Begin your search by asking around for referrals. Married friends, reception halls, and your local vendor directory are great places to start. Once you’ve created a list of potential florists, proceed with your telephone or email interviews.
Save yourself a little time and money by weeding out a few companies through a simple phone call. Interviewing by phone is an excellent way to get a feel for how a company operates. Ask a few preliminary questions before scheduling an initial consultation. You will easily be able to determine the level of professionalism and friendliness. Check out the article on questions to ask your florist.
- How long has the company been in business?
- How many weddings do they do each year?
- Are you speaking with the designer?
- Do they have your wedding day open at this time?
- When can you schedule a consultation?
Your floral designer is responsible for creating the arrangements, tagging each piece, and distribution. Distribution consists of delivering the ceremony flowers and reception flowers to each location, decorating the sites with floral arrangements, and pinning on the attendants flowers. A good florist will be attentive and listen to your needs and ideas. They can give you tips and advice on how to select your flowers.
Be prepared to answer questions about your floral budget, your wedding style and colors. You may also want to bring a fabric swatch of your gown and bridesmaid dresses. Bring clippings or photos of floral ideas that you may have.
Have the florist draw up a cost estimate. It should include wedding flower costs, service fees, delivery charges and any extra materials such as mirrors, baskets, pots, and ribbons. Once everything is satisfactory, view your contract thoroughly. Double check dates, times, locations, and deliveries.