The Do's and Don'ts of Hiring a Wedding Florist
The Do's and Don'ts of...
Hiring a Florist
Photo: Mandee Matthews Photography
You've been engaged for a few months now and you have finally found your venue, which is no easy feat. You and your fiance (and maybe a mother or two) dragged yourselves to every possible wedding venue within an hour drive trying to envision your big day in each location. It is one of the most important decisions you will make, the very place you will say "I Do". You've chosen your bridesmaids, the dresses they will where, and who they will be walking down the aisle with. And now it's time.
Here comes the real planning. What will your wedding look like? What colors will you go with? How will you set your tables? Will you have a large garden style bouquet, or a petite traditional bouquet? What kind of backdrop will you use for your ceremony? And the questions go on and on.
But don't worry! That's where your florist comes in :) So without further ado, let's get down to the nitty-gritty. The tips you are dying to know about how to hire your floral designer and how to achieve the vision you have dreamed up:
#1 DO: Hire your florist at the RIGHT time.
My number one piece of advice is A) Don't hire your florist too early and B) Don't hire your florist too late. I know, I know, it sounds confusing, but just follow me here. If you hire your florist too early, say before you have a venue, a guest count, or bridesmaid dresses, then it can be hard for your florist to create a proposal that won't have to be changed/updated 5,000,000 times. If you hire your florist too late, then you risk your number one florist no longer being available for your wedding date and you also risk losing out on certain flower types that have to be ordered in advance.
To put it simply, you should hire a florist once you, at the very least, have chosen a venue and you have a firm idea of the direction that you want to go in, this is typically around 7-9 MONTHS out from your wedding date.
#2 DO: Hire a florist who's work you LOVE.
Finding a florist who specializes in the style of designs that you love and who you can easily connect with is extremely important. You are handing over the entire "vision" of your wedding day, placing it in a stranger's hands and trusting that they will execute your floral dreams. Trusting your floral designer is H-U-G-E, so in the end, make sure that you mesh well with your florist.
Another tip is stalk their social media! Are they posting arrangements that you are in love with? If you consistently love the designers work, then you know you will be in good hands on your wedding day.
#3 DON'T: Be afraid of color.
Blush and Burgundy weddings are stunning, don't get me wrong, but when your florist recommends that you add a light lavender shade, or maybe a mauve colored rose to the mix, DON'T be afraid! Whenever you add hints of additional colors to your floral arrangements, it makes the arrangements look even more "natural" and it really elevates them to the next level.
#4 DON'T: Skimp on the important stuff.
Every bride has a different budget, but I tell the same thing to each of my brides, SPLURGE on the important items! Your Bridal Bouquet and your fiance's Boutonniere will be in almost every photo and they are not items that you want to "skimp" on. Not only that, but the bridal bouquet is the very thing that you will carry with you on the most important "walk" of your life, your walk down the aisle.
#5 DO: Splurge on custom installations.
You know what will WOW your guests even more than stunning centerpieces? Glamorous installations! Things like floral walls, hanging roses and stunning backdrops will be the center of attention. Consider splurging on larger, more impactful floral arrangements, rather than a bunch of small arrangements. The following statement is SO true: "Quality over Quantity".
#6: DON'T: Forget the details.
This is you and your fiance's BIG DAY. You want every detail to be curated by your unique love story. TELL your florist how you met and what you both do for a living. Let your florist help you design an event that will accent you and your soon-to-be husband's new life together.
Whether you love sailing together and want to incorporate a hint of "nautical inspiration" to your day, or you love traveling together and want to include small details of all of the places you've been together. Details like this is what makes your wedding, YOURS. Make it personal!