The beauty of your flowers will enhance your wedding day from beginning to end. So, it’s important to choose the right floral designer to match your style and taste. A good floral designer will offer knowledge, guidance and lots of creative ideas. Before you meet with the florist, look around their shop:
• What is the decor of the shop like?
• Is it nicely and creatively decorated?
• Do they have interesting floral arrangements?
• Do they use unique vases or baskets in their arrangements?
• Next, look in the cooler – Do the flowers look fresh?
• Do they have interesting varieties of flowers or just your standard roses or carnations?
Remember, you’re not just buying flowers – your buying the creativity and style of the floral designer.
When you meet with the florist, you should discuss the overall theme and mood you want to create for your wedding. Be sure to bring with you pictures of your wedding dress and bridesmaid’s dresses and bring swatches of material if you have them.
Here are a few questions you should ask:
• Ask to see photographs of other weddings done by the florist. Do they look different or do the arrangements all look the same? Again, you’re looking for creativity and style. Be sure to tell the florist what you like and what you don’t like about certain arrangements.
• Ask about their service the day of the wedding. Who will be setting up the day of the wedding? Will there be a delivery person dropping off the flowers or will the florist be there to assist the wedding party with their flowers. Ask how many weddings are done in one day.
• Are they familiar with both the ceremony and reception location? If not, ask if they can make arrangements to visit them prior to the wedding.
• Ask about delivery and set up times. This is especially important when it comes to the hotter weather. If the flowers are dropped off too early they can wilt and won’t stay fresh throughout the entire reception.
When you choose your florist, make sure that your contract or receipt details all of the arrangements, bouquets and any other decorations that the florist is to provide. Include a detailed description of the color and variety of flowers to be used. You don’t want to ask (and pay for) roses and end up with carnations.