Wedding Planning

Tips for minimizing Wedding Planning Overwhelm

by Karin Crawford First ... be clear about what's most important to you, and start there. If it's the music, hone in there first. If it's the specific date, it makes it easier to narrow down your options. Second ... be honest about who you and your fiance' are, both individually and as a couple joining your lives together. Don't feel that you have to be pretentious, or to fit into someone else's idea of what a perfect wedding is. Personalization is a big trend - own yourself, your style, and your preferences! Third ... get the help of a wedding planner if you aren't sure how to divide...

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Five Tips for Hiring a Wedding Florist

I've just been asked by Shelley Fraederich of Wow Factor DJ Entertainment for five tips for hiring a wedding florist. And it's more than time for a new blog post, so here goes! When hiring a wedding florist, first consider how important the flowers are to you and to the day. Some brides LOVE flowers, and it's very important to them. On the other end of the scale, there are brides who don't really care for flowers and are getting them because they feel they have to.  Be honest with your self about this, so that you're spending the right kind of energy. If flowers are very important to you,...

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Tips and Guidelines for Wedding Flower Budgets

You're planning for your big day, and you are working on your budget. How much should you set aside for flowers? Here are tips from our experience and general industry wisdom: Work with a Wedding Planner. They are organized, often have sample budgets you can start from, and not only will help you set the budget, they will also help you stay in the budget. Many vendors provide preferential pricing for clients of wedding planners as well. The national average for wedding flowers is from 8-15% of your total wedding budget, depending on where flowers and decor fall in your priorities. For...

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Using Ceremony Flowers as Reception Decor

A great cost-effective strategy for weddings is to utilize your ceremony decor and transferring it into your reception area.  Here is an example from Jenna and Sean's wedding at Foothills Golf Club. They had two large arrangements at the altar which were later moved into the reception space, placed behind their head table. The bridal bouquet was also on display on the head table, which is another great way to maximize your floral budget. They also used wax candle vessels to line their ceremony aisle, which were later used on the guest tables at their reception. The bride's toss bouquet was displayed...

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List of Cost-effective to High-end Flowers for Weddings

This is a basic list of flower types grouped by general pricing, to help brides not get their heart set on pricey flowers when they are on a very basic budget, or vice-versa! Please note that pricing is variable depending on the time of year.  And this pricing is based on dependable wholesalers who can be counted on to be able to get quality florals  for our brides. The price of the bouquet is also dependent on how many stems are needed to fill out the space. Hydrangeas tend to be a much larger bloom, so you only need a few to fill the same bouquet compared to a smaller flower like a freesia...

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Seven Questions to ask before Hiring a Wedding Florist

So you have your venue and date for your wedding, and your next step is decor and flowers. What questions should you ask when you meet with a wedding florist? 1. How do the flowers get to the wedding? Do you offer delivery services and what is included? Do you have a service where you move florals and decor from the ceremony site to the reception? 2. Can I see pictures of bride's bouquets and other wedding flowers you have actually done? 3. What suggestions do you have for maximizing my wedding budget? 4. How do you make sure the flowers last throughout the whole day, looking fabulous...

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7 Questions to Ask a Florist When Planning Wedding Flowers

So you have your venue and date for your wedding, and your next step is decor and flowers. What questions should you ask when you meet with a wedding florist? 1. How do the flowers get to the wedding? Do you offer delivery services and what is included? Do you have a service where you move florals and decor from the ceremony site to the reception? 2. Do you offer rental vases and containers? 3. How do flowers get to you? Are they kept cold all the way from the grower to your shop? 4. Are my favorite flowers in season and available? What is their pricing? Can you suggest other flowers that...

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Bridal Show Tips

Wedding planning and bridal shows can be VERY fun and exciting, if you do a few things to organize yourself before you jump in! When you are planning on attending a bridal show as a participant and before you sign up for lots of vendor information online, set up an email address that is wedding-only! That way you won't get your personal or work email filled to the brim with wedding offers and information. You can go into that email whenever you are doing wedding planning. Once you have signed with a vendor, then give them your personal email address. Before you attend a bridal show, really...

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