Floral can be an overwhelming piece of wedding planning for couples.
There is also a lot of a misinformation floating around the internet and wedding blogs about wedding florals. Below are some things your floral designers want you to know:
Not All Floral Designers Are Created Equal
Hire a florist whose overall style and aesthetic resonate with you and the vision for your wedding day. Do you like tight, round, more classic arrangements? Or do you prefer a more organic, natural style to floral design? Research different florists and look for consistent portfolio work in your preferred style.
Trust Your Vendors and Be Upfront About Your Budget
Be open to your florist’s expertise and suggestions; especially if you are on a tight budget. More often than not, florists are presented with grand ideas (thanks, Pinterest) only to find out that the client’s budget will cover ¼ of those ideas. Be open and trust your florist’s ideas and suggestions for flowers that will work within your budget. If you are not willing to budge on your vision, be prepared to pay more in order to meet those expectations. We also want your flowers and your wedding day to be beautiful and special, so trust that we will guide you in a direction that will produce that outcome.
Greenery Is Not Necessarily Cheaper
The past couple of years greenery has definitely become a big trend! From garlands to ceremony and reception installations, greenery can really add a lush, romantic feel to your wedding day. The use of greenery has also been assumed to be a “cheap” alternative to using blooms throughout your wedding. This really could not be further from the truth! For example a garland for an 8’ farm table costs just as much (if not more!) than a single compote centerpiece. The reality is, to create those lush, organic looks everyone wants, it takes a lot of greenery and it is also very time-consuming.
Here Are A Couple Ways You Can Really Get The Most Bang For Your Buck…
Reduce your guest count and/or be open to what is seasonally available. The guest count will affect every aspect of your wedding budget and floral is no exception! The higher the guest count, the more tables you will have, rows of chairs, etc.
Using seasonal floral is really the best way to get the most out of your budget. It is also a good way to guarantee the freshest most beautiful blooms! I love designing with seasonal, local flowers. Here in Oregon, we are privileged with amazing growers and a vast variety of seasonal floral. Take advantage of what mother nature has to offer!
DIY Is Not As Easy As Pinterest Makes It Look
Some people are really good at DIY projects, while others…are not #pinterestfail. Being crafty is not the only requirement for DIY florals. First and foremost you need to make sure you have the time! Prepping and arranging flowers takes a lot more time than people think and because of the perishable nature of flowers, it isn’t something that can be done very far in advance. DIY can be a tempting way to save some money, but it also a very easy way to cause unnecessary stress days before your wedding day.
Don’t Skimp On Delivery + Setup For Your Event
Be willing to spend the extra money to have your florist deliver and setup your event. These services are required of our full-service design clients, but some florists may have the option for you to pick up the flowers yourself. Don’t. Do. It. There is so much more to delivery and setup than showing up at the venue and plopping a centerpiece on the table. I always bring at least 2 assistants with me to every wedding. We set each table to perfection, placing every centerpiece facing the same way so that your guests will see a cohesive presentation upon entering the reception.
We at Swoon bring extra flowers and foliage in case something gets broken or falls out during transport and setup, and repair and remake boutonnieres when the groomsmen get a little too rowdy pre-ceremony. Ultimately, we want your wedding to be just as beautiful and special as you do. Having us on sight ensures that.