If you're planning a wedding, you might already know that flowers are an important part of the day. And if you're like most brides-to-be, you probably want to make sure that your bouquet and table centrepieces look just as beautiful as possible. But how do you go about ordering all those gorgeous blooms? What should you ask when speaking with your wedding florist?
We’ve listed the 15 most important questions you need to ask your florist before you buy your wedding flowers. From asking about delivery to what type of maintenance is needed, these questions will help you get the right flowers for the right price. Asking questions will make sure that your wedding flower vision matches what your florist can provide.
Without further ado, let’s get started!
1. “Are You Available On My Wedding Day?”
One of the first things you will need to ask your florist is if they are available on your wedding day. If they aren't available to work with you on your big day, ask them if they can recommend someone else who may be able to.
2. “Do You Specialize In Certain Types Of Flowers?”
Florists often specialize in a particular kind of flower so it’s important to know whether you’re looking for fresh, dried or artificial wedding flowers. When searching for the perfect wedding florist, it’s important to look for one who specializes in your preferred type of flower.
3. “What Are My Options For Flowers, Categories & Styles?”
When you ask this question, your florist should be able to tell you the kinds of flowers they have available and what types of arrangements they are able to create. a good florist will be able to offer a range of options that fit your style and budget.
4. “How Far In Advance Do I Need To Book?”
It is important to speak with your chosen florist/supplier as early as possible to make sure they are available and can cater for your wedding flower requirements. Depending on when you’re getting married and how busy your florist is, you may need to order your wedding flowers a while in advance.
5. “Will The Flowers Be Fresh?”
To ensure that you get only the freshest blooms on your big day, ask your florist if the flowers they plan on using will be fresh. Flowers that are even just a few days old can quickly ruin the appearance of your wedding decor and are sure to stand out in photos and videos.
6. “Do You Offer Delivery?”
When you’re arranging the flowers for your wedding, be sure to find out whether your florist offers delivery services. If they do, you can rest easy knowing that your floral arrangements will arrive at your wedding ready to be set up and displayed.
7. “Can You Provide Any Samples Of Previous Work?”
A good florist can always offer to show you their portfolio of previous work. You can use this as a guide to what they’re capable of and see if they would be a good fit for your wedding. If you can’t find evidence of a florist's work on their website or Instagram, ask them for references and examples of their work.
8. “Will You Set Up The Flowers?”
There’s no doubt you will have a lot on your mind the day of your wedding so it’s always worth asking if your florist can set up the flowers for you. Any good wedding florist will incorporate a setup fee into the final quote but it’s always worth double checking.
9. “What Flowers Will Be In Season When I Get Married?”
As you plan your big day, it's important to think about what will be in season when you get married. Seasonal blooms tend to cost less than out-of-season ones because they are readily available at the time of your wedding.
10. “Where Do You Source Your Flowers From?”
Different flower farms have different growing conditions, and the quality of a flower can vary depending on where it's grown. Some floral designers will source from local farms, while others may import from other states or countries if they can't find what they're looking for locally. Local farms are almost always a better sourcing option in terms of freshness and keeping costs down.
11. “Have You Worked At My Wedding Venue Before?”
It’s also worth asking if your florist has previously arranged and set up flowers for an event at your venue. If your florist has been to your venue before, you can be confident that they will have an eye for creating flower arrangements that complement the space.
12. “Can You Create Custom Arrangements?”
If you have specific needs for your wedding flowers, such as certain color combinations or themes, it’s important to know if your florist can help you with this. If you have an idea of what kind of flowers you want, let your florist know so they can help guide you through the different options available.
13. “What Do I Do With The Flowers After My Wedding?”
It’s important to find out who is responsible for removing the flowers once your wedding has finished. Ask your florist if they will return to dispose of your flowers or if it will be your responsibility to deal with them.
14. “What Is The Best Price You Can Offer?”
When asking for a quote, don’t be afraid to negotiate! You can always walk away if you do not see eye-to-eye on pricing. If your budget is tight but you still want floral arrangements for your big day, it’s always worth asking for a better price.
15. “Are There Any Additional Fees I Should Know About?”
There are a number of factors that go into figuring out what you'll pay for your flowers, including whether or not you're getting them delivered and if they are being set up on your behalf. Asking about any additional fees is the best way to get an accurate idea of what the total cost of your wedding flowers will be.
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