Posted Thursday, April 10th, 2014 by & filed under Bride-to-Be.

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Welcome back, friends! I’m excited you’re here for the second post in Red Stamp’s Bride-to-Be series. {If you missed the first post, be sure to check it out here!}

I’ve always had a huge ♥ for flowers, so finding the right florist has been top of mind since solidifying my bridal party + ceremony and reception locations. There were tons of questions spinning in my head, so I did what any resourceful girl would do :: Google them. The advice I found wasn’t quite what I was looking for, so I went straight to the source. A *florist*, of course!

Insert the *fab* Amy Backman! Owner of Spruce Flowers & Home. She was kind enough to sit down with me and answer all my lingering questions about the bride-florist relationship. I hope you enjoy our interview below + that if you’re planning any event with floral decor that her insight eases your mind as much as it did mine!

6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red Stamp

RED STAMP {RS}: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME DURING THE WEDDING PLANNING PROCESS TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A PROSPECTIVE FLORIST?

Amy Backman {AB}: I like to meet after the bride and groom have selected a date, found the perfect dress and secured a venue. These key decisions help drive the process of creating designs that will bring your vision to life on the wedding day. Some brides are so excited about flowers that they may be eager to meet with a florist before they’ve settled on a venue {or before they’ve even been proposed to!} and while we could talk flowers all day, it’s hard to be productive during a consult without knowing when, where and what you’ll be wearing.

An initial consult is meant to be a chance to meet with your ideal florist candidates and find out who you want to work with, develop a design plan and get an estimate. After you’ve booked your florist, there is plenty of time to fine tune design details, so don’t feel that you need to have everything figured out quickly after your initial consultation.6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red Stamp

RS: SHOULD GROOMS ATTEND CONSULTATIONS?

AB: They should! It’s their day too! And they are usually full of design ideas from everything from boutonnieres to reception décor.6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red Stamp

RS: HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU TYPICALLY MEET WITH THE BRIDE AND/OR GROOM BEFORE THE WEDDING DAY?

AB: We typically meet for the initial consultation and then have a check-in about a month before the wedding to finalize details. General design direction is usually established at the first meeting, but fine details can shift as we get closer to the big day. 6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red Stamp

RS: I WANT MY BOUQUET AND ARRANGEMENTS TO BE SPECIAL AND UNIQUE. WHAT TYPES OF THINGS CAN I BRING TO HELP YOU QUICKLY GRASP OUR *COUPLE STYLE*?

AB: It’s helpful to draw inspiration from many sources other than flowers. Pinterest is a great tool for collecting imagery that brides and grooms are drawn to, but when the focus is on floral imagery, it can diminish creativity.

The florist’s role is to get a good idea of the couple’s personal style and create designs that will enhance their vision. We like to see boards related to home décor, fashion, travel, hobbies, or even the kind of music you like!  We will be able to make suggestions based on your likes outside of the wedding day. It also helps to bring samples of the invitations, photos of the attire, table linen swatches and anything else that has been selected related to decor. Talk to us about the overall feel you would like your wedding to have. Whether it’s formal, casual, romantic, modern, let us translate your vision into flower designs that you’ll love. 6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red Stamp

RS: WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FLORAL TRENDS WILL BE FOR 2014-2015 WEDDINGS?

AB: The rising trend of the fall wedding is having an impact on colors. Hues are a little more saturated than the light pinks, peaches and blush tones we have been seeing for the past few years. Loose, organically structured bouquets continue to trend, but are being reigned in a bit. Singular flower types, eclectic table designs and mixed greens are making weddings feel fresh and clean.6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red StampRS: WHAT IS ONE THING YOU ALWAYS TELL {OR WISH YOU COULD TELL} BRIDE-TO-BE’S?

AB: Planning a wedding is something most do once in their lives, so it is an entirely new experience. We are here to help you through the details and will provide ideas to bring your vision to life.

Instead of feeling pressure from the details, take time every day to remember why it is you are going through all of the work planning the biggest event you may ever plan. You have found the person you would like to spend the rest of your life with and that’s the most wonderful reason to celebrate.6 Things to Know Before Meeting with Your Wedding Florist | Red Stamp

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