How Important is a Floral Designer in Your Wedding?

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If you are planning a themed wedding, or perhaps you’re faced with the challenge of holding a wedding in a characterless or nondescript location where you need to create a festive atmosphere, then you may need the service of a floral designer.

Floral designers are like magicians; they can create a different dimension and transform an ordinary environment into something enchanting.

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A floral designer does not necessarily maintain a shop, but he or she does have many resources and a talented staff. The approach to weddings or any other special occasion is similar to that of a set designer. Flowers may be a mainstay, but whatever else is needed to create the appropriate ambience will be employed.

Many well-know floral designers have become, in effect, wedding consultants, and vice versa. If yours is to be a gala event with a multiplicity of needs, find a designer through someone you know, or contact the artist whose work you have admired when attending of his or her events. Corporate party planners or those involved with organizing charity events may also provide leads to designers they have used.

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Tips on Choosing Flowers for Your Wedding

You should plan to visit your florists three to four months before the wedding; earlier of you have extraordinary needs.  Before you go, have he answers to the following questions:

* Are there any restrictions of the kinds of decorations I may use at the ceremony and reception sites (candles — fire laws; colors– liturgical reasons, delivery and set-up– conflicts with other services or parties?)

* Are there any limitations on my choices of flowers (bridesmaids’ gowns, the decor of the site(s), lighting or the lack of it, seasonal availability, or budget considerations)?

* Given my locations, time of day, season of the year, and planned reception activities, do I need flowers that are particularly hardy, which will retain their appearance under less than ideal conditions?

* What wedding tone or mood am I trying to enhance with flowers:  casual, country, ethnic, formal, sophistication, dramatic, fancy?

* Have I made a preliminary list of what I think I’ll need in numbers of bouquets, arrangements, boutonnieres, and so on?

If possible, try to interview several florists and compare their ideas and estimated costs before making your final decision.  Once you’re ready to make a commitment, expect to sign a written agreement.  Be sure adequate descriptions of every bouquet and arrangement are included (noting the shape, size, number and type of blossoms and the amount of filler or greenery).  Also, have delivery and payment schedules, as well as cancellation policies, clearly expressed and understood.

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