Wedding Flowers Part 1-Choosing A Prospective Florist
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."~Henri Matisse
Flowers are a central component of a wedding day. Flowers add natural beauty and often become a focal point in the venue. Flowers are symbolic of life, growth and rebirth. Beautiful wedding florals enhance the ambiance of the affair and are often a point of conversation for guests. In fact, besides the food and bridal gown, flowers are the next element that guests remember the most. In order to achieve the style and atmosphere you desire on your wedding day, it is essential that a reputable and creative florist is hired to prepare your bouquets, centerpieces, large ceremony and venue arrangements, corsages, boutonnières and any other floral needs you have in mind for your special day. In Part I of our Wedding Florals series, we are going to explore what every bride and groom should know when choosing the perfect florist for their special day. We will be discussing some very important questions you will need to ask every prospective florist.
Deciding on a florist is an important decision when it comes to choosing your wedding day flowers. As with any vendor, when searching for a florist it is necessary to ask some essential questions such as:
-What floral design background do they have, i.e. formal training, certified or not?
-How many years of experience do they have, especially with weddings?
-What style or design aesthetic do they specialize in -- modern, traditional, romantic, etc.?
-Do they have an opening for your wedding date?
-Will he/she personally be there on the day of your wedding?
-Will he/she handle your event alone, or do they have an assistant?
-How many weddings do they service in one weekend?
-Do they have a portfolio of their recent work that you can look at?
-Are references available?
-Do they have favorite flowers they prefer working with? Why?
-What flowers are in season when you get married?
-Do they have experience with artificial bouquets and arrangements as well?
-How much money can you save by using flowers that are in season?
-Will he/she personally be arranging your florals?
-Have they ever decorated at your venue before?
-Have he/she ever handled events of your type and size before?
-Is there a down payment to reserve their services?
-When is the balance due?
-Is gratuity included in the price?
-Are there any additional (hidden) fees you should be aware of?
-Are they willing to coordinate with your other wedding vendors like venue, caterer or cake designer?
-Can you review a sample contract?
-Do they offer a sample bouquet? If so, will he/she personally be making your sample bouquet?
-Do they provide a tossing bouquet? If yes, will it cost extra?
-How many hours before the ceremony will your flowers be arranged?
-When will your flowers arrive at the venue?
-Is there a delivery fee?
-How will your floral products be transported and packaged upon arrival?
-Do they provide any extra décor elements? (aisle runner, garland, arches, candelabras, pedestals, etc)
-Will they transport arrangements from ceremony to reception? If so, is there an extra charge?
-How can you reach them on your wedding day?
-When do they need your final table count for centerpieces?
-Will they do any flower preservation for bridal bouquets following the wedding? If so, what do they charge?
-What are your refund and cancellation policies?
Once all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction, and you have decided on a florist, the fun begins. Now it's time to decide on everything from type of bouquets to whether you want to give grandma a wrist corsage or a pin on.
Do you prefer fresh or artificial flowers for your wedding?
- Wedding Flowers Part II-Bridal Bouquets, Corsages And Boutonnières
In Part II of the Wedding Floral series, you will learn everything you need to know about bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonnières.
- Wedding Flowers Part III-Ceremony Flowers, Reception Flowers And Décor
In Part III of our Wedding Flowers series, we will be taking a look at what you need to know when it comes to the floral selection for your ceremony and reception. We will be taking a look at décor ideas for your reception venue as well.
- Wedding Flowers Part IV-The Meaning Of Flowers
In Part IV, the final segment of our Wedding Flowers series, we're going to take a fun look at flowers and their meanings.