When planning your wedding and celebrating your big day, you can expect a lot of the unexpected. But, as a floral designer who works with brides and grooms to create beautiful florals for milestone events every day, I want you to know everything you can about the process of working with me. It’s so calming to take some of the guesswork out of the process, and here are the steps in my process.
#1. Book your consultation
This is the time to ask questions and get to know each other. Share your inspiration and hopes for your big day and make sure you feel your vision is understood and that you are a good fit for each other.
#2. Create and send the proposal
Soon after the consultation call is complete, I get to work on drafting a detailed proposal, which comes complete with a design story and mood board. While it’s not typical for a florist to include design stories and mood boards before a contract is signed, I feel it is important to share materials that help the client to envision the overall design aesthetic for the event. What we do as florists is so visual and painting the picture is a critical step in my process.
#3. Review proposal and sign contract
Your review of the proposal and mood board, and a follow up meeting to discuss what is working for you and what you may want to change, is key. From there, I make any necessary tweaks on the initial proposal and send through a contract. Once you sign the contract, the final proposal - reflective of all of your floral wishes - is returned. The devil is in the details here: All costs, including delivery, setup, breakdown and fees, will be included in the final proposal. On the creative side, not only will types of florals be outlined, but the color of ribbons will, too.
#4. Complete the walk through
About three months before your wedding day, we will schedule a walk through of the wedding venue. This is a great opportunity to see the space in living color, bond with your florist as well as discuss any big design changes and finalize decor details such as candles, candlesticks, vessels and linens.
#5. One month countdown!
After months of planning, once you’re within one month of your big day, the countdown is on. Final payment will be due. All quantities should be finalized, with any quantities of floral arrangements or bouquets and boutonnieres to be locked in at this point. This is also the time to solidify the day-of timeline and logistics with nothing to do but execute for the florist, and for you to enjoy your wedding day once it comes.
I find that sharing the process with transparency helps my brides and grooms relax because they know what to expect. Is there anything else you might want to know about working with me? I’m always happy to chat! Reach out here to schedule a time to connect. I look forward to speaking with you!