Figure that 10 percent of the total wedding budget will go to flowers and décor, from the bouquets and boutonnieres to the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception details. Choosing your florist is not as simple as picking your favorite flowers. These basics will help you get up to speed and get the perfect florist for your big day.

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These are going to be your high priority vendors that can only handle one or a few weddings for a given weekend. Start hiring these vendors at least six months before the wedding.

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