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Thursday, April 22, 2010

How To Book Your Wedding Florist

Flowers are a precious part of your wedding. Yet, it is unbelievable how many couples don't know how to book their wedding florist. So, when do you start booking your wedding florist? Is a month enough time? Definitely not. You should be thinking about your florist about eight months in advance. After a month of browsing around you should have selected the floral for your wedding reception.

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Florist

A few key things to consider when selecting floral are the colors and venue layout. The floral company you choose to go with will need to understand the layout of the venue where the reception will be held. This is important for logistics with perishable items. Most florists work in a localized area to increase their turn around time. Also, your florist needs to understand what you need with flowers. A common question they will ask is, " how many tables need centerpieces? " Depending on the time of year usually determines the color used. Spring relies heavily on pastels, while Autumn ties in great with vibrant oranges and deep reds. The florist you choose should have recommendations as to seasonal flowers that work with your budget and colors.

So, you have selected your color, banquet hall, and floral store, now what? What do you take to your first floral appointment? Make sure you bring sample pictures of how you envision your wedding reception. It is a good idea to show them a photograph of your wedding gown as well as a picture of your bridesmaid's dresses, a sample of the fabric is even better! This will get them thinking of possible floral colors that work nicely with your details. You want your florist to be aware of the colors that they are working with, so they better understand your needs.

While at your appointment, you should be proactive by asking questions. An important question you can ask is to see a portfolio of their recent work. While looking at their portfolio you will get a sense of their style. Ask your florist about any suggestions they have in mind for your reception. You don't have to listen to their advice, but it might be helpful as they are an expert in the industry. Also you might just simply like their recommendations better. When you have a full explanation of the service they will be offering, make sure that you ask for their service fees. Yes, fees are plural. Most of the time your florists will add extra services to better fit their client's needs.

As you are planning your event make certain that you don't forget the small details. Your floral artist needs to know the exact location of where the flowers will be delivered. It might be helpful to give them a map a week before (some facilities have confusing layouts). Try to be flexible with your order. This way, if something goes wrong with your flowers, they can be changed last minute. It is always a good idea to have a second choice in chosen flowers.

In conclusion, ideally you start booking your florist roughly eight months before your wedding date. The earlier you start planning for your wedding the better the outcome (and the less stressed). Before placing that final order with your florist, you should be able to see what the flowers will actually look like on your big day. If you do not have such an opportunity, reconsidering your floral choice might not be a bad idea.

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December 21, 2011 at 2:05 AM  
Blogger Daniel Tynski said...

Hi,

Last sunday I attend a weddding event of my friend in Melbourne. His flower decorations for home was really awesome.I am also looking for hire a best wedding florist Sydney for my brother's marriage. I got very useful tips from your blog. Thanks :)

June 27, 2012 at 11:47 PM  

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