Offbeat couples run the gamut with their floral choices: bouquet alternatives and non-floral bouquets, DIYed flowers, paper flowers, and of course, good ol' lucious real flower arrangements. We've seen them DIYed from a supermarket, arranged at a farmer's market the day before, or designed and set up by professional florists.
The latter is our focus today. If you're going for real, from-nature flora arranged by a pro, this is your go-to guide.
Let's talk about what you'll need to know when working with a wedding florist and get some tips on how to make that meeting ultra productive.
Talk over your ideas in person
When in doubt, meeting your vendors in person is a great idea. You'll get a feel for their style and be able to better articulate what you're looking for. If you can meet in person, do it.
You don't need to know flower details
Don't worry if you don't know the difference between Rhododendrons and Chrysanthemums (or how to spell them because seriously…) because your florist will have all that knowledge in their noggin already. You'll just want to know the feel of what you're going for: unusual, romantic, organic, rustic, colorful, wild, architectural, whimsical, modern, sparse, lush, simple, clean, happy… whew! Brain dump some words that match your theme and see what your florist can dream up.
Bring photos of flowers or arrangements that you like
In addition to descriptors, bring along some photos of arrangements or bouquets you like. Hint: We've got pages and pages of flower ideas to get your brain buzzing.
Tip: Look for inspiration in magazines, Pinterest, paint chips and color swatches, your dress or photos of your decor, items from your theme that will represent you, and blogs like Offbeat Bride, but beware of inspiration burnout.
Bring a list of everything you'll need
First: It's totally not required to order all of these arrangements. Just get the ones you specifically want based on your own wedding party size, family you want included, and what floral decor you'll need, if any. Here's a big list to get you started on narrowing down your selections:
Wedding party flowers:
- Your bouquet
- Wedding party bouquets and boutonnieres
- Flowers for ushers, readers, and/or officiant
- Flowers for parents, grandparents, and sponsors
- Flowers for ring bearers (and ring bears!), flower girls, flower grandmas, adult flower friends, and junior bridesmaids
- Headpiece or other floral accessories
- Ceremony decor/altar flowers
- Pew, aisle, chair flowers
- Welcome and gift table flowers
- Car decor
- Memorial placeholder flowers
- Symbolic gifting flowers or unity ceremony flowers
- Centerpiece arrangements
- Head table or sweetheart table
- Couple's chairs
- Food station arrangements
- Sweets/cake table arrangements
- Various other table decor: place card table, guestbook table, fireplace, etc.
Get your questions for your florist ready
This meeting will be the time to get all your insecurities and questions answered, so do some brainstorming beforehand. Ideas might include:
- Do you have any deals going on or cost-saving tips?
- What flowers are in season (saves money)?
- Who does the setup?
- What is the backup plan if they can't make it on the wedding day?
- Are there any extra setup fees or other fees to know about?
- Have you worked with a venue like this one? Any ideas for this specific venue setup?
- How much money is due upfront, and when is final payment due?
Don't know nothing about nothing? Let the experts run with it!
These folks are professionals for a reason: They know flowers and trends. If you want to let loose the reins on your ideas, see what ideas your florist has. They have the know-how to come up with something amazing that you may not have ever expected.
Need someone super dope to make your flowers? Find one in our Vendor Guide!