Whenever potential clients come to me and immediately apologize for not knowing much about flowers, I like to remind them that most people never have a reason to order flowers until they’re ordering for their wedding. It is completely normal to not know much about ordering wedding and event florals, that’s what we’re here for! But, to help you hit the ground running and make you feel a little more comfortable going into your Florist consultation, I’ve created a list for you.
This is a list of things you should be thinking about or have decided before you speak to a florist:
- Roughly what is your budget? Not only do some florists have minimums that you need to be aware of, but this also affects what floral décor you can have. For example, if you have a more modest budget, you may not be able to have a large floral centerpiece on each table.
- Roughly what are your counts? This means how many people you plan to have in your wedding party and how many people you plan to invite to your big day. Counts affect if your florist can give you a full quote as they need to know how many bouquets, centerpieces, etc. you’re going to need. Don’t worry, these numbers don’t need to be final yet!
- Where is your venue? If your florist has worked at that venue before or is able to research it, they may be able to give you recommendations on the best ways to apply flowers to that specific location. This can go a long way in affecting the impact of your flowers on the look of your whole day. Knowing how far the venue is for your florist will also help them more accurately calculate setup/teardown fees.
- Where are some of the spots you know you want to have flowers or greenery? Do you envision some sort of flowers in your ceremony but aren’t sure what style? Be sure to let us know! Your florist can give you ideas of what may work best with your venue and style. In going through your floral order, they will likely also bring up other areas where flowers can be added to make sure you’ve considered them all. Pinterest is a fantastic resource for getting ideas of where flowers can go and seeing different styles, and we love when you share your inspiration with us! Just remember that some designs may be out of your budget, but always ask, your florist may just have a better idea that will fit!
After you have thought these topics through, you’re ready to start talking to florists! It’s okay if you don’t have your style and colors pinned down just yet, as long as you’ve addressed the topics above you have enough to get started. Good luck!