Post # 1
I’ve actually done event planning before, but never anything involving flowers. I was just wondering what goes on at the inital consultation. I have pictures of flowers that I like and I am going to bring pictures of our ceremony and reception locations. What is confusing me is how do you compare florists? If one florist quotes me $100 per centerpiece and the other $50, how do I know which one is better? I know that they will sometimes make centerpieces to show you, but I don’t want to spend $500 just to see which florists I like. Any advice you can give me is appreciated – this is one area where I am totally lost!
Post # 3
i didn’t know anything going into it either. in addition to the photos, have words (or pictures) that describe the feel /mood that you’re trying to set. look through the albums of their work to get a sense of their style. the best ones help you conceptualize what works best to fulfill your vision (within your budget). i didn’t have specific flowers in mind but told them what I generally liked / disliked. some insisted on using roses even though i told them I didn’t like roses. others really worked within the parameters i laid out. none asked me to pay for any sample centerpieces. after the initial consultation/brainstorming session, they sent me a quote for the all the flowers before they made any sample centerpieces. I also had florists who were willing to do samples of other pieces than the centerpiece instead – so don’t be afraid to ask. hope that helps
Post # 4
my first appointment with a florsit was a disaster! well, not really, but i wish i had been more prepared…i did have photos as well, but she expected me to know exactly what i wanted, so thus things have changed a few times. when you get the quotes, i made kind of a spreadsheet to compare prices on the seperate items to see who was most/least expensive. then i thought about whose work spoke to me best in the photos that they showed me at our meeting, and who i would like to work with. i agree though, choosing the florist and photographer have been tricky for me! good luck:)
Post # 5
I also had no idea what to expect going into this… I ended up calling around to a couple of florists, and some of them were immediately knocked off my list due to their “minimum budget” ($5000 MINIMUM floral budget for a 150-person wedding? No thank you!)
The one I did end up meeting with in person asked me some general questions about my location, wedding party, colors, and general likes and dislikes, then put together a quote and suggested some tentative types of flowers that could be used for the centerpieces, bouquets, etc. We booked her based on the quote and on her portfolios with photos of prior work, but did not see an actual sample of our own flowers. I’m actually having our 2nd meeting with her this week, which I assume will include nailing down the actual flower types we intend to use for everything.
Post # 6
Thanks. It’s one of those things that isn’t covered anywhere. I have no idea what to budget for flowers, but I am hoping that I will get a general idea once I meet with at least one florist. My first meeting is with one of the more expensive ones in my area, but at least everyone else will seem cheaper.