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How to Select Florals & Decor for Your Wedding

Selecting florals and decor for a wedding is an important aspect of creating a beautiful and memorable atmosphere for your special day. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make the right choices:

  1. Expected Budget: In this series you are going to see nearly every post begin with budget, because it can help you determine what is important on your special day. Average cost of florals and décor should be approximately 15% of your total budget.

  2. Determine your Style: No matter if you hire professionals or DIY your décor you need to define your theme, style, and colors. Hiring professionals can provide valuable suggestions within your budget and help bring your vision to life. Consider factors such as the season, and your personal preferences. While florists have insight help them by bringing inspirational photos of arrangements you love!

  3. Order Early and Consider Seasonal Flowers: Choose flowers that are in season, as they tend to be more readily available, cost-effective and can also enhance the overall look of your wedding. By ordering early (6 months to 1 year) you can have better selection, pricing and options to get the florals/décor you want to incorporate.

  4. Start with the Ceremony: Begin by focusing on the ceremony space. Consider floral arrangements for the altar, aisle markers, arches, drapery, or candle arrangements. This includes bouquets, boutonnieres and other important members of the family or wedding party.

  5. Reception Décor: Plan décor elements for the reception venue. Think about centerpieces, table linens, chair covers, and any other decorative items you'd like to incorporate.

  6. Personalize Your Décor: Incorporate personal touches into your décor, such as photos, meaningful quotes, or items that represent your relationship. Personalization adds a unique and sentimental element to your wedding.

  7. Sample and Review: If using a professional, before finalizing your choices, request samples or mock-ups of the floral arrangements and décor to ensure they align with your vision. Make any necessary adjustments based on your feedback. If you are DIYing make sure to give yourself time to make a few options to see which ones fit your style and that you (maybe a few bridesmaids) can complete in your timeframe.

  8. Finalize Details: With professional florist or decorator, confirm all the details, including delivery times, setup arrangements, and any last-minute changes or additions. Make sure to document your choices by taking or saving photos and notes of your selected florals and décor elements for reference and to share with your vendors on the wedding day.

  9. Guest Flow: Ensure that your décor choices don't obstruct guest movement or interfere with the overall flow of guests walk path from ceremony to reception and the event.

  10. Stay Flexible: Be open to minor adjustments or substitutions if necessary, especially if certain flowers are unavailable or if there are unexpected changes.

Remember that selecting wedding florals and décor should be an enjoyable process, and it's an opportunity to express your creativity and style. Trust your instincts, seek professional guidance, and have fun making your wedding space uniquely yours.

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