Flowers can absolutely make a wedding, but they can also break a budget! Before you start choosing your wedding flowers, read through our tips below to familiarize yourself with wedding floral terms and figure out what works best for you.
YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS
When shopping for flowers, you’re sure to encounter some or all of the following.
- Aisle Decorations
- Reception Hall Decorations
- Flower Girls
- Cake embellishments
If it seems like a lot to take in, take a peek at your budget and reference your Top Three Things. In the scheme of your wedding planning priorities, where do flowers fall? Knowing how much you can spend and what you’d like to spend it on will help when decisions come into play.
FINDING THE RIGHT FLORAL DESIGNER
Make your consultations with floral designers or flower shops easier for both you and the designer by bringing as much information and inspiration as possible to the meeting. Let him or her know where and when you’re getting married. Bring photos of your wedding dress, your bridesmaid dresses, and any decorations or details you’ve already selected, and all of those flowers you’ve been “Pinning” for the last two weeks.
During your consultation, you’ll talk the following and firm up which ones are right for you:
- bridal bouquet
- bridesmaids’ bouquets
- groom’s boutonnieres
- wedding party boutonnieres
- mother of the bride and mother of the groom corsages
- aisle decorations
- reception hall decorations
- tossing bouquet
- flower girls
- cake embellishment
You’ll know you’re meeting with the right floral designer when he or she “gets” your vision (thank you, Pinterest) and can recommend specific flowers based on your budget and what’s in season. The availability of certain flowers varies depending on your location and season, so it’s important to note that even if a floral designer isn’t able to create an exact replica of all of your inspiration photos, they can often create something comparable using similar flowers.
“As a designer, I put a lot of emphasis on the aesthetic of the wedding experience. I start out with a creative session to get to know my clients, their values and style. In this session, we find inspiration we want to communicate through the wedding. We share this with the vendors so we can all work together to ensure the overall mood we want is in every element of the event,” says event planner and designer Jessica Sloane. “I’m always challenging my clients to think about how they want the celebration to feel because those feelings create the basis of the inspiration for the whole day.”
SIGNING THE FLORAL CONTRACT
Once you’ve found the right floral designer for you, you’re ready to make it official. Review the floral contract to make sure it includes the information below:
- Who: name and contact info (your’s and their’s)
- What: everything they’ll be providing (flowers and more)
- Where: the location of your events
- When: dates and times of service
- How much: cost per item, delivery and set-up fees
- Receipt: the deposit paid, the balance due and due dates
- Uh oh: cancellation policies and emergencies
When both you and your floral designer have signed the contract, file your copy with the rest of your wedding contracts and update your budget to note how much you spent on the deposit and what you still owe.
DIY WEDDING FLORALS
If working with a floral designer is out of the budget, don’t despair! Check out the floral departments of local grocery stores to buy in bulk, look at online wholesalers like Fifty Flowers and Bloom by the Box, or make plans to pick up pre-arranged bouquets the night before your wedding (so long as you aren’t picky about the colors and have access to a refrigerator to keep them cool). Often you can find good last-minute deals at local flower markets or farmer’s markets.
Depending on the season, potted plants, lanterns, pumpkins, or galvanized metal tubs filled with apples or baby’s breath also make great aisle markers in place of flower arrangements. And bulk mason jars make great vases.
If you have experience working with flowers and want to DIY your bouquets, enlist the help of your wedding party, friends, or family and stick to single flower arrangements in simple color palettes (think calla lilies, baby’s breath, hydrangeas, or roses for easy DIY bouquets). Even if you’ve done it before, give yourself extra time to put the bouquets together so you don’t feel rushed.
Now that you’ve read through our tips you’re ready to start Pinning away and choosing your wedding flowers. Need more inspiration? See our Pinterest board full of flower power.