June 2011

C2 GETS HITCHED - Beautiful Bouquests begin with Budgets & Brainstorming

Author: Special To C2 Magazine

What is the one thing most brides have in common? They’ve never planned a wedding before. You are not alone when it comes to working your way through the etiquette of everything from who pays for what and how soon you should start planning to making sure you communicate your vision correctly to your florist. Yes, even picking out the flowers can be daunting.

We tapped the experts at A Floral Affair to answer some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to this part of planning your nuptials. Read on, fair maidens, and don’t sweat the details. After all, it’s just the most important day of your life.

Bride to Be: I just got engaged! When should I contact a florist?
A Floral Affair: Congratulations! We recommend contacting a florist at least six months prior to your wedding date. Busy wedding months book up quickly! You don’t have to know exactly what you want at this stage, but it’s good to secure your date.

BTB: I don’t even know where to start. What should I do first?
AFA: Make a list of your favorite flowers & colors. Browse wedding magazines and mark anything you like. It may also help to make a list of what flowers you will need for your special day; start with your bridal party and families and then make a list of what you want for the ceremony and reception sites.

BTB: What happens at a wedding consultation?
AFA: It’s a brainstorming session with your florist. We’ll discuss your budget, ideas and expectations. The more information you come with, the better. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure of exactly what you want yet—a good florist will inspire you with ideas.

BTB: Do I need to define my budget?
AFA: Yes! It is a good idea to let us know what you are expecting to spend so we can offer the best suggestions regarding flower choice and how to wisely allot your budget. Many brides have a difficult time defining a budget before the first meeting, as this is their first major flower purchase. We can help with that during our first consultation.

BTB: What kind of flowers are in season for my wedding?
AFA: Excellent question. Savvy brides look to the season for inspiration—and it is less expensive to use seasonal flowers in the months they are abundant. Spring wedding flowers include tulips, hyacinths, lilies, lilacs, peonies, delphinium and sweat peas. Summer flowers showcase hydrangea, sunflowers, zinnia and Gerber daisies. Fall flowers offer asters, mums, dahlias and hypericum berries. Some winter flowers include the star of Bethlehem, narcissus, tulips and berries. Calla lilies, roses, orchids, stephanotis and gardenias are available year round.

BTB: I went to two different florists and the prices quoted were very different. Why is that?
AFA: Remember the old adage, “You get what you pay for.” Going with the lowest price is not always the best way. If one of your quotes seems abnormally high, there is probably a good reason. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples and you asked for exactly the same flowers/ service from each company.

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