Beyond the aesthetic integrity of your chosen venue and the inimitable flare of your carefully curated decor, what is the single most eye-catching detail required to craft a wedding’s amorous atmosphere? Florals. Altar arbors, aisle arrangements, centerpieces, and bouquets contribute hugely to the overall experience of your wedding, the reality of which can make selecting your florals a daunting task for the detail-driven bride. But, as always, we’re here to help with our weekly checklists, this time focusing exclusively on the flowers that will set the scene of your love story.
- Cultivate your vision! Start collecting inspiration from Pinterest, wedding magazines, and blogs so that you can begin to develop a sense of what mood your wedding requires, and get a sense of what that means in terms of your flowers.
- Research florists in your area and find as many examples of their work as possible. If your wedding is lush and opulent, someone who seems to work primarily in red roses and baby’s breath may not be a fit for you. Contrastingly, if you’re going for simple and sweet, a florist who specializes in asymmetrical cascades may overpower your otherwise minimalist approach.
- Make appointments with contending florists, and be sure to request preliminary quotes; flowers are often on the costlier side of things, and you always want to ensure that your expectations fall in line with your budget.
- Once you’ve chosen and booked your floral designer, keep record of your deposits and add the dates for any upcoming partial payments to your wedding calendar or planner, taking care to keep all payments up to date.
- Purchase any necessary flowergirl baskets.
- Finalize your floral order once you know your final guest count. Be certain to add floral delivery times and any pertinent set-up details to your timeline.
- If you want to preserve your bouquet, begin to research professionals who provide this service and make arrangements accordingly; different preservation methods may require different timelines.
- Decide the fate of your centerpieces once your reception is over. If you want guests to take centerpieces, ask the DJ to make an announcement at the end of the night. If you want to donate any leftover flowers, make arrangements for this as well.
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