Douglas answers some frequently asked questions:

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Where do we start?

I always suggest booking the venue where you are having your reception. If you have a favorite floral decorator, photographer, videographer, etc. that you just have to have for your wedding, place them on retainer as soon as you have your date.
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When should we book a florist?

I strongly suggest booking your florist immediately after you book your reception site. In my twenty plus years of experience as an event decorator, I have found that many brides leave booking the florist for last. This can be a major mistake. Because of the personal attention and detailed preparation required to produce a quality event, many floral designers, including my company, usually only book one wedding a day. Securing your floral/event designer after your venue will make planning and preparing for your wedding much easier.
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What things should we consider when budgeting for a wedding?

It’s best if you have an idea of the following:

  • How many people are in your bridal party?
  • How many family members will you honor with your flowers (moms, dads, etc.)?
  • How elaborately do you want to decorate your ceremony?
  • Do you want flowers for the Alter, Chuppah, Pews, Entry, etc.?
  • For the Cocktail Reception, what do I need/want?
  • How many tables will I have at the main reception?

Reception flowers are usually the largest cost. Keep in mind that the bloom choices you choose directly affect the cost as well.
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How do we plan a budget for flowers and decor?

The flowers, bloom choices, and design styles you choose for your personal flowers, ceremony and reception will be a big part of your photo album that you will look back on for many years. It will also be a big part of what your guests will remember about your wedding. With that said, your budget should reflect your vision and style.
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How much can I expect to pay?

Listed below are a few minimum costs to consider:

  • Bride’s Bouquest: $125+
  • Bridesmaid & Maid of Honor Bouquets: $75-100+
  • Mother & Grandmother Corsages: $22+
  • Buffet: $125+
  • Cocktail Flowers: $13+
  • Bar: $35+
  • Centerpieces: $75+

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