Planning your big day…

So many details go into the planning and execution of any event, especially if it is the wedding day that you have dreamt of since childhood. We’ve learned a lot through our years of planning and executing flowers, fabrics and everything else you can imagine. There is no reason to stress…honestly. Here are a few easy tips to remember…

So you’re getting married and need flowers!

Find a reputable florist. A personal endorsement by a past bride is the ultimate referral.

Know your budget. You may be lost in this arena. Once you figure out your total wedding budget, allow 10-15% for flowers for the bridal party, ceremony, and reception. Depending upon your budget, your florist will make suggestions that are appropriate to accommodate your needs and a reputable florist will work with any budget. If you are made to feel pressured or embarrassed by a consultant, this is NOT a business you want to deal with. Weddings are stressful enough without playing pressure games with your vendors.

Bring pictures from Bridal Magazines that embody your personal style and/or your vision for your wedding. Keep in mind that most centerpieces shown in magazines retail in the range of $225-$500 each. You may need to be flexible in regard to individual flowers, but color and artistic lines are important and can usually be attained within most budgets.

Meet with at least 2 Floral Companies. You will want to actually sit down for a consultation with two florists. They should outline their vision for your flowers. Go with the people you feel comfortable with. You can take one or two people with you to the consultation, but no more. Too many opinions can make for a big mess of a meeting! Look over the outline provided by the floral consultant and

Get Mock-ups of centerpieces. After you decide on florals for your wedding, arrange for a mock-up of the centerpiece. Many florist ill provide an example of your centerpieces for free as a courtesy. Even if the florist charges for the mock-up, make sure you see and approve the centerpieces prior to your wedding day. The reception centerpieces are the largest single visual and expense in wedding florals. Get a photo of the centerpiece and ask for changes if you do not like it. Be picky, but polite.

Sign a Contract. This applies to all vendors for your wedding. Make sure you get a contract that outlines the services provided, cost, payment plans, timeline and expectations of the company you choose to provide flowers for your special day.

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