So whether you're unsure if you actually want flowers for your wedding, or you do not know where to start when choosing a wedding florist...Black Dahlia of Long Island has some behind the scenes knowledge and advice for our couples!
We love people who love flowers – but whether you do or don’t, try to keep an open mind and embrace the creative process with your designer. Some of my greatest triumphs have been when a bride comes to me and says “I don’t really like flowers, flowers remind me of…, etc. etc.” We want you to be surprised with how much you love your flowers, enthusiast or not.
Figure out what is a realistic budget for your desired vision. We understand – you don’t know what you don’t know, so what is realistic may not be readily apparent to you. Shop around and decide what is comfortable for you to budget for your flowers and also meets your expectations for your special day. And while it may feel awkward to share that with your florist, they can use that as a starting point to bring your vision to life and steer you towards choices that will allow you to achieve the look you want at a price point that makes sense.
Make sure you vibe in style with your floral design team - your floral designer should be excited to bring your vision to life! Are they listening and giving you feedback? Actively throwing ideas into the mix? Even if you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for, a great designer will be able to draw out your ideas and form a cohesive look for your day…and not change it into their own vision.
This may seem counterintuitive, but don’t rely too heavily on your florist’s social media presence. We try to show you who we are on the internet…but at the end of the day, would you rather a polished Instagram or a seasoned professional who is focused on the details of your event? Look at reviews and word-of-mouth feedback to see how your florist interacts with clients. Flowers are a very personal thing so it’s important to find someone you can work with.
Is your design team familiar with your venue?? Truth is, it is not necessary for them to have worked there before, but if they haven’t they should be curious about the space. A great designer will be able to enhance a space they haven’t touched before. Just because a company is recommended at a venue doesn’t mean they are the only fit. It is a big value for an in-house vendor to truly know your space but it’s also a great value for your designer to connect with your vision.
A HUGE THANK YOU To Black Dahlia Inc. (Long Island Wedding Florist) for such sound and honest advice on how to choose a wedding day florist.