When you picture your wedding, odds are wedding flowers are part of your vision. And, with good reason. The “right” flowers help create a mood and set the tone for your event.
For example, wedding bouquets of dark red roses would likely be found at a very different wedding than those of wildflowers. One is not better or worse than the other, they are just different.
According to The Knot, “The sky's the limit when it comes to flowers for your wedding, but realistically you can plan on spending about 8% of your overall budget.” In addition to personal flowers (like bridesmaid bouquets) for the ceremony, flowers often adorn the location of the ceremony itself. In addition, they are also popular during receptions as table centerpieces.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Florist
Choosing the best florist for your wedding flowers is an important decision. You want to work with someone who has an impeccable reputation, shares your vision and can adhere to your budget. Below, we are sharing 5 tips to choosing a wedding florist.
Understand Your Needs
Before you meet with possible florists, quantify exactly what you require. Consider your wedding party so you know how many bouquets and boutineers are necessary. Do you need wedding ceremony flowers? If you are Jewish, and are getting married under a traditional Chuppah, do you want it to be decorated with flowers?
Finally, talk to the professional coordinating your reception. Will you have floral centerpieces? If so, you need to determine both how many people you believe will attend as well as the size of each table so you know how many centerpieces you need.
Many florists actually offer wedding flower packages. By creating a specific list you can more easily compare the proposals from different vendors.
Ask for References
Working with a reliable professional with years of experience is important. You want to be assured that your flowers will be fresh and both delivered and arranged appropriately on the day of your wedding. If you have attended a wedding and admired the flowers, ask the bride for the name of her florist.
Also, leverage social media. While you likely have not been a guest at all of the weddings of your Facebook and Instagram “friends”, you have probably seen their pictures. If the photos of certain flowers caught your eye, reach out to that person. A simple post saying, “I love your flowers, can you share the name of the florist” may provide you with a great resource.
Get Multiple Proposals
Planning a wedding is hard work. There are so many things to consider. While it may seem like a great idea to simply contract with the closest and most convenient florist to you, it is much wiser to visit a few and ask all for proposals.
You want to be able to compare design ideas, service philosophy and of course, price. Visiting multiple florists will likely provide you much needed information and inspiration. Take advantage of this opportunity.
Determine Your Budget
We mentioned that typically couples spend 8% of their budget on flowers. Of course, a couple spending $10,000 on their wedding will spend significantly less than one with a budget of $50,000. Also, the 8% is an average. Some people simply love flowers and are willing to invest more, while others will spend less. You need to determine what is right for you so the florists with whom you speak can provide accurate information. An experienced florist will also be able to help you incorporate fresh flowers that are in season, making adhering to your budget much easier.
There are so many types of flowers; your options may seem overwhelming. That said, start saving photos of bouquets, centerpieces and ceremony flowers that you like. A screenshot may be your best friend.
An experienced florist will be able to look at these photos and get a feel for your style and taste. He or she may even be able to create something that incorporates many of things you like.
Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words. Trying to describe the flowers that you loved at a particular wedding can be difficult if you are not a florist. But, a picture provides all the information a florist will need.
Selecting a florist is a very personal decision. The right professional for you will be able to create a reality that matches your vision within your budget. You want to work with a reputable florist with whom you are comfortable.
You will remember your special day forever. The right florist can help make it even more special.Flowers by Pouparina is a well-known Miami wedding florist with a reputation for beautiful work. They are knowledgeable and creative and can work within any budget. Their work is well-regarded throughout South Florida and their commitment to customer satisfaction unmatched. If you are planning a wedding in Miami, or anywhere in South Florida and are looking for a florist, contact them today.