How does booking a wedding florist work? Most of my couples have never planned a wedding or booked flowers for a large event before. That’s why we try to make this whole process transparent. First, decide whether you think the full-service or the a la carte option will suit your wedding best. Then, check out the quick outline of the booking process. Finally, we’ve detailed some guidelines to give you a rough idea of the cost of wedding flowers and how much you should budget.
Which wedding flower service do I need?
Q+O offers two service options: Full-service wedding floral design and Acorn a la carte. Here’s a quick breakdown of each:
Full-Service Wedding Floral Design
We put together a customized package for you that includes personal flowers, ceremony and reception florals. This includes delivery and set-up of all floral elements and can include an arch/arbour, hanging installations, garlands, dramatic head table displays… essentially anything that needs to be set-up and coordinated by a professional. Full-Service packages start at $3,000 for Hamilton weddings and $3,500 for Niagara or Toronto weddings. Depending on time of year, we can sometimes accommodate lower budgets for full-service weddings, so if you are on the cusp, feel free to reach out!Read more about what is possible with the Full-Service option…
Acorn a la carte
We’ve put together a selection of bouquets and arrangements perfect to enhance your day. To keep things streamlined and simplified, Acorn items are not customizable and must be picked up at the Hamilton studio the morning of your wedding. All Acorn items are designed to be easily set-up. Acorn is ideal if you are having a smaller wedding, looking for simpler flowers or have friends/family who are happy to help you set-up. Read more about Acorn or see the available products.
How do I book a full-service wedding florist?
- Gather some inspiration images and get in touch to book a consultation
- Chat about your vision so we can put together a customized wedding flower package for you.
- Request changes to get your proposed package just right.
- Book your flowers with a signed contract and first payment and then leave it to us to execute beautiful wedding flowers designed for you.
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How much do wedding flowers cost?
The cost of wedding flowers for a full-service wedding in Southern Ontario can vary vastly! It depends entirely on the kind of flowers used, the size and scale of arrangements, the time of year and how complicated the delivery and set-up will be. As a rule of thumb, bigger is always more expensive, though something small and “simple” isn’t always cheap! A larger guest count will always cost more because more guests means more tables means more flowers!
Generally we encourage clients to budget:
- $100-180 per guest table
- $20/ft for foliage garland
- $500-600 + for ceremony flowers
- $250+ for a bridal bouquet and $100+ for bridesmaids
- $20-65+ for personal flowers (boutonnieres, corsages, crowns…)
- Additional funds for any fun extras
- 10-15% of your overall spend toward delivery and set-up
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Tips for Choosing Wedding Vendors:
Photographers – Photographers freeze time and allow us to appreciate the big moments and little details long after the champagne has been drunk and the sparklers burn out. When choosing a photographer keep the following in mind:
- Personality! You have to hang out with this person all day so you better like them! More than that you need to be comfortable around them. This is number.
- Style. Are they shooting really bright, airy images? Is everything dark and moody? Or do the colours look true to life? If you are excited about your colour palette of juicy pinks and oranges, know that a moody photographer will likely produce images that look more like dusty rose and burnt terracotta. That same bright palette will read as muted pastels if shot by a light and airy photographer. Keep this in mind while choosing both your photographer and your colour palette!
- Process. Are you really in love with the little visual details you’ve put together? Flowers, stationery, table settings all fall into the details category. Some photographers live to capture these beautiful details, some photographers have a more photojournalistic approach and capture the day naturally as it unfolds focusing on interactions between people. Some photographers do both exceedingly well!
Some of our favourites:
Planners – Planners keep your day (and sometimes you’re whole planning process!) running smoothly and efficiently. Even if you don’t need full-planning help (ie. help choosing all your vendors and managing your budget and all the logistics) many of our clients decide to bring on a planner for month-of-coordination. They make sure your itinerary and timeline make sense, they coordinate your vendors to make sure everything goes as planned and they’ll help keep your day moving so you don’t end up 4 hours behind and total flustered. A good planner will do all this with calm, positive energy and an emergency kit incase you need a safety pin stat. And boy, do we know some good planners…