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Wedding Florist-How To Chose One

Updated on November 1, 2015
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Online wedding planner for over 10 years. My goal has been to show everyone the best way to plan their wedding without breaking the bank !

Best Tips And Ideas For Choosing A Wedding Florist

So you are ready to select a florist for your wedding, or are you ? This is reality time for most brides. The price of flowers for your wedding is a real reality check for every couple planning a wedding. There are a lot of things to consider as you go through the prospect or idea of planning the flowers for your wedding.

Know how much of your budget will be for flowers. Have some ideas about the kind of wedding you are having, formal or casual Know your theme and possible colors for the wedding Have some ideas about the type of bouquet that you want for the bride and bridesmaids

Understand that the cost of floral designers comes at a price. They are literally not only creating these pieces, but designing them for you

Step One-Do A Little Research

Gather Some Information Before Visiting The Florist

Before you go to the florist, gather some pictures of the kinds of flowers, bouquets, and arrangements that might appeal to you. Also have some pictures of your gown or the types of gowns that you are considering. You should not visit the wedding florist unless you have the date secured for the ceremony and reception. That way the florist will be able to advise you if they are available for your special day.

Make a list of local florists and head to their websites before you visit their shop. Get an idea of their work and the approximate prices for the things that you are interested in. Watch for real pictures of real brides. Look for testimonials from other brides Look at the overall design of the website and decide if the florist has what you are interested in at a price that seems reasonable for the work

What You Will Need -Flowers For Your Wedding - Floral Needs For Your Wedding

So, what are the things that you need to consider for you wedding. Well, as a planner and a two time bride, I will tell you that there are must have's, would like to have, and my fantasy floral choices. And all your choices depend on your budget.

Ask your reception venue, or ceremony venue who they would recommend as a florist and why They are usually good sources of information and will give unbiased opinions. You can also ask some of your married friends for a referral if you admired the flowers that they had at their weddings

The Best Time To See Your Florist

The best time to see your florist is when at least you have the date and time for your wedding confirmed. Schedule at least 1-2 hour initial consultation. Try to limit the number of people going to the consultation with you. Too many people with too many opinions will only cloud your decisions.Leave your groom at home for this consultation because at some point you will be discussing your wedding dress !

Either during the consultation, or shortly after, your florist will offer a quote on the items that you have selected. It's always smarter to tell your florist in advance what your total floral budget is, so that you can make changes, if they become necessary. You will be responsible for a deposit once you and the florist decide on the services you need. Make sure that you understand all the cancellation policies, terms and the date that the balance will be due

Interview three florists before you make your final decision. Make sure to try to negotiate a better price. No one will give you a discount unless you ask for it. Make sure that you are completely happy before you place your deposit. Remember these vendors work for you and you want to get exactly what you need and paid for

What To Take To Your Floral Consultation

There are a few things that you will need to take on your initial floral consultation. Having this information will help your florist understand exactly what you are looking for and the price ranges your budget will allow

  1. The date, time and location of your wedding ceremony and reception Never see a florist before you have these in line. They cannot commit to you without this information
  2. Your budget for flowers Be prepared to have a budget limit and be able to work within that limit.
  3. A picture of your wedding dress or something that looks close to it. If you are still looking, that's ok, but you will need to give the floral designer some idea about the style of the dress
  4. Color Swatches You will need to show the florist the colors that you have chosen for your décor and your bridemaids dresses
  5. A list with the number of bridesmaids, flower girls, groomsmen, fathers, mothers, and grandparents.This list will determine the number of bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres that are needed.

    This will help in determining the bottom line for the cost of your budget.

  6. Have an approximate number of tables being used at the reception. This is important if you are considering floral centerpieces
  7. A list of any special pieces that you may want to include

The highest prices for flowers are during any holiday such as Valentines Day Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving. You can expect to pay more for your flowers during these times. So schedule your wedding on off season to really save on your wedding budget

Wedding Corsage Pins - Make A Simple Bouquet Stunning !

The look of these corsage pins/brooches make every bouquet shine. They can be used by the bride alone, or can be used by the brides maids also. Best of all they are reasonably proced

Create Your Own Wedding Flowers and Bouquets - Would you consider doing it yourself ?

Many brides ditch the option of ordering flowers through a florist once they find out the price of wedding florists. Can you do it ? The answer is, yes you can. Many brides chose the option of doing their own flowers with either real or silk flowers. There are as many options as the wedding florist, but the cost is a lot less. Here are some guides to help you along the way.

A Final Thought On Choosing Your Wedding Florist

Before putting the deposit down for your flowers, think about the person that you are considering

Do you feel that this florist gets your sense of style?

Is the florist willing to create something special and unique just for you or are they pushing you towards something premade from a catalog?

How many events do they book in one day?

Finally, do you feel a good about working with this person?

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