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5 Things to Bring to a Consultation!

Written By Samantha ritchie 20 Aug 2019
5 Things to Bring to a Consultation!

A consultation is a crucial part of the wedding planning process. I love it so much because this is where I can really get to know the bride and groom! Meeting face to face and going over all the details is so much more personal than a phone or email consultation.

So while we chat and get to know each other a little bit, I offer coffee, water, or wine ;), and we just discuss what the bride and groom like and dislike in terms of flowers, what their specific needs are, and if I would be a good fit as their florist. I give my full attention to them during the consultation, and then I get to work on my computer to type up a proposal! I show them this at the end of the consultation so they can review. From there, they can then decide if they would like to put down a deposit and sign the contract! Here's a great blog post we did on what to expect with a floral consultation!

So, there are 5 key things you should bring to a consultation with me. Here they are:

  1. A list of everyone and everything you need flowers for. This not only helps the consultation flow smoothly but if you sit down and make a list ahead of time, you don't feel like you're put on the spot during the consult. And in my experience, you don't have the pressure of "forgetting anyone!" when you carve out some time to make a list! :)
  2. Details. There are certain things that need to be taken care of (booked) before you meet with your florist. The wedding date, venue, the time of the ceremony and reception, colors, etc. should all be planned before we get together. I also usually ask questions like, “Are your reception tables round or rectangle?” (so I can plan for centerpieces). I also ask, “What does your cake look like and how big is it?” (if we are adding flowers to the cake!). It really helps to have the basic details figured out before sitting down to chat.
  3. Swatches. It's super helpful to pick out colors and flowers that will work well together. So, go ahead and bring dress swatches, napkins, or anything you have that go with the color scheme and vibe of your special day!
  4. A friend. If you're the type that would appreciate the opinion of a close friend or family member, by all means, bring them along! Odds are, you have not had to pick out wedding flowers before and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. If you feel this way, bring someone you can trust!
  5. An open mind! Example A: A lot of brides come in with maybe 2 color choices for their flowers. It’s my job to make sure the flowers are cohesive with the rest of the wedding! Therefore, I may suggest a few other colors or textures to help create interest, depth, and flow. Example B: Maybe a bride had an idea in her head of how she wanted the arch to look but after showing her what it was going to cost, she thought otherwise. Keeping an open mind helps because I may have a few different ideas of how to decorate the arch in a tasteful way while still staying within budget!

I hope this blog post helped to give you a little bit of insight into what you should have prepared for a consultation! Make sure to read our "What to Expect with a Floral Consultation" blog post while you're here.

Once you're ready to book a consult with me, click WEDDINGS at the top of this webpage to fill out the inquiry form and we'll talk to you soon! :)