Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Choosing your Wedding Flowers
Perpetual Posies Floral Design
If choosing the flowers for your wedding seems to be over whelming, you may want to consider whether you need a florist or a floral designer. A floral designer can transform your entire venue. They look at the whole picture - from concept to set-up, and will be able to work with the other vendors involved. A florist will provide you with arrangements and advice on how to use them. Once you have an idea of how much help you will need with creating the atmosphere for your event, there are a few easy tips to help you along the way:
• Ask around. Friends, family and other wedding vendors can offer helpful opinions and suggestions.
• Ask to see a portfolio. Make sure the portfolio is a true representation of their work, not a compilation of things he or she would like to do.
• Ask for references. Many past brides are willing to share their rave reviews.
• Ask if any other weddings or events will be taken on the same day. This will ensure your wedding is the main focus.
• Ask if they are licensed. Whether they work out of a studio in their home, or have a large store front - you always want to hire a licensed professional.
Now that you have found a florist/designer you are interested in, set-up a consultation. At the consultation, be prepared to discuss your budget. The florist should seem excited for your wedding, regardless of the budget. You will be asked about your venue, guest count, and bridal party. Bring photos, color swatches, invitations, and pictures from magazines. This will help in determining your personal style. You will want to feel like they understand your vision, and that they “get you”.
After the consultation, you should receive an itemized, detailed quote. If you decide to shop around, make sure you compare apples to apples. One company may consider a large, rose bouquet to be 9 roses, tied with floral tape. While another would consider it to be 4 dozen roses wrapped with a satin sash.
All of the information I have given is meant to be a guide - Remember, the most important thing is to HAVE FUN! This is your day, and it all starts with the details!