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Wedding florist checklist, five tips to prepare before your first meeting

What should I prepare before my first meeting?

The initial wedding flower consultation is extremely important. It is a chance for the bride and groom to meet with the wedding florist to develop a wedding flower design plan and get an accurate detailed quote. 

Don’t feel that you have to have everything figured out prior to the initial wedding florist consultation, use our wedding florist checklist; five tips to prepare before your first meeting and know what to expect.

Wedding Florist Checklist

What Wedding Flowers Inspire You – Ask yourself what kinds of flowers do you absolutely love? Are there any flowers that you despise? Bring as many pictures or examples of flower arrangements, bouquets, flowers, etc. that you are drawn to or inspire you. You should also look at your florist’s wedding flower portfolio. Tag items you love or create a Pinterest board. These images will help your wedding floral designer get a sense of your style and what you are looking for in wedding flowers. See Country Lane Flower Wedding Portfolio.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Requirements – Have your wedding ceremony location and reception venue selected prior to meeting with a wedding floral designer. Share with your wedding florist if either of these locations have special requirements or restrictions. Perhaps your church does not allow any flowers except for floral bouquets. Or your wedding venue does not allow candles. This important information will help guide your wedding florist to make appropriate suggestions and decisions. Don’t forget to bring photos of your wedding venues.

Establish a Wedding Floral Budget – You should come prepared with a floral budget or some type of estimate. In order to put together an accurate proposal, your florist needs a rough budget. It can be frustrating for the wedding couple and florist to have a wonderful consultation only to receive a proposal that is completely outside of the floral budget. If you have no idea, a good starting point is, on average, couples spend about 10% of the overall wedding budget on flowers.

Create a Wedding Flower Checklist – It is very helpful to create a checklist of all of your wedding flowers needs, or better yet email the list to your floral wedding designer prior to your appointment. You may want to add personal flowers like the bride and bridesmaid bouquets, groom boutonnieres, etc. Wedding ceremony flowers for the entry way, chair or pew floral arrangements. Flowers for the reception including table floral centerpieces, head table floral arrangements, food stations, etc.

Have Your Bridesmaid Dresses Selected – You should have your bridesmaid dress color(s) selected prior to meeting with your wedding floral designer. Come with at least one main color you want to incorporate in your wedding day and bring a color sample or swatch.

Country Lane Flower Shop wedding consultants recommend that you schedule an initial floral consultation six to eight months prior to your wedding date. If your wedding date is on a major holiday like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day, we suggest you book a year in advance.

Country Lane Flower Shop, located in Howell, Michigan, is committed to offering only the finest wedding floral arrangements. Our professional wedding consultants and designers are eager to create a one-of-a-kind look that compliments your wedding personality and style. Country Lane Flower Shop has been named the “Best Florist” in Livingston County for 13 consecutive years. In 2012, we were named WDIV’s Best of Detroit for Wedding Flowers.