1. It is a good idea to have a wedding style or theme in mind and to have decided on the colors for your wedding before visiting a florist.
2. It is easier to choose flowers for you wedding if you have a set wedding date, as some flowers are more affordable certain times of the year.
3. Look online or in magazines to determine what flowers you love and which flowers you would prefer to avoid, and then let your the florist know this information.
4. When choosing your wedding date keep in mind that wedding on calendar holidays often mean a more "hefty" price on the flowers. For example: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, etc...
5. Be aware that some flowers are only available seasonally or may have to be imported. If you have a specific flower in mind it is recommended that you have a second choice. This insures your satisfaction if there was an availability issue due to unforeseen circumstances, such as your first choice arrives and the quality is considered substandard by your florist.
6. Search online and in bridal magazines for pictures of bouquets and arrangements that you like. This will save you and your florist consultation time and give you confidence that your florist knows what you like.
7. Make a list of the people whom need bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages.
8. Make a list of areas where flowers are needed at both your ceremony and the reception. Table centerpieces? Alter? Pew Markers? Guest Table? etc... also have an idea of the number of each item you need.
9. Consider if you want the Maid of Honour and Best Man's flowers to be different from the rest of the bridesmaids & groomsmen.
10. Visit your local paint store and pick up some paint swatches that match you wedding colours. Get two of each... one for you and one for your florist.