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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Seven Questions To Ask Your Wedding Florist

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. Before we dive right in, be sure to grab your FREE copy of our Floral Cheat Sheet! These floral tips for your wedding will help you identify a reputable florist with great experience. Buying wedding flowers can get pricey, especially if you have no idea what kind of florals you're targeting. You'll benefit from having a premade list of wedding flowers you're interested in viewing, ranked from most desired to least.

1. Can I see examples of your work?

This will be pretty easy and should offer you photos to look through. If you're in their shop they may even have live examples available during the consult. Make sure to check out their work online before you make the appointment. It will give you a better idea of their style and what they offer! Don't forget to ask if they have any examples of past work at your specific wedding venue.

2. Have you worked events at my ceremony or reception site before?

Having a florist that's knowledgeable about the space, shapes, and colors can help when you're trying to do your floral design. If the florist has been there previously, they'll know venue restrictions and other limitations about the site way before they arrive. Ideally, your florists should communicate with your venue directly to be sure that your plans don't interfere with the venue's policies. If the florist hasn't been there before, ask if they're willing to do a site visit. This is not essential, but it's a definite plus! It's a great way to save money in the long run and prevents ordering products that won't get used. As a wedding planner, it helps ease my nerves if I know that every single vendor has been to the venue at least once. It saves a HUGE amount of time if they know where they are going, where to park, where to set up, etc.

3. How many weddings are you handling on the same day or weekend as mine?

It's not uncommon for florists to do multiple weddings in a single day. A professional florist should make sure they have enough staff available to cover your event and extra people on hand just in case of an emergency. You want to be fully aware of who's going to be on-site on your event the day-of. You want to know if that person's ever worked the venue. You also want to know if it's going to be the same person doing your consult or overall floral design. They won't always be the same person. The person doing the design or assembly may not be doing the floral set up. Find out who's coming the day of your event and relay that information to your wedding coordinator.

4. Will you be dropping off flowers or will you help with the setup too? 

There are different costs associated with these two types of orders. Some florists have minimum prices that need to be met before they'll even travel on site. If your order is small, you may be forced to do a pickup order and have a family member set them up. Don't assume your wedding coordinator will be there to take care of it. Most coordinators have stipulations on their contracts that they don't assemble or arrange flowers the day-of. If you qualify for delivery, expect to pay a fee for it. Keep in mind delivery and set up are two different things and you should expect additional costs if you opt for set-up. 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 charge as well. In some cases, it also costs additional 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. 

5. Are you willing to work within my budget?

Florist are magicians with flowers and can do wonders with any wedding budget by replacing the more expensive stems with similar looking flowers. They can also get creative and just assemble your florals on the fly. Keep the following important tips in mind when working with a tight floral budget. First, you have to be open and flexible to new ideas. Second, you have to be willing to scale back what you want, especially if experience sticker shock at your first quote. Let's be honest, if you've never done this before and have no idea how much flowers cost, you're going to be shocked. Lastly, some floral companies have minimum order amounts they require before booking clients. So expect to make some concessions if you're hoping to get by on the bare minimum. You can save money by doing a pickup order and having a friend or family member set them up for you. Floral arrangements created by experienced florists always look better than those done by an untrained individual. So if you're banking on your flowers looking immaculate, bite the bullet and pay for the florist to set them up.

6. Do you offer any other rentals? 

Florists sometimes offer additional event decor and you may be able to get extras like drapery, fabric lanterns, candelabra from them. Dealing with one company can make the process easier on you and eliminate additional delivery fees. Plus, the florist knows what they're working with because it's all their stuff! If they don't offer these rentals, ask if they partner with a rental company for them. They may be aware of certain items in their inventory that they work with often. And, if they recommend them, they'll work well together.

7. 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. They look at your flowers more like stuff that needs to be cleared out of their way during the cleanup, 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 florals long before they get set up. They could go home with your parents, but you need to make sure that they have plenty of space in their car. You could send the centerpieces home with VIP guests as extra little favors but be mindful that the containers going home with those guests could be rentals. You won't be getting any of them back and may end up with additional charges on your bill! Donating the flowers to a nursing home or nonprofit is an option, but the logistics for pickup and dropoff should be planned in advance. For example, a nonprofit in this area, we'll only do pickups on Mondays. If you're doing a Saturday wedding in July, your flowers aren't going to last until Monday. Keep all this in mind when allocating money for your floral budget.

We hope that we have answered some of your burning floral questions! 

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