2. Know What You Want
So, now you know how much cash you can afford to spend on the flowers, it's time to begin setting out what you want. It is wise to do this task after you've set the budget - do it the other way around and you're in danger of setting a budget that you simply can't afford!
There are a number of different ways to involve flowers in the day, from the bouquet through to transport decorations, and whole host of flowers you can use throughout the proceedings, for more ideas and advice on this subject, check out the other articles in this section of the site (coming very soon!).
3. Number Down Your Options
There are literally thousands of florists out there, each and every one keen on your custom, so it's time to sit down and draw up a shortlist.
The best place to start is to look at things geographically. The vast majority of florists will tend to work within a 30 minute radius of their HQ - this is not to say that ones from outside this area can't be used, but be prepared to pay a surcharge for transport if their travelling distance is excessive. That said, we'd be surprised if you couldn't find some top notch florist from within your local area, so unless you've a really good reason for not doing so, go local, save cash and help save on carbon emisions too!
With this in mind, you potential suppliers should now number in their tens or hundres and no longer their thousands, so next it's time to get things down to an even more manageable number.
Pop along to wedding fairs, check out magazines and company websites, and ask your venue if they have any recomended suppliers. Perhaps more importantly, speak to friends and relatives and try to get some receomendations. Anyone who has been married recently, or knows someone who has just tied the knot, will be able to provide you with some first-hand advice, so take heed of what they have to say.
Remember that the whole aim of this exercise is to draw up a shortlist, so keep beavering away and asking questions until you got around 5 or six local florists to hand.