Throughout wedding planning, I’ve managed to stay on schedule—with a few exceptions. Hiring a florist was one of them. I had no idea where to start, so I put off the decision for months. But when the six-month mark arrived, I knew it was time to make a decision.
The Twin Cities has lots of florists to choose from. To narrow down the options, I turned to mspmag.com’s Wedding Directory (obviously) and friends for recommendations. My mom and I met with two florists. They were both great, but we had a strong connection with Melissa from Sadie's Couture Floral and Event Styling. I could tell she cared about my vision and wanted to make it come to life. She also was willing to work within a budget.
If you’re hiring a florist, here are some helpful tips.
Pinterest Is Your Friend
There are some brides who can name the exact type of flowers they’re looking for. I’m not one of them. I have no idea what flowers are in season in June, or how many different types of lilies exist. But I can look at a photo of an arrangement and tell you if I like it or not. I gathered images from Pinterest and made a board of my favorites. This was one of the first things Melissa asked to see during our meeting. After seeing my board, she determined I liked “loose bouquets with a bit of greenery.” Bingo.
One of the florists we met with had never done an event at our venue, the Lowertown Event Center. Melissa had done several—and it showed during our conversation. She sketched the layout of the venue from memory and recommended where floral arrangements would look best. She also knew what type of décor is—and isn’t—allowed.
Bouquets are Just the Beginning
Coming into my meeting with Melissa, I was focused on bouquets and boutonnieres. But I hadn’t given much thought to flowers for the dining tables or ceremony room. Luckily, Melissa was great at brainstorming. She pulled several vases, candles, and flowers, and created various arrangements for us to look at. We picked three of our favorites, which we’ll mix and match throughout the venue.
You Can Trim the Budget
When I realized how much it would cost to provide flowers for the bridal party and the venue, I had some serious sticker shock. But Melissa found creative ways to scale back the budget. We’ll repurpose the bridal party bouquets on the head table. We’ll use candles on some of the dining tables instead of floral arrangements. And we’ll skip décor on the cocktail tables.
Note: After I chose Sadie’s, I found out that Read Bride Taylor did, too! I promise we didn’t plan it; it was a great coincidence.