What to expect when meeting with your Florist…

Meeting with your floral designer…

When you meet with your floral designer, it’s best to have an idea of what you’d like for your special day ahead of time. Some ideas that you should focus on are your colors, style, budget, and certain items you might need depending on the type of ceremony, or reception you’re having. There are so many important elements that play into planning a wedding. Floral design and decor create the backdrop for your event and bring all of those elements together.

Before meeting with a floral designer, look through bridal magazines and books to help you focus on flowers. Research colors, style, various designs, and collect pictures that you’re attracted to.  Then you should e-mail a few of those pictures to us, so we have an idea of your vision.  For example, once you share them and tell me you envision white and green with a modern feel, that’s a great start.  This way when we meet, we will have a much more productive consultation.

In addition to focusing on the aesthetics, it’s important to remember how much money you are looking to spend. If you’re unsure how to establish a budget for your flowers, use this Wedding Budget 101 for assistance. http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-budget/articles/wedding-budget-ways-to-save-money.aspx. Being aware of your flower budget is important for the planning process.  Be honest about what you are able and willing to spend. Whatever your budget may be, we want to make selections that will make your vision come to life without sacrificing appearance, quality, and your budget.

Don’t be concerned if your flower knowledge is limited. Trust your floral designer! It is our job and passion to take your favorite colors, your style, and budget to make your wedding day perfect!

How Much Do You Actually Need?

Just like buying shoes, an apartment, or a pair of jeans, when it comes to financing a wedding, you should figure out how much you need to spend to get what you want. Set your expectations accordingly. Knot Note: The average cost for a 150-person wedding is about $25,000 (higher in urban areas).

  • Here is a basic breakdown of what you can expect to pay

Wedding Planner: 10-25%

Reception: 40%-50%

Ceremony: 2%-3%

Attire: 8%-10%

Flowers: 8%-10%

Entertainment/Music: 8%-10%

Photography/Videography: 10%-12%

Stationery: 2%-3%

Wedding Rings: 2%-3%

Parking/Transportation: 2%-3%

Gifts: 2%-3%

Miscellaneous: 8%

  • To avoid stress, allot about 5% of your budget for a “just-in-case” fund.
  • If you’re paying for your honeymoon yourselves, remember to budget for that as well.