Knowing exactly how much you want to spend is key, both for your own sanity and for your florist's. Whether or not you have a sky's-the-limit wedding budget (which, let's face it, almost no one does), setting a cap on what you're willing to shell out will save you both some headaches. If your florist knows how much you can spend, they can be more realistic about what's in their power to accomplish.
This may not come as a surprise to you, but flower expenses skyrocket around holidays like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. Keep this in mind if you're thinking of an early May or mid-February wedding.
You can probably envision what you want your wedding to look like. The hard part is getting that image across to the florist. Even the most conservative list of standard wedding flowers runs into the hundreds of varieties, so what are you going to do when you need to find that special orchid hybrid you vaguely remember liking 15 years ago?
Start keeping notes early. Clip magazine photographs, collect files from online wedding Web sites, and plunder Facebook profiles and Flickr accounts of friends and strangers alike for wedding pictures. The more information you can give your florist, the better. The research will refine your choices, making it easier for your florist to provide a perfect realisation of your vision.
Once you have chosen a wedding date and a color scheme for your ceremony, you should consider floral options. Flowers by Jemma Holmes
books weddings as much as 18 months before the date, and since we limit the number of weddings we service per weekend, you will want to book your florist as soon as possible. Most of our brides book services 9 to 12 months before their wedding date.
Tips kindly provided by Jemma Homes
, the pictures above are from Jemma's own wedding!