Everything You Need to Know about Choosing a Wedding Florist

Advice for Couples from REAL WEDDING FLORISTS! 

Today I sent a message to some of my most favourite wedding florists in the area, asking them to leave some advice for couples getting married, and how to choose their wedding florist! 

Below each answer you can link over to each of these lovely ladies sites and browse the amazing work they do! Then, if you are getting married…I highly suggest you book them :) (hint hint!) 

 

What advice do you give Brides or Grooms when a choosing a wedding florist?  

Beautiful bouquet by Karen of Cedar and Stone, for a wedding at the Alton Mill Arts Centre

Most important is to pick someone whose design style is similar to what you envision your florals to look like  for your big day.  Peruse websites and social media to find the florist whose design style best matches what you are looking for.  Secondly, it is always great to hire a florist who is familiar with your wedding venue; they may have seen different layouts for your reception room and can make recommendations on what works best in that space - Karen of Cedar and Stone

Choosing a Wedding Florist can be difficult, there are many levels of florists and florists that offer decor / rentals etc.  Reach out and connect with some perspective florists.  Be sure to have a budget and your details numbers (wedding party, guest count etc.), date, location times and set up information.  This is all helpful. Make sure you have an clear conversation of what you are receiving in regard to both florals and services. -  Darlene of Seasons Floral

 Unique boutonniere made by Darlene of Season's Floral for a Halloween inspired Styled Shoot

Unique boutonniere made by Darlene of Season's Floral for a Halloween inspired Styled Shoot

What advice would you give couples in terms of choosing their wedding florals?  

Gather images from sources like Pinterest and IG to draw inspiration for your floral décor.  Look for photos from past weddings at your venue to see what works or doesn’t work in the space.  Give you florist lots of creative freedom (so they can do what they do best!!); give them a few guidelines like colour scheme and general design terms (i.e. loose, flowing, organic, natural) and let them run with it!! Karen - Cedar and Stone

 Wildflower centerpieces made by Karen of Cedar and Stone 

Wildflower centerpieces made by Karen of Cedar and Stone 

 

Be sure you are comparing apples to apples…Experienced florists will have a team and knowledge to know what florals are best in seasonal and venue environments, and how to best maximize your budget. They will also know and be fully prepared for set up install and tear down if required.  They will have a portfolio to match their talents. Make sure their vision and your vision match and your expectations are clearly outlines on size and quantity you will receive. Darlene - Seasons Floral

 Halloween Inspired Wedding Florals by Seasons Floral Studio

Halloween Inspired Wedding Florals by Seasons Floral Studio

 

Do you have Any DO's or DON'Ts when it comes to wedding florals?  

DO:  be flexible with the flowers and foliage that your florist uses, they are a natural product after all!  DON’T: be afraid to think outside of the box with your centrepiece ideas, mix up the designs so that all your tables aren’t perfectly matched, the room always looks more interesting when the designs on each table are slightly different! Karen - Cedar and Stone

DO: come prepared with your vision and knowing your budget is key. Be flexible and trust your florist to come up with some creative ideas to best suit your vision and budget.  Realize that seasonal flowers are often the best choices.  

DON"T: expect a quote within the day..Florists are artists and are often creating beautiful arrangements. And need time to create a vision board and quote that best reflects your budget and vision. 

If you are eager for quick answers sometime a quick phone call is best! Darlene - Seasons Floral 

 Ask your florist for some extra scraps from your florals - your photographer can use them to style your details

Ask your florist for some extra scraps from your florals - your photographer can use them to style your details

 
 Darlene of Season's Floral hard at work in her studio in Schomburg

Darlene of Season's Floral hard at work in her studio in Schomburg

Make sure to check out hte work of Seasons Floral and Cedar and Stone by clicking the links in this post! Both of these women are super inspiring and will help make your wedding day or event even more beautiful! 

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