Finding a Floral Designer

Megan Long Photography

Legacy Stables and Events’ Guide to Getting the Right Flowers at Your Event

Whether you’re planning a wedding or a corporate event, floral arrangements can make a big impact when it comes to décor. Centerpieces on the tables add elegance to any occasion. For weddings there are all types of arrangements that complement the occasion, from bouquets and boutonnieres to aisle adornments and backdrops behind the bride and groom.

Finding the right person to serve as your floral designer is crucial to ensuring your wedding or event is a great one! They’re the person who will take your ideas and turn them into works of art to decorate tables and delight guests.

Before diving into the search for a partner in your floral escapades, it is helpful to understand the difference between a florist and a floral designer. A florist is a professional who arranges and sells cut flowers, usually from a shop. A floral designer works with clients to offer personalized arrangements for weddings, banquets or events. Both can do the work necessary for providing arrangements for special events, it’s just a matter of finding the right match for you.

Wedding Flower Trends for 2023
We enjoy seeing a variety of different types of creations at Legacy Stables and Events, thanks to the many unique personalities of the people who use our venues. The trends of the industry play a role in shaping what eventually gets used in our events, but it also comes down to each bride or organizer’s personal taste.

Do some research on Pinterest and Instagram to get a feel for what’s out there. As you search for floral designs for your wedding, keep in mind the trends of 2023. You never know where you might find inspiration.

  • Bright, bold colors. With Viva Magenta designated Pantone’s color of the year for 2023, the stage is set for brightness in all aspects of design. When it comes to wedding arrangements, the bright magenta pairs well with chartreuse. In addition to magenta, designers see a lot of color showing up in bouquets and arrangements, with very little greenery.
  • Smaller bouquets. Posies that can easily be held in one hand seem to be making their way into weddings this year, allowing the beauty of the bride to shine through and not be overshadowed by a large, trailing arrangement.
  • Single varieties en masse. Don’t worry about trying to learn and choose from a dozen different flowers. The new trend is to pick one particular variety and go with bunches of it to decorate your venue.
  • Unique centerpiece vessels. The floral design is a great place to let your creativity shine through, and nowhere else manifests it quite as well as the object holding your centerpieces. Vases made of pottery, jelly glasses, rose bowls, and even fish bowls can lead to interesting arrangements.


Tips for Finding a Florist
Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, it’s time to find a floral designer who can make your dreams a reality.

  1. Ask around for recommendations. Talk to friends who have recently gotten married and visit bridal shows to get a sense of what floral designers in our area can offer. Legacy Stables and Events recommends three area designers, each with their own particular style. The benefit of going with someone from our preferred list of vendors is they are already familiar with our venues and will have a good idea of how to guide the design for your event.

Rhonda Hicks Floral Design
Twin City Floral
Dahlia’s Floral Design

  1. Research the floral designer’s work. Go to their website, Facebook and Instagram pages to see examples of other weddings and events they’ve provided flowers for. This helps you get a feel for each designer and figure out which one works best with your aesthetic.
  2. Create your wish list. You can have as many or as few flowers at your wedding as you want. But having a list of your must-haves and wished-for elements can help guide the session when you meet with a designer. Think about everything, big to small, from bouquets and boutonnieres to aisle décor and backdrops for the ceremony.
  3. Figure out your budget. Floral designers will be able to work with you to get the arrangements you want, but it helps if you have a ballpark figure to give them so they can help guide the flower selection and size and number of arrangements.
  4. Meet in person. It’s best to schedule a meeting to go over your desires and see what the floral designer can offer. Come prepared with questions to help make sure you don’t have any surprises on the big day.


Questions to Ask Your Floral Designer

  • How many weddings do you average per weekend?
  • Will you personally oversee the installation?
  • Do you deliver to Legacy Stables and Events?
  • Who handles the clean up?


If you’re planning a wedding or special event, Legacy Stables and Events can help. Call today to schedule a tour of our venue and get a feel for all the services we have to offer, including referring you to a trusted floral designer.

Photo Credit: @MorganLongPhoto


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