Your Roadmap to Floral Perfection

Your wedding plans must be as perfect as your wedding dreams. Wedding flowers are a big part of a perfect wedding. Having a florist as a consultant to help plan and deliver wedding flowers helps. Having a wedding flowers checklist before you contact your florist avoids mistakes and misunderstandings. From the wedding ceremony to the reception, flowers should be a visible message of a memorable wedding celebration.

Creating Your Flowers Checklist

It’s really fairly simple to create a checklist for your wedding flowers. Do it like news journalists: start your checklist with these headings: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. This is the most organized way of tracking of flowers for your wedding day.

For example, list the names of all wedding party members and family who should have flowers.

This Might Include:

. Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaids

. Ring bearer and flower girls

. Groomsmen

. Fathers and Mothers of the bride and groom

. Other next of kin family members

. Church soloist

Next to this, under “What,” add flower arrangements each of these individuals will receive.

This Might Include:

. Bouquets

. Boutonnieres

. Corsages

. Nosegays

Then Include:

. Floral arrangements for the ceremony location or church

. Floral arrangements for the reception facility

Describe in detail the design colors, sizes and types of flowers for each of these. Brides generally try to coordinate the design and colors of these floral arrangements. However, some brides like to use contrasting colors and designs. This is a matter of personal preference.

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The When, Where and Why of a Floral Checklist

Once the “Who” and “What” are completed, you are ready to discuss the “When, Where and Why” with your professional florist. Notate delivery dates of flowers and who will be responsible for making certain the arrangements are given to the correct individuals. This is a job you can delegate to a trusted family member or relative. However, be sure to discuss your checklist in advance and also provide a copy of the completed list.

The person you delegate to manage the distribution of delivered wedding flowers should also know where external arrangements are to be located in the church or ceremonial area and reception facility. This person should be in contact with the church or place where the ceremony will take place to make sure floral arrangements are placed in approved areas. Placement of floral arrangements is usually handled by the professional wedding florist.

When the bride knows the importance of the checklist, she knows why and how certain delivery dates and times may conflict and can foresee delays and problems well in advance of the wedding day.

Weddings are complex arrangements of time, labor and details. A wedding ceremony is a solemn event that should be picture perfect and your reception should create lasting, lifetime memories. By relying on a checklist and having confidence in your ability to delegate the work of creating a floral heaven for your wedding, you can say, “I do” without unnecessary stress.

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