|Posted on 4 February, 2016 at 9:50|
Be honest about your budget. If you discuss style, colours, and favourite flowers with your florist, but neglect to talk money, you can end up falling in love with wedding flowers that you simply can’t afford.
Few parts of wedding planning are as exciting and anxiety inducing as your wedding flowers. Most brides love flowers, and might even dream of a wedding day overrun with flowers , but have no idea of what blooms they truly love nor do they have any idea what to expect to pay or what they can afford.
Typically, after speaking with a florist for the first time, they will ask you about your wedding flower budget. Often this is a tricky question, because if you aren’t sure what something might cost, it’s hard to decide what you can or might be willing to spend. Give the florist a range of which you are comfortable, but explain that you aren’t certain of how far that money will stretch. They will likely offer some information to further guide you.
It’s also helpful to understand a bit of what goes into the pricing of wedding centrepieces and bouquets. Often brides will suggest to the florist that they are willing to use seasonal, local flowers in the hopes that this will bring their cost down. It’s not just about the cost of the flowers themselves, but the amount of time, thought and labour involved in making it all come together. The cost is not just for the day itself, but for the months of planning, conversations, meetings and emails before hand, the prep work that goes into it days before, the day itself and the breakdown and clean up on the back end.
Once you have an estimate that you can live with from a florist whose work you love, I will advise that the best thing to do at that point is to relax. Trust your florist. Hopefully, that’s why you hired them! You’ve selected your designer based on work that you have seen and liked. Trust that you will get the same for your day, if not better!