How To Find The Right Florist

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How To Pick a Florist

Word of mouth is always your safest bet. If the florist's service and work comes highly recommended, chances are they will do a good job for you. Do your research by going to bridal shows and looking at online pictures from your store's website. Make appointments to visit at least 3 different florists. When you visit each florist, look at pictures of their previous work and look around their shop.

Do you like the arrangements that you see in the shop's displays?

Do the flowers in the pictures look fresh or are the petal edges brown?

Are the pictures dated or are they following the current trends?

Is the designer willing to work with you or are they telling you that your idea won't work?

Make sure you speak to the florist that will do your arrangements.

Do you feel comfortable with your florist?

Is your florist paying attention to you while you're talking and does he/she seem interested?

When To Book Your Florist

6 months before your wedding is a good time to start your search. Book your florist approximately 4 months before your wedding date. You need to have your reception and ceremony sites picked out before you can hire a florist because the florist needs to know the location. Then you'll need to know how many arrangements you'll need and that the colours you pick don't clash with the colours of your venue. You'll also need to know what colour your bridesmaids' dresses are.

What To Bring To An Appointment

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. You never know, you might like their ideas better then your own.

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 centre 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 colours and flower types to create your centrepieces, 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.

What Goes On The Contract

In most cases your bill will be your contract. Read the small print on the bill. Everything the florist is supplying should be on the bill: