Learn expert tips and discover how to be prepared for your appointment.
Regardless of the spending limit you select for your wedding day, chances are you'll have flowers at your ceremony and reception. While florals are a luxury item that tend to take up a large portion of the budget, brides and grooms feel it's money well spent, as they love having lush, fragrant blossoms adorn the décor of their wedding day. Even if you choose not to have flowers and instead opt for greenery, you'll likely have some sort of a floral bouquet and still need to consult with a floral designer.
Once you've selected a wedding florist with whom to work, it's important to make sure you're on the same page when it comes to your goals for the big day. Setting the tone for your expectations and listening to their feedback and advice on how to make your dreams a reality – while staying in budget – is of the utmost importance. After all, much of your wedding design will rely on gorgeous blooms in terms of bouquets and boutonnieres, ceremony arrangements, centerpieces, and even more luxurious floral installations, such as flower walls, chandeliers, and ceiling masterpieces.
To ensure you're equipped to attend first meeting with your florist, we asked some of our Editors Circle members to share their tips for your floral design appointment. Take a look at their expert advice below!
"We love it when our brides come prepared for an appointment to help guide the design conversation! A rough idea of budget, color palette, and style (i.e. garden feel, modern, romantic) can really help make the most of your floral consultation! Using Pinterest or Instagram as tools are great ways to get a sense of different styles that may work well with your venue." - Brooke Osborn for The Hidden Garden
"Remember that what you want may not be in season, but an expert florist can make great recommendations for options that are readily available around the date of your wedding. Be open about what flowers you don't like – this is just as helpful as knowing what flowers you love." - Dee Gaubert for Butterfly Floral & Event Design
"With greenhouses and the ability to ship flowers around the world, most flowers can be found year-round. Although, with that said, it doesn’t mean the flowers are always at the best quality or price point for the big day. We are often asked to use local flowers for weddings; however, 95% of the flowers used for weddings and events are actually shipped in from somewhere far away. The availability of local product is limited to the area’s growing season but also to the amount of stems farms allow you to buy. Both of these factors make it very hard to create an event using only local flowers if there is a certain color palette in mind." - Rick Davis of Amaryllis Floral & Event Design
"Stay open to suggestions of floral varieties that your designer recommends within your color palette in order to create a more unique, artistic centerpieces." - Lucy Diaz-Flores of Bella Flora of Dallas
"Always try to have an approximate budget when you come in to meet with a designer. This gives us a foundation for things we should and shouldn’t suggest to the bride or groom. What I usually say to the person with the checkbook is: 'Don’t let me show this bride or groom something that the bank account can’t afford, because I will never be able to get it out of their head.' Being a designer, it’s my job to make dreams come true, but the dream has to match the budget!" - Joe Mineo of Joe Mineo Creative