1. Flowers and Design - What You Need to Know

  • Floral design – beyond bouquets and centerpieces, floral design can include linens, aisle runners, candelabras, arches, votives, mirrors and other décor.
  • Traditional flowers and floral arrangements – flowers most commonly seen at weddings are bridal bouquets and boutonnieres for the wedding party, ushers and officiant; corsages and boutonnieres for the parents and grandparents; table centerpieces and ceremony site décor. 
  • Additional floral elements – additionally, flowers can be added to enhance the design of the following: guest book, cake, buffet, gift table, and restrooms.

 

EXPERT TIP:

TIP: In season flowers are a better value. Ask your designer what flowers are in season or not available on your wedding day.

2. Ask Yourself about Flowers and Design

Do you know your color scheme? Decide the colors you want and any vision or plan for your wedding. This will help you determine what kind of flowers you want to use.
Do you have favorite flowers?  Find out if they are in season, if not, consider a second option or adjust your budget accordingly.
Have you bought your dress? It’s much easier to choose your dress and then match your bouquet to accentuate your style.
Where do you want flowers?  Based on the style of your wedding, decide where and how many floral designs you want to use - ceremony, centerpieces, table decor, entryway, bouquets and boutonnieres.
Do you want to preserve the flowers after the wedding? If so, ask your floral designer how best to do this.
 

EXPERT TIP:

TIP: Select your Top 3 local florists within your budget to contact and compare.

3. Ask Your Floral Designer

Describe your design style - ask them to guarantee color harmony, size, look, and price. You may even want to request a picture.
Which flowers would you recommend? Based on the time of year or season, ask for a recommendation that matches your color palette and budget. Ask for flowers that can be substituted to better fit your budget.
Will the elements affect my flowers? Ask how an indoor or outdoor event, time of day, length of time, and any gap between ceremony and reception might affect your flower choice. 
If I decide to add flowers to my wedding cake, will you work with my cake designer? Is there an additional fee for this?
Do you recommend using flowers from the ceremony at the reception?  If so, what is the cost to have someone move and decorate?
How are flowers transported and packaged?  Do you set the flowers in position - ceremony aisle ends, centerpieces, pin boutonnieres?
Are the vases and any props rented? If not, do we need to purchase them?
Do you return at the end of the night to collect items or do we return them to you?

EXPERT TIP:

TIP: Select your Top 3 local florists within your budget to contact and compare.