Updated: Aug 15, 2020
Buckle up for a good read ALL about wedding flowers!
Flowers are more than just flowers for your wedding day. In fact, they could play the biggest role in your design concept. Before getting into the slew of questions you should ask your florist, we want to go over how to find the right one. We are definitely a sucker for a good floral arrangement, so we want to give you the best tips before going all in.
First things first-research, research, research! We cannot emphasize this enough when looking for ANY wedding vendor. There’s such a huge difference between hiring a professional and just having a family member thats “pretty good” at DIYing bouquets. Save yourself the disappointment and hire that professional.
Now, if you don’t have the time to check every single florists website in the area that are in the 20+ pages on google, consider asking your day of coordinator for suggestions because these are exactly the types of things you pay them for. But if you’re a smart cookie and hired a wedding planner for full planning, then you don’t even need to worry your little head about these things. Trust your planner, they know what they’re doing! (Don’t have a wedding planner? We suggest you back it up and find one before you start planning. We promise it will be the best thing you spend your money on.)
But if you’re on your own on this one, lets start with how to find the right florist.
If you don’t already know, florists are designers. They all have their own design style. So to begin your floral journey, start by googling local florists. Pull up their website and check the galleries to see if their design style fits in with what you’re looking for. Now the hard part is narrowing it down. Most florists have very aesthetically pleasing websites with floral arrangements that you “need” at your wedding. You can quickly narrow it down by comparing your budget to their prices or their minimum required budget to take you on as a client. We are not going to lie, flowers. are. expensive. Once you get over the sticker shock, come back down to earth and get back to business.
To recap - 1. find your style 2. figure out your budget. Pro tip - keep your options open! When we look for vendors, we always like to inquire with our top 3 favorites. Once you feel that common vibe, hit that contact tab and fill out the inquiry sheet.
Let’s move on to the nitty gritty. Assuming you picked your top florists that you’re considering, next is to setup a consultation appointment for each one. As for any vendor consultation meetings, you want to come prepared! Here’s a few items you should have in mind before the meeting.
Budget - Know your budget ahead of time. You don’t have to have an exact number, at least a range you want to stay in or a cap that you don’t want to go over.
List - A list of items you want to have florals for. This will help your florist get a better idea of what you’re looking for and can give you a more accurate proposal.
Photos - Pinterest time! Who doesn’t love a good Pinterest sesh when planning a wedding? I’m sure you’re on there quite a bit already so whats a couple more hours of looking for the perfect bouquet to show the florist? But really, visual aids are always good for any wedding vendor so they know your expectations.
Ideas - Who says you have to stick with what you see on Pinterest? If you have an out of the box idea to pitch, by all means do it! Designers always love new and innovative ideas that haven’t been done before.
Have those items above ready to go? Great! We want to make sure that we have all the details covered, so here’s a list of must ask questions for the florist of your choice.
Background (only if you need to know)
- How long have you been in business?
- How many weddings have you done?
- Is my wedding date available?
- How many other events do you usually schedule on the same date?
- Have you done any other events at my venue?
- If not, are you available to do a venue walk through, and is there an extra charge for that?
- What is your minimum required floral budget?
- Can you realistically work with my budget with my list of floral arrangements?
- How can I maximize my budget?
- Based on my wedding style and budget, what set of floral arrangements would you recommend?
- What kind of flowers would you recommend based on my budget, season, and color palette?
- Do I rent vases from you, or do I purchase and get to keep them?
- What other decor items do you have available to rent? And do you have a list of inventory available?
- Are you able to create a sample arrangement and is there an extra fee?
- Are you able to work with my cake designer and provide extra florals for the cake? Is there an extra cost?
- Can you help with preserving my bouquet after the wedding? If not, can you recommend someone who can?
- How do you price your floral arrangements?
- How much is the deposit, and how far in advance do I need to make it by to book?
- When is the final payment due?
- Is there an additional delivery fee?
- Is there an extra charge for setup and break down of floral decor?
- How much time do you typically need to setup?
- What time would you arrive to deliver and setup?
- If I don’t have a planner, is there an extra fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception?
- When should the order be finalized?
- What is your refund policy, in case I need to cancel for any reason?
- Will you provide an itemized proposal of everything we discussed?
- When will you send out a contract?
Ok, ok, this was a little bit longer than we expected, but at least you’re more than ready and prepared to take on this floral task! We didn’t want to miss any details for you. Especially for all my OCD borderline bridezillas, this one was for you.