Holding a destination wedding is a great way of spending
more time with your guests over the course of several
days and means that come the day of your wedding,
everyone is feeling nicely relaxed and ready for a fun day.
The challenges of planning a destination wedding are
different to that of planning a home wedding, but by
using an experienced wedding planner they can take care
of the majority of the planning leaving you to give more
thought to your flowers.
The easiest way to incorporate flowers into your wedding
is by using a local florist at your destination. Here are
some tips to help you find the right florist, put your plans
into action and get the most from your budget.
Choosing a florist
As with any type of service, word of mouth and
recommendation is the best way to choose a florist. Your
venue may be able to recommend a florist and your
wedding planner is likely to have a few contacts too.
A local florist to your location is likely to be the best choice
and they will also have the best idea of what flowers will
be available for the time of your wedding.
Using a local florist will help to keep your budget on track
besides adding a touch of authenticity to the proceedings.
A local florist will also have the ability to deal with any
problems which could arise, and be able to substitute any
flowers with others which will look similar and work within
Email is invaluable
When working with your chosen florist you are likely to
conduct most of the planning by using email. The exchange
of photos will be crucial and this is easily done by email. Be
sure to get plenty of photos of your wedding location and
ask that they are kept updated, in the event that your venue
suddenly undergoes a makeover or a new site is chosen for
There may not be a great many photos on the websites of
your ceremony or reception venues to give you a good idea
of the décor in place, so ask if the wedding planner can get
some extra photos emailed to you.
Combine flowers with natural beauty
Another way of maximising your budget is to integrate
your flowers with the natural design and beauty of your
destination. A good florist should be able to offer advice on
doing this but it helps to send her some photos of the type
of designs you like and what you're hoping the end result
Ask to see samples
Seeing the flowers beforehand is an absolute must, so ask
your florist to make up a couple of samples and to send
you the photos. This will show if you're both on the same
wave length and help to put your mind at ease.
Be prepared for all eventualities
If your florist is going to be decorating your venue then
she needs some space at which to work. Arrange for some
workspace to be made available for her and find out if
there is an additional charge for the space.
Also check whether they are planning an alterations to the
venue before your wedding takes place and ask to see
photos of the new work when it is completed.
Working with experienced vendors and hiring a good
wedding planner is really important for a destination
So share your ideas, communicate well, and then relax
and hand over the reins to the professionals. You'll feel
far less anxious if you do.
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