Post # 1
In the throes of wedding planning and I’m getting a little confused. I know that florists obviously specialize in flowers which include the bouquets and decorative flower arrangments but do they/can they also set up the candles? Do they handle the constructing of the alters? I suppose I’m asking where the simple selecting and arranging of flowers ends and where the placement of the flowers in the venue with other things like candles and decorations begins and who does what?!
Do I need to hire an event planner to actually place those flowers around? I simply must know where all these candles are coming from!!
This is probably such a stupid question I’m just honestly so clueless.
Does this also mean you pay $1500 for flowers and then another $1500 for the people who decorate the space? It’s all so complicated!
Help a girl out will ya?
Post # 2
Definitely not a stupid question! I think it depends on your florist and your reception space. Our florist is also an event decorator, so if we want we can book the floral arrangements, linens, lighting and other decor through him. Our florist’s team will be coming to our event space to set everything up. We also hired a day-of coorindator who will help set up personal items, like our place card table and we’re doing a memory table with photos of our relatives and stuff like that.
If you’re unsure I would ask both your florist and your venue staff what they typically help set up/tear down and then that way you can figure out what will be taken care of and what you may need to handle either yourself or hire someone else to take care of!
Post # 3
Our florist provided the candles, and set up all of the flowers/candles. She also provided linens for cocktail hour and the bar, and set all of those up.
The venue provided table linens, so they set those up.
If you have a planner they should be able to walk you through which of your selected vendors does what.
Post # 4
Our event designer was also our florist.
Her team set up everything…flowers, candles, sweetheart table, linens, tablescape and all decor items.
My planner ‘s assistant was there at the venue to oversee everything while she was with us.
Post # 5
It definitely depends on the florist. If it’s just a few votive candles, and not like an intricate set up of tons of items, I don’t see why they couldn’t (they’d just tack it onto their time). Because if they’ve got flowers on every table, they want the whole table to look nice, not just the flowers. Ask your florist!
Post # 7
our day of co-ordinator didn’t plan where everything went (we did) but she put it up on the day of! The florist handled all of the floral stuff–which did happen to include the “altar” (we didn’t have an altar, but she brought the pedestals and floral arrangements that were on either side of us)
Post # 8
Definitely not a stupid question!
I chose my florist first because I was still pulling my ideas together concerning the venue and I was surprised how much a florist can/will do. Money talks and from their prespective, they’re already there. It definitely doesn’t hurt to figure out what other services they offer.
My florist set up 3 sections of drapery: 1 throughout the gazebo during the ceremony; 1 hung from the stairway in the main entrance and; a complete door archway in the reception space.
My linens were outsourced, but for an additional fee, they agreed to dress all the tables and added a few extra decor items (candles, etc.).