Aside from your Pinterest wedding board you created in 2010, chances are the wedding industry is a foreign concept to you. We'll be the first to attest that planning a party as large as 100 people to 500 people is a full-time job that takes a lot of time, commitment and thought. When it comes to the little details and the wants & need's of your big day, we want to ensure that you are in good hands. Since the process can be overwhelming, here are a few tips that can be helpful when you first make contact with a wedding florist.
Know Your Numbers
Before you can lock down a florist and start building your dream bouquets, it is crucial you know your numbers. This means having a complete guest list, number of tables, number of bridesmaids/groomsmen and know the number of any other guests who might need a floral arrangement (mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc.). Also keep in mind if you want ceremony flowers. All of these will factor into your overall vision, budget and next steps of your florist search.
Have a Vision
Break out your mood boards (or Pinterest boards), bring in clips of ideas/designs and be ready to discuss how you envision your big day turning out. Make sure to emphasize certain details, share what your prefer in an arrangement and know what you like and what you don't like. It sounds simple but the sooner you nail down the specifics the better. The more you and the florist are on the same page in terms of designs, details and decor the better!
Ask to understand their process & respect it
Now even though you may have 1000+ pins on floral arrangements, you aren't the expert - they are. It's important to share your designs and inspirations with them but then hand the reigns over and let them bring it to life. If you have questions, feel free to ask them. Allow them to tell you how the process will work and how to share feedback with them so that they can meet deadlines and create the bouquet of your dreams. It's all about communication so make sure to hire a professional who is as enthusiastic as you are and is someone you trust!
Know what Drives the Budget
Along with your mood boards, it's important to have a (ballpark) budget. This also means deciding how high on the ranking board flowers are to you and your overall wedding. It's important for the florist to know your budget and what the main budget drivers are to ensure that your ideas match what you can spend. Once you've determined this, ask if you're missing anything (in their opinion). You may find that in the piles of mood boards you could have forgotten an important piece in the floral department.
Make sure there is a Connection
Overall, your big day is something you've been dreaming up for awhile now so it's important that you have a team behind you that is on-board and that you have a stellar connection with. At the end of the day you want to enjoy the process (no matter how stressful it may be) and being able to let go and trust your vendors is an important step in it. Be truthful about what qualities are important to you and seek those out when it comes to finding and building a relationship with your florist.
All photos featured the lovely Flowers by Stem - read more here.