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How to Choose A Wedding Florist - Floral Designer and - or Decorator.

General information

We recommend that if possible, both bride and groom will attend all interviews.

First things first! Always carry a note pad and pen to write down important information and questions that may arise during your interview.

In order to comparison shop and select wisely, interview at least 3 Florists - Floral Designers - decorators.

Flowers are a central component of your wedding. they set the atmosphere and are often a focal point as they add beauty and fragrance to any occasion including engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal meals and of course weddings.

Before starting your search for your wedding florist - floral designer, you need to

  • choose the time of year for your wedding
  • choose the time of day for your wedding
  • choose your wedding theme and colors
  • decide if your wedding will be casual or formal
  • secured both your ceremony and reception sites

Shop for your flower and decorations specialists as early as possible and give them a general idea of what you want. Leave the actual details for 1 or 2 months before the wedding.

Whether yours is a simple at home wedding, a lavish black tie affair or any wedding style in between, you need flowers that are arranged in good taste and coordinate well with all other components of both marriage ceremony and wedding reception.

Check both your ceremony and reception sites to find out if flowers are included in their wedding package, if they have specific in house floral specialists and decorators they work with, and what their policies regarding flowers and wedding decorations are.

Arrange with the management of those that allow you to choose a professional, a specific time slot for the flowers and decorations to be placed.

Request that the flowers and decoration professionals confirm a few days before your wedding.

Find out if yours is the only wedding on the date you chose. If not, you may be able to save by coordinating flower arrangements with the preceding or following wedding party and splitting the costs.

Other money saving ideas include:

  • using your ceremony flowers and decorations at the reception,
  • asking the bridesmaids to place their bouquets as centerpieces (they can not carry them throughout the reception and they will take them home anyway),
  • choosing seasonal flowers that are common and plentiful in your geographical region,
  • decorating with purchased or rented potted plants, shrubs and trees
  • utilizing a floral design or interior decorating school in your area.

Check your phone book to see if there is a flower design school in your area. While you offer the students hands on experience you will most probably pay only for the flowers. The students are supervised by a professional instructor and are graded on their work. Generally, the instructor goes over each arrangement with the creating student, correcting and explaining, all the while assuring that the end result is of the highest quality.

As you prepare to choose a florist or a floral arrangement coordinator you must define what you want. Consider the choices available to complement your wedding within your flowers budget. such as:

  • Fresh or silk flowers?
  • The colors and forms of all bouquets.

Consider the overall color scheme of your wedding, the color of your bridesmaids dresses, and whether you prefer a cascading or a compact and bunched bouquet. Traditionally, the bouquets carried by the maid of honor and the bridesmaids are of the latter design.

Which and how many of the following arrangements will you need?

  • altar and aisle arrangements for the ceremony site -LARGE and SELF CONTAINED
  • reception tables centerpieces
  • guest book table
  • memorial table
  • cake and or cake table
  • decorations and centerpieces for the reception site
  • bridal bouquets
  • bouquets for the maid of honor and bridesmaids
  • boutonnieres for the fathers and for the male attendants
  • corsages for the mothers
  • head dress for the flower girl
  • garlands
  • flowers or petals for the flower basket
  • other.

Do you want specific flowers at all cost or do you prefer flowers seasonal to your wedding date.

Are you set on traditional wedding flowers, would you prefer exotic and original arrangements, or would you like to explore the current trends?

How would you like your reception decorations and or centerpieces displayed? Traditional centerpieces, garlands, flower rings surrounding each centerpiece, floating within your centerpieces, individual flowers, potted plants, other?

Are you considering decorating your wedding cake with flowers?

The symbolic meanings of flowers can assist you in expressing your feelings for each other.

You can probably come up with some more ideas.

Other important considerations.

Traditionally the groom pays for the flowers adorning the ceremony facility and for the flowers given the wedding party and parents. The bride pays for the flowers adorning the reception facility. However, it is becoming quite common place for the bride and groom to split the costs. Many brides and grooms have a joint bank account or a special wedding account and pay all their wedding expenses from that account.

Request that your flower and decoration professionals consult with the management of your reception venue and ask for their advice on how to decorate the facility in the most complementary and effective way. Small rooms are usually easy to decorate while large rooms and halls require deeper thought and planning.

Who is the right wedding florist - floral designer for you?

A local professional florist or floral designer who is familiar with your wedding ceremony and reception venues and who will:

  • Consult with you and be open to your suggestions
  • be able to supply you with your desired flowers and look in any season
  • be able to provide you with alternatives and work with you within your budget
  • be willing to work with fabric swatches to assure complementing color schemes
  • be able to provide you with photos and samples of their creations
  • create traditional, original, exotic, contemporary and trendy designs
  • be able to suggest what will enhance your wedding theme
  • be willing to coordinate and work with your wedding cake designer
  • guarantee the work, freshness, on time delivery and placement of your flowers
  • Carry liability and performance insurance

The tips, questions and ideas you gathered here and in part II, provide a wonderful preparation for your interviews.

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