Lisa from Petals and Promises put together today’s guest post for us. Thank you so much for your great tips and advice, Lisa!

Couples preparing for their wedding will need to make multiple decisions regarding their wedding day and the choices and options may seem overwhelming. We suggest an initial consultation after your venue has been chosen and advise as early as a 9-12 months in advance for busy months such as May, June, September and October and 6 months in advance for any other time of the year.

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Get advice for your floral consultation after the jump…

Pick the perfect palette

To prepare for your initial consultation with your floral designer, you should have already selected your color palette. The colors you have chosen will determine the different floral options your florist will select to create your unique designs. Be prepared to give an approximate number of guests and therefore the number of tables as well as how many attendants in your bridal party will require flowers. Your florist will guide you through the multiple options from place card table designs, aisle décor or a fresh flower cake topper. Bring photos from wedding publications, your Pinterest page, as well as designs featured on wedding blogs for inspiration!

Blooms in your budget

A word about your budget…a floral designer can work within your budget but it is helpful to share that information at the initial meeting. Although some designers have a minimum many are willing to work with you to produce a unique and beautiful design tailored to your vision and budget. The current thinking is to allot 8-10% of your overall budget to the floral designs for your wedding day. Some designs can be repurposed during the event. For example, feature your beautiful bridal bouquet on your the sweet heart table.

With some preparation and forethought your floral consultation can be an
enjoyable and productive part of the planning process.

Petals and Promises is a floral boutique specializing in wedding and event floral design, serving Metropolitan Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Find them soon on WeddingFlowerLove!