March 13, 2018

Most people have no idea what to expect when meeting with a florist to talk about flowers for their wedding. If you're taking the time out of your day to meet with a prospective florist you want to make sure you're getting the most out of your consultation. The best way to do that is to come prepared. 

I have met with lots of couples during my years as a wedding floral designer and have had some brides and grooms walk in with binders, lists, and spreadsheets. I've also have couples that come in and when I ask them questions about their wedding their response is, "That's a good question. I have no idea".

In order for me to be helpful there are some pretty concrete details I need in order to give back useful information to a prospective couple. Most often the couple wants to know what it's going to cost them. This isn't a black and white answer when it comes to wedding flowers and really changes depending on each persons individual needs or ideas. A good wedding florist won't let you walk out the door with a specific dollar amount. Perhaps, they can give you a range based on your ideas but a good one will take the time to make sure they are tailoring their proposal specifically to you. After all, you don't want a cookie cutter wedding. You want someone who listened and has put thought into your vision.

In order to book a wedding consultation with me you need to have a concrete wedding date and a venue booked. I appreciate that there are people who recently get engaged and are eager to start gathering information but if you want me to invest my time in you then I need to know you're ready to potentially book us.

There are several places where you can find price ranges for our bouquets, wedding centerpieces, and ceremony arrangements that will give you a rough idea what flowers for your wedding with us would cost. We do not require a minimum but do have average prices for each of our floral designs. You can find this information on The Knot or WeddingWire

Here's a basic list of questions that I always ask my couples during a wedding flower consultation. It's not every question but the basics to help give me a picture of your wedding day and how we need to prepare logistically. We want to make sure our services are seamless and that we give you the best wedding flower experience you can have. 

Wedding Flower Consultation Questionnaire for Anissa Rae Flowers NYC

The more answers you are able to provide will help me with coming up with an accurate estimate in price for you.

You will notice that the last question on the list is budget. Most people have never planned a wedding before and have no idea what flowers for a wedding cost but it's extremely helpful to have an idea how much you can afford to spend or the absolute top dollar amount you are willing to spend.

You would never go to a dress designer or seamstress and ask them to make a dress without knowing what you can spend. Flowers are no different. Otherwise, your dress designer is going to give you the most expensive fabric, the most intricate detailing and spend hours of their time creating a custom designed dress like no other that they've done before. The price tag will reflect this! When you realize you can't afford that dress you're going to be disappointed. You're also going to have to tell your designer that you've essentially wasted their time and you need to start from the beginning with a different design.

It's best to be honest from the start. There's no judgement. In fact, it's appreciated. This way I can be upfront with you and tell you what I am able to do within your budget or that perhaps you need to have some flexibility with your desires in order to work with us. There are other times where we unfortunately will have to say your budget may not cover everything you need for your wedding. I'm always honest with my couples. I would rather not say yes to something that I can't deliver. My goal is to make you happy! This is your wedding day and I want you to walk away having a pleasant experience with me and my team as well as the memory of having the most beautiful wedding flowers on your wedding day. 

 Anissa Rae Flowers NYC Florist


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Size Guide

SEASONAL COLLECTION

Accent- Perfectly sized for a side table or small console. Flowers that stand up to the idea that less is more. Flowers in vase measure approximately 8” in diameter. 

Showroom- An ode to restrained elegance and refined style. Meant to accessorize a desk or coffee table. Flowers in vase measure approximately 12” in diameter.

Feature- This lush arrangement will anchor a dining table or furniture statement piece. Flowers in vase measure approximately 14- 16” in diameter.

Bountiful- The perfect amount of flowers and blooms that will stop them in their tracks. Flowers in vase measure approximately 16- 18" in diameter.

Exquisite- Flat out gorgeous! This lush arrangement is masterfully designed and sure to impress. Flowers in vase measure approximately 20” in diameter. 

Bespoke- An exceptional display of flowers and blooms. Our bespoke arrangements are custom designed and are different every time. Sizing varies dependent on the container and flowers used in the design.

HAND-TIED BOUQUETS

Abundant- Hand-tied bouquet with a minimum of 20 flower stems. Depending on size of flower blooms the bouquet may include foliage and greenery to maintain a generous size.

Lavish- Hand-tied bouquet with a minimum of 40 flower stems. Depending on size of flower blooms the bouquet may include foliage and greenery to maintain a generous size.

Grand- Hand-tied bouquet with a minimum of 60 flower stems. Depending on size of flower blooms the bouquet may include foliage and greenery to maintain a generous size.