TIPS AND ADVISE TO NEWLY ENGAGED COUPLES ABOUT PLANNING FOR THEIR WEDDING DÉCOR AND FLOWERS
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1. before choosing your decorator /florist coordinator, collect pictures of flowers, colors, and décor that you like. You can find these on websites, facebook pages, magazines, etc. have a picture of your dresses if you have them picked out. Also have a sample of your fabric color for your coordinator. This will assure that the colors will be as close as possible for your lighting, flowers, fabrics, etc. Know an approximate number for your guest count. That number will fluctuate as time goes on of course, just keep your decorator/florist coordinator informed. If you can’t decide on colors and décor likes, meet with a decorator/florist coordinator and let her /him give you suggestions on things that will work for you and your venue.
2. shortly after picking your venue you will want to make an appointment with a florist/decorator coordinator to decide on your wedding flowers and décor. Check to be sure that your professional is established in your area and has experience. You should have your florist/decorators cell phone and email address so that you can contact him or her at any time whenever you should have questions or comments. Is this person understanding your tastes and can handle putting the details together without bothering you every couple of days? Will this person take care of problems that arise and handle them like a professional? Does she/he return your emails, texts, and calls within a timely manner? Can you trust this person to get things done as the contract reads without bothering you on your wedding day? These are all questions you should ask yourself.
3. The florist/decorator should give you a detailed contract including all items and pricing of everything you discussed. This contract should be sent to you shortly after your first consultation. Know ahead (preferably in writing) what the payment expectations are along with times and amounts of these installments. Be sure that you make your changes for your flowers/decorating in a timely manner and have those changes in writing so that there is no confusion as your wedding day approaches. If you have concerns or are confused about any of the details in your contract, contact your coordinator as soon as possible and discuss your concerns with them.
4. Let the florist/decorator guide you as to a more price effective way to use your money. Be open with your florist/decorator so that he/she understands your priorities. There are many ways to get the same “feel” without busting your budget. Relax and let the decorator take care of the details, problems and legwork so that you can have an enjoyable day!!!
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