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Guest Post: Alluring Blooms | For Brides Series | A Floral Designers Top 3 Tips for a Wonderful Wedding Flower Experience.

April 28, 2015

We are so thrilled to be featuring Amanda Frankewicz of Alluring Blooms on the blog today for another post in our For Brides Series (to see more from this series, go here)! Amanda is just SO extremely talented + was actually OUR florist for our wedding!! Needless to say, we stand behind everything she has to say! Her wisdom is unmatchable, talent extraordinary, + heart SO generous + kind : ) 

With wedding season now beginning, we thought this would be a perfect time for Amanda to share with brides + future brides how to get the MOST out of their flower experience. ENJOY her words, + have a beautiful Tuesday!!

A Floral Designers Top 3 Tips for a Wonderful Wedding Flower Experience

I am so excited + honored to share some tips with you today. When Maison + Caleb reached out + asked me to be a guest blogger I knew JUST what I wanted to talk about. I consult with brides on a weekly basis + I’ve noticed three main areas that can lead to stress or disappointment. My hope is that by sharing these tips, you can have a more enjoyable experience when it comes to deciding on wedding flowers! So let’s get to it, shall we?

Tip 01. If you have your heart absolutely set on using a certain flower, set your wedding date accordingly.

I’ve lost count of the number of times brides have been heartbroken that their *gotta have it* bloom of choice isn’t available at the time of their wedding.  Love those big, fluffy peonies, or want to carry Lily of the Valley like your grandmother did? Don’t choose a wedding date in September! I married the love of my life on a FREEZING January day (literally guys, it was sooooo cold) because I may have a (((slight))) obsession with ranunculus. I knew the unique green variety I wanted to incorporate was most likely to be found that month! Do some research + find out when your favorite flowers are in season!!

Tip 02. Be honest + upfront about your budget. You can have absolutely gorgeous flowers at ANY budget, just have realistic expectations.

I’m a firm believer that you can have beautiful flowers at any budget. I am also a firm believer that you can’t get a brand new top of the line Mercedes for the price of a used Kia. What do the two have to do with each other? Realistic expectations. Only want to spend $500 on your wedding flowers? That’s fine! Your florist will be able to create a beautiful bouquet for you, a boutonniere for your groom + a nice ceremony or accent arrangement for you. Do you have a bridal party of 18, need bouquets + bouts for all of them, + want lush ceremony flowers + big centerpieces on all 30 guest tables? You’re just not going to get that kind of opulence on a $1,000 budget. So, be open + up front about how much you’d like to invest in your wedding flowers – and prioritize items to help decide what must stay + what can go.

Tip 03. Hire a florist you love + trust, then TRUST THEM. Micromanagement will only lead to disappointment.

Your wedding day is a big deal. You’ve spent countless hours making sure all the little details are just right. We understand that + we want your flowers to be as beautiful as possible! So, pick a florist (or any other vendor) you love, + let them do their thing. Your flowers will be so much prettier if your florist is allowed to use a bit of creative freedom!

So there you have it – my top 3 tips to make your wedding floral experience a wonderful thing. Hope you find them helpful!


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