Organising a wedding takes time and flowers
You need to set a date, find your venue, choose your dress, order your flowers, write the guest list, plan (and sample) your food + drink, organise the entertainment, choose your bridesmaids, buy your shoes, sample your hair dresser and make up artist, discuss the speeches…
I could go on. And on! Luckily it ultimately leads to one of the best days of your life so is all worth it!
All of the above will help to determine the theme and overall feel of your big day. When it comes to the florist it is a little known fact that (apart from booking the date with them to ensure you have it secured, particularly during peak seasons) you should not discuss your requirements until you have ticked off a few of the above, namely:
- The Venue
- The Dress
- The Entertainment
- The Food
Although you may have a set idea in your head of the flowers you envisage when that ring is first slipped on to your finger. In reality you may really really really want the Italian gnocchi with brown butter and sage starter and the opera singer to serenade your guests when they arrive at your Baroque styled venue. Which will probably not go so well with English country garden themed blooms.
By determining these criteria first. Your florist will have a greater understanding as to what type of flowers in what type of vessel will compliment your overall style.
Once you are ready to discuss your flowers, organise an appointment with the florist and tell them beforehand a little bit about the style and theme. Primary colours you would like to use and anything you would definitely NOT like to include (you may be allergic to alliums or hate the colour red!). Here at Ricky Paul Flowers we create a Pinterest board along with a detailed and bespoke plan for each couple.
Pinterest is a great visual tool as you can collect images from all types of places creating an overall feel and vibe tailoured to your look. Florists are very visually led and will respond very well to this kind of moodboard type of plan. Taking in a picture of the dress and a sample of the fabric will help so that your bouquet compliments the drape and fit without hiding any details you may want to pick out.
Give an indiciation to your florist as to the timings so they can organise for delivery with sufficient time to plan and also let them know any special requirements in terms of where to place things and when.
Finally, tell your florist your budget at the beginning of the process. It will save headaches further down the line. Your florist then has a clearer idea of what they have to work with. Your florist will always want your flowers to look the best that they can. It is in their interest to create fabulous arrangements and ultimately enhance your big day. But if your budget will not allow do not let them get carried away. Keeping within your budget but choosing the best blooms within these prices. Going for quality over quantity would always be our best advice.
Whether it’s an intimate affair with a limited guest list or a huge marquee crammed with guests. Here at Ricky Paul Flowers we are always ready to discuss how we can help make your special day more special.
We love a good wedding!!
The Ricky Paul Flowers Team xx