I am often asked when is the best time to book your wedding florist. It is a difficult question to answer as so many floral designers operate very differently. Here at Boutique Blooms this is what we would advise…
We often meet clients at wedding fairs when they are just at the ‘ideas’ stage, perhaps newly engaged and beginning to take in the overwhelming mine field that is weddings!
At this stage you are not ready to book your florist or even begin thinking about booking in any wedding flower consultations. Until you have a confirmed wedding date and venue booked then hold your horses.
Of course if you’re still just sourcing ideas and you happen to come across a floral designer whose work you like or perhaps have had a conversation that strikes a cord then make sure your take their details and file them for later.
Once you have your wedding date and venue booked that’s when you can begin to get the floral ball rolling…start thumbing through your wedding magazines at beautiful bouquets and pinning pretty centrepieces on Pinterest. Check out our Pinterest page for lots of inspiration.
Some floral designers won’t consider taking on a client until at least 6 months before a wedding as they like to cherry pick the enquiries that they might receive or can only take on board one wedding at a time. At Boutique Blooms if it’s logistically possible we will take multiple bookings as we specialise in Weddings and have both the time and inclination to invest in all our wedding clients.
I would advise that if you have your venue(s) booked then one year prior to the wedding is probably the earliest time to arrange a consultation with your chosen florist.
One year is early enough, however before you pick up that phone or press send on your email… Have you thought about the look and feel of your wedding day? Is your wedding style ‘relaxed, informal and garden inspired’ or are you more ‘glamorous, sophisticated and city inspired’? COLOURS!! Colour is so important. We will struggle to suggest beautiful seasonal blooms (simply because there are so many to choose) if you haven’t decided on your colour palette or at least narrowed your bridesmaid dress choice to at least one shade.
Booking a year ahead you have the advantage of being able to physically see what flowers are in season. Literally pop your head out the window, look in the garden or at the local park and you will start to get a feel of things. Of course, you aren’t limited to the blooms in your window box, that’s were we would step in and guide your through our flowery world of flora and fauna!
So you have your venue – check, your wedding style – check, your colours confirmed – check, NOW you are ready to get in touch with your wedding florist and book in your Wedding flowers consultation. We will be posting later about exactly what a Wedding Flowers Consultation involves.
A lot of clients we work with might take a more laid back approach to booking their wedding suppliers or perhaps have only a short time frame in which to plan their wedding and so we get wedding flower enquiries with as little as 2-3 months notice. This is absolutely fine and we would always welcome any wedding enquiry as we order our flowers 1 – 2 weeks prior to the wedding date anyway, the only disadvantage is that we may already be fully booked!
In summary as long as you have your venue(s) booked, your style and colours confirmed and it’s no sooner than one year ahead then we would love to hear from you. Your flowery journey starts here! 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.