Fabulous florals can totally MAKE your wedding, from a statement bridal bouquet to stunning centrepieces and buttonholes that unify the bridal party to perfection. But how do you ensure you're asking the right questions? Here, London-based florist Laura Kuy talks us through her advice for getting your flower consultation right....
1. Meet your florist after you’ve found the dress and venue
These will dictate the theme and feel for your flowers. The colours and textures of your dress will determine what core colour is chosen for your ‘floral story’ and will run throughout the ceremony and the reception. Where possible, meet with your florist at the venue and take a tour of the various spaces where flowers will be showcase. The colours within the interiors may influence the flowers, ensuring they complement the interior and often the exterior too.
2. Source a pricelist before your meeting
This will ensure your budget is in line with the chosen florist and your desired flowers; prices vary depending on what they offer and what sort of style they work to. And in turn save you a lot of time.
3. Take along an inspirational moodboard
Compiling clippings from magazines or a Pinterest page are a great starting point and will give your florist an idea of your vision. From here your florist will build upon your ideas to create the final look.
4. Think seasonally
A key question to ask your florist is whether your flowers will be in full bloom on your day and always ensure you choose flowers that are seasonal! Out of season flowers are very expensive and normally small headed where they are grown unnaturally in greenhouses.
5. Always ask where you can cut costs
For example, often the reception flowers are used to decorate the ceremony room by placing the table centres on plinths in and around the aisle; after the ceremony they are moved back to where the reception will be before lighting the candles for the evening. For Jewish weddings, it’s possible to re-use all the chuppah flowers to create a spectacular piece of floral art running along the top table; a great way to save hundreds of pounds on a full top table display.
6. Strive to be original
Where budget allows, work with your florist to create something different that your guests may not have seen before –suspended floral displays make a beautiful visual backdrop for photography, while gorgeous hat box displays on the table centres are the perfect thank you gift for special guests.
7. Check out your florist’s background
It always good to find out if your florist has worked at your venue before. Ask to see images of weddings they have previously worked on at the venue for inspiration and rest assured that they are familiar with the venue for loading and delivery purposes.
8. Follow your florist on social media
Being able to see the work of your suppliers on a daily and weekly basis is a great way to stay in the loop of what they are doing, venues they work at and other suppliers they work with too.
Choosing your flowers should be one of the highlights of your wedding planning journey – take your bridesmaids and Mums to discuss all the options over a glass of bubbly or cup of tea!
For more info visit LauraKuy.com
Images: Lornan Elizabeth Photography