I am so happy to introduce you to Brittni Walker, lead Floral Designer at Iona’s Flower Market in beautiful Rosemary Beach, Florida. Brittni has created some of the most stunning florals not only at Iona’s but also when she was with Hubble and Hudson in The Woodlands, Tx. I think she gives such excellent advice for Brides when looking for a florist and thinking about what flowers you should consider for your wedding day. Please enjoy Britnni’s expert advice and feel free to contact her even if you don’t live in Rosemary Beach!
Florist and Flowers
by Brittni Walker
Being a Florist has been such a blessing to me. I get to meet so many people from all walks of life. I not only get to exercise my creativity, I also get to bring joy to the ones who are going through a hard time or going through a time of excitement. Flowers represent happiness and providing that happiness on somones wedding day is the best feeling a Florist can experience. At least that is how I feel about it. My name is Brittni Walker and I am the Manager and Lead Floral Designer for Iona’s Flower Market in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Rosemary and the towns surrounding provide the right ambiance for the perfect beach destination wedding and you don’t even have to leave the country.
Having a shop in one of the top wedding spots, I have had a lot of experience when it comes to “ The Wedding Flower Shenanigans” and what you need to know as a Bride to make the right decision on finding the right florist for you and your wedding. I will also provide information you would need to help the process and make it a little less complicated.
Take your time and find the right florist for you! Do some research on their location and what kind of work they do. When you have chosen, get to know them a little bit. The more we get to know you the easier it is for us to help out when it comes to the right flower decision. Also, it brings trust to you and lets you know that your florist is committed.
2) Location, location, location:
Try to pick a florist who is close to your venue. The benefit from picking someone close is, though not intended, if anything were to go wrong or you need back-up they can be right there to fix whatever floral issue you may have.
3) Choosing your perfect flowers:
A lot of brides have their flowers picked out way before they are even engaged. Dreaming that you will have those beautiful, luscious, pink peonies in December might not happen since their peek season is in spring. Keep in mind that all flowers are seasonal. Always do your research on which flower correlates with what season. If you aren’t sure always feel free to call or email your florist with any questions you have.
4) Pictures, pictures and more pictures!
Provide as many pictures, ideas, Pinterest boards, etc. of what you have in mind for your big day. Know that you can never provide too much of that kind of stuff. It helps us see the same vision you have. Also, it helps us get to know you a little better and what your expectations are.
It’s always the elephant in the room when a bride comes in for a consultation. Know that there is no way around it, it has to come out sometime and rather sooner than later. Florists understand and deal with budgets on a daily basis. You do not need to be afraid or embarrassed when providing a price point. It is very important to let your florist know your budget so they know what they can work with. We are here for you and to make your wedding day magnificent with any budget. Also, be prepared if there is a payment plan in action. All different florists vary when it comes to deposits. Just plan to be ready and aware.
6) The wedding party:
It is very easy to accidently leave someone out (un-intentionally, of course), especially if your wedding party is a big one. Before you meet with your florist write down a list of everyone in the party and their roles in your wedding. This will be vital information during your consultation and also makes make the price quote process run smoother for your florist.
7) Candelabras, Unity Candles, Etc.
If you would like flowers for any of these items, please let us know. These are the most forgotten when it comes to wedding flowers. Just make a note of it.
8) The Wedding and Reception:
Letting your florist know the following during your consultation saves a lot of time and emails.
• The time, date and location of the wedding and reception.
• How many People there are in your wedding party
• How many people attending your reception
• How many tables and if there are any extra tables such as sign in table, food table, picture table, etc. at your reception
9) The questionnaire:
Most Florists have a questionnaire for all of their brides to fill out that will pretty much cover everything I just told you. Just be prepared to have the knowledge of everything that we covered and it won’t be as intimidating as it looks. We do understand that some of you are just coming in to get an idea and you don’t have location, colors, or bridesmaids pick out yet. That is okay, no worries. Just fill out as much information that you can provide.
I cannot stress enough on how important communication is between the bride and her florist. Please do not hesitate or be afraid to ask questions. Tell your florist if you don’t like something, or even if you want to change your mind (in a timely manner of course). Once you have signed that contract, the flowers are ordered and that down payment is made you are locked in on what flowers you chose, so please be vocal. Remember, we are here for you and want to make your day the day that you dreamt of!
I hope these little pointers help you out when the time comes for you to choose your florist and flowers for your wedding. I know weddings can be stressful but with the right florist and the proper communication. I believe that it can be pulled off without a hitch. Congratulations!