Week 24: Floral Design

Do these things this week
Finish shopping for wedding dress accessories
Meet with your top 2 floral designers
Select and sign contract with floral designer
Collect bridesmaids' measurements
Ask flower girl + ring bearer

CHOOSING YOUR 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
  • centerpieces
  • aisle decorations
  • reception hall decorations
  • tossing bouquet
  • flower girls
  • cake embellishment

THE RIGHT FLORAL DESIGNER

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.”

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.

ALTERNATIVES TO WORKING WITH A FLORAL DESIGNER

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.

ATTENDANTS

If you’re planning on having young attendants like a flower girl or a ring bearer, now is also a good time to make the ask. That will give you or their parents plenty of time to shop for the most adorable outfit ever, not to mention prepping your three year old cousin to look super excited as he walks down an aisle full of Instagrammers

WEDDING DRESS ACCESSORIES + BRIDESMAID MEASUREMENTS

If you’re still in need of special undergarments, earrings, the perfect necklace, a belt, veil, shoes, or any other accessories, spend this week pulling those things together. This is also a good time to grab your bridesmaids’ measurements if you don’t already have them. We’ll aim to have the bridesmaids’ dresses purchased in the next two weeks.