Questions to ask your wedding florist
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Seven Questions To Ask Your Wedding Florist

Welcome to The Bride Link podcast, your home for expert wedding planning advice.

Today we're going to go over seven important questions to help you find your perfect wedding florists. So let's dive right in! First of all, you should ask for examples of their work. This should be pretty easy as they can offer you some photos to look through or if you're in their shop and possibly even live examples that they have available during the console. You want to make sure to check out their work online before you even make the appointment. That way you know you like it and then ask if they have any examples of their work at your specific wedding venue.

That leads us to question number two, ask if they've ever done weddings at your ceremony or reception site before. Having a florist that's knowledgeable about the space, shapes, and colors can really help when you're trying to do your floral design. Also, if the florist has been there, they're going to understand venue restrictions and other limitations about working there. Ideally, your florists will communicate with your venue directly to be sure that your plans don't interfere with the venue's policies. If the florist has not been there before, ask if they're willing to do a site visit. This is not essential, but it's a definite plus and might be able to save you some money in the long run. Also, as a wedding planner, it helps to ease my nerves if I know that every single vendor has been to the venue at least once so they know how to get there and they can recognize it once they arrive.

Question number three, ask how many weddings is the florist handling on this same day or weekend is yours. It's not uncommon for florists to do multiple weddings in a single day and have multiple floral setups in a single day. A professional florist will make sure that they have enough staff available to cover your event and probably some extra people on hand just in case of an emergency, but you want to be fully aware of who's going to be setting up your event the day of this way. You can know if that person's ever worked onsite, at that venue before and also if that's going to be the same person you're doing your consult with or who you're going to be working with with the overall floral design. That's not always going to be the case, your event designer is actually going to be on site doing the floral set up, but at least make sure you're aware of whether or not they're going to be there before the day of your wedding so you're not stressed.

Question number four, ask your florist, will you simply be dropping off flowers or will you be helping with the setup too? There are totally different costs associated with these two types of orders and some florists even have minimum prices that need to be met before they'll even travel on site in the first place. If your order is small, you may be forced to do a pickup order and have a family member get the flowers for you the day of. If you qualify for delivery, expect to pay a fee for it. Don't assume anything about setup or logistics. Delivery and set up are two different things and you should expect to pay a fee if you opt for set-up to, and trust me if it's in your budget, opt to pay for set up!

If you want the florist to return for teardown and cleanup, that's going to be an extra fee as well. It might even be that there's more money tacked onto the fee if it has to be done after hours. For example, if your venue has events booked all weekend, they might require that the florist comes out Saturday at midnight for cleanup versus Monday morning.

Question number five, are you willing to work within my budget? Florist or pretty much magicians with flowers and they can do wonders with a wedding budget by replacing the more expensive stems with similar looking flowers and they can also get creative or just symbol a fly your florals.

But first you need to understand a couple of things about working with a budget. Number one, you have to be open and flexible to new ideas if you're working within a budget. Number two, you have to be very willing to scale back, especially if you find yourself in the position of being surprised by the cost. Now, let's be honest, if you've never done this before and you have absolutely no idea how much flowers cost, you're probably going to be surprised. And number three, some floral companies have minimum order prices they have to meet before they can work with the client or before they can deliver on site. So don't be surprised if you have to make some concessions and possibly do a pickup order and have somebody pick up the flowers for you and then set them up for you once they get onsite like a family member or one of your wedding party.

Question number six you should ask your florist is do you offer any other rentals? Florists can sometimes act more like event designers and you may be able to get extras like drapery, fabric lanterns, candelabra is or anything like that from them. Dealing with one company can make the process easier on you and eliminate additional delivery fees. Plus then the florist really knows what they're working with because it's their stuff. If they don't offer these rentals, ask if they partner with a rental company often. If so, they may be aware of certain things in the inventory that they work with often. And of course, you know if they're going to refer somebody, they work well together.

The next question, what happens to the flowers after the wedding? So here's the ugly truth about your beautiful flowers. If you don't make alternate plans for them, they're going in the trash sister! Wedding venues, florists and planners deal with leftover flowers, multiple times a week. So we look at your flowers more like stuff that needs to be cleared out of our way during the cleanup, more so than beautiful arrangements that will brighten someone's day. So to make sure your flowers go that extra mile, you need to make arrangements for your floral arrangement.

They could go home with your parents, but you need to make sure that they have plenty of space in their car, in they're willing to do so before the event so they can make special accommodations. You could send the centerpieces home with VIP guests is extra little favors. You need to be mindful that the containers going home with those guests could be rentals. You probably won't be getting any of them back! You could donate the flowers to a nursing home or nonprofit that you need to make sure to work out the logistics for pickup and dropoff in advance. For example, a nonprofit in this area, we'll only do pickups on Mondays. If you're doing a Saturday wedding and July, your flowers aren't going to last until Monday outside for them to pick them up.

We hope that we have answered some of your questions about questions you should ask your wedding florist. For more expert or wedding planning advice, just follow us @thebridelink!

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