When it comes to flowers, we totally understand that most people don’t know how many types of flowers there are out there. Plus, every flower varies when it comes to their peak season, variety, cost, etc. but that’s okay! The whole point of a floral consultation is so that OKOTA can help you talk it out in person to avoid any confusion, answer your questions, and help you narrow down what you want for your wedding day florals to be like! Here are some tips on how you can get ready for your first floral consultation and make the most of your time with us:
Before you even come to the consultation, make sure you know your budget, floral quantities, and have your color scheme nailed down. We always recommend bringing reference photos because you may have a great idea in your head, but having visuals helps OKOTA see what you’re dreaming of! Doing research beforehand, whether it’s learning about a realistic budget (flowers can be expensive depending on the type) or figuring out affordable alternatives, it can help the consultation run more smoothly.
OKOTA customizes every floral proposal to meet your needs and budget to the best of our ability. Typically, this means that our quotes are $1000 and up, but keep in mind other types of floral arrangements too! If you’re also getting centerpieces, plan for these to bring the total closer to $2000 and up (depending on the centerpiece style and amount of course).
To give you an idea of what the average bride spends on flowers, The Knot recommends allocating about 8% of your wedding budget towards flowers. However, many factors can affect this, such as whether the flowers are in season, size of the bridal party, and the types of arrangements you're wanting for things like centerpieces etc.
HAVE AN OPEN MIND
Our floral designers have so many ideas that you may have never thought of before to help you achieve your dream day look. Even though you may have your heart set on a certain type of arrangement or flower, our experienced designers help you stick to your budget while also creating beautiful solutions. You may fall in love with a design that you can’t afford, but OKOTA is here to find creative ways to make your floral dreams come true so that you don’t break your bank.
By keeping an open mind, you may even learn about new ideas and designs you never thought of and love even more before you met with us!
We definitely understand that you’ll want to shop around, and you totally should! Every bride wants to make sure she is picking the right vendors and people to help plan her big day. There are many options for you to choose from, and sometimes it takes a few tries to find the right fit.
Make sure to keep in mind that florists put a lot of their time into consultations and proposals, sometimes even offering an incentive for booking for committing to the proposal when it is sent over to you. Be ready to review your proposal, request any changes, and go with your favorite one in a timely manner. This is not only helpful for the florist, but it also helps you with some bonus savings, and most importantly, so that your date doesn’t get booked!