Choosing the best florist is as important as choosing the best wedding dress, or the perfect venue! This Wedessence article will give you some useful advice when it comes to selecting the best florist to get the job done; remember, it’s all about a balance of professional and personal rapport.
A Common Mistake …
Most couples tend to focus more on the budget, rather than the florist. Remember, if the florist is credible and well-experienced, he/she will find a way to meet your expectations within the set budget. An elaborate meeting is all that it takes.
Every wedding is a dream, unique and distinct from any other. Consider flowers to be your scent, and a florist to be the brand that manufactures it. To discover what works best for you, you’ll have to scrutinize some options to see if they suit your skin. While it is obvious that you need to evaluate his/her credibility and experience, it is also important to seek a florist who suits your needs both professionally and personally―this cannot be done at the last minute. Even a month or two is too little a time. Most experts advise to start the process at least 6 to 8 months in advance, especially if you’re tying the knot during the wedding season. Start well in advance so that you don’t have to adjust your dates according to the florist’s availability. That being said, the following points will help you understand what you need to do exactly.
1. Seek Referrals and References
2. Browse Through Their Websites and Reviews
Once you’ve scrutinized their work, pay a close attention to the customer reviews and testimonials mentioned, either on their website, or on websites such as the Better Business Bureau. This website not only gives you a chance to examine the consumer feedback, but also accredits and rates their work. It also has a feature through which you can get an online quote from a particular florist you choose. Florists’ Review will also give you some worthy names, and samples of their work.
3. Formulate Your Ideas and Set a Fixed Budget
4. Narrow Down Your Options to 3 or 4 Vendors
If you can, carry some samples such as pictures or links of the flower arrangements that suit your taste, swatches of fabrics from the bridesmaids dresses, a picture of your wedding gown, the theme, and so on. Giving them an approximate number of the guests that are likely to attend the wedding would also help the florists give you an approximate price quotation.
5. Ask Questions Such As …
✿ How many weddings have you done so far? Are you comfortable with modern themes, or prefer the traditional ones?
✿ Can you give me some tips to maximize my budget?
✿ Do you also provide flower vases, candelabras, and other decorations in the package, or as rentals?
✿ How many weddings will you be working on that weekend, or that very day?
✿ How many floral designers do you have working for you? Are they registered and qualified?
✿ If there arises a need to change the discussed plan, or alter it, how many days do I have before the wedding?
✿ Would it be possible for you to use the wedding flowers to decorate the reception venue, as well?
✿ How long would you take to set up the flowers at the venue?
✿ Are there any additional services that you offer? Table linens, wedding favors, lights, and the like?
✿ Are there any hidden costs or charges that I should be aware of?
6. Look for Positive Replies
7. Decide and Choose
8. Evaluate the Contract Before Signing
Another essential advice would be to exchange numbers with the florist, not only yours, but also of family members who will be helping you in the process. This will take some load off your shoulders, especially when you also have other arrangements to take care of. Inform the florist of any specific flowers or scents that you are allergic to, just so that those are not a part of the wedding in any case. Also, the availability of flowers are subjective, and situations may arise wherein there could be a shortage of supply. Therefore, it would be a good option to keep a plan B, as in, a substitute for the original flower(s) chosen. Consider the florist to be an artist who would beautify your wedding with the ethereal flower decorations. Give them your ideas and let them use their creative instinct to make your imagination blossom into reality.