Andrea has been an online writer for 8+ years. She mostly writes about dating, couples, weddings, travel, interior design, and gardening.
Finding the Right Florist
Flowers are an important part of a wedding— and you might not realize just how important they are until you get into the thick of the wedding planning. There is the bridal bouquet; the groom's boutonniere, the corsages; the pedals for the flower girl; the floral arches; the centerpieces, and more. Most couples will end up spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on flowers if they try to check every box.
I recommend that a few key items have already been checked off your list before you start the floral arrangement process.
Before Consulting a Florist
- You need to have your date and time set in stone.
- You need to have put a deposit down and locked down your venue.
- You need a good guest count estimate. Your florist may have questions about the number of centerpieces.
- You need to know your wedding colors.
Floral arrangements are a big deal, and if you're going for real flowers, you should let a professional handle them. You don't want to pick stinky flowers or ones that are not in season and wilt.
How to Find Good Florists
- Look around on Google.
- Ask your venue for recommendations. They likely have had to deal with florists before you.
- Ask your friends where they got their wedding flowers.
- Look through websites. Florists who are proud of their flowers will have an extensive portfolio.
You should read reviews about florists in the area. You want someone who has a great or excellent reputation in town. You also want to work with someone who has experience working with flowers for weddings. You don't want this to be their first rodeo.
Signs of an Excellent Florist
- Stellar reviews both online and by word of mouth.
- A great portfolio on their website or Instagram handle.
- They'll have an easy-to-navigate website and polished skills on the phone.
Preparing for Your Consultation
A florist worth your money will ask you a bunch of questions—some of which you've likely never considered. You'll probably fill out a form to pick all your flowers for the whole event—from your bridal bouquet to flowers for the bridesmaids to the centerpieces.
I strongly suggest looking online at different floral arrangements to have an idea of what you want. Being decisive will help you get this step off your plate and move on to other parts of the planning process.
Tips for Picking Flowers
- If you have favorite flowers and know them by name, include those in your list.
- Pick flowers based on your wedding's colors. You may want to send pictures to your florist of your bridal party's outfits. It helps when you know what color the attendants will be wearing. It helps to know how to plan flowers around a fancy gown.
- Select flowers that match with jewelry. If you wear blue earrings, then blue flowers will look nice. If you have a green sapphire ring, then green flowers will look nice.
- Ask people in your bridal party if they have any allergies to plants.
Wedding planning is helpful with tools like Pinterest. You can put together a whole bunch of floral arrangements ahead of your consultation to help you narrow down your choices.
Have Realistic Expectations of Price
If you want something more elaborate for your wedding, it will cost more. If you want a floral arch or an arrangement for your reception where people can take pictures, it will take longer to make, and it will take more labor. Your florist may be willing to do this, but it will cost extra.
The Floral Arrangement Process
After you've decided on your florist and the kind of flowers you want, your florist will start the planning and preparation process. Here's what you can expect.
- Your florist will come up with a contract for your flowers, and you'll put down a deposit on it before the day of your wedding.
- Your florist should go over all the items your purchasing with you. Make sure you want to keep all those items. You may want to subtract some after you see the total costs.
- A good florist in the contract will label all the flowers by name and not just pink flowers, big flowers, etc. A good florist uses specifics.
- On the day of the wedding, a worker for the florist will likely bring the flowers and help with setup unless you specify something different and want to pick up all the flowers. I recommend letting them bring them to you.
Tips for a Smoother Process
- Communicate with your venue. Let them know who will be bringing the flowers and when. Venues like to know what florist you'll be using. The venue may also need to help with setting up the flowers or keeping track of a schedule of events. The venue keeper may have to open doors early if the florist needs to arrive early.
- Act as the middleman. Help the venue and florist communicate with each other. Make sure they pass along information and get to know each other. A wedding planner can also do this for you.
- Picking flowers in season will cost less than picking flowers out of season.
- Pick flowers that have meaning to you and your partner. Think about the first flowers they bought you; maybe those would be a nice reminder on your big day.
- Flowers that are indigenous to the area are wise. Picking tropical flowers if you live in the Midwest will cause problems.
- Don't ask for flowers that are blatantly challenging to work with, like orchids.
- Don't buy flowers from a friendly neighborhood gardener. They may cut you a great deal, but you likely won't get great results.
- Pick flowers that make you happy and you think are pretty.
- Make sure the colors of your flowers coordinate. If you have a hard time matching colors, ask for help either from your bridal party, your soon-to-be spouse, or the florist.
- Don't ask for the impossible: like black sunflowers.
When it comes to your bridal party's flowers, inform every person who is supposed to receive a flower that they'll be getting one and should expect one. This includes your attendants, parents, officiant, and anyone else significant to your day.
If you don't want your attendants to hold flowers, you don't have to. You may want to give them another object instead.
Can there be too many flowers? Yes. If you're going beyond your budget, then that is too many flowers. If it will take several hours to set up flowers for the whole wedding, you might be overdoing it.
Final Tips to Keep in Mind
When it comes to putting together your flowers, I strongly recommend having a theme. You want to use similar colors and flower types. If everything is too random, it won't come off cohesive. Consider the season and the colors that go with it.
Don't be too fixated on one detail or the other. Be mutable and open-minded; this will help you to come up with the best flowers possible with your florist. Your florist should act as a consultant to help guide you onto the right path. Be open to flexibility.
Do not get overly particular about the exact hue of a flower. If you start picking on the gradient of pink too much, you'll seem like a bridezilla or groom monster.
Remember to consult with a florist at the right point in the wedding planning process. While searching for a florist, you should look for one that naturally has the kind of aesthetic you desire for the wedding. Compare different florists in your area to see what really connects with you. You can't make a fish fly, and you can't make a lion pretend to be a sheep: know your florist's limitations.
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