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Ah Floral Design. It’s more than just bouquets and boutonnieres! It can be more than just a few flowers in mason jars on the tables!
The floral design of your wedding is one of the main areas where the decor can go from okay to all out f*cken amazing. Even if you don’t care about flowers – designers these days can do more than just bundle them together with some green tape.
1. See the big picture
It might take some imagination – but try to envision your flowers, in your reception space. Not all flower arrangements and designs work for all spaces. You might want those 4 foot tall centerpieces that you see in magazines – except they also block views. If you’re already tight for space and the tables are basically crammed into a 1,000 sq.ft. apartment – you might want to go with smaller centerpieces that don’t make the room feel about the size of a postage stamp. Step back, let your floral designer describe to you what everything will look like, and try to envision whatever they’re describing. (Or if you don’t care about that and it’s your mom/aunt/father/paying relative that does care – just nod your head and act like you do. Come on! You can do it!)
2. Trust your floral designer
You’ve seen the work of your floral designer. You saw photos of 50 different weddings they’ve done in the past. The reception space, the table center pieces, the bouquets, the boutonnieres, the little bits of hanging flowers that they’ve thrown all over the walls and covering everything. You know what they make. So trust them.
But not only trust them with their work – trust them enough to share any of your thoughts on the design. If you have any ideas, or vision for what you might want - tell your floral designer. Communicate what you like, what you don’t like and what you might like. They won’t always just do what you say (and shouldn’t) – but they’ll take it into consideration and do what they think is best for the situation, and for you.
3. Reuse your arrangements
Flowers used during your ceremony can be used during your reception. Did you know that? YES. They can. Your floral designer knows this. If they all follow the same theme or unified design then the pieces used during the ceremony can definitely also be used during the reception.
4. Book your floral designer early
Just like venues and great photographers – floral designers get booked. So you’ll want to book your floral designer sooner rather than later – during your first ’round’ of vendor bookings if possible. Not a few months before. Booking them earlier in your planning will also give you a better idea of how to budget for the flower arrangements that you want.
5. Care about your flowers yet be flexible
Be flexible. Even if you’ve been dreaming about a particular flower being the focus of all of the arrangements – sometimes things won’t work out. Maybe it’s not the right season, or something else would actually work much better. Let your floral designer know about what you’re thinking and what you want – but be flexible. Provide your floral designer with your ideas for an overall look or theme and then let them be as creative as they can be – that’s why you hired them!
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