Post # 1
I have set up to meet with several florists tomorrow and after looking at some posts, I am a little concerned! I was planning on going to them and saying "I would like something, simple, elegant, modern and a little funky" and see what they come up with in our price range. Also, in terms of colors, I am still up in the air. I was going to see what the florists came up with when I spoke to them color wise as well. Am I being naive? I was going to bring a few pictures of inspiration that I liked and talk to them about why I am having trouble picking a color scheme and see what they can suggest. How much information do I need to be bringing with me to the table and how much should I let them show me? Thanks for the help! I hope I am prepared by tomorrow!
Post # 3
I would take examples of inspiration images, not just of flowers of everything that inspires you wedding wise. If you have a dress, and have bridesmaids dresses get pictures of those as well, and fabric samples. I would show them pictures of your ceremony location and reception as well. The more prepared you are the better they can help you.
Also be firm with them regarding pricing, and see what your rapport is with them. If you get along from the beginning and they understand your vision they’ll be able to make things work fo you.
Good luck! Flowers were one of my favorite parts of the wedding.
Post # 4
I recently met with a couple of florists and was super-prepared. I brought pictures of centerpieces and bouquets I liked as well as a picture of my dress, my bridesmaid dress and my reception venue. Both of the florists I met with were actually kind of surprised at all the photos I brought. I think most florists are used to working with brides who don’t quite know what they want. They’re used to asking lots of questions in order to understand your style and your taste. Definitely bring a few pictures with you if you can… and specific numbers, like how many corsages and bouts and centerpieces you anticipate needing… that will help them when they write up your proposal…
Post # 5
Bringing pictures of your dress and bridesmaid dresses is really really helpful. If you don’t bring pics of flowers, it’s not a big deal because any good florist should have tons of pics you could look through, but she doesn’t have piles of wedding dress pictures for you to find and show her which is yours :p Some flowers just go with certain dresses, some dont, or certain bouquet shapes, etc.
Post # 6
I actually brought both printed out copies and a USB key with all the pictures to my florist appts. This way, they would be able to keep the pics of the flowers I liked.
Post # 7
I would bring fabric swatches for color matching, your inspiration folder w/pics, a schematic/layout of the event venues, if possible add in where your tables will be and even the layout of the church/ceremony too. If you know of your head count, you can get very very detailed so you can do a very thorough cost comparison when going to more than one florist.
Bring a list of your favorite flowers and any embellishments to a bouquet you’d like too added to it (wrapping on the handle, a charm, etc).
Have exact number of bridesmaids/groomsmen and number of bouts and also corsages for the moms and bouts for dads and grandparents. Also exact head count of honor attendants (guest book, etc) for corsage.
Ask for them to email you a "first proposal" (that way you can come back with your thoughts on the price..NEVER settle imho!). With that proposal you want a breakdown of EVERY little item you need from centerpiece to bouquet to bout.
Organization is imho so important and you can really get a feel for price.
Also ask if the florist does mock ups of your bouquet or a centerpiece to see how their work is!
Post # 8
Check out the Florist Wiki for great advice:
Post # 9
Thanks so much everyone for all of the helpful information! This part is definitely a little overwhelming since I am still torn between color schemes! I really appreciate the advice!