Picking your wedding florist is a lot like an engaged couple taking on a second fiancé — or third, if you have a wedding planner! You need someone you can count on, has time for you and, most importantly, ‘gets’ you. But finding a wedding florist who can create the mood of your wedding through flower design and flawlessly execute it on your big day doesn’t have to be a blind leap of faith.
Here are several questions that can help you suss out the right florist to help make your wedding dreams come true:
1. Can you work within our budget?
First and foremost, you’ll need to find out if your flower budget is realistic for what you are envisioning for your wedding. If your florist isn’t able to come up with options in your price range or your budget can’t be rearranged to accommodate their prices, then you aren’t a financial match.
If your florist can work within your price range, just not for specific flowers you were hoping for, then you may be able to still work something out. A lot of times this happens because the bride and groom aren’t aware how much the flowers they love actually cost, especially if these are out of season, or they don’t realize how many flowers it actually take to make the arrangements they are wanting.
2. Can you suggest flowers and arrangement styles that will fit our wedding colors and mood?
Some brides — and even grooms — know exactly what they want their flower arrangements to look like and how these will add to the ‘feel’ of their wedding. Others are still in the planning stage, are open to suggestion or just plain need help. Your ideal flower designer will be able to suggest flower combinations and visually show you various arrangement styles for you to select from. They should do this through actual arrangements, wedding bouquets, samples or portfolio photographs.
3. Have you ever designed flowers for our wedding venues or even been there?
Be wary of a wedding florist who doesn’t ask about your ceremony or reception venues. The style of the room, size, sense of space, table styles and more should all play in the considerations given for your floral design. While it’s nice to have a florist that has worked with your venue before, it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker if they haven’t. The important part is that they take the venues into the design consideration.
4. Will you be personally completing and overseeing our arrangements, or will it be another floral designer?
Some floral designers are large firms that have a front person who handles consultations, but may have many other designers and employees who actually execute the design on your wedding day. With smaller independent shops, you will often be consulting with the wedding florist who will be directly involved in ensuring your flowers are flawless. This question lets you ascertain how involved the person you are talking to will be in your wedding setup.
If they will have minimal involvement, ask to speak to the florists who will be working at your venues or designing your wedding party bouquets and boutonnieres. You’ll want to make sure none of your design gets lost being relayed to someone else.
5. How many other engagements do you have on our wedding day?
Weekends are busy for vendors in the wedding supply business. You’ll want to make sure your florist isn’t overbooked on your wedding date. If they have other obligations, as well as your wedding, ask your florist for timetables of the other events, to make sure they have allowed enough time to properly arrange your flowers. Also ask about the staff they will have on hand, to make sure they won’t be trying to do multiple weddings with too small of a crew.
Ask for references that you can call. Other brides will be able to tell you if your wedding florist pulled everything off without a hitch or it there were some time management issues. If there were issues, ascertain that these were actually the fault of the florist and not other vendors or the venue.
If a wedding florist can answer these questions and any others you ask to your satisfaction, you should feel comfortable entering into the relationship. If you don’t ‘click’ or are worried there may be issues, then it’s probably best if you meet with other wedding florists to find one who better meets your needs. These will be, after all, flowers that you’ll be holding and wearing when you speak your vows.