Post # 1
We have our first meeting with a florist next week and I have no idea what I want or what to ask her. We do have a strict budget though.
I know how many bouquets, bouts and centerpieces I’ll need but I’m not sure what we’ll need for the caterers tables, cocktail tables, ceremony, etc.
I have a few favorite flowers, but Im not super picky.
Ahhh I’m at a loss!
Post # 3
@Bostongrl25: I think if your florist is good, you should just bring a lot of pictures:
1) your dress
2) swatch or color of your Bridesmaid or Best Man dress
3) pics of bouquets/centerpieces you like
4) pics of bouquets/centerpieces you DON’T like
Find out if there is a delivery/service fee; find out if they include petals for the gift table, cake table, aisle runner, etc. Also find out if they are a “specialist” in any specific flowers.
If you tell them your budget and also ask what flowers are in season for your wedding, hopefully your florist can do the rest!
Post # 4
I was worried before our first meeting too because I had no idea how a flower meeting goes but our florist asked us a bunch of questions and came up with a proposal. I brought with me: a picture of my dress, my colors, a swatch of fabric of my bridesmaids dresses, and a page of pictures of different bouquets/bouts, alter arrangements, and centerpieces I liked. She was already familiar with our venue so there weren’t a lot of questions regarding that. She asked about my theme (which I don’t really have), how many people in my bridal party, mothers/fathers, grandparents, etc. As well as asking if we needed flowers for the cake, aisle, tables, etc. She showed me pictures of types of flowers she thought would work and then she drew up a proposal listing everything we discussed and giving different price options for different types of arrangements. We had a second meeting to sign the contract and go over delivery times/itinerary and give a deposit.
Post # 5
Start Googling! By which I mean, if you have favorite flowers + colors, start Google image searching and see what pops up. Even just [color] plus “bouquets for weddings” should get you started with some options to say yes or not to. What sort of look are you going for in your wedding — elegant? fun? offbeat? vintage? romantic? Pop some of those keywords into your searches as well, with flower types, but also with colors
Another thing — Google how expensive the flowers you like are, along with when they’re in season and how durable they are. Peonies, lily of the valley and stephanotis are some of the most notorious as far as cost/fragility/short growing season. If you can manage to fall in love with flowers and arrangements that are in season and less expensive anyway…you’ll be doing well. 🙂
Oooh, and also — don’t forget that there are all sorts of non-floral options for decor too. Glass, candles, mirrors, brooches, lanterns — etc etc. Don’t get stuck on flowers just because. (Unless you’ve already decided that you want tons of flowers, in which case — go for it, lady!)
Post # 6
If you have nothing, go pick up a bunch of magazines, or better yet, borrow old issues from a friend like Martha Stewart Wedding and some others like Veranda…if you are on a strict budget, that is going to dictate more than you can possibly imagine! Choosing seasonal flowers will save money, choosing less variety will help too! Look at photographer sites–they snap pictures of all the best flowers!