After you have selected the color and style of your attendants’ dresses, it is time to see your florist for the first time.. Always call to set up an appointment, or to find out if one is necessary. Some florists charge for consultations. Often this fee is deducted from your final balance if you place your order with them. This fee lets the florist know that you are interested in them and also pays for their time and any suggestions they may offer. Ask when you call if there is a consultation fee.
Shop around at various florists. Don’t be afraid to ask for an estimate, but remember that an estimate is sometimes difficult to compare from store to store. Some florists may charge less, but less is what you actually may get. There are varying qualities and/or grades of flowers.
The carnation at the supermarket/or bargain store may be less expensive, but it also may be a smaller size, it may not last as long, or there may be less flowers used in the bouquet to keep it at a lower price. Find out if there are any extra charges such as a delivery charge or a set up fee. Find out if the florist will pin on the corsages and boutonnieres, set up the church arrangements, aisle runner, pew bows, etc, set up at the reception hall and how much they charge to do this, if anything. Some florists will only drop off the flowers at the church. You decide how you would like to have your wedding serviced and at what price.
Have a budget in mind when you go to the florist. Be aware that the flowers you choose and size of bouquets will affect the price. For example roses, orchids, gardenias, and stephanotis are going to cost more than carnations, pomps, and alstroemeria. What you choose for the church, such as plain pew bows, or pew bows with greens, one or two altar/floor arrangements, aisle candelabras, etc. and any flowers for the reception hall such as for the head table, centerpieces or budvases, etc. will also add to the cost. Keep in mind, though, that the flowers you choose for you and your bridal party are important. Unlike the hundreds/thousands of dollars spent on food, you don’t take pictures of you with the food, you take pictures with your bouquets.
That is why you should leave enough money in your budget for flowers. Don’t make one of the more important aspects of your wedding photography be an afterthought. You may also want to take this into consideration when you consider using silk flowers. Ask others that have used silk flowers and you will probably find that the bridesmaids no longer have their silk bouquets or they are in a closet collecting dust. Why not use natural fresh flowers for their unique beauty and fragrance and if need be have a replica of your bouquet made in silk as a keepsake if you so desire? Almost every aspect of your wedding is just for one day, fresh flowers are just another part of making your one day special. Compare costs of fresh and silk flowers and you may be pleasantly surprised.
When you go to the florist take a swatch of your attendants’ dress with you, a picture of your dress, and any pictures of bouquets (from magazines, etc.) or flowers that are of interest to you. Remember that the first time you start looking through the many bridal flower books available, you may feel overwhelmed. After awhile, though, you should see that there are some flowers that you like/dislike more than others nad that there are styles of bouquets that you like/dislike more than others. This should help you narrow down your choices. Don’t forget that it is nearly impossible for
the books to show every different flower, style, and/or color combination available. This is where your professional florist comes in. Have them offer suggestions of flowers, styles, and colors to fit your needs. Tell them what you would like to see and let them help you create your bouquets.
Who Has Flowers at a Wedding Who Has Flowers at a WeddingMake sure that what you choose is what you will be happy with. This is not your mother’s wedding, nor is it the florists, it is yours. Select what you want and let your professional florist offer guidance as to practicallity and/or availability of the flowers you select.
Flowers will need to be selected for the bridal bouquet, attendants’ bouquets, flower girls, the groom, groomsmen/ushers, ringbearer, mother’s, father’s, and grandparents. Optional flowers include flowers for Godparents, the organist, soloist, any readers, the guest book attendant, and anyone else that may need to be recognized as a part of your special day. You may also want to order hairpieces for everyone, or a nice crown/half crown of flowers for your flower girl.
If you do not intend to throw your bouquet, order a throw away bouquet. Flowers for the church may include altar arrangements, pew bows/pew bows with greens or any aisle decorations you may choose, flowers for the Blessed Virgin/Holy Family, flowers/greens for the unity candle, peace roses to be given to the mothers at the sign of peace, and/or an aisle runner. Be sure to check with the church on any restrictions they may have on flowers/floral decorating, since you do not want to order anything that may not be used. Flowers for the reception hall may include a centerpiece for the head table, parents’ tables, a centerpiece or budvase for all tables, floral garlands for the head table/cake table, flowers for the cake/cake table, the cake knife, your toasting glasses, flowers by the guest book, and/or flowers for hors d’oeuvres trays.
As with the church, check with the hall on any restrictions they may have on flowers/flower decorations. This may include local ordinances that require any candles used to be contained in glassware- no open flames.You may also want to order flowers for your rehearsal dinner. There are many ways that flowers can be used for your wedding. You can be as simple or as elaborate as you want, or that your budget will afford you. Keep in mind, though, the importance of your bouquets and the pictures that you will be taking with them.
After you have chosen your flo