When Is the Best Time to Book a Florist for Your Wedding?

Let's face it: being a bride isn't easy. 

You've got a lot on your plate. From choosing invites and wedding decor to picking a venue and finding the perfect dress to say "yes" to, planning a wedding can be overwhelming. Add florals to that and, well, you've got yourself a pretty hefty checklist of things to do before your big day arrives. 

But here's the thing: flowers are a crucial part of that day, and leaving a floral booking until the last minute can put at detriment the vision you've had for your wedding all along. After all, for most weddings, flowers play a significant role in both the ceremony as well as the reception. 

In light of that, we've come up with a few tips brides may find helpful when approaching the floral stage of their wedding planning. We've answered those nagging questions you may have about your wedding flowers; what type of flowers should you use? When should you book a florist? What aspects of your wedding require flowers? Let's take a peek at the answers below. 

 

You Should Book a Florist as Far in Advance as Possible

 

There's a strong likelihood that you began researching vendors for your wedding quite soon after your partner popped the question and you screamed "Yes!" However, between choosing a venue and attending countless cake taste-testings, you may have forgotten about your florals. Our top tip for this aspect of your wedding is to book your florist at least 8-10 months prior to your big day. You should, of course, do your research to find a qualified and experienced florist near you, but booking this far in advance will ensure that your choice florist is not only available for your day but also has time to obtain and assemble the florals you need for your wedding. 

The takeaway: Book your florist at least 8-10 months in advance


You'll Need an Array of Different Floral Arrangements

It may be surprising for some, but florals are a large part of wedding design and decor, especially when it comes to centrepieces and bouquets. But what type of florals will you need, and for what purpose? Though all couples tailor their floral arrangements for their weddings, we've broken down the general types of arrangements most couples seek for their big day. 

Ceremony

  • Floral arrangements for altar, archway, or ceremony table 
  • Pew or chair decor 
  • Flower girl/boy florals 
  • Entranceway decor 

Reception

  • Centerpieces for each table (and head table) 
  • Entranceway decor 
  • Cocktail hour arrangements 
  • Bar decor
  • Restrooms 
  • Guestbook and buffet tables 
  • Cake flowers

Personal Flowers

  • Bridal bouquet
  • Bridesmaid bouquets.
  • Groom / groomsmen/ushers/Father of the Bride/ and grandfather boutonnieres 
  • Wristlet corsage or Pin-on corsage.
  • Flowers Girl Crowns/Ring bearer.

The takeaway: Be cognizant of the florals you need and work with your florist to design the arrangements to your liking


Have a general idea about the florals you want

As you plan your wedding, you'll likely develop a certain design, theme, or "vibe" which will characterize the decor you'll use for your big day. The same can be said about your florals! So, it will only benefit you (and help your florist) if you have a general idea or inspiration for the florals you want used in your wedding. From bridal bouquets and crowns to centerpieces and boutonnieres, having an idea for your florals will allow you to work more closely and cohesively with your florist while ensuring your floral decor is exactly what you've been searching for. 

The takeaway: Use inspiration from platforms like Pinterest or pull ideas from your own wedding design/theme to develop a general idea about the flowers you want for your big day

These beautiful photography shown in this article is from our collaboration with local, Chicago-based photographer, Nicole Jansma , Megan McKenna and Brittany Bishop. A Portrait & Wedding Photographer from Chicago (IL), They all has a unique eye for bringing these beautiful photos to life, the love and memories captured in every photos. Please feel free to follow them on Instagram NicoleMegan and Brittany. Thank you so much for reaching out to us. We hope to have the opportunity to work with them again in the future. :)
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