It's time for you to select the person who will make your wedding look and feel fabulous! It's a huge decision! We know that it seem overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. So here's 5 tips for selecting just the right person!
Do your research! Okay, so this may seem like a no-brainer, but longevity & experience in the wedding industry matters. Florals are one of the most important design elements for many couples, and not selecting the right person for the job can be disastrous. So, do your research! Check reviews, look over the paperwork, ensure that your selection is licensed and insured.
Set a realistic budget! Then be willing to adjust it. We may sound like a broken record here, but flexibility in your budget is necessary. If you have your heart set on a particular bouquet, centerpiece, aisle arrangement or other floral element, you may have to adjust your original budget. Flowers are usually more expensive that you anticipate- and if your design is complex or labor intensive, the budget has to reflect that. Hanging 3,000 florals from the ceiling above your head table? Yep, expensive (but you probably knew that). Having an extra large bouquet created with greenery and garden roses? Yep, that's expensive too. Which might be surprising. We don't mean to scare you. We just want you to be as prepared for your quote as possible!
Consider your season! Flowers often cost more than you think, especially when you're requesting florals that aren't in the correct season. Think, peonies in July or Dahlias in February. However, there are "look-similar-enough" alternatives to almost every flower! Professional florists are part miracle workers, so if you selected someone who knows there stuff and that you trust, we're still able to create beautiful arrangements that work for the seasonality (and location) of your big day! On a related note, book your florists too soon could mean that your original quote changes due to market availability and conditions. The ideal timeframe is eight months out.
Flexibility is key! As stated above, sometimes the Pinterest vision you have for the big day has to be modified a touch. And sometimes you think you want one thing, but realize that it won't fit with the venue. Think big picture and "feeling" - be flexible with the rest!
Work with an event coordinator! They can help you prioritize your wishes for the wedding day and then allot your budget accordingly. Also, they will alleviate SO much of the stress associated with the wedding. Working with a planner doesn't mean you have to "give up" the planning of your wedding day. It means you have a go-to person to help you with it all. As you get closer to the day, you'll need her (or him)!
If you've selected someone with these 5 things in mind, you'll likely love every second of your design process!
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