Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wedding Flowers Part 2: The Consultation

Once you’ve done some preliminary research about wedding flowers, you’re ready to book your first consultation with a local florist. This meeting usually happens anywhere from a year to six months before the wedding date, and you can expect the appointment to run for at least an hour. If you’re planning a summer wedding, it’s best to book your consultation well in advance since this is peak wedding season.

The initial consultation is all about establishing communication and trust between the florist and the couple. You’ll want to bring your portfolio with all your research – whether it’s saved on a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or printed out in hard copy.

Some other things to prepare for the consultation are:

• pictures and fabric samples of the wedding dress and attire of those in the wedding party;
• a breakdown of the wedding’s theme (vintage, modern, nautical, western), colour scheme, and the overall mood (romantic, formal or informal, etc.);
• complete list of who is in the wedding party (maid of honour, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, etc.) and anyone else who might require a corsage or boutonnière (mother/father of the bride, etc.)
• rough layout of the venues for the ceremony and reception and what furniture is available for the wedding flower decorations
• a breakdown of your budget for both the wedding party flowers and decorations.

Even with a budget in mind, the consultation will help you firm up the amount and establish what you can afford within that budget. Depending on the season and what’s in stock that day, you can also expect to see some flowers and sample arrangements in person during your consultation.

Coming up … Part 3: The Bridal Bouquet