Post # 1
Ok so I am kind of clueless about flowers. I have 3 consultations this upcoming weekend with different florists and I’m really unsure of what to do and ask. I have some inspiration pictures but I really don’t know the names of flowers or anything like that. It doesn’t help that I need a lot of centerpieces on a possibly moderate budget. One florist told me $100/centerpiece was a good average to keep in mind. Is that a lot to anyone else or just me???
Any advice on how to handle floral appointments would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
I can’t comment on the centre pieces since our venue did ours.
But when I went for our consultation, I took pictures of what I wanted, the numbers of what I needed (3 bouquets, 7 bouts, etc…). Then the florist and I talked about what I wanted, what I didn’t want, the price, etc…
I say “I” because Darling Husband didn’t care about the flowers at all, except that he didn’t want to wear a bright pink bout. 🙂
Post # 4
$100 for a centerpiece seems high to me. I haven’t had my consultations yet, so who knows, it might be a good price.
When I went to a floral consultation with a friend to talk about flowers for her wedding, the florist let her talk for a while about her dress, colors, and mood of the wedding. Then they talked budget. When asked what my friend wanted to pay she did not offer any number. After the florist tried a few times to get a ballpark range with my friend refusing to offer any price point, the florist finally said a price that was MUCH lower than my friend thought it would be. They then worked from there picking beautiful flowers.
It’s ok if you don’t know names of flowers. I think it’s just best to have photos of flowers and then be able to describe what it is that you like about them (looking deliate, the color, whatever).
Post # 5
From my experience, all you need to bring with your is your inspiration pictures. And I didn’t think of flowers in terms of how much each centerpiece would be, instead, I decided on a budget first. That way the florist was able to look at my pics and gauge what they could do within that budget. It was up to me to increase it if I wanted to (I didn’t). I wouldn’t worry about knowing the names of flowers either, that’s their job. But definitely think about what you want the overall look of your wedding and flowers to be, so you won’t be caught off guard by the questions they will ask you. Good luck!
Post # 6
Oh yeah! And plan lots of time for your appointment. I expected it to be about 45 minutes, but it ended up being an hour and a half! And my friend didn’t even require centerpieces. They spent that much time talking about bouquets, bouts, corsages and aisle decor for the ceremony.
Post # 7
Oh and BlueChampagne makes a good point. I wouldn’t trust $100 a centerpiece as a good estimate. That amount changes depending on what flowers you want in your centerpieces.
Post # 8
Bring a lot of pictures! I think it helps to tell them what you don’t want too. I also wouldn’t count on $100 as the average cost for a centerpiece. My biggest centerpieces are $95 each, but the florist gave me another option for the high centerpieces that’s only $50. My short centerpieces are only $30.
Post # 9
I didn’t do floral centerpieces (I could NEVER spend $100 per centerpiece!) but I did do bouquets for myself and my 2 BMs as well as bouts for Groom, Bridesmaid or Best Man and FOB, at the insistance of my Mother-In-Law. I brought pictures of bouquets that I liked as well as ideas for flowers that I liked. I asked directly what the cost per stem was for the different flowers before deciding. I took the florists advice on what to substitute for certain flowers that were too much $ or not in season, but stood my ground on other things. Make sure that you know what you are paying for and why it costs that much. I can appreciate that a florist needs to make some money, and really good florists can be hard to come by. But don’t let yourself be swindled either. Prices should not be marked up just because it’s a wedding.
Post # 10
Get lots of pics. Download and save from the bee as I did. Tear from magazines and SET A BUDGET. They can only go from your budget. I got some inspiration pics, told her I wouldn’t go over $25 a table, and I will bring my own vases. She will be working from there. Set a budget, set a budget. I cannot stress that enough. I’ve seen friends blow so much money on floral and photogs and videographers because they didn’t have a budget and then they come crying “BR, I don’t know how I spent 4k on flowers, these flowers don’t even look that nice” and me “Hmmm…..”