While choosing your wedding flowers is exciting, seeing the examples flooding your Instagram feed and Pinterest can make the decision process feel overwhelming. With all the items still needed to tick off on your to-do list, you may be tempted to put off choosing floral decor. We get it. Picking vanilla lemon buttercream does feel like you are doing something, and a sense of satisfaction comes with putting a check mark next to ‘order cake.’
From both a logistical and creative standpoint, meeting with a florist earlier rather than later makes the experience of wedding planning as whole less stressful and intimidating. Flowers belong in the ‘important’ category right alongside finding a venue and wedding dress. When you knock out the ‘biggies,’ details such as signage, escort cards, favors, and signature cocktails become smaller pieces of a puzzle that fall into place. Read on for our break down of six reasons why you should prioritize selecting your big day blooms.
Floral Decor Sets The Tone For Your Wedding Style & Theme
Pinning down your wedding aesthetic and the atmosphere that you want to create throughout your venue begins with flowers and decor. “While many wedding industry publications might recommend starting the search for your floral designer later in the planning process, we beg to differ,” Bride & Blossom Founder Rachel Santana says. “Your flowers and decor should be personalized and unique as they set the tone for your wedding style and define how your wedding will be remembered. Conceptualizing the design and deciding on the overall aesthetic should be done early on as it will influence other decisions made for your special day.” Once you have a floral theme set in place, decorative flourishes such as candles and linens and personal details such as custom stationery will come together effortlessly.
Understanding The Cost Of Flowers Helps You Establish A Wedding Budget
From day one, you knew that flowers were going to be a big part of your wedding. It’s important to consult with a florist early in the planning process and convey to them your vision so you can budget accordingly. “I recently met with a client who had not finalized her overall budget yet, but knew flowers and decor were going to be a very important component in her wedding,” Bride & Blossom Wedding Director Carla Hunt recalls. “The client and her planner agreed that she should talk with us early in order to get a sense of how much her desired flowers were going to cost. With this information, she could then allocate the costs for everything else to establish a manageable budget. I thought it was very smart-thinking and pro-active on the client’s part.”
Your Wedding Flowers Will Be Seen In Most Of Your Wedding Photos
From the portraits to the ceremony to the reception, your wedding flowers will be a recurring feature in your photo album. Leaving florals to the last minute could result in decor and accessories that you are not completely happy with. No bride wants to get the gallery back from their photographer only to be reminded in twenty portrait shots that they didn’t like their bouquet. Give yourself enough time to finalize a floral scheme that you are completely obsessed with so years from now, you can look back at a wedding day that was picture-perfect right down to the last rose petal.
Choosing Flowers Early Means You’ll Get Your Preferred Wedding Florist
Not all florists are the same – there’s a reason why the most talented and experienced names book up quickly. Further, as you do your research, you’ll notice that some designers specialize in artistic floral installations while others are known for classically polished decor. There are those who only do small weddings in intimate settings while others accommodate grand ballrooms. Like all special event vendors, florists’ calendars fill up during the peak wedding season. Starting a conversation with the florist whose portfolio matches your vision early is important to ensure they are available for your wedding date.
Stay Organized And On Schedule By Making Flowers A Priority
Having moments of stress and anxiety is unavoidable during the wedding planning process. Addressing the big decisions early will not only make these uneasy moments fewer and far between, but it will also help you visualize your wedding, specifically how flowers and decor will interact within your venue space (logistically and aesthetically), while revealing any items that may still need addressed such as lighting, glassware, and furniture.
Imagining Your Dream Wedding Flowers Is Fun
If you are reading this post, chances are that wedding flowers are important to you. The color and scent of a favorite bloom is tied to emotion and memories. It’s no wonder that flowers are given when there are no words to express how we feel. Remember picking a daisy and dandelion bouquet for mom knowing that it made her happy? Or sending an arrangement to a friend who was going through a hard time and needed a pick-me-up? Whether you are inspired by an editorial in a bridal magazine, looking to the season in which you are getting married for ideas, or want to complement your venue’s lush garden surroundings, imagining your dream wedding is fun and exciting. Talking with our clients over the years, we’ve realized that everyone has their own special story to tell with flowers, which we aim to capture with custom design and styling.
Just because choosing wedding flowers isn’t simple doesn’t mean that it must be a difficult endeavor either. A wedding florist’s job is creating beautiful designs and custom styling to match a client’s vision and budget. From conception to the day of, your florist is there to guide you and help make major decisions about everything from color palette and floral recipe to which type of vase works best for your centerpiece style. Decisions about flowers will impact the overall look and feel of this momentous lifetime event. Talk to a professional about floral decor early and you’ll be well on your way to making your dream wedding come true.