How to Choose a Wedding Florist

Guestbook and wedding decor with flowersYou will remember your wedding flowers forever. So, it’s wise to choose a florist who will make your dream arrangements for you. Not all florists are the same, so be sure you ask a lot of questions and shop around before you select your florist.

The first thing you will want to find out is whether the florist is available for your wedding day. If she is already booked for your date, move on. You can always put yourself on a list in case she has something open up in the near future, but you will probably already have chosen your florist by then. However, it doesn’t hurt to get on a wait list if you really love the florist’s work.

Next, start browsing through arrangements that she has done. This is usually in the form of photos in a book, but many florists will now email you photos. Under no condition should you book a florist without seeing her work. If you have a friend who used a particular florist and you’ve been to an event she’s done, that counts too! Just make sure you love the work and that it’s a comparable scale to what you’d be asking her to do for you.

Bridal BouquetNext, talk pricing. You’ll need to furnish her with a list of all the flowers you’ll want. This could include your bouquet as well as your bridesmaids’, your extra bouquet to toss, the groomsmen’s boutonnieres, any corsages you’d like your moms or grandmothers to wear, flower girl basket, and ring bearer’s boutonniere. You may also want your florist to provide your church decorations which would include aisle markers and altar flowers. If you’ll want her to do your whole reception as well, you’ll want to ask about pricing for your centerpieces and cake table. If you plan on having live flowers on your cake, ask about that too. Any other reception decorations you’ll want should be discussed at this time too so she can include it in her quote. If you want her to do an arch or extra baskets for the ladies’ room or guest book table, ask now.

When all the required pieces have been spelled out, you’ll want to talk about the actual arrangements you have in mind. The simpler and smaller you go, the less expensive the arrangements will be. It will increase the price if you want to use exotic flowers or flowers that are out of season and hard to get. So think seasonal and local or use decorations from nature in place of some of your flowers.

A good florist will work with you. Bring in any color swatches from your wedding theme colors. These can be a square of fabric from your bridesmaids’ dresses, a ribbon or a picture of an arrangement from a magazine that has the colors you like.

Get as specific with the florist as you can. You want her to quote a price that includes everything you’ve dreamed of. You can always scale back later if costs are prohibitive. Remember, this is your day and you are hiring a florist to work for you. So be sure to stand up for what you want and reject any ideas that go against your idea of the perfect wedding flowers.

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