Ask the Experts: Bridal Emergency Checklists with Carmela Weddings – What You Can’t Afford to Forget on Your Big Day!
It’s that time of year when summer brides are checking the to-do list, crossing the...
Today I am delighted to welcome our resident flower expert Tracey from Campbell’s Flowers back to the blog to chat all about finding your wedding florist. IRead on for vital information on budget, styles and different services, and some absolutely stunning images of Tracey’s latest designs.
Hi everyone and huge thanks to Kelly, as always, for entrusting us with her wonderful blog for this post. It’s awesome to be back as one of her ‘experts’ (her words not ours!) – 2016 was, I can safely say, our busiest yet. We had the honour of designing a whole host of beautiful weddings, using the prettiest of seasonal blooms, decorated some incredible venues and formed some really special friendships with our fabulous couples. Our little team grew to four incredibly hard-working and passionate people and their efforts were rewarded by our brides voting us Best Wedding Florist 2017 by The Wedding Industry Awards!
2017 has so far brought us a total revamp and move in our studio space and lots of lots of enquiries about wedding flowers for this year’s weddings – which is why today’s blog links in so well with this time of the year.
So, without further ado, let’s press on with our hints, tips and advice on how to find your wedding florist and what to look for in general.
First things first, do a bit of research into florists either in your area or close to your venue. Blogs like Kelly’s are a great starting point. For instance, we’re lucky enough to have had our ‘real weddings’ featured here, along with inspirational photo shoots and we’re also listed as a preferred supplier too (super lucky I know). These are all great ways starting points. Next, pop to their website and check out the following:
Before you get in touch with a florist, you need to think about what it is you’re looking for! Now’s the time to seriously have a think about budget. We have a guide on our website which gives you a very general idea of a starting point in our hints and tips section. But do bear in mind pricing wedding flowers is quick tricky and depends on what you’re looking for, what types of designs, the number of designs and when you’re getting married. Flowers are super expensive at peak periods such as Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Christmas and are scarce between Christmas and New Year. My advice is do your sums.
Think about what you realistically want to spend and make a list of everything you need from bouquets, buttonholes, hair flowers, table flowers and additional decorations. Decide on an amount you absolutely wouldn’t want to go over – your florist will soon let you know if you’re looking for £2,000 worth of flowers with a £500 budget!
Once you’ve decided to get in touch, you’ll need to let your florist know the following essential pieces of information ..
Date of your wedding – this is most important for your florist to check their availability as the good ones get booked up usually a year or so in advance, although it’s not unheard of for couples to book up even earlier if they really want to work with you. We’ve had a November booking for 2018 secured for quite some time!
Where and when – you may be lucky in terms of timing and location – we generally don’t take more than one wedding per day but if we do, the second one is usually local and a little later in the day.
A list of what you need – see above!
Colour scheme – this is often influenced by the colour your bridesmaids are wearing. Even if you haven’t bought your bridesmaids dresses, it’s always good to have an idea of whether your generally looking for brights, pastels or neutrals as a starting point.
Shape/design of your bouquet – you’ll need a photo of your dress as not all shapes of bouquets suit all silhouettes. Have a look through blogs, magazines, pinterest etc and pop a few ideas of the styles and particularly shapes of bouquets you like.
Last but not least, make an appointment with your florist and enjoy your consultation – I know I absolutely love this part of my job. It’s such a thrill to meet new people and beyond exciting working through all their ideas and throwing in quite a few of my own!
So, as always. I hope this feature has helped you plan the start of your flowery journey, massive thanks to Kelly, as always for asking us to contribute, it’s always such a pleasure.
If you have any questions or want some specific advice on all things flowery, then do leave a comment at the bottom of this post and Kelly and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
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Tracey is an uber creative and multi-award winning artisan florist & lover of British flowers. Tracey adores individuality and is inspired by you and your special day.