At Event Central, we specialize in event rentals and sales, but having worked intimately with countless couples who are planning their wedding day, we’ve gained some valuable advice on all things wedding related – including flowers.
Flowers can make up a large chunk of your budget and the choices can be overwhelming. It’s critical to have a plan of action when it comes to picking out the types of flowers that will accent your big day. Otherwise, you risk going over budget or settling for a finished product that you are not 100% happy with.
From the perspective of our event rental professionals, it’s important that we are able to offer some basic advice about flowers to help you maximize your budget and create an overall look and feel that fits your vision.
Take a look at our top 8 tips for navigating the process of selecting your florist and ordering your flowers. Have a question? Feel free to ask us by commenting below!
Know your budget
As we already stated, flowers can eat up quite a big chunk of your wedding budget. While there is a ton of differing advice as to what percentage of your overall budget you should devote to flowers, we say it’s really up to you! If flowers simply aren’t that important, don’t feel pressured to spend thousands of dollars here.
But no matter your personal preference, sit down and earmark all the main areas of your budget so that you have a firm maximum number in mind before meeting with your potential florist. This will help them only suggest ideas that are within range for you and keep everyone on the same page.
Learn the lingo
No one expects you to gain years’ worth of industry experience before meeting with your florist, but you should take the time to learn some of the common terms and types of flowers, especially those that help describe your vision. For example, do you like the look of a cascading bouquet? Do you despise the smell of hydrangeas? Know how to describe your preferences – in the florist’s language. We promise, this will save a lot of headache and confusion in the long-run.
Consider your venue and theme/feel of your wedding
Just like your wedding attire, your flowers to complement your wedding venue and theme. An outdoor, country wedding that will take place in a barn will call for a different floral selection than a black-tie, country club soiree. Brainstorm a few key words that describe the look and feel of your wedding and mention them when meeting with your florist. If you’re struggling to nail down the wedding style that best reflects your personality, read this article.
Know what’s in season
Once you set your wedding date, you’ll be able to easily identify the season for your wedding. A fall wedding will have quite a different selectin of in-season flowers than spring or summer. Before you get your heart set on any specific type of flower, familiarize yourself with what’s in season. Not only will this help to save you money, it will also give you the freshest looking flowers! Planning a summer wedding? Check out the top trends for 2015 to inspire your flower selections.
Have an inspiration board
Every wedding planner and vendor appreciates inspirational photos that depict the look and feel you are going for. Start a Pinterest board for your wedding flowers and start organizing the styles that appeal to you. Be sure and share this board with your florist in advance of your meeting so they can begin to pull some options that align with your vision.
Ask about cost-effective substitutes
It’s important to keep in mind that a florist may see your inspiration board and think that you have your heart set on recreating this look, exactly. If this is not the case and you are open to cost-effective substitutions, be sure to mention this! Many flowers have cheaper “look-alikes” that will save you some big bucks and still give you the size, color and style you initially fell in love with.
Think of ways to get the most mileage out of your bouquets
Most modern ceremonies last 20 minutes or less. This means that one of the most expensive parts of your floral budget, your bouquets, will be seen for this small amount of time. To get the most mileage out of these gorgeous buds, consider using them as part of the décor at your wedding reception. One creative way to do this is to have vases of water ready on some of the guests’ tables where your bridal party can place their bouquets. These make instant (and fabulous) centerpieces while adding a special touch!
Finally, just as you should do you any wedding vendor you’re considering partnering with for your big day, read their reviews! Websites like www.weddingwire.com and www.theknot.com are good places to start. You can read real testimonies from other brides who have used their services and weigh the pros and cons. You want to work with a florist who fits your personality, respects your budget and will go the extra mile to create exactly what you envision for your wedding day!
What questions do you have about picking your wedding flowers or other décor? Ask our event experts by commenting below!