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How to prepare for your Wedding Flower Consultation

Updated: Feb 29



Have Your Wedding Date Chosen.

Knowing your wedding date will allow your florist to give you an accurate floral quote as well as offer suggestions about bloom seasonality for your big day. Most florists have limited availability for weddings each week and knowing your date will allow your florist to know if they have availability for your date or not.





Have Your Venue Booked.

Your wedding florist will need to know your wedding ceremony and reception locations to suggest floral arrangements and installations that will complement the aesthetics of your chosen venue.


Have A Colour Palette In Mind

It will be easier for your wedding florist to suggest suitable blooms to use if they have a colour palette to work with, but we are more than happy to work with you to create a beautifully unique colour palette for you.





Have Your Dress Selected (or an idea of the style you are looking for)

When choosing a bouquet for your wedding day it is important to consider how the bouquet will complement your bridal dress style. It is also helpful to have your bridesmaids dresses chosen to help your floral designer understand the overall design.






Share Your Inspo.

We love to see your Pinterest boards! Share photos of bouquets, centrepieces and other floral inspiration you have found with us, but be open to suggestions from your wedding florist about ways to make your florals reflect you and your partner. An inspiration board is also very helpful to have and can be sent to your florist prior to the initial consultation.





Have A Budget In Mind.

Your floral budget may need to be adjusted based on your floral needs, but your florist will work with you to answer any questions you may have on pricing. We suggest a budget of 20-25% of your total wedding budget for Pinterest-worthy, fine-art inspired, lush designs. Most of our couples come to us because they love florals and really want the florals to be a key element in their wedding.




Create A List Of Floral Needs.

How many bridesmaid's bouquets do you need? How many centrepieces? Do you need ceremony flowers? Is there a stunning fireplace mantel that should be adorned or an entryway they could use some flowers? It's okay if you aren't sure who should have flowers or exactly where you should place flowers at the ceremony or reception. Your florist will go through a list to help you answer all of these questions.




Think About Potential Dislikes and  Allergies.

Let us know what you dislike, it is just as important as your ‘likes’ and ‘loves’ and ‘must haves’. Find out if anyone in the bridal party has an allergy to the flowers you are thinking of using before you ask your florist to include them in any design and be sure to let your florist know about these allergies.We also do not work with dyed flowers as the dye could stain

your dress and table linens.



Initial Contact.

Ideally you should contact your florist 4-8 months prior to the wedding date to set up a consultation. If flowers are a high priority item for you then we suggest setting up a consultation and booking your wedding florist even earlier, between 7-12 months. If you wait until a month or two before the wedding to book a consult you may be very disappointed to learn that your favorite florist is completely booked for your date.

 

This is especially important if your wedding date is in June, July, August or September - the most popular wedding months in the UK. Winter is also becoming a popular season and florists are often busy year round with weddings.


HAVE FUN!

Choosing flowers and designs for your wedding is such a fun and exciting experience, don't forget to relax and take it in as it's happening!


In conclusion... Embarking on the journey to create the perfect floral arrangements for your special occasion is an exciting and rewarding experience. By adequately preparing for your flower consultation with a skilled florist, you set the stage for a seamless and enjoyable collaboration. Remember to bring inspiration, communicate your vision clearly, and be open to the florist's expertise. Together, you can transform your ideas into a breathtaking floral masterpiece that beautifully complements your event. Trust in the creative process, and embrace the opportunity to work closely with your florist to bring your floral dreams to life. Here's to a flourishing partnership and an event adorned with the enchanting beauty of carefully curated flowers!


Photo credits to Hannah Lucy Photography, Victory Weddings, Hamilton Wedding Cars, The Bridal Hall, Rachel Allan, Zodiac Florists. Solent Stems, Rookesbury Park.

Blog written by Solent Stems

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