Establish a Vision
Have a general idea about your taste. Are you a true minimalist? Or are you looking to do an uber-romantic Gatsby-style wedding? Create a file of magazine tear-outs and ideas you find online. That will give us a clear idea of your loves and love-nots. And don’t forget shots from friends’ weddings. Maybe you flipped over the centerpieces, but hated the bouquets. Now’s the time to bring it up (to us, of course, and not your friend).
Consider Your Site Specifics
This is a biggie. Think of your reception site as a blank canvas on which we will create your masterpiece. Is there bright red wallpaper? Is it a botanical garden that won’t need much floral accent? Or are you starting with a clean, empty loft that will need lots of work? After our initial consultation we will accompany you to the venue to get an idea of its size and style.
Create a Colorful Concept
Before you even start thinking about flowers, decide what your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and moms are wearing. You won’t know what flowers to pick if you don’t know what colors will work. First tackle the attire, then choose your ideal color palette and make a list of your favorite flowers, and then we will work with you to create your unique flower scheme.
Make the Flowers Work
At this point, you should have already picked out or know the style of your bridal gown, seeing as that will dictate what kind of bouquet you should carry. In making our suggestions, a bride’s gown is a big factor — how ornate it is, whether it’s white or cream, if it’s classic or contemporary, and so on. We think of the gown and bride of course as the centerpiece of the day, so this will give you a good idea of where you’re going with the wedding style.
Map Out Your Wedding Style
Your style is different than your vision. Are you looking to carry a very dramatic, long bunch of flowers or a tight posy of blooms instead? How about the other people in your wedding party: Should Mom wear a corsage or carry a nosegay? Should the bridesmaids carry a single stem or a full bouquet? Style will also affect price accordingly, as well as the choice of flowers that will or won’t work in the type of bouquet you’re eyeing.
Size it Up
Don’t listen to your groom — size does matter! How many guests are you planning to have at your wedding? That number will determine how many tables and, consequently, how many centerpieces you’ll require. How many attendants will you have to outfit with flowers: groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls? This will dramatically impact the price. On the other hand, if you are requiring fewer than average centerpieces, you may be able to get those orchids that you swore you couldn’t live without.