Chances are, if you have agreed to marry your husband-to-be, he has pushed the boat out and given you a bunch of flowers at some point (we hope!) By your thrilled…
Written by Louise Coultas-Pitman Last updated: January 30, 2013
You are about to have one of the most fabulous days of your life! To have the wedding day of your dreams it helps to surround yourself with experts in all fields – and the flowers are no exception. Whether you are a total flowers lover, a keen gardener or someone who wouldn’t know a rose from a ranunculus, it is vital to enlist the help of a good florist. Louise from the renowned Cracked Pot Flower Boutique in London tells us exactly what you need to do on everything from the first meeting to discussing the budget.
There are hundreds of florist out there all wanting your business and most of them are fabulous, but which one is right for you?
It’s a good idea to do a little research before you visit a florist. Try visiting a bridal show, visit as many florist websites and blogs as you can. Also flick through some wedding magazines, there are even ones specifically for flowers these days. Make appointments to visit at least 3 different florists if you can, and bring a notebook to make notes. Search on Google for the florists you have chosen, to see whether they are mentioned on any other websites or forums, and what the comments are like.
When you visit each florist, make sure you ask to see a portfolio of their previous wedding work. This should be up to date and in good condition. This is a vital tool if the florist is freelance and does not have a shop. Have a look around the shop. Is it attractive? Well laid out? Full of flowers and lovely designs? Remember that the shop is a reflection of the style and creativity of the person that will be adding the final touches to your big day. As well as their own portfolio they should have a variety of magazines or books for you to look through. But most importantly, how comfortable do you feel? Make sure you feel confident in the florist and that you’ve been listened to and that they have a good feel for what you want, not just what they want to sell you.
It’s a good idea to start looking at florists as soon as you’ve decided on your venue – preferably 6-12 months before your wedding as the good ones do tend to get booked up quickly. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist, as you’ll need to have an idea of how many arrangements you need, and the colours and styles that will compliment your venue. It’s also a big help to have a good idea of the style and colour of your wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses - this will help you both to choose a style, shape and the types of flowers that will look perfect with your dresses and add to the look of your day.
It’s generally a good idea to bring along pictures of flowers and arrangements that you like, even if it’s just a colour, a flower or a shape that you like – these can be in the way of magazine clippings, swatches, photos or website links.
A picture of your wedding gown and swatches of material from your bridesmaids gowns or something in a similar colour - if available, a picture of your ceremony and reception room.
Try to put together a list of all the flowers you’d like at the ceremony and reception venues. Numbers of bridesmaids, and number of buttonholes and corsages you’d like. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly who’s having what, it can all be discussed at the appointment and your florist can let you know who should have what.
You may have quotes from other florists, but it’s always a good idea to keep these to yourself until you’ve had all the quotes in. It may seem like a good idea to show quotes to your florist to get a better deal, but anyone can undercut a quote! What you really need is to see and hear each of their ideas, creativity, passion and expertise, then once you have all the quotes in and have decided on the one you like, you can use your other quotes to try and negotiate. But try to think of your florist not as a just a business arrangement, but as a friendly professional who is going to add the final touches and bring your big day alive with colour! It’s not all about the money, if you do have a tight budget then do let your florist know up front, this way they can help you to get the most out of your flowers.
There are plenty of tricks of the trade to keep costs down whilst still allowing for fabulous wedding flowers. A lot of couples don’t really have an idea of how much flowers are going to cost, but it’s always a good idea to have a budget in mind. This helps the florist to choose designs and flowers that suit it and they can better advise what is available. There is no point your florist quoting for a £2000 wedding when you have just £600 to spend. There are always great designs to suit all budgets. A good florist will help you obtain your dream flowers, as long as you remember to also be realistic.
Armed with this information, you should be able to find the best florist for your wedding day!
Here to add the final touches to your big day, the Cracked Pot Flower Boutique is a beautiful vintage flower shop located in West London, offering stellar service based on 15 years of experience. Whether you know exactly what you want, or in need of inspiration, you are in safe hands. Full service from design to delivery in the South, and they welcome all inquiries! For further details, including contact information, please see The Cracked Pot Flower Boutique Confetti page.
Photos 3, 4, 5 & 6 courtesy of LevelEleven.co.uk
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