Designs by Rita

Specializing in Weddings and Special Events

As a bride, you will have many questions. Hopefully the most common ones are mentioned here and answered for you...

How far in advance should I contact the florist?

Flowers are one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. They set the mood and tone for the event and will be remembered for years to come. Many florists can accept only a set number of weddings on a given day or in a given period of time, so it is important to contact your florist well in advance to begin planning. A good rule of thumb is to contact your florist at least six months in advance.


However, if your wedding is going to be an exceptionally elaborate event, take place during peak wedding season or fall on a holiday, then a year is not too soon to contact your florist. This will allow the florist to begin looking for any props or specialty items you might need. Wedding flowers can be highly specific and colors often have to be very precise, so florists need advance notice to place flower orders.

~ Photo by RS Photography

How much will my wedding flowers cost?

There is not a standard cost for wedding flowers or packages. The cost is determined by several factors; such as...


  • The time of year you are getting married
  • How many will be in your wedding party
  • What flowers you will be using in your designs
  • If you will be using flowers for your venue

Will a florist work within my budget?

I always try my best to work within a bride's budget. 


Be honest about your budget on the initial consultation so the florist knows what to recommend. By taking your budget into consideration from the very beginning of the planning process, the florist can give you the best advise on how to place the flowers for maximum effect and what types of flowers will be the best value to achieve your desired look within the budget you have set.

What should I bring to the floral appointment when I have my wedding consultation?

The more information you can provide the better your florist will be prepared to offer creative suggestions. Anything you can bring will be beneficial. Pictures that depict what you have in mind are extremely helpful. Bring a photo of your dress and a sample of the fabric or lace if you have it, as well as swatches and photos of the bridesmaids' dresses. Also think about what "style" of wedding you want. If you are not sure, your florist can offer suggestions based on your wedding plans so far.