What is a wedding flowers consultation?

Hmmm yes, a wedding flowers consultation, I’d err love to book one of those…what an earth is a wedding flowers consultation?! Perhaps it raises alarm bells for you and you feel that it’s just an opportunity for us wedding florists to get you hook line and sinker and hit you with all  our sales tactics…well, let me reassure what a wedding flowers consultation with Boutique Blooms is really all about.

I think a lot of us wedding suppliers or those within the creative industries might just make the assumption that all prospective clients will already know what a ‘consultation’ or ‘design meeting’ is but actually perhaps you don’t and it might just put you off what is actually a very important part of the wedding flowers booking process.  Let me enlighten you, a consultation is really a just a fancy way to a describe a bit of a get-to-know-you or chat.

Whilst a chat formal or informal will delight some of you, for others this will fill you with dread. We’re not scary and it really is just a chat over a cup of tea (or something sparkly) to get to know you but most importantly to get a feel for your vision for the wedding day, establish your initial thoughts and ideas for your wedding flowers so that ultimately we can finalise some beautiful designs and provide you with a bespoke quote. Please get in touch for a list of our guide prices, if these guide prices are in line with the wedding flowers budget you have in mind then you would be most welcome to arrange a consultation with us.

How much is a wedding flowers consultation?

Our wedding flower consultations Monday-Friday are complimentary, however Saturday consultation are £50. (*The £50 Saturday consultation payment will be refunded to you if you decide to book with Boutique Blooms by deducting it from your final wedding flowers payment). There is a lot of work behind the scenes that goes into this design process, not just the duration of your wedding flowers consultation but also the time spent researching, sourcing and then putting together a detailed quote that is completely bespoke and personal to each client. With the ever fluctuating prices of flowers and their changing seasons, I’m sure you can understand that it’s never a very straight forward procedure!

What do I bring to a wedding flowers consultation?

Some clients will come to us with scrap books and Pinterest boards filled with ideas, others a concise list of their exact requirements and some will come to the table with a completely blank page. Which ever way you are inclined we are experienced at making suggestions and guiding your ideas. Below is a check list of things to consider and that always make a great starting point at a consultation.

– Colours. A clear idea of your colour theme, often determined by the colour of your bridesmaids dresses is really important. If you can bring fabric swatches or photos of these dresses/colours that is really helpful.

– Photos of key areas of your venue. Us florists are all about the details both pretty and practical; if it’s a church wedding for example then photos of the chairs or pews is really helpful for us to determine what style of flowers will be suitable to attach to them. When you’re next at your venue, take along a tape measure and measure up any key features such as fireplaces or archways should you think you might like flowers there.

– Images. You may be a very flowery person and have a vast knowledge of flowers names. Equally you may know what you like but have no clue about flowers, don’t worry. If you bring images that give the overall look of what you’re hoping to achieve or perhaps you’ve found a picture of THE bouquet for you, bring those images along and we can tell you what those flowers are, if they will be in season for your wedding day and together design something beautiful.

Where will my wedding flowers consultation be?

We offer consultations by appointment at our design studio in Carshalton, Surrey or if your venue is local and it’s one we are perhaps not yet familiar with, it might be possible to arrange to meet you there. We charge £50* plus travel expenses for off-site consultations (*The £50 payment will be refunded to you if you decide to book with Boutique Blooms by deducting it from your final wedding flowers payment). Not all florists will necessarily offer this service particularly during the height of wedding season or at weekends as this is often our busiest time.

We would encourage clients to meet us in person, particularly if it is to discuss large volumes of flowers, elaborate designs or anything out of the ordinary as it is far easier to share images and sketches in person. That said, if you are simply too busy then we can schedule a phone or Skype consultation at your convenience.

If it is just bouquets and buttonholes you require, then you probably don’t need to come for a consultation, just send us a photo of your design via email and we can come back to you with a price.

How long does a consultation last?

Really a consultation with us will take as long as required but an hour is typically what we would advise.

Will the ideas at the consultation be the final designs we have to go with?

We would hope that by the end of the consultation we have come up with designs that you love and are really excited about. If you have an idea of your budget then where possible we will indicate during the consultation if perhaps an alternative idea might be more suitable. All our quotes we send to you via email after the consultation will have a detailed breakdown of the design and a price for each item, you can then take some time to decide if you’re still just as excited about them or if perhaps there might need to be a little tweaking. Even when you have confirmed your wedding flowers booking with Boutique Blooms there is still room for adjustments here and there as your wedding plans develop.

When will I receive my wedding flowers quote?

We always say to allow 7 working days (Monday – Friday) from the date of your consultation but where possible we will do our best to get it back to you sooner.

Will we be able to have another consultation?

This is always down to the discretion of the individual florist or here at Boutique Blooms subject to how busy we are and it is not guaranteed. If you have not yet confirmed your wedding flowers booking with Boutique Blooms then an  additional consultation is chargeable (£50, non-refundable). Of course you can call or email us anytime between 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday. If you have booked your wedding flowers with Boutique Blooms then we will offer one additional 30 minute complimentary consultation at our design studio or via Skype but this is advisable to do closer to your wedding date and often those last minute details or wedding jitters can be reassured and shared with us with a simple and fuss free phone call.

Can I just turn up?

Due to the nature of our job we are very busy and aren’t always at our design studio so all our consultations are by appointment only. Please get in touch for a list of our guide prices, if these guide prices are in line with the wedding flowers budget you have in mind then you would be most welcome to arrange a consultation with us. Just send us an email or call us and with a couple of preferred dates and times, we can check our diary and get you booked in for your wedding flowers consultation. If you are passing the studio, please do call in to book your consultation in person if you prefer.

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