Selecting your Wedding Florist
Fresh flowers make a visual and fragrant impression of your wedding day for your guests and most important of all... for your memories. Below I have listed a few simple tips for selecting an outstanding wedding florist based on my 16 years of experience in creating great weddings for my clients.
What are the top questions you should ask a Wedding Florist?
When selecting a wedding florist consider the rapport you have with the florist. You'll want a good working relationship with with your florist as well as the other vendors!
Be sure to ask how long the florist has been doing weddings... and how many weddings the florist does in one day? Weddings have many nuances, so hiring an experienced wedding florist is key to making your special day a success!
Ask where the flowers will come from... and how long before the ceremony will they be purchased. It is imperative that fresh flowers be handled correctly by your florist as well as by the professional floral wholesalers! Your florist should be able to relate confidence with the suppliers.
Refrigeration is the key to beautiful flowers...
Ask how the flowers will be delivered? Continuous refrigeration of fresh flowers is essential for freshness and longevity. Ask your florist how your wedding flowers will be kept cool while being transported to your event location.
When should I set up my initial consultation?
Before you schedule your consultation... know your budget! You may be unsatisfied with the outcome of your consultation if you are unable to give the florist direction on your wedding flower budget. You may want centerpieces with with 25 roses and can only afford centerpieces with 3 roses. The wedding florist needs to know the budget to guide you through the process. The easiest way to determine the flower budget is to "budget plan" each phase of the wedding by the percent of total wedding budget. If you want flowers over the top... plan on 20% to 30% of the total budget.
Most brides today plan on 10% to 15% of the total budget. If your wedding is small and you have allotted a dollar amount for flowers... be sure to communicate that to the wedding florist.
Get your quote in Writing...
At the end of the consultation your wedding florist should give you a worksheet describing designs, flowers used, colors, event dates, location, event times, and the total cost for all services offered. I highly recommend selecting a florist that utilizes a contract. Like your marriage license... get your order in writing!
This article was written by Susan Smith of Moondoggie Gardens. Moondoggie gardens is located in Evergreen, Colorado. Susan is a certified florist who specializes in weddings and unique floral designs.
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