I sat down last week with two of my favorite floral designers in Lubbock, and if you are anything like me when it comes to flowers, it was a little overwhelming. As a wedding photographer I see millions of flowers, (not exaggerating here… between the weddings I shoot and the wedding vendors I follow on social media, holy cow! You floral designers are a talented bunch of folks!) and to be honest, I’m not sure I could even tell you want a begonia is. *see title above for a small chuckle So needless to say I learned a ton!
I had the team at Devault Floral walk me through their side of wedding planning from start to finish, and can hopefully give you a few tips and tricks to help you along the way! Here’s what I learned:
Setting up a consult is super easy! You can call the store or if you are like me and prefer to do everything online, you can setup a consult online! Once you setup a consult, have your ideas ready to go! Most florist will want to see your ideas before you meet. Also, don’t be surprised if your florist wants to meet you at your venue. This gives you guys a chance to walk through the space and decided what you guys really need.
Send in your ideas with an open mind. Your florist will be able to see your style from your ideas and can then put together the perfect look for your day. Also, be prepared to hear no. Not in a bad way though… Wedding Florist have seen and worked through every situation. Just because those dyed flowers look good in one photograph on Pinterest, your florist (and photographer) knows that they will leak dye and look horrible by the end of the day.
Since we are already practicing having an open mind, lets talk budget. It’s always best to have an idea in mind and to be 100% honest with your vendors. Yes we all want a million flowers at our weddings, but rarely is that an option for everyone. A good florist will know how to stretch your budget and be able to help you stay with in your budget. Think garden roses vs peonies. Peonies are gorgeous don’t get me wrong, but an entire bouquet of them might eat your entire wedding budget. Garden roses are an excellent second choice and most people couldn’t even tell the difference in the two.. myself included until last week! Also, flower prices vary depending on the season, so ask your florist which flowers will be in season at the time of your wedding. A point on the subject of budget is if you find a florist you love, but are scared of the bid/price/quote or haven’t even asked, talk to them! Most vendors hate turning people away because of pricing and will often offer you suggestions with in your budget, or have a recommendation for someone who can.
Colors, yes we know your colors are turquoise and white, but that doesn’t mean you want your flowers to all be turquoise and white. For a more elegant look talk to your florist about which colors will make your main colors really stand out. Here’s an example of a wedding where the accent colors were blue and gold, but instead of doing a blue and gold bouquet, the team at Devault used creams, pinks, and greens to really make the blue pop in this gorgeous bouquet! Also… since we are looking at this photo, a great way to stretch your flower budget is to use you and your bridal party’s bouquet as the flowers for your head table.
5. Deposits and Contracts: If you’ve been reading any of my other wedding planning blogs, than you already know how I feel about this. Contracts are super important. They lay out all of the expectations between your self and the vendor. This makes sure both you (the bride) and the vendor know exactly when/where/how/what you are getting. Deposits are also something that 99% of vendors will require to hold your date. Many places, myself and Devault Floral, included only take on one wedding per day and this guarantees that your date is held.
6. Final Details/Take Aways: Once your date gets closer, your florist will be in contact to do a final plan, maybe walk your venue with you, prepare your portrait bouquet, and take your final payment. Standard in the industry is 30 days out. This is also a good time to finalize your timeline with the venue and photographer, this way your florist will know what time they need to have everything set by.
I hope this helps! I’ll end with sharing a few photos from my visit!