Finding the right vendors for your wedding can be one of the hardest things you'll do in the planning phase. You want your day to be perfect, and finding the right people to help you achieve that takes a lot of time and preparation. We wanted to help ease the stress of choice for you when it comes to florists. These are the questions you should always ask your potential florist in advance.
There are a few details that we'd suggest you lock in before organizing your wedding day florals. Firstly, you'll want to ensure that you've taken steps to lock in your wedding ceremony and reception venues so that you'll be able to discuss what you'll truly need with the florist. Secondly, having a finalized idea for your wedding gown is essential so that you can match your flowers with your dress (and overall theme!). Once you have these locked in, you'll want to start speaking or meeting with florists for your big day.
6 Questions to ask your wedding day florist:
What Is Your Availability On My Date?
The most important question you'll have to start with is ensuring the florist will be available to provide their services on your wedding date. Many florists find themselves booked out long in advance, so you'll want to be sure they have open slots on your wedding day before you ask any other questions to avoid wasting anyone's time.
How Many Weddings Have You Done?
Experience is essential, and finding the right individual will always come down to what they're good at. Some florists are incredible at different arrangements, but in your case, you need a florist experienced with wedding day flowers. Having a florist with experience will allow you to be confident in their ability to deliver what you want at your wedding without worrying if a first-timer can pull it off.
Will You Be Able To Work Within My Budget?
Sticking within budgets is a stressful task for planning your wedding, so be sure to discuss your budget upfront with your potential florists. Some may be out of your possible budget, and knowing that up front is an excellent way to avoid any stress or pain in the long run. Be sure to ask if any unforeseen costs can pop up too. While this is rarely the case, it is an excellent detail to lock in from the start.
It's also a good idea to discuss ways your florist can help you maximize your budget for the best possible outcome and find out when you'll need to have your deposit paid to secure their services on your wedding day. Be sure to double-check if anything could force you to incur additional charges, too, to be on the safe side and ask your florist to go over everything covered in your payments to them to keep everything clear. Hence, you know what you're getting or what you may need to source from elsewhere.
Bonus tip: enquire about your potential florist's refund/rebooking process and policy. With the uncertainty of today's world, it's crucial information to have in advance, just in case.
What Flowers Will Be In Season & What Flowers Would You Recommend?
It's essential to be aware of what flowers will be available and in season around the timing of your wedding day. Ask the florist what flowers they would recommend based not only on the season of your wedding but florals that will keep you within budget. Additionally, make sure the flowers suggested match the theme of your wedding.
Who Will Be Doing My Flowers & When Will They Be Put Together?
Some florists have employees who will then create the florals for them or potentially outsource depending on their business model. Asking in advance to be clear on the process is always something I like to suggest to brides. It's also important to know when your florals will be put together and completed. This will allow you to keep everything on track and running smoothly for the planning of your special day.
Are You Familiar With My Venue + Can You Do A Walk Through?
All venues are different, so it's a good idea to ask if your florist is familiar with the venue you've chosen and if they can do a walk-through of the venue with you to go over the plans you'll both have for your wedding day. The florist may charge for this service, so be sure to ask if this will add additional costs to the overall price.
Bonus Things To Consider:
If you'd like to have your bouquet preserved after the wedding, I'd suggest speaking with this prior with your florist to find out if it's something they can do, and if so, organize the best way to carry it out after the wedding.
It can be a great idea to send the wedding day florist of your choosing some photos of your dress, the bridesmaid dresses, and maybe even fabric swatches if possible in advance; that way, the florist can ensure a proper match with your wedding day theme and gowns.
Utilize social media - checking out a florist's Instagram or Facebook page can be a great way to get a general idea of what they're capable of. If they have Google reviews, be sure to read through those too. You can also ask the florist for photos of arrangements they've done in the past to see a more natural, less filtered look into their work.
Have a backup plan in place: make a quick list of the florists you liked but didn't go with once you choose your official florist. So many unexpected things can happen at a wedding. Having potential backup options can be a great stress reliever.
Talk to your venue once you've chosen your florist and have ideas in place. You'll want to ensure there will be no restrictions on décor or installations that may stand in the way of your dream flowers.
Do you have any other questions you would suggest for brides-to-be to ask their florists? Let us know in the comments below!