So the wedding date is set…there’s lots to do, including choosing a florist. How will you decide which florist is best for you? Starting early is a good idea…6 months to a year ahead of the wedding. Some florists in our metropolitan area may already be booked for your chosen date as early as a year out!
Begin your search by getting referrals from friends who were pleased with their wedding flowers or from event planners, photographers, and venue managers. Perhaps you have worked with a florist for other occasions and were happy with the flowers and service. Even if you have been happy with the florist for other occasions, but are not familiar with their wedding flowers, ask the same questions that you would ask florists that you are not familiar with.
As some may know, I have been a florist for many years and have designed wedding flowers for many, many brides. My recommendation is to meet with at least 3 different florists (this can include the florist that has done other floral work for you).
There are preliminary questions to ask the florist even before you start to talk in detail about flowers. Is the florist available on the date of your wedding? If the wedding is small, will she (or he) do the flowers? Some have minimums. If it is large, are you confident that they can handle it? Does the florist deliver to your venue? Can they handle set-up needs?
If the 3 florists that you contact are available on your chosen date and you are comfortable with their answers, then you may choose to schedule a time to talk specifically about flowers and wedding designs. Bring pictures and a sample of the bridesmaids’ dress color to the consultation. This color sets the theme for the wedding décor. If the shops are new to you, look at flowers currently in stock. Are there lots of interesting varieties…do they look fresh and well cared for?
Be sure you understand when you will receive a written proposal capturing the descriptions of designs that were discussed. This proposal should include prices and specifics about payment dates, such as deposits and a due date for the entire payment.
The most important thing in choosing a wedding florist is the rapport that you have with the florist. What is your confidence level that she (or he) is understanding what you’re looking for? Will the florist be able to capture your “vision” from information that you provide? Are you comfortable with the answers to your questions? Is the florist easily available to answer questions that arise after the consultation? Are you confident that the florist will deliver wedding designs that meet your expectations?
I hope that you find some of these tips helpful as you begin to visit various florists. I feel certain that you will find the right florist to design the wedding flowers you have dreamed of for your special day!
Posted By: Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger