Choosing your flowers is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. But before you make any decisions, there are a few points you'll want to consider. Use this step-by-step wedding flower guide to get started.
1. Find the Right Wedding Florist
Before you venture out and start the meet-and-greets with selected florists, think about the type of person you work well with. Do you want someone who's going to grab the buds by the stems and take control? Or are you looking for someone who wants you to guide them every step of the way? A combination of both? You'll also need to get a good idea about design tendencies (and if they match yours) -- insist on seeing a portfolio before you commit. Talk to friends and relatives who recently got married and find out who they used. If you find someone you don't know or haven't heard of, be sure to check out their work at another wedding or occasion where they may have done work.
2. Consider Your Wedding Flower Budget
This one is a no-brainer. At the start of your first meeting, ask straight out: What great things can you do with Rs____? And remember: There's a lot of stuff to consider, so don't be surprised if you end up spending more. So we suggest you pad in an extra 10 percent.
3. Establish a Vision
Have a general idea about your taste. Are you a true minimalist? Or are you looking to do an uber-romantic style wedding? Create a file of magazine tear-outs -- and not just bridal pictures. Lifestyle shots, colours, and fashion photos will all help give your florist a clear idea of your loves and love-nots. And don't forget shots from friends' weddings. Maybe you loved the centerpieces, but hated the bouquets. Now's the time to bring it up (to your florist, of course, and not your friend).
4. Consider Your Wedding Site Specifics
This is a big one. Think of your wedding site as a blank canvas on which the florist will create her masterpiece. Is there bright red wallpaper that she needs to consider? Is it a botanical garden that won't need much floral accent? Or are you starting with a clean, empty banquet hall that will need lots of work? Bring along some sort of photo (a press kit or pamphlet) in case she's never worked a wedding there before, and ask her to visit the site to get an idea of its size and style.
5. Create a Wedding Colour Concept
First tackle the attire, then choose your ideal colour palette and make a list of your favourite flowers, and then see if your florist can accomplish both. On the flip side, you won't know what colours your flowers come in without knowing which flowers you want.
6. Consider Your Wedding lehanga
At this point, you should have already picked out your lehanga, seeing as that will dictate what kind of flower colours you should choose. While you might not think so, florists base many decisions on the bride's lehenga -- how ornate it is, whether it's pink or red, if it's classic or contemporary, and so on. Most florists think of the wedding lehanga as the centrepiece of the day, so this will give her a good idea of where you're going with the wedding style.
7. Size Up Your Crowd
Don't listen to your groom -- size does matter! How many people are you planning on having to the wedding celebration? That number will determine how many tables and, consequently, how many centrepieces you'll require. This will dramatically impact the price. On the other hand, if you are requiring fewer than average centrepieces, you may be able to get those orchids flown in from China that you swore you couldn't live without!
8. Get Everything in Writing
All the work you will do to get this far will mean nothing if you don't have it all in writing. So make certain that your florist drafts a contract, specifically stating the flowers you're going to have, how many centrepieces you'll need, price, and what time you can expect her to arrive on the day of the wedding. Don't hesitate to include the things you absolutely don't want, as well. That way, you'll have recourse if your florist doesn't come through for you.