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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Ideal Booking: 4 - 6 months

This is when things start getting more intense and details become more important. Most of these vendors are equipped to handle several events in a weekend. Start working with these vendors four to six months before the wedding date.

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