Congratulations! You’re engaged which means it’s time to start planning your big day.
One of the most important tasks among other things is choosing your flowers. A florist can help in numerous ways by arranging your flowers and creating beautiful designs for your wedding.
But if this is your first time hiring a florist, it can feel like you’re venturing into uncharted territory. Don’t worry though, we have you covered. We have put together a list of questions you should ask a wedding florist before booking.
Weddings involve a lot of coordination and planning. To ensure everything goes smoothly you need to hire capable individuals. What this question is really asking is how much experience the florist has and whether they have done wedding floral arrangements before.
Before booking, you want to hire a florist who can carry out your vision. When meeting with a florist ask to see any pictures of bouquets and centrepieces they have designed. Seeing photos will give you a better idea of their unique style and whether they’re a good fit for you. Be wary if a florist is unwilling to show samples of their work.
If your venue is popular, chances are that your florist has already worked there before. But it’s still a good idea to ask as they can provide feedback on how to make the most of the available space in the venue. If they haven’t, ask if they will visit the venue with you. Many will be happy to do so as it allows them to get a better idea of the venue they’re working in.
According to a survey conducted by theknot.com, the average amount spent on a florist was a little over $2,000 for personal flowers, centrepieces, and other decorations. If you have a lower budget, be completely upfront and honest. Florists have firsthand experience on how much weddings cost. Most will be willing to work with how much you can afford to spend and some may even suggest alternatives to fit your budget.
When hiring a florist, the price you pay typically includes the flowers and rental for the containers that display them. While the flowers are yours to keep, the vases and vessels will return to the florist. Some florists may require an additional fee to clean up the flowers. It’s important that you clear up these details before making a final booking.
Ask your florist what their policy is regarding payment. Most require an upfront deposit before they start on any floral arrangements so be sure to ask about the amount and when it’s due. Unfortunately, not everything goes according to plan. It’s also a good idea to ask about their cancellation policy in the event the wedding is cancelled or rescheduled. Make sure to thoroughly read through the contract before signing anything.
Even if the first florist you find makes a good impression, you should still keep your options open. Meet with other florists in your area and discuss your plans for the big day. Use these questions and jot down their responses to help you narrow down your choices.
Kym Wallis, the founding director of Higher Ranking has over 15 years of advertising sales, digital strategy, and business development experience. He is currently working as Digital Adviser for Colourtech.