The Consultation: What to expect
I've heard from many brides that they are nervous about consultations and meeting vendors in general. This is totally understandable because chances are, you've never planned a wedding before! I put this little post together to help ease any anxiety you may have!
I meet with my clients in coffee shops, cafes, and the occasional wine bar. I save a ton by not paying for a meeting space or carving out a cute spot in my tiny studio and I get to try new places around the city, which is one of my favorite things to do! So, I come armed with an americano and a simple pen and paper. I have my tablet to look things up, if needed, but most of the time - a pen and paper is all I need. I take notes, sketch ideas to show you (if needed) and take down any info that I think will help me craft something just for you. I don't take much time showing off my work or giving you magazines/binders to look through. Chances are, you want something unique and custom made, and those are the kinds of events I love to do!
On your end, you can come prepared as you wish. It's nice to have an idea of how much of everything you'll need (bridesmaids bouquets, centerpieces, etc) so I can estimate properly. As far as you communicating vision, it's really whatever you feel most comfortable with. I have met with brides who have a general idea of what they'd like. They may know color scheme, but the rest is pretty open. And I've met with brides who have given me a power point presentation. Both types are wonderful to work with. I have a knack for understanding people's vision, even if they have a hard time articulating it or aren't quite sure exactly what they want. Sometimes, if you have no idea what you want it's really helpful to know what you DON'T want. What looks do you hate? This will tell me a lot! Maybe you're more inspired by shoes and beautiful invitations than by flower arrangements. I can roll with that. I can build something amazing with that! I don't know if that makes me old school or new school, but it works for me. I will do what it takes to figure it out :)
So we meet, I buy you a cup of coffee, we talk for typically around an hour, and I email an official estimate within a week, occasionally two if things are busy. I also send along my contract info so you have zero surprises and know exactly what my policies are when it comes time to book.
So, don't stress about the meeting! Enjoy the coffee (or wine or bagel or whatever) and know I'm excited to get to know you and see what you have planned (or need help planning!) for your big day!
And, because blog posts with photos are more popular than ones with just words, here's a photo of an arrangement I did for the Seattle Wedding Expo years ago! Boom! Color!