearing).

Is this an initial consult? middle planning stages? final consult? 

If it’s the final stages, you need to know as many details as possible. You’ve probably already thought about what style of arrangements you want, but now the florist needs to know what areas you want floral arrangements for and quantities (i.e. placecard table, # cocktail tables, etc.). Something that is super helpful is to bring a list of names (or roles) for the bouquets and bouts so the florist can label them for the day-of. Decide if any of the pieces from the ceremony can be reworked into the reception. Decide what you want to do with the arrangements after the wedding – take them with you to use in your home or at a next-day brunch? Donate them? (Some florists will do this for you for a fee) Give them to guests? Confirm what items are rentals and what can be taken at the end of the wedding.

Post # 9
7052 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d bring a look book or if you have made inspiration boards, bring a copy (color) of it and also email a copy of it to the floral designer.  Tell the feel, type of flowers you want, and style for the day as well as photos of the venue.

The designer needs to know where the venue is, type of rooms (will probably need to go to visit the site too) and what price range you are in, what basic colorscheme also.  


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