Helpful Info for your Wedding!

10 May

When To Book Your Florist
9-6 months before your wedding is a good time to start your search. Book your florist as early as possible to secure the best pricing. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist because you’ll need to know how many arrangements you’ll need and that the colors you pick don’t clash with the colors of your venue. You’ll also need to know what color your bridesmaids’ dresses are.
What To Bring To An Appointment

•Pictures of flowers and arrangements that you like (magazine clippings or websites)
•Picture of your wedding gown – swatches of material from your bridesmaids gowns – if available, a picture of your reception room
•Bring a Copy of your invitations if you have them.
•Bring a list of all the flowers and arrangements you need and who they are for, so that the florist can include them in your Quote.

Questions To Ask The Florist

•When viewing photos of past work, ask if the flowers where arranged by the same person that is doing your arrangements.
•After giving your florist your ideas, ask for their opinion or ideas. You don’t have to take their advice but at least take the time to listen. This is what they are trained to do, and a good florist should have a lot of experience with wedding flowers. As well as good customer reviews. You never know, you might like their ideas better then your own.
•Is there a delivery charge?
•Is there a setup fee?
•Do they have rental supplies?
•Do they need a map for the different delivery locations?
•Can you change your order if you have another idea? What’s the cut off date for new ideas?
•What times will the flowers be delivered to each location?
•Will the florist transport ceremony decorations to the reception location? Is there a fee?
•Will they write you up an itemized quote?
•Are the flowers you’ve chosen in season? What flowers are in season for your date?
•You’re on a tight budget, can the florist work with a budget?
•Are there any additional or hidden costs?
•Is the florist familiar with your reception and ceremony locations?

Things To Keep In Mind
If your wedding date is around the time of a flower giving holiday (mother’s day, valentine’s,etc) you’re going to pay more for your flowers. The florist will also be very busy during this time and you can’t expect to be the center of attention. Meet and speak to the person that will be making your flower arrangements.
A good place to start is with the bride’s and bridesmaid’s bouquet, work with those colors and flower types to create your centerpieces, alter arrangements and other floral decor.
You don’t have to book on the spot. Take your quote home and think it over.
The more information you give your florist the better they will understand what you want.
If you choose flowers that are not in season and have to be shipped, you’re looking at a bigger expense and you don’t know what effect the shipping will cause on your flowers.

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