Each bride comes into a Florist with the same dilemma. They have beautiful flowers in mind, or know their style, colors, etc., but now have to find out the price, and make their budget and flower choices work together.
Here are a few tips from Megan Lynne Floral Design to help you with this process...
1. Have a plan.
When making an appointment with your florist, have an idea of what you are looking for. If you're not a "flower person", bring some pictures of bouquets that you like, swatches of fabric or accessories for your big day. This can really help give the florist an idea of what you are looking for, keeping you both working on the same ideas.
2. Be flexible.Have some options, colors and favorite flowers in mind, but be flexible. This allows us to suggest the flowers that are in season, the right color and the best price when you need them, which can help you save more than you think. Most of the time, the end results are so similar, if not the same, even some of our brides can't remember the changes we suggested compared to their first idea.
3. Find a professional.
There is nothing more disappointing than not having quality products at your wedding, and flowers definitely need to be high-quality to handle the long day ahead of them. Find a florist that focuses on the care and attention that weddings need. Not all florists handle their flowers the same. Look for their past work, ask them for a schedule on your flowers, go and see them working on your bouquets before your wedding if you can. Remember, there is a reason that they do the work for you, so that the end result is stunning and worth it! Poor quality flowers always show, and high quality flowers always stand out!
4. Spend your money where it matters!
Your bouquet is something that you will see in your pictures for years to come. Don't you want that memory to be a sweet one? If you are on a tight budget, spend your money on an amazing bridal bouquet and ask your florist for advice on making the rest match with more affordable options. There are lots of great (sneaky!) ways to get the look you love for your bridesmaids while keeping the budget in mind.
5. Personal touches you'll always remember.
There is something so special about adding personal touches to your bouquets. Lockets with a picture of a loved one, your Grandmother's broach, lace from your Mother's dress, anything! It's easy to add in these sweet touches to your wedding flowers, and they help make your day so perfectly personal.
6. Be brave!
Think outside the box. If you love pearls and lace, add them to your bouquet! If you have your heart set on a lush bouquet of succulents (as below) go for it! This is the time to express yourself and let your style show. Don't think that you have to have the same bouquets as everyone else. Choose what you love and go for it! It's YOUR day.
8. Ask questions!
Don't forget, your florist is there to help you. For most brides, they don't have any idea on how their wedding planning should go, so ask. Really! We are here to help. There are no questions we haven't heard (believe me!) and we would love to help you make your day all that you hoped for.
(Most photography courtesy of Jack and Ruby Photography and Lani Elias Fine Art Photography, both members of the Southern Suite.)