How to Choose Your Florist Part 2

Reception flowers are most often used as table centerpieces with beautiful floral garlands adorning the head table, cake table, and gift table. If your reception is being held in a large ballroom or banquet facility, we suggest container planted trees with twinkle lights to add a warm intimate, romantic glow to the room. The amount of flowers that you choose for your reception depends entirely on your budget.

You should begin searching for your florist at least six months before your wedding date and book them at least four months before the big event. Your ceremony reception sites need to be booked before you hire a florist because you will need to know how many floral arrangements you will need.  Make sure your wedding colors do not clash with the venue colors and the finalized color for your bridesmaids’ dresses.

Before you begin visiting florists, we suggest the following to make your trip a lot easier:

  • Assemble pictures of flowers and arrangements clipped from magazines or printed out from a web site that you like. Paste them in a notebook so that you can take it on your various florist appointments. This will help the florist get an idea of what you want so they can decide if they can accomplish it.
  • Bring along a picture of your wedding gown, swatches of material from your bridesmaids gowns and a picture of your venue site (if possible). This will help them decide exactly what colors to use in the arrangements so they do not clash with another element of the wedding.
  • If you are supplying the containers for arrangements, bring those to your appointments. This will give them an idea of how big the arrangements need to be since they will have to he proportional to the container you are providing.
  • Take all the quotes you receive with you to each florist appointment. These will give you a good basis of comparison.

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