Myranda Hausheer, Wedding & Events Consultant for Dr Delphinium Designs & Events, gives us the lowdown.
It’s very helpful for the bride to have information prepared before the floral consult to ensure the best experience possible. Approximate guest count, bridal party and family counts, and the number of guest tables have the biggest impact on the budget. Overall, we want to make sure that we allocate the budget to the most important pieces to the couple. Bring inspiration photos—that gives us a starting point. From there, we can talk about the design elements, colors, textures, and style and make sure it’s cohesive to the rest of her wedding vision—from her wedding gown to the bridesmaids’ dresses and the men’s suits. Flowers have a large impact on the day, and we want to make sure they represent the couple well.
Know Your Style
If the bride knows names of flowers, that’s wonderful, but if not, that’s perfectly fine, too. Using photos as a guide gives us a great starting point, and we can take it from there. We’ll also reference the wedding colors and talk about which blooms and greenery make sense for her wedding aesthetic and theme.
Ask These Questions
Here are photos that I like—how do we make these cohesive? Does this fit within my budget? Will my venue allow for large-scale pieces? Could things like wind, rain, or heat play a role in the designs and flower varieties I choose? How do I make my design ideas unique to my wedding? Do you do rentals like chargers, linens, furniture, calligraphy, table numbers, etc.? (We do!) Is that date already full? How do I book?
Prepare to Discuss Budget
Budget is typically discussed in the first consult—this helps align expectations and helps us choose the flower varieties and overall design elements. We work with brides of all budgets, and we are great at taking a bride’s dreams and customizing them to her budget and venue.
Make Multiple Appointments
We typically meet once for a consult. We can do a mock-up one to two months out from the wedding if the bride requests it, and then we would schedule a 30-day consult, phone call, or site visit (depending on the need) and finalize details.