Tips for a Successful Wedding Consultation

June 10. 2016


Victoria Whitelaw Melbourne Florist for weddings and events

As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, our weddings momentarily decrease until spring when they return with a vengeance! The bulk of our couples get married during spring and summer which means by now they should have seriously started to think about the styling and floral aspects of their weddings. Summer brides, if you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to schedule your initial wedding consultation.

Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but by following our simple tips your wedding consultation will be a relaxed, positive and exciting experience. Rest assured, this is the fun part!

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Time your initial consultation appropriately

Make sure you have established a few key elements before scheduling your initial wedding consultation. Most importantly, make sure you have booked a venue, locked in a wedding date and have a general idea of what floral style you’d like incorporated into your big day. The venue you choose will play a big part in the direction your style will take.

In saying this, to alleviate any unnecessary pressure, make sure you allow yourself enough time to review quotes, make decisions and have any details amended. The best Melbourne florists also book up early, so once these details are set it is never too early to consult with a florist. We often have weddings booked a year in advance, but the average time frame is seven to nine months ahead of the wedding day.

Always schedule an appointment

While we love welcoming clients into our beautiful store to look at our gorgeous flowers and gifts, wedding consultations are by appointment only. I like to allocate enough time to talk in detail about all of your fantastic ideas and how we can turn your dreams into a reality. It is difficult to provide you with pricing on the spot and quoting accurately requires time and effort, so after meeting with you I consult with suppliers, calculate costs, work out logistics and email you a quote usually within a few days of our meeting.

Bring inspirational images and samples

Bring any inspirational images to your consultation that you have collected that you feel contribute to the overall theme and style of your wedding. Have you created a mood board on Pinterest? Have you got a sample of your stationery? Have you got fabric swatches or photos of your gown and your bridesmaid’s gowns? Bring it all along! Never feel like you’re overloading me with imagery, as the more I see, the better I can understand your style preferences and design the perfect styling to complement this.

Tips for a successful wedding consultation

Have a general idea of your floral budget

We understand that until you start gathering quotes it can be difficult to know just how much flowers cost. In saying this, you will know whether you are willing to allocate $5,000 to floral styling, or $10,000, or $20,000. We also understand that whilst lusting over wedding magazines, Instagram and Pinterest one can get carried away dreaming of ideas that well exceed their budget! We do not have a minimum spend and are more than happy to work within whatever your budget for flowers and styling may be. I can give you advice on where best to spend your budget for maximum impact.

Bring your husband-to-be Tips for a successful wedding consultation

I love it when grooms come along to our wedding consultations! Wedding planning can be overwhelming, so it is beneficial for you to have someone else there to bounce ideas off and to provide a second opinion. Grooms are a lot more hands on than they used to be, and the grooms I meet with often leave our meeting just as excited as our brides!

My senior wedding florists and I are here to help throughout your entire wedding journey, and look forward to being a part of your special day. With our help, your wedding will be even more beautiful than you ever dreamed it could be!

Wedding planning tips by Victoria Whitelaw