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Not sure where to start when it comes to wedding flowers? Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Let E's Florals help you choose the types of flowers, colors and quantities you'd love to have for your dream wedding! We'll take care of the flowers so you can have one less thing to worry about. Download, copy and fill out the following Wedding Flowers Quesionnaire and bring it with you to your initial consultation and we'll take care of the rest!
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TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS
It's a good idea to book with your wedding florist as soon as possible. E's Florals accepts only a certain number of weddings per day or per weekend, so it's important to contact us well in advance to start planning. It's best to contact us at least three to four months in advance of your wedding, although, if you're planning an exceptionally elaborate event or if your wedding falls on a holiday, then contact us within 6 months to a year to set up a consulation and save your wedding date. We may need extra time to find specialty items or place flower orders in advance.
The more information you can provide to your florist, the better. Bring any pictures or fabric swatches with you to your initial consulation. A Pinterest Board is one of the best ways to share your vision with your florist.
Be sure to choose the right type of bridal bouquet that fits with the style of your dress. If you're petite, you wouldn't want to be overshadowed by a large, heavy and cascading arrangement.
In Iowa, the weather is extremely unpredictable. July and August can be very hot and humid and flowers do not hold up well if they are left outside for too long. Storms can also be an issue, so it's always good to have another plan in case flowers need to be brought inside.
Your florist needs to have access to your ceremony and reception site(s) and will need to know when and where the flowers are to be delivered and/or set-up. When will the photographer arrive to take photos and will flowers be placed on the wedding cake? Will the baker or the florist be placing the flowers on the cake?
Allow 8% to 10% of your wedding budget for flowers. Much of the cost of wedding flowers goes towards reception table centerpieces and this is where you can be the most flexible when it comes to your flower budget.
You can start with a budget in mind and then make any needed changes if cost becomes an issue. E's Florals will offer suggestions and work with you to make the best use of your budget. Bridesmaids bouquets can become part of your reception tabe decorations, for instance, or an alter bouquet can be moved from the ceremony to your reception to be used for your head table centerpiece.
Certain flowers are more expensive than others. Peonies and hydrangeas cost much more per stem than flowers such as daisies or chrysanthemums. Ordering flowers out of season, if they are available, will also increase your flower budget.
To save money, consider buying flowers and greenery in bulk and designing your own bouquets and arrangements. Check out our selection of bulk flower and greenery buckets here.
If you're thinking of marrying around the holidays, like Valentine's Day or Christmas, just know that flower prices increase significantly during those specific dates because demand for flowers is very high.