There’s no time in life like being engaged to to be married to the love of your life. All of those days spent dreaming about your ‘someday’ is finally here. You’re feeling like you’re on cloud nine, yet there are so many decisions to be made before you say “I do”. We may be a little biased, but we think flowers and the overall design are one of the most exciting things to talk about when it comes to wedding planning!
The first step in selecting a florist is the initial consultation. This light and fun meeting is where you will get to know each other and talk through the types of things you like and don’t like, your goals/priorities, your budget, and the overall scope of what you are looking for. If you are interested in learning more about our event design process, you can check out our blog here. To prep you for the initial consultation, we’ve outlined five ways to prepare so you will get the most out of your time together.
1 | Wedding Venue Booked & An Estimated Guest Count/Bridal Party Count
Have your wedding venues booked and your guest count/bridal party estimated. This gives you a set wedding date and size, so your florist can guarantee availability. It’s also helpful to have colors, attire, and floor plan/table sizes selected, though these details are flexible and can usually wait a little while.
2 | Flower Arrangements You Like
Have 5-10 images of flower arrangements you like. Try not to find exact images you want replicated but instead images that reflect the overall feel you’d like to create. Copying a photo not only makes your wedding the same as someone else, but it’s unlikely that the exact flowers will be available, affordable and looking their most beautiful the week of your wedding. By leaving some flexibility, you’re allowing your florist to select the best possible blooms for your day.
3 | Arrangements You Don’t Like
Have 5-10 images of flower arrangements you don’t like. These are really helpful for establishing the parameters of what doesn’t work for you. For example, they can visually show what “too wild” or “too much greenery” looks like for you.
4 | Know Your Floral Budget
Know your budget. Is this a do not exceed budget that your florist needs to work within or is this a starting point that may increase depending upon your wants/needs? It’s important to have this conversation with your florist early on, so they can serve your needs in the best way possible.
5 | Know How Involved You Want to Be in the Process
Are you looking for someone to take your broad ideas and run with them or wanting to be more hands on in the process? Every shop works a little differently and it’s important to make sure you are booking someone whose process is going to work for you.
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If you are interested in learning more about Blue Bouquet, you can view our meet us page or check out our services + investment page to learn more about what we offer. To inquire with us, please fill out the form on our website. If you have any questions about how our process works, you can view our blog post ‘How Our Process Works: Working with an Event Design Studio for Your Wedding’.