The Critical Details Involved with Wedding Florals

Workshop-24“The devil is in the details” is an idiom that implies there’s a potential downfall in the details. This is especially true with weddings. There are so many details that need attention that most people have never even thought about. We’ve compiled a list of details to help give you an idea of what it’s like to plan florals for a wedding, and what to expect throughout the process.

1. Start researching floral designers. The best way to find a floral designer is to ask people you know for recommendations. After you collect some names, look at their website portfolios. Make sure you like what you see because that should be a collection of their best work. If you’re not impressed by their portfolio, then chances are you won’t like what they would create for you. You also need to get an idea of the floral designer’s price point so you can decide if they fit within your budget.

2. The following is a list of topics that you might want to discuss during a consultation. This list should cover most weddings, but of course, some people opt for more or less.

  • Bridal Bouquet (bring pictures that you like)
  • Attendants’ Bouquets (pictures always help)
  • Boutonniéres for the Men Folk (Groom, Groomsmen, Fathers, Grandfathers, Ushers) – It’s customary for the Groom’s family to pay for these.
  • Corsages for the Women (Mothers, Grandmothers, and anyone else you’d like to acknowledge, such as Aunts or Family Friends)
  • Pew Markers – A decoration that marks the pews that are designated for the family.
  • Altar Flowers – Arrangement(s) for the area where the couple will take their vows.
  • Memorial Flowers
  • Decorations for outside where the ceremony will take place
  • Decorations for outside of the reception location
  • Arrangements for the Entryway
  • Centerpieces for Guest Tables
  • Head Table
  • Chair Backs
  • Cake Table
  • Centerpiece for Food Tables
  • Decorations for the Escort Table

3. The following is a list of questions to ask potential floral designers to help you decide if they’re the right one for you.

  • Will you be doing any other events the day of my wedding?
  • If a flower doesn’t look great when it comes in, will you substitute it with something else?
  • What time will you be finished with both the ceremony and reception?
  • When will you clean up and what will happen with the flowers afterwards?
  • What is the last possible day that I can make changes concerning the flowers?
  • What are the terms in your contract regarding payments and what is your cancelation policy?
  • What is your backup plan, should you not be capable of doing the flowers?
  • The containers that the flowers are in… are they ours to keep or do they come back to you?
  • Have you done weddings at this particular venue before?
  • Do you have any suggestions for what works well at the venue?
  • Where will you deliver bouquets and boutonniéres?
  • Are there any seasonal flowers that would make our flowers look more unique? (i.e. Peonies in May, Dahlias in August)

I hope that the above information will help you navigate the channels of floral design. Good luck!