Preparing for Your Consultation:
Items to Bring with You
A picture of your gown
A picture of your bridesmaid’s gowns
Pictures of flower arrangements you like
Ideas to describe your vision
Head counts (for everyone in bridal party, including reader, ushers, etc)
Planning Your Budget
The average Columbus bride spends 10% of her overall budget on flowers. While this is just a guideline, you will need to take into consideration factors such as how many bridesmaids you have as well as the number of centerpieces you will need.
Avergage Bridal Bouquet: $100-200
Average Bridesmaid Bouquet: $30-50
Average Corsage: $15-20
Average Boutonniere: $8-15
Average Altar Arrangement: $150-250
Average Pew Decoration: $10-50
Average Short Centerpiece: $35-75
Average Tall Centerpiece: $100
Tips for Hiring the Right Florist
Ask questions! How long have they been in business; have they won any awards; do they have any reviews from past clients; are they a one-person company or are there other staff members (in case he or she is sick the day of your wedding); are they home-based and is this a hobby or are they a store-front and dedicated 100% to your wedding?
Look for the “vibe.” Not every florist is for you. Go with your gut and choose the one you feel gets your vision best and you feel comfortable with. Price is only one factor; if the two of you do not connect there is room for error.
Do your homework. Read reviews on The Knot and Wedding Wire. Ask your friends, your co-workers, too.