Post # 1
My wedding is 8 months away. I have yet to difinitively choose my bridesmaids dresses but I do know that my colors are pink and green. I may go with pink for bridesmaids and green for maids of honor (i have 2). I also am throwing the idea around of different shades of pink. The problem I’m having is-should I even meet with my florist if i dont have a set idea on the dresses? I know what I want for me and my venue but the bridesmaids bouquest may depend on the colors I get. I plan to start looking in January but I also don’t know if I should wait until February to meet with the florist. is that too late?
Post # 3
I would wait until you get the dresses. Florists really need colour swatches to work with in order to give you the cohesive look you’re going for – that being said, you could book an appointment and talk more about the types of flowers in season, shades, shapes and the breakdown of prices – then book another consultation once you’ve gotten the dresses.
Try to go into your appointment with an idea of your flower budget – this will really help your florist be able to price out everything and give you more bang for your buck – they will be able to tell you where your money is best spent.
Things to think about for what you might ask for:
Personal Flowers (bouquets, corsages, boutineers (sp?) flowers girl flowers)
Ceremony flowers (petals down the aisle, alter pieces, pew flowers)
Reception flowers (table centerpieces, cake flowers, gift table flowers, head table flowers, throw away bouquet for toss)
Hope that helps! My mother is a florist and I see too many brides meet with her that won’t give her a budget to work with – they want to *see* what number she ends up coming up with, when in actual fact if she had a budget to work within, she could plan out the most cost-effective way to do all the flowers.
She definitely has said that colour swatches are super important – as is having your wedding dress already picked out and the venue booked. Those are all important details to have set before you choose your flowers!
Post # 4
Yes you can still meet with your florist. If you have a general idea of what you want to do (flowers in centerpieces? # of bouquests needed, etc) you should still make sure you have a deposit down and have hired someone to do it.
You can completely change your mind (change colors, flowers, ideas, etc) until they order things for you (so lets say a month before the wedding). If you already do have a florist booked then yeah you should just wait until you have the dresses picked out.
Post # 5
Hmm, sounds like I could definetely meet and plan out something and then get a more final descicion later on the bridesmaids bouquets. I have NO idea how to decide on a flower budget though =/ I mean I know the things I want but eally I’m not picky about what kids of flowers are being used so thats going to be difficult for me!
Post # 6
I’d say to go ahead & meet with your florist if you want too. I just met with mine & don’t have the dresses picked out- I have two choices but haven’t heard from my girls yet. She was very understanding & accomodating & said it really doesn’t matter too much, alot will change between now & a month before the wedding. I just wanted to make sure we booked her before someone else snatched her up!