Once the big question is popped, she’s said yes to the dress, and a venue has been decided on, it’s time for couples to start thinking about decorating. Flowers have long been the go-to element to define the atmosphere of celebration for weddings. Every wedding is different, and every couple uses floral work differently to define the mood of the big day. Whether you want to relay a sense of sophistication and elegance or laid back and jovial, there are a few key points that will help us help you create your perfect wedding flower arrangements.
1. Come with a budget
A common theme I am finding with many of the couples I work with is that they don’t have any sort of budget for their wedding flowers. Understandably, it may be hard to ballpark a figure as most of us don’t usually purchase more than a bouquet or the odd corsage/boutonniere. None the less, try and come with a number, that way you can be directed toward flower choices and arrangement sizes that will work in the budget. A key point of reference you can keep in mind is that the average wedding spends 7-10% of their total wedding budget on floral work; including ceremony and reception pieces. Another thing to not forget about is factoring in flower delivery. It is helpful in managing costs if family or friends can pick up and deliver your flowers. However; due to the size of some floral work, it is just not possible to have them picked up.
2. Draft a list of what you want
Another important question the couple needs to think about before talking with a florist is, “What type of floral work will I need for the wedding, and how many?” Traditionally, the following people wear or hold flower pieces for the wedding ceremony:
• Mother of the bride/groom (corsages – either pin on or wristlet)
• Father of the bride/groom
Other pieces to consider would be for grandparents, the flower girl, the ring bearer, or the reception MC if he/she is not part of the wedding party.
For reception work, you will want to consider whether or not you want flower arrangements in these particular areas:
• Cocktail tables
• Guest table centerpieces
• Head table
• Gift table
• Signing/Guest book table
• Cake table
• Buffet table
Depending on your venue, you may also want to consider flowers for a patio section, bar, or foyer.
A quick list of what you think you might be looking for will help the florist consult move smoothly and allow you to be given the most accurate quote.
3. Be mindful of seasonality
Pinterest is a wonderful tool and has made consulting with couples so much easier; it allows us to clearly capture the vision of what they want their wedding to look like. But with the ease of the tool comes some unexpected problems, with flowers it is the issue of seasonality. While Vancouver brides are lucky to live in a city with phenomenal access to flowers from around the world, the challenge does still exist. Not all flowers are available year round and there is nothing worse than having to tell a bride that her dream Pinterest bouquet can’t be replicated because one of the main flowers is unavailable during the season of their wedding. If there is a style or flower you like, we will of course do everything we can to substitute as closely as possible, but it is important that you do a little bit of research on your dream bouquet before becoming dead-set on it.
4. Don’t leave it to the last minute
To be sure there is time to figure out the perfect floral look for your wedding, including ordering in vases and the flowers themselves, we recommend that you initially meet with us at least 3-6 months before your wedding. We have a fair number of brides who come in only a month before their weddings to discuss options, and, while we are usually able to have the flowers done up for these short notice weddings, it can make it very hard to find and use the flowers the couples really want.
With these tips in mind, you are now get ready to start talking about and planning the flower decor aspect of your wedding. Book a consultation with our Wedding Planner and start building your custom wedding arrangements!