The Three Steps
When we do weddings at Flowers With M we like to work closely with the bride. Understanding a brides vision is important to us. With Marisa’s incredible personal touch, every wedding is individual and heartfelt.
Before any quotes are given, Marisa needs to identify the size of your wedding and the budget. This can simply be broken down by:
How many arrangements are needed for the day and any other floral decorating i.e. the church arch, pew ends, marquee interior, bridesmaid bouquets, hotel table arrangements etc.
Colour palette and style of the bridal bouquets. Pinterest is a great way to show how you want your bouquets to look. Check out some of my boards for inspiration.
Your flower budget. Wedding flowers are expensive; they are alive, they require a lot of handling, transport and love. Wedding flowers are not prepared on the wedding day. There is an incredible amount of work that goes into ensuring your flowers reach you on the wedding day in perfect order and this happens well before the day. My average size wedding takes 4 days of preparation and requires additional staff, so it’s important to bear this in mind when thinking of costs.
From here, Marisa will arrange a time to speak or meet in person. We can discuss in detail your ideas, themes and the flowers you’d love to have on the day. Your first consultation is free, but any additional meet ups at the church and venue to measure up for flora decorations will be costed at an hourly rate. I’m always happy to take phone calls at any point during the lead up to your wedding so don’t hesitate to call me.
Pointers for every future bride out there.
Do your research before meeting your florist
Knowing the name of flowers you like and what style of bouquet you want in terms of shape i.e cascade, bouquet, posy, can help the florist understand your vision. Also research florists in terms of their flower arranging style, the service they deliver and testimonials. A good florist should not only be talented at flower arranging but also offer a good service.
Think about what flowers would suit the venue
Go for arrangements that look like they belong there. If you’re marrying in a garden, on a farm or vineyard the flowers can be more subtle and let the venue speak for itself. Natural looking arrangements using wildflowers can look out of place in a formal venue, like a hotel’s ballroom. If your venue is a hotel, opt for arrangements that are more in keeping, like a grouping of white roses or orchids. Table configuration is important too, it can really influence the shape and style of your centrepieces (long table versus long farm tables)
Have a budget for your flowers
Things generally cost more and take more time, so bear this in mind when costing for flowers. Generally speaking, 10% of the total wedding cost will go to flowers and decorations, we have found this to be the case almost every time. The cost of flowers are broken down into three main areas, the actual flowers, the time in prep, flower arranging, delivering and breaking down and finally, any prop hire. At the start of your first meeting with your florist, ask her/him “ What great things can you do with £…..? “ Don’t send your potential florist photos from Pinterest until you’ve talked about the budget. If you feel passionate about flowers and want them to play a large part in your wedding, plan to spend more on flowers and less elsewhere.
Be specific about colours
Have a real think about the colours that have inspired you throughout your life, or possibly brought you luck from time to time. Also give a lot of thought to the church, the venue and the bridesmaid dresses and how those colours you love can really work with all aspects of your wedding. All these little details are what allow your wedding day to really come together.
Think about the time spent at each stage of your wedding. You will spend about an hour in the church at the most, saying “I do” so if your florist is decorating the church, plan to take the arrangements with you from the church to the marquee or venue, so they can continue to be enjoyed. A great florist will be able to work out how your church flowers and venues flowers come together to deliver even more impact.