When planning a wedding, it’s easy to let small details slip through the cracks or assume you don’t have to book certain vendors far in advance, such as a florist. Whether you have a wedding planner or you’re doing things on your own, contacting a florist should be at the top of your to-do list. In order to make sure all of your wants and needs are met, communicating with your florist is just as important as communicating with all other vendors.

Think of the Big Picture

When picking florals for a wedding, many brides will start a Pinterest board and go “pin-crazy” posting pictures of centerpieces and bouquets that don’t necessarily compliment the theme or colors of their wedding. Before starting any kind of inspiration board, have a color scheme in mind for dresses, suits, and even the linens at your reception. Also, keep in mind what your ceremony and reception space looks like, and work with your florist on choosing flowers and sizes of arrangements accordingly. If your reception space has open windows with beautiful waterfront views or a sparkly skyline, you wouldn’t want tall, elaborate centerpieces obstructing those views.

When to Order Flowers

Ideally, you’ll want to order flowers anywhere from 6-9 months before your wedding date. This will allow for enough time in case you want to make any changes to the types of flowers you want, the number of arrangements you need, or if you need to make substitutions if certain flowers are unavailable. Just make sure that you stay in contact with your florist and update them on any changes you need to make.

Trust your Florist

Once you’ve found a florist you love, communicating your likes and dislikes will give your florist a better idea of what kind of look you’re hoping to achieve. Trust them when they offer different opinions and be open-minded to suggestions. They may advise you to pick different color combinations, bigger or smaller centerpieces, or offer substitutions if certain flowers are not within your budget. After all, you hired them for a reason so trust they will make your dream wedding a reality.

Know When and Where to Have Flowers Delivered

To avoid any mishaps on your wedding day, make sure your florist knows exactly what flowers need to be where and by what time. If you’re taking pictures before the ceremony and need your bridal party flowers early, make sure you let your florist know what time you need the flowers and where they must be delivered. For example, if you’re staying in a hotel let your florist know your room number. If the boutonnieres need to be delivered to a different location than the bridal party bouquets, make sure your florist knows to make separate deliveries.

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