Post # 1
I am getting married next September. I really wanted to take care of all the big things as quickly as possible so we have a venue, photographer, dj, etc. I have an appointment This weekend with a florist. I started thinking about it and realized……………….
I know NOTHING about flowers. I have some inspiration pictures of bouquets I like, but I really have no idea what else I need in terms of decor (centerpeices and other floral decor). Should I wait until I know more about what I want? I’m worried that if I go in not knowing anything, she will try to sell me on really expensive ideas.
How did you all decide what types of flowers to use and how much to budget for a florist?
Should I move my appointment to a later date until I have a better idea of what I want??
Post # 3
don’t book the first florist you have an appointment with.
have an idea of your budget, make a few appointments, see what ideas they have.
you may like their vision, you may not. you are not under any obligation to book a florist because you have an appointment with them.
Post # 4
I got married in August, i knew what florist i wanted so I booked them ASAP (more than a yr in advance) But, i didnt meet with them to go over what I wanted until June (2 months before the wedding) I also had a ton of flowers, spent over 4K. i felt that was ample time. Even if i wanted to change something it would have been OK. I went into my meeting with a few cutouts from magazines and pretty much knew what I wanted.
Post # 5
@ajillity81: That’s true I’m not really planning on booking her. I’m just worried she’ll ask questions and I’ll look like an idiot because I have no clue what I want! I should make appointments with some other florists too, I haven’t done that yet. Thanks!
@pghbride2013: Good to know that I don’t need everything planned super far in advance. I still have a lot to figure out when it comes to flowers. Thanks!
Post # 6
Keep your appointment, explain to her what your vision is and what your budget is.
If she won’t work with one or both of your constraints (your vision and your budget), keep looking!
Post # 7
@BrandNewBride: Good advice, I don’t know exactly what my vision is yet though! I can at least get an idea about her prices and everything though!
Post # 8
The only thing you really need to know going into your meeting is your budget, the season in which you want to get married, and an idea of how many people will be invited/attending. With that information, any good florist will be able to tell you the flowers that will be in season (and therefore cheaper), how many tables you’ll probably have (and therefore how many centerpieces you’ll need), how many rows of chairs you’ll have at the ceremony (important if you’re looking to decorate the aisle at all), and what sort of flowers/centerpieces/other decorations will fit into your budget and vision.
The florist I chose happened to be the first one I met with, although I did get quotes from other florists. During our initial meeting we went through pics of his portfolio (real pics from real wedding) and he basically created a checklist of every we would need. We talked in detail as best we could about each item, although nothing was put in stone in that meeting. After that, he sent an itemized quote listing every flower and detail for each item. With that quote, we could add and remove anything in order to suit our budget needs.
The point is, you don’t need to know anything about flowers! That’s their job!