1. Don’t Book Your Florist Last

If flowers are important to you, don’t forget to budget for flowers and book early.  Many florists who specialize in weddings only do one or two weddings per weekend, and they book up early – 6 to 12 months out is not too early to book your florist.

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2.  Identify Your Style

Develop your style, theme and colors.  It is very helpful to have photos and fabric color swatches when you meet for your consultation with the florist.  Don’t make the mistake of just trying to match the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses, but think about how the flowers will look in the wedding photos  and show up against the dresses.

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3.  Ballpark your budget

Do try to have a budget figure in mind.  The average flower budget is 7% of the total wedding budget.  Be honest with your florist about your budget, it will save everyone time.  Ask your florist if your budget is reasonable for what you want and the look you are trying to achieve.  The florist can help you explore the best options and can help you get the most for your money if they know the amount you have budgeted.

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4.  Trust your florist

It’s a mistake to hire a florist you feel you cannot trust.  Ask to see the florist’s portfolio of real weddings they have done, take the time to research the reviews their past clients have left about their services.  Communicate and develop a rapport with them so that you feel comfortable and confident with them.  By asking for an overall look, feel & color scheme and being able to compromise (maybe that peony you had your heart set on in September would be possible to get, but not look it’s best and be outrageously expensive) – the florist can do a better job of using their talents and knowledge (a garden rose would give the look and be cheaper at this time) to create the look you are trying to achieve.

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5.  Do re-use ceremony decor at the reception

Ask a family member or friend to transport the ceremony decor to the reception site so that it can serve double duty.  There are many areas where ceremony decor can be placed at the reception; an entry site, card/gift tables, etc

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6.  Do see the big picture.

Think about how table linens along with the flowers will complete the look of the table.  It’s much more interesting to have a variety of centerpieces with some taller (should be tall enough to not obstruct guests view across the table) and some shorter to make a statement as you enter the room .  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that every centerpiece has to be the same height.

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7. Don’t take on too much DIY

It’s fun and permissible to have some DIY for your wedding day, but anything that has to be done on the last few days before your wedding should be left to the professionals to worry about.  You want to be able to relax, enjoy getting ready and not worry about anything going wrong on your special day.  The day itself will  be exhausting enough for you and your family without having to worry about wilting flowers or decorating tables last minute.  Many times the DIY projects end up costing more than hiring a florist in the first place.

8. Other helpful questions to ask before book your florist

  • Which flowers can be substituted to better fit my budget?
  •  Can you add flowers to my wedding cake?
  • What is the delivery and set up fee?
  • Will there be a charge to come back and tear down flowers and take back vases and rented equipment?
  • Determine the place and time of personal flower delivery.
  • How much time will you need to set up the reception and ceremony decor?
  • How much is the deposit and when is it due?
  • When is the final payment due?
  • Will I receive an itemized floral proposal along with prices?
  • What is your refund policy?

Call, text or email us today 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com to receive your free consultation.  We can help you find the best options for your wedding arrangements including bridal bouquets, boutonnire, corsages, reception centerpieces and more!

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