Boston Wedding Florists Give 23 Tips!

Don’t know where to start with a Boston wedding florist? Here is a guide to your wedding flowers, straight from my favorite and ultra-talented floral designers! I highly recommend all four of these incredible humans. I have full trust in them to take care of your beautiful wedding florals! They are all incredible people as well as amazing artists.

Best Wedding Florist in Boston

(In no particular order, because they are all amazing)

Here are 23 tips from the Boston wedding florist experts!

  1. Research floral design studios that are stretching the envelope

Definitely do your research and try to match with a design studio that offers a wide repertoire of looks & styles.  Don’t disregard a studio because you don’t see the same types of weddings that you have been seeing on Pinterest.  They are likely daring to be different and show truly unique work. Some of the best designers are not “following the crowd”. They’re not perpetuating so-called trends, or displaying an aesthetic that can readily be found in a Google search.  – Erica Jones, O Luxe Design, Inc

  1. Find a studio whose personality matches that of your wedding

Once you do, trust the team you’ve hired to produce a beautiful event (and avoid any tendency to micromanage!).  Professional floral designers are in fact artist! They understand the best ways to carry out decor for a given space.  Be open to their ideas and suggestion. They only want the most beautiful outcome for your wedding! – Erica Jones, O Luxe Design, Inc

  1. Ask your Boston wedding florist to educate you on what flowers are locally in season and what needs to be imported

Florists work with products that are imported from abroad farms. Horticultural issues happening in areas thousands of miles away may impact the florists’ work.

Most will try to utilize local sources, but the time of year and the season needs to be right.  In other words, don’t expect your Boston wedding florist studio to source peonies (or other highly seasonal blooms) locally when it is too cold for anything to grow.  Ask your designer to educate you on what Is locally in season. Then, understand that the rest will need to be outsourced from afar. – Erica Jones, O Luxe Design, Inc

Erica Jones
O Luxe Design, Inc

  1. Choose a flexible designer who meets your ideal wedding vision 

We all have different styles and ways of designing.  It is important to choose a designer who meets your ideal wedding vision. However, keep in mind that we can adapt to any style! – Bryan Finocchio, 33 Munroe

  1. When looking at Pinterest, understand that those photos may not be within your budget

All literature says “save X percent” for your floral design. In the Greater Boston area, couples should realize that this isn’t always the case.  A typical 125 person wedding would be an average of $4,000 for your floral design. This may not include admin and taxes. – Bryan Finocchio, 33 Munroe

  1. All florists price differently. All flowers are priced differently.

Just because you want an all greenery wedding doesn’t mean that this would be any less expensive than adding some flowers.  It is important for couples to know if they spend all their money in one place, the remaining look may suffer. Spread out your budget, ask questions, and hire a planner as they can help with proper budgeting and costs. – Bryan Finocchio, 33 Munroe

Bryan Finocchio

  1. When you think wedding décor, think florals, florals and more florals

Wedding flowers can completely transform your venue, turning a raw space into an enchanted garden or transforming a ballroom into an elegant elaborate affair.  Flou(-e)r has experience and loves designing in a multitude of different settings. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. You can incorporate florals into almost every wedding element, no matter what you may choose for your ceremony or reception.

Lush blooms can liven up a church alter, empty ballrooms, line ceremony aisles, reception entrances, tablescapes, suspend from ceilings and chandeliers and so much more. The beauty of florals is that they are natural décor. Florals can be incorporated into almost every wedding element, no matter what you may choose for your ceremony or reception. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Wedding flowers will simply never go out of style, 

Wedding flowers will simply never go out of style! As much as we love an abundance of florals filling every space, there’s more to wedding décor. Some of our favorite wedding decor trends are greenery, candles, crystal candelabras, and pedestals. These elements can be added to floral arrangements or stand alone.  Flou(-e)r has all these options in studio and available to review with our couples. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Let us guide you!

Whether you’re planning a blush neutral palette, a romantic deep dark saturated affair, or a modern blend of orchids and roses, we have the experience and knowledge to guide you through every step to ensure your wedding vision comes to life. We are so fortunate to meet with our couples to begin discussing the plans for their wedding. It is an exciting time in their lives! They are filled with high expectations, incredible vision, and boundless energy. 

But, there is nothing more disheartening than discovering that their expectation may not be able to be met. This may be due to budget constraints, unrealistic assumptions, or just not being open to the wedding advice knowledge. Below is a set of tips. We hope this will help couples prepare for this first meeting and set us on a course of success. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Don’t get your heart set on a particular bloom.

Letting your Boston wedding florist designer know what flower styles you like and why as well as the color scheme you are hoping for, allows us to give you many options that work for the time of year of your wedding as well as your budget. There are so many options available to us that we may come up with some ideas that you may love even more than your original plan. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Incorporate something special into your wedding flowers

Wrap your bouquet with a loved one’s handkerchief, include snippets from your mom’s wedding dress, or perhaps you and your fiancé have something that is special to you – find a way to reflect that in your flowers. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Flower colors are never exact

Rely on us to help you understand the undertones of different varieties. Remember when looking at images that many of the photographs you see online or in magazines can be misleading; when the photographer is color-correcting for skin tone and lighting, it may adjust flower colors beyond what is realistic. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Don’t skimp on your bridal bouquet.

It is the one floral design that will be on your mantel, your bedside table, your mother’s house, your in-laws’ house and on your desk at work, in photographs for the next 50 to 60 years — you had better love this piece. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Be open to the creative process during this first meeting

Your initial floral design consultation is about having fun, seeing if you connect and the creative process. The connection we have with our couples is so important and you need to feel it too. You are entrusting your vision of one of the most important days of your lives to this person, you want to be sure that they really “get it!”. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Know your budget

The most difficult and least productive consultations are the ones where no price-line is given. You wouldn’t go to buy a car without telling the salesman in advance if you are in the market for a Lexus, Volvo or a Focus, would you? We request that a price-line be provided at our very first consultation. This allows us to guide our couples in a direction where we will be successful in creating their vision while staying within their budget. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Pick one thing you love as a strong starting point!

We expect that our couples will come to this first meeting with tons of pins on their Pinterest page, tear sheets from their favorite wedding magazines, and fabric swatches for bridesmaid dresses and linen for their table…but, if you can narrow it down to the one or two pieces that you really love, it gives us a really strong starting point of what you really want. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Don’t limit yourself to a certain style

If you aren’t planning a traditional wedding, your flowers don’t have to be traditional. No need to limit yourself to roses and calla lilies. I personally love succulents and work with them whenever possible. I also pull in fruits & vegetables such as pomegranates, kale, apples — whatever speaks to the wedding and the bride’s vision. You also don’t have to limit your containers to clear glass vases — if it will hold water it can hold your flowers. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Start a list of the florals you will need

Having a list available of the number of bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages as well as info on and/or sketches of the ceremony & reception spaces is extremely helpful to have for this first meeting. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

  1. Have a list of questions for us

We are here for you! Let us help guide you through this incredible process. We are happy to share our experience and lend some advice while making the process fun and stress-free. -Gregory Costa, Flou(-e)r 

Gregory Costa

  1. Find someone they “click” with and who really understands the overall feel they’re hoping to achieve

I want to encourage couples to find a Boston wedding florist they “click” with! I want all couples to find someone who really understands the overall feel they’re hoping to achieve with their wedding. Also, in sourcing inspiration images online, couples should present them to florists as inspiration, but should allow the designer to create something totally unique for them, based on the images they pulled. – Jimmy N. Guzman, JNG Event Consulting, LLC

  1. Pull images of your likes and dislikes

I typically encourage couples to search online and pull images of their “likes” and “dislikes.” Together we’ll start to read a trend among the images they “like” and this will assist us with prioritizing what they want the floral design for their wedding to look like. I would recommend that instead of having “favorite” flowers, couples can be specific about color story (the tones coloring the flowers). This will allow their Boston wedding florist designer to be very creative with concept and budget. Sometimes a client’s “favorite” flower can also be the most expensive, eating up a lot of their budget.  – Jimmy N. Guzman, JNG Event Consulting, LLC

  1. You don’t HAVE to see a prototype of your centerpieces

Prototypes can be very confining for a designer because oftentimes they’re created months in advance of a wedding and, when it comes time to design, can be very uninspired. By the time a wedding date approaches, a Boston wedding florist designer will have been inspired by so many different things leading up to the wedding date (sometimes even a week before!), but they wouldn’t be able to integrate them into the design. – Jimmy N. Guzman, JNG Event Consulting, LLC

Jimmy N. Guzman, M.S.
JNG Event Consulting, LLC

Photo by Matt Teuten

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