Wedding Flowers 101

blog1What Brides need to know to make the most of their bridal consultation.
Choosing wedding flowers can be so confusing. You have scoured the wedding sites and your Pinterest board is full. So now what?
The first step in choosing a wedding florist should be asking friends for references. Check with your reception venue for their preferred list, and ask venders you already have hired to suggest a florist that they love. Bridal shows are a great way to see a florist’s work and their style.
Any good florist has a great web site – not a Teleflora or FTD site but their own site with their own photos. Now that you have a florist in mind give them a call and see if they still have the date open and if they require a bridal appointment. At The Floral Gardens we like you to make an appointment so we can give you our undivided attention.
Before you see a florist for a wedding floral consultation, here are a few tips to make the process go smoother:
Wedding FlowersMake a list of the those in the wedding party that need flowers.
Make another list of the women and men you want to honor.
Bring color samples of the dresses. Paint stores are great for getting your color palette together. Wedding flowers should complement the dresses – not match them.
If you need centerpieces, tell your florist how many guests are invited so they can judge how many tables to plan for.
Come with photos of styles and ideas of what you want your reception and ceremony to look like.
Most importantly come with an open mind. You picked the florist you are visiting with because they are the professional. Please listen to their suggestions. A good florist will give you ideas, but let it be your vision and not theirs.
Lastly, come with some sort of budget in mind. This is a hard one because most first time brides have no idea how much flowers cost. Ask your recently married friends what their budget was.
Be honest with your florist. It is the only way they can help you realize your dream. At The Floral Gardens we love helping brides discover their vision and we can work with any budget.