Scheduling a consultation with a florist is an incredibly helpful step when deciding who you should hire for your event.
With flowers being one of the larger investments in weddings, it’s important to consider who you’re working with as much as you should consider the price. The key to choosing the right florist is making sure you trust them to bring your vision to life.
But, meeting with a florist for the first time can seem daunting. What can you expect from the consult? What should you be looking for in a florist for your big day? What questions should you ask?
We get it. There is SO. MUCH. to think about when planning a wedding, and it can seem like each element has a thousand different things to sort out.
To get the most value out of your meeting, we recommend being prepared. But no sweat: leave it to us (the floral experts) to help you get ready.
We’ve made a list of 5 steps to ensure that you’re ready when you meet with a potential florist and get the most out of your experience with them. With these simple ways to get ready for your consultation, you can stop stressing over what to do and start getting excited to make your dreams bloom!
This part can be so fun: let yourself dream! What would your dream wedding florals look like? What kinds of colors, styles, and venues do you imagine yourself getting married in?
Investing this time to create a vision board will help make sure your wedding is exactly as you’d hoped. Remember, floral design is a visual art so your images can communicate more than 1000 words for your designer!
With awesome social media platforms that allow your imagination to run wild like Pinterest, Instagram, and picmonkey, you can easily share and create a board that reflects your love and personal style. You could also go the old-fashioned route and buy bridal magazines and make a poster board worthy of hanging and looking on for a happy reference to what you’re planning for!
Taking all of the ideas you have in your head and seeing them visually on a digital or physical board can also help you define your wedding style. Color palettes you’re drawn to, specific arrangements, and favorite flowers are all helpful to have in mind before meeting with your potential florist.
This is also something that can be done with you and your fiance so you both can get creative together, which brings us to our next tip:
This one might seem obvious, but it can be easily overlooked until it’s too late!
While you’re creating and dreaming be sure that along the way your partner is along for the ride and that you’re in agreeance for what your wedding should look like. Your florist can help bring your ideas to life, but if there are multiple ideas and conflicting opinions, making everyone happy will be close to impossible.
Being on the same page with your future husband or wife will also help make sure your florist is clear on your expectations. Whoever you meet with will want to do their best to make your day as beautiful as it can be. Without a clear idea of what both of you want for your big day, it will make it harder to design flowers that align with your hopes.
It can even be helpful to make a list of things you don’t like so that your florist has an understanding of what to avoid. This can be just as helpful.
Having a joint and cohesive idea of your wedding style will help make every step of the planning process easier- and make it more enjoyable!
There are specific things you need to have checked off your wedding planning list before scheduling a floral consultation. Let’s get into what information should be done prior to your meeting with a florist:
The same goes for flowers or grasses you absolutely don’t want. Maybe you’re allergic to a certain flower or grass? Perhaps you have a bad memory associated with a flower? Either way, knowing that well in advance will help your florist create your perfect bouquets and arrangements.
Questions For Your Florist: You should be prepared to ask your florist if they understand your ideas and make sure they can help bring your floral dreams into reality. Writing questions down before you go in can help you be sure you don’t forget to ask an important question in the moment.
Have they worked at your venue or a venue of its kind before? (Beach weddings vs. chapels are very different). Are they skilled enough to accomplish your more lavish ideas? What is their primary style? What flowers are in season for your wedding date?
Having these informational parts of your wedding sorted before your consultation is essential!
Have a clear idea of your budget. We know it can be difficult to determine what the ‘right’ amount of money to spend is when you haven’t looked into professional floral designs before. However, it is crucial to have an investment number in mind and determine if it’s flexible or not.
Your florist probably has a minimum investment for the value of their service (we do). Once that is met, knowing if they have flexibility on your budget or if they absolutely need to stay at a certain number is vital. We will always do our best to give you everything you want, but we want to respect your budget and keep it in mind from the start.
It can also be good to keep in mind that when your florist discusses a quote with you, it’s about so much more than flowers. We hope you go into a floral consultation understanding the value of a great florist. The behind-the-scenes of creating gorgeous floral designs are more extensive than many people realize! Designing, planning, processing, delivery, and more are all put into consideration when offering a quote.
If you’ve done your homework and are choosing a florist with experience and is qualified, it can be an exciting collaboration to be open to their suggestions on how to make your wedding flowers even more special.
A great floral designer won’t want to copy another florists designs exactly, they like to have a space for creativity. Of course, the final product needs to deliver your vision and be in alignment with your inspiration board. With the right florist, you might even get something beyond your imagination, and your floral designer will have the expertise to know how to make it happen.
Having fun playing around with different ideas to make flowers that are perfect for your specific venue and style is one of the best parts of the consultation!
With all of these tips for your consultation, we hope you feel more relaxed and ready for your upcoming floral consultation.
If you need a florist to bring your wedding dreams to life: we’d love to help your dreams bloom!
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