Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sample Centerpiece Meetings

It's almost time for "wedding season" and there are a few things you want to make sure you have in order as the bride. One of the more important aspects to planning your wedding is making sure you set a sample centerpiece meeting with your florist. This is a meeting that should take place approximately 2 months prior to your wedding date. This is a really fun and informative meeting that finalizes all your flower decisions (centerpieces, bouquets and other details)

At this meeting, you should see the table linen options, chairs, candles, napkin treatment and of course the focal point - your centerpiece! Hopefully, you walk into this meeting and your florist nails it!! If that's not the case, not to worry, this is the opportunity to make sure that everything you envisioned for your special day is communicated to the floral designer. Talk to your florist about the changes you might want to make to the sample (color, quantity, flower selection, shape etc). This is the opportunity to really connect your vision with your florists talents and abilities.

The ideal location for this meeting is at your floral designers studio. If changes need to be made (flowers, container etc) then they will have these resources readily available at their studio. Sometimes, brides ask to have this meeting at the actual hotel for their wedding so they can see the arrangement in the reception room. The reality is that one arrangement in a big ballroom isn't really going to give you the true visual of what your room will look like.

The timing of this meeting is also important. You don't want to have this meeting further out than 2 months prior to your wedding date. This will ensure that the types of flowers you will have at your wedding will be in season (or close to it) for your sample centerpiece. You will see the actual arrangement rather than substitutions for flowers in the centerpiece. If you have this meeting to far out from your actual wedding date you might be apt to look at additional ideas and want to change your design again.

In the end, you should walk away from the sample meeting knowing exactly what your table set up will look like for your special day. Not only will your florist feel confident when they set up on your wedding day but you will feel confident that they will provide you with the exact flowers and design that you had always envisioned.
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