Choosing a Wedding Florist

Choosing a Wedding Florist
By: Jennifer Mark

Okay, so you’re ready to pick a florist to design what will undoubtedly be the biggest focal point in your wedding, other than the bride and groom, of course! Flowers can turn an ordinary room into an extraordinary and romantic setting.

Before you choose a florist, ask relatives, friends and coworkers for recommendations. You might also try a bridal show, which feature local vendors, and view each florist’s portfolio. Most floral vendors at these shows bring samples of their work. This will give you a chance to study their technique without having to schedule a meeting. This will help rule out any of the possibilities that don’t meet your taste. Choose 2 or 3 different florists to meet and discuss ideas with, get all estimates in writing. According to the industry, the average floral bill estimates to be in-between $800 to $3000, so you want to make sure you’re getting the most for your money, and that the work is quality. Do your personalities clash? Does the florist dismiss your ideas? This is not someone you want to work with for your wedding. After all, this is your day!

After you choose a florist, you’ll need to bring a few key items to help in choosing the types of arrangements and bouquets that will compliment your style. Know your theme and color scheme. Bring things such as a picture of your gown and bridesmaid dresses or swatches of the fabric to better match colors. Bring magazine clippings of styles that caught your eye and a list of “who needs what” such as bouquets for bridesmaids, boutonnieres, corsages and centerpieces. Ask if the florist is familiar with the location of your ceremony/reception. If not, then arrange a time to meet at the location to discuss more ideas. Think about what impression you want to give, and your personalities.

Choose flowers specific to the season and the region that you will be married. The advantage of choosing flowers specific to the season are that it will help to cut some cost, and there should be no worries about availability. Here’s a list of some seasonal floral to choose from, and their meanings:

Calla Lily – Purity
Ivy – Fidelity
Orchid – Beauty
Holly – Foresight

Violet – Faithfulness
Orange Blossom – Happiness
Iris – Good Health
Lilac – New Love, Youthful Innocence
Hyacinth – Constancy
Apple Blossoms – Good Fortune
Daffodils – Regard
Tulip – Declaration of Love

Daisy – Innocence
Peony – Bashfulness
Sweet Pea – Meeting

Marigold – Sacred Affection
Dahlia – Elegance & Dignity
Sunflower – You are Splendid

Year Round
Rose – Love
Orchid – Beauty
Carnation – Distinction
Lily of the Valley – Happiness
Gardenia – Joy

Check out the related link for a creative idea, perfect for a spring or summer garden wedding!

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