To avoid a last minute rush, and help guide you through the process of finding and hiring the best florist for your wedding, follow these great tips from our professionals! Wedding planning might seem like an endless list of to-do’s. Couples need to set a date, hire a venue, research vendors, select and send invitation. A venue needs to be finalized. The list goes on. It might seem like a never ending stream of interviews, decisions and contracts. In the middle of all the planning it might be easy to overlook some of the less obvious considerations – like hiring the right florist.
Flowers are an important part of any wedding. They help set the mood for the venue and are vital to creating an atmosphere that truly reflects the newly married couple’s hopes for the future. In many cases the florist might be left till the last minute. It would be unfortunate to find oneself scrambling for a reputable vendor.
To avoid a last minute rush, and help guide you through the process of finding and hiring the best florist for your wedding, follow these great tips from our professionals!
Know Your Timing
It is important to think about a florist for your wedding as early as possible in the planning process. Like other vendors, you are competing against other couples for the vendor’s business. This may seem premature, but couples need to consider the time their florist will need to order some floral, as well as prepare the arrangements. It’s also important to consider the timing of your wedding, such as if it will be around a holiday. Your florist will likely be swamped with orders around various times of year and any last minute wedding arrangements may suffer. Always plan ahead! Give your florist plenty of time to produce the stunning arrangements you expect.
Ask These Questions
As you search for a potential florist, keep in mind some key questions that need to be addressed. First and foremost, be sure they are capable of handling a wedding of your size. Also inquire about their delivery and setup of arrangements. You’ll need to coordinate with your venue to have a time for your florist to arrive. Some venues only allow vendors in two hours prior to the reception time, while others may allow them in a day in advance. If your venue allows the latter, you’ll need to talk with the florist about what needs to be done or provided to keep your flowers looking fresh.
As with most vendors also ask the following:
- Can they provide examples of their past work?
- Can they provide recommendations from past customers?
- Are they able to coordinate arrangements that match your theme?
- Are they prepared to transport the flowers and décor to the wedding location and if there is an extra fee for this service?
- What is the cut off date for changes in tone, color or theme?
- What are the costs of renting glassware such as vases?
- Are there any hidden fees such as delivery charges or setup fees?
Check Out Their Reputation
Once you’ve found potential florist, it’s time to do a little research before signing the contract. You’ll want to check the florist’s reputation. Search online through social media and wedding related websites like The Knot and Wedding Wire to get honest feedback, both the good and the bad, about the florist you are considering.
Our Final Thought
With all of the decisions to be made while planning your wedding, the choice of a florist can easily get lost in the shuffle. But following these few helpful tips, your search should be a little easier. You’ll want a florist you can rely on to prepare and deliver your arrangements in a professional manner. Remember, plan early, ask the right questions, and never settle for second best.