Like all aspects of weddings, each component is given a certain amount of detail/attention per every bride/couple’’s list of “priorities” and what matters most to them. Some brides put flowers high on their priority list, while others choose to spend their wedding budget elsewhere. Personally, I love the beautiful and organic touch that real flowers have and I had fun coordinating the flowers for our wedding, which turned out gorgeous and totally complimented the design I was seeking.
If you do hire a florist and don’t quite know where to start, I hope this will help to guide you in the right direction to start to envision your flowers and how they will fit in to the overall esthetic of your wedding. By providing all of this detail up front, this will help you to send all of your requested information out to multiple florists for them to estimate your wedding, so you can make the best choice (financially/logistically/creatively) for your big day.
The basics. Is your florist available on your wedding date, and do they deliver to your venue (or do you want to arrange to pickup)
This can vary so widely across weddings. By listing out all the items you would like the florist to “bid” for you, you can ensure that you are seeing the overall package and cost of what you are looking for. This will help your florist to appropriately estimate your cost. I would also suggest requesting that the estimate is broken out by piece (aka: The bride’s bouquet is $XX, each boutonniere is $XX, etc.) so you can see where you may be able to find some cost savings.
Here are the items I had my florist bid out:
Flower girl petals (or bouquets)
Grandma’s Wrist Corsage
Mom’s Wrist Corsage
Personal Attendant(s) Wrist Corsage
Ceremony Aisle Décor
(Additional Pieces to Consider:)
Miscellaneous decor flowers throughout reception
Head Table decor
Wedding party/size matters when it comes to estimating. Your florist won’t be able to read your mind as to how many bridesmaids/groomsmen you have, how many grandparents are coming, or how many tables you need centerpieces for, so give all that info upfront to avoid back and forth confusion.
links to visuals/inspiration
Chances are you have pinned some flowers that you like for your wedding, so don’t withhold that valuable “vision”! Share it with the florist upfront in your initial request, it will help them by quoting you will the appropriate flowers you are looking for. Seasonality and type of flowers will impact costs, so its great to throw out your “dream” looks initially (shoot for the stars) and then discuss how you can find cost savings after seeing the quote (and come back to earth :).
*For example, I really loved the look of succulents, which are fairly expensive flowers. In my initial request some of my inspiration pieces were predominantly succulents. After seeing the quote, we opted to do more “filler” flowers like baby’s breath in the centerpieces to keep them looking full but saving on cost as well.
Download my free wedding flower worksheet to provide your florist all of your information in an organized and detailed format!