A big element to any wedding is the floral arrangements.
Depending on your wedding theme you may have floral on railings or even floral backdrops. That’s in addition to your bouquets, boutineers, & centerpieces.
With florals having such a large visual impact, you want to make sure that you work with a great florist.
You don’t want to go to a local grocery store to get your bouquets. While they may be pretty next to the bread section, it’s a different ballgame with them next to your wedding gown.
Things To Know Before Going To A Florist
Before going to meet with a florist for your wedding there are a few things that must already be done.
You must have your wedding dress selected. Your flowers are part of your accessories. So in order to decide which bouquet would look best, you need to have your dress.
You must have your venue. Floral arrangements are generally a big part of your ceremony & reception decor. Having a venue lined up ensures that your florist can help you create your vision.
Know the bridal party. You have to know how many bridesmaids, groomsmen, flowers girls, & ring bearers you will have so that the florist can give you an accurate price quote.
I also suggest knowing if you will have corsages & boutonnieres for the parents & grandparents as well.
Know your scheme. Have your color scheme/palette & theme finalized. That way your florist will know how to coordinate flowers.
Have An Idea. Hop online & take a look at wedding floral arrangements. That way you’ll have an idea of what you want or don’t want. You don’t want to walk into the florist having no clue what you actually want.
Tips For Choosing A Wedding Florist
In order to choose the best florist for you there are some key basic tips to follow.
- Know your budget. You can’t find a vendor if you don’t know if you can afford it.
- Meet with all vendors before selecting one & ask questions.
- Make sure that your personalities mix well together.
- Ask for referrals.
- Research them online.
- Thoroughly read the contract.
- Consider your first impression. Even if it’s via email. Take note of response time, professionalism, & attitude.
- Ask your venue if they’ve worked with the vendor & if so what are they’re impressions
Questions To Ask A Florist For A Wedding
- Is my date open?
- Have you ever done weddings at my venue?
- How many weddings have you done?
- Do you design the floral arrangements or someone else.
- Can I see examples of your work?
- Do you have other events scheduled that day?
- Do you offer packages or is everything customized?
- Can you work within my budget?
- Do you deliver to the venue? If so, how early do you arrive prior to the ceremony?
- How much is the delivery fee?
- Do you set up the floral arrangements at the venue or just drop off? Is there a setup fee?
- Will you work with the venue’s restrictions? (If any)
- Can you provide organic & pesticide free plants & flowers?
- My color scheme is _______, what flowers do you suggest for my bouquet to match that theme & season? Also ask about boutonnieres, corsages, & bridesmaid bouquets.
- What are the different types of wraps available for my bouquet?
- I envision my centerpiece florals to look like this _______. Can you replicate it or have any suggests that fit within my budget & style?
- Can you provide any other decor elements? (Candles, vases, mirrors, arches, etc.) If so, what is the additional cost?
- Will you be there for breakdown at the end of the event or will items need to be returned to you by a specific date & time?
- Do you do mockups or sketches of the bouquets before for me to see before we finalize?
- Will a tossing bouquet be provided or is that an additional cost?
- If I decide to add flowers to my cake, will you work with my baker to arrange it? Is there an additional fee?
- Can you provide instructions on how to preserve my bouquet?
- What is the deposit requirement?
- When is the final payment due? Do you allow payment plans?
- Can you provide me with an itemized bill along with the contract?
- What is your refund policy?
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