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Interview With An Expert: Wedding Flowers FAQ

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You’ve got wedding floral questions, we’ve got answers! We recently sat down with the ladies of Purple Statice, Gabriela Whitford and Brenda Wilson, to get the 411 on the wedding flowers. 

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photo credit: Angelina Rose (left), Fournier & Mally (middle & right)

SEG: What are some tips for choosing the right florist?

PS: Chemistry and communication are essential. Meeting a florist should be a fun and enjoyable experience for the couple.

SEG: How far in advance should I book my florist?

PS: Ideally, this should be done 8 to 10 months in advance to assure that your florist is available on your desired date.

SEG: What type of investment should I make in floral décor?

PS: Most brides spend about 8% to 10% of their overall wedding  budget on flowers. This number usually includes Bridal Bouquets, Bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages and both ceremony and receptions flowers.

SEG: My budget is limited, but I love floral centerpieces. What are some tips for choosing arrangements that work within a budget?

PS: We work with many different budgets. It is important for the couple to be open minded during this process, allowing the florist to guide them in the many choices that are available.

SEG: Do you offer rental items such as vases or will I need to provide those?

PS: Yes, we offer a variety of rental items such as vases, candelabras, stands, isle runners etc.

SEG: How many weddings do you take on per weekend?

PS: We only work on one wedding at a time. Our goal is to provide our full attention to each couple on their special day.

SEG: Is it possible to see a sample of my centerpiece and/or bouquet?

PS: Yes, once you book your wedding with Purple Statice, we offer a sample for your viewing of your centerpiece or bouquet.

SEG: If I need to add, subtract, or change arrangements or bridal bouquets, how long to I have to do so?

PS: Yes, you can add, subtract or change your order up to 30 days prior to the wedding.

SEG: Additional Advice…

PS: Yes…

1. Booking your florist early ensures they are available for your special day.

2. Be willing to discuss your budget with the florist at your consultation.

3. Many brides use Pinterest as a tool in choosing floral arrangements and colors. In  many cases the florals chosen are not in line with the couples budget. Be open to your florists suggestions for creating a similar look within your comfort zone.

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photo credit: berryphoto

Purple Statice is based in the Greater Boston area and is committed to creating beautiful, unique floral arrangements for every occasion.   

Tell us, was this interview helpful? What other wedding vendors would you like us to chat with?

By: Dana Bates