Do I need to make an appointment to talk about my Wedding Flowers?

Often times we are asked this question and the simple answer is yes. There are several reasons for this.

1) We want to make sure that we can give you our undivided attention and be able to sit down and discuss your special day without interruptions.

2) We need for you to fill out the Consultation Form on our website. Knowing the details of your wedding helps us prepare for your consultation. .

3) Making an appointment gives you time to prepare and gather the necessary information as discussed in our previous post: What to bring to your Consultation.

4) There are always exceptions and sometimes due to work schedules, etc. it is impossible for someone to come in and meet. If this is your situation and if you are just wanting to get pricing for your wedding flowers, you can email us with the specifics (with pictures of what you like) and we can work up an estimate and email it back to you for review. Our email address is: whitehouseweddingflowers@gmail.com

Each Bride is different and on different timetables but on average I would say we schedule the consultations 4-6 months prior to the weddings. However, depending on how long the engagement period is, sometimes we meet much closer to the wedding date or sometimes up to a year prior to the wedding.

We have had some Brides that wanted to book with us and be sure to save the date, but weren’t ready to schedule an appointment as venues, dresses, colors, etc. have not been picked out yet. If this is the case, you can book your date with a $250 non-refundable deposit which would be applied to your wedding order once finalized.

I hope you have found this information helpful. Any questions or comments? I would love to hear from you!

What to bring to your Consultation

Now that you have scheduled a wedding consultation to talk about flowers, you may be wondering if you need to bring anything. Well, as a matter of fact there are a few things!

1) Wedding Colors – It is important that you have picked out your bridesmaids dresses and wedding color scheme prior to our consultation, as the color and style will guide and steer the flower choices and selection. If you can bring (and leave with me) a color swatch of the bridesmaids dresses, that would be very helpful. It can be a swatch from the dress, a piece of ribbon that matches the color or even a paint chip that matches the color.  Also, a picture of your dress as well as the bridesmaids dress is helpful too so that we can see the style and type of material.

2) Flower Pictures – Prior to your consultation, you will need to spend some time researching the bouquet  & centerpiece styles you like as well as your flower preferences. Don’t worry you don’t have to figure out exactly what you want, we just need to know what you like and don’t like. Compile as many pictures as you can (bouquet styles, centerpiece examples, corsages and boutonnieres, church decorations, flower types, colors, design techniques, etc) so that we have a good idea of what you like. These pictures can be from magazines and online. To see examples of our work, visit our Flickr page and you can follow us on Pinterest and Instagram.  You can  also bring your laptop or iPad so that you can show me the pictures you have found online. Photos on your phone work too!

3) Budget –  Know your floral budget. For more on this subject, see our post: The Budget Question

4) Corsages and Boutonnieres – Be thinking about you would like to have a corsage or boutonniere for and make a list to bring with you.  Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents and Ushers are pretty standard.  The Minister (only if he is wearing a suit), Director, Greeters, Readers, Soloists, Musicians are all optional.

I think this about covers it. I hope you find this helpful as you prepare for your wedding consultation. Do you have any comments or questions?