My goodness! There seems to be so much discrepancies around the cost of wedding flowers. How many times have you heard and read comments such as:
"as soon as you mention wedding the price doubles"
"negotiate with the florist on the price of your wedding flowers",
"this is how to d.i.y your wedding bouquet and cut the cost of your arrangements"
The impression we are left with is that wedding florist tend to rip you off and you can really get what you want for so much less or even do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.
So as you consider ordering flowers for your wedding, I suggest you ask yourself the following:
1 WHY DO I WANT THAT BOUQUET?
2 WHY DO I WANT THOSE ARRANGEMENTS?
3 WHY DO I WANT THOSE FLOWERS?
4 WHY DO I WANT THAT PROP?
5 WHY DO I WANT TO D.I.Y?
6 WHY DO I WANT THOSE PLACE SETTINGS?
7 WHY DO I WANT FRESH FLOWERS?
8 WHY DO I THINK MY WEDDING FLOWERS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE?
As with most things, there are no hard and fast rules and by keeping the end result in mind, you can achieve your vision.
Deciding who to invite to your wedding is almost of United Nations proportions in the mind of some people, regarding the need for diplomacy.
Have some perimeters and hopefully make the culling of your guest list a non-brainer instead of sleepless nights and traumatised nerves.
There will be those you wish you could invite or wish they could make it, but can't.
Below is a link to an article regarding Pippa Middleton's wedding list. Even though this is a high profile and wealthy couple, the guest list cull has to be applied and not everyone will be happy about it.
It's been said that guests won't remember your vows but they will remember the food at your wedding. Think about it, it's one part of most weddings that someone is left feeling upset. While you can't please everyone, you can try and do your best to make your wedding catering a good experience.
1 GET A CATERER THAT YOU KNOW CAN DO THE JOB
2 GET A VENUE THAT CAN ACCOMMODATE THE TYPE OF CATERING THAT YOU WANT
3 GET A CLEAR MENU SELECTION
4 GET A BREAKDOWN OF WHAT YOU CATERER IS PROVIDING
Particularly if the venue is not catering, you need to know if the caterer will also be responsible for:
5 GET A TASTE OF THE FOOD ON YOUR MENU
6 GET A COPY OF THE CATERER'S LICENCE/INSURANCE
7 GET A VIDEO OR PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS
Ask to see any photos or videos the caterer has of previous work. These will hopefully give you an idea of:
8 GET A CONTACT LIST OF PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS
9 GET A LIST OF WHO WILL BE IN CHARGE ON THE DAY AND THEIR TEAM
10 GET A TIMETABLE FOR YOUR DAY AND HOW THE CATERERS WILL FIT IN
Brides magazine created this helpful checklist of questions to ask any potential caterer. Remember to check out at least three caterers before making a decision, after you have had time to look over their answers.