Jacqui and I met at Newstead Abbey wedding fayre, we’ve both been exhibiting there for a while. I got to know her as it was her beautiful flower displays placed elegantly around the abbey that got me chatting to her. Jacqui is a qualified florist with a passion to create flowers for weddings, she’s provided some information below that may help you when choosing your flowers and some information about Akito Floral.
You can contact Jacqui on 01623 487187 and view the Akito Floral website.
Here are a few questions and answers that as a first time bride you may find helpful when making choices for your wedding flowers. If you follow a few simple guidelines you will be able to find a florist who can provide you with the look that you are striving to achieve for your special day.
Q. When and how do I start to plan my wedding flowers?
A. It is a good idea to start and look for ideas about 12 months before your wedding. Start to compile a scrapbook showing flowers and styles of bouquets and arrangements that appeal to you.
As soon as you have decided on your dress and any bridesmaids’ dresses try and obtain a swatch of fabric from both and add these to your scrapbook.
Q. Who will need flowers?
A. It is a good idea for you to make a list of whom you would like to have flowers to hold or wear on your big day.
Here is a comprehensive list to help you to decide which guests you would like to provide with flowers.
• Groom’s buttonhole
• Additional buttonholes/corsages
Additional buttonholes and corsages include the Best man and Ushers etc. Corsages are usually worn by the mother of the bride and groom.
Q. What about the Church and Venue flowers.
Q. What about the reception venue?
• Pedestal Arrangements
• Top Table
• Guest Tables
• Wedding Cake
Q. Will I need all of these arrangements?
A. Decide on a budget for your flowers and then with the help of your florist you can decide on how best to use it, where the flowers will make the most impact.
It is better to go for a few larger arrangements than lots of smaller ones.
Once you have made your list and have your ideas together take them along to your chosen florist.
Q. How do I find a Florist?
A. Ask around any recently married friends for recommendations, visit local wedding fairs or browse the internet for possible florists in your area. When you have found a florist make an appointment and take along your ideas. Book your florist as soon as possible, the earlier the better. A deposit is usually payable on booking; this will secure your wedding date.
Q. What do I do next?
A. About 4-8 weeks prior to your wedding a final meeting with your florist should be made. Here you can recap on all of your requirements and any changes to your order can be made.
Confirmation of all delivery times and addresses will be made.
Q. When do I pay for my flowers?
A. Final payment for your wedding flowers is usually no later than 10 days before your wedding