What to Bring to an Appointment with Your Florist

Updated 01/03/15

Annie McElwain

*Meeting with your florist and determining which blooms will fill your bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony and reception space can be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning. But, to get the best blossoms possible, you'll need to bring the right materials when determining your ideals floral-scape. Here, some things you should bring with you when meeting with your florist for the first time. *

The most important part of picking out your ideal wedding-day flowers is matching it with the rest of your wedding. You'll want each arrangement to complement your space, your gown, and your wedding party. So when you meet with the florist for the first time it's a good idea to bring as many pictures as possible. Pictures of the spaces you'll need decorated, pictures or sketches of your gown and your bridesmaids's gowns, and snaps of what the groom and groomsmen plan on wearing. It's also a good idea to bring in inspiration clips — tear-outs from magazines of décor ideas you like, your favorite pins, or even something a friend did at her wedding that you loved.

Fabric swatches are important too, so that your florist can not only get a good feel for the colors involved but the texture to all of your looks. If you want flowers in your hair or in your bridesmaids's hair, you'll need to provide head sizes and ask what the best way to pin in the petals would be.

And don't forget to bring a complete checklist of what flowers you'll need. A list of everything you want — from the flowers you and your wedding party will be carrying to the arrangements you want at your ceremony and reception site — will not only be helpful for the florist but for you to keep everything organized as the planning comes to a close.

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