I'm just starting to look seriously now, and I'm getting married in June 2019. Tbh I think I left it a bit late, but we are getting married on a Sunday so we don't have as much competition for vendors. I think you're right on track if you book soon
We are getting married in August too and I am just in contact with a florist now and am planning out bouquets etc. We met in person later this month. I mainly reached out to the florist so we knew approximate cost of our flowers for our wedding. If it is too costly we may change the flowers up for the reception and keep it simple, but still have the bouquet of my dreams (although my dream has to change already as peonies are not available in August and lilacs are hard to come by).
When I initially contacted my florist I didn't know what flowers I wanted either. I put together a pinterest board of the flowers and arrangements I liked and we modified from there, so there's no peonies in my bouquet because they are not in season but there will be dahlias because they are in season at that time. Work with someone you trust and figure out the types of things you like and where modifications can be made. I love orchids but I can't afford them so we are doing silk ones in SOME of my centerpieces.
If there's a vendor you want specifically, book them ASAP. If you're more indifferent, you have time, but vendors should be something you really figure out about 8-12 months out.
I'm using Costco for my flowers (3rd party to Valley Flowers), because we're not having many flowers. I placed my order 4 months out, which was still pretty early (they only need 10 business days, haha)... and they'll be delivered to my work for free 3 days before the wedding (timed out to bloom for the day of the wedding).
I would book sooner rather than later when it comes to florists. I’m getting married in “high season” (June 2019), and when I was contacting florists, 2 had already booked for my date! Crazy. We ended up booking someone about 10 months in advance, because we liked her and didn’t want to lose her if we waited.
I am getting married July 2019. And I just had a meeting a week ago with a florist. She already has 6 or 7 weddings for next summer.
i'm of the belief, nothing is too early to book/look into.
I also went early with this florist because she grows a lot of her own flowers. so she will buy seeds based on what brides want (and she buys them in the winter).
If you are okay with it - you could always use silk flowers? Then you don't have to worry about booking a florist?? lol that's what I will be doing and it eliminates the whole 'book before' deadline as I will be putting them together myself. Otherwise I agree with Carmela, seeing as you are having your wedding in August you should aim to have your florist booked by Christmas (8 months).
If I were you, I would start looking now and book before Christmas. The only reason why I say that is because your getting married in a high time for weddings and some florist maybe be booking up soon.
I think like 8 months is good. I don't have one yet though and I am at 5.5 months away. But I am getting married in off season so most people I have spoken to are available. Though I am cutting it super close now, I am hoping to have one booked by next week.
My wedding is in may and I'm.... still working on hiring someone haha!! Flowers are just so darn expensive its proving to be a hard decision to make just because its thousands of dollars for something that will die the next day (I'm not a big picked flower person.... just let them live in a garden!!!)