Wedding Planning Advice - Choosing a Florist
Welcome to another post from a new section that I have started on planning your wedding. Todays topic is on choosing your florist, which wasn't something particularly important to be but that was hugely important to my fiancé. I was happy to take a back seat so she could achieve the look she was hoping for. Here's a few suggestions on finding the perfect florist for your wedding day.
Use the internet as a basis to come up with lists of potential requirements and potential costs as some florists provide a breakdown of approximate costs for the standard wedding requirements, e.g. brides and bridesmaids posies, pew ends, table centres, button holes. Those that don’t can give rough quotes via email if you sent them over an initial list of what you might like.
Top Tip – get rough quotes from a florist before you arrange a face to face consultation, with meeting so many suppliers you want to be sure that they are within budget before you spend time discussing specific requirements.
The next step for us was to narrow down a couple of florists which were selected based on images of their work, our initial gut instinct on whether we thought they would be easy to work with and just a general feeling on whether they were right.We then booked some initial consultations to go through our ideas in more detail.
Top tip – Don’t pay too much attention to the work on florists websites as generally their websites are not updated regularly, wedding vendors rely heavily on getting their portfolio images from wedding photographers and while I always share my wedding photography with all my vendors, other photographers are not so forthcoming which can leave florists with out of date portfolio's. Facebook is a great tool as often both venue and florist will have a page where they show photos from real weddings, you will also see more examples during your consultation.
Being a novice in the world of flowers my fiancé visited the florists with her parents to talk through different ideas and requirements. I was left out of the loop at this stage!
Top tip – when visiting a potential florist take a selection of different wedding flowers that you like, these can be in magazines and online. There are lots of resources online, various wedding blogs of real weddings and pinterest a social photo sharing website for ideas where you can also create mood boards of all your favourites.
Our florist was selected due to the amount of creative ideas, suggestions and passion. You need to be confident that the florist will be able to produce what you want on the day and ours certainly delivered. I have to admit when I first saw some of the ideas my fiancé was looking at I thought it would be too much for our venue but the ideas developed overtime and became a subtle feature of our day.
If you're looking for a great florist then I would highly recommend our florist www.theflowermillessex.co.uk who came up with some amazing ideas.