The Most Important Questions To Ask Your Wedding Florist
10th April 2017
by Marina Licht
Mmm, I bet you haven’t even thought about questions to ask your wedding florist. Believe me, you are not alone. However, I can’t tell you how important to ask your wedding florist about different aspects of your flowers. Have you for instance asked to see examples of their previous work? Do you know if your favourite flowers are in season when you marry?
The last thing I want to do is make you feel even more nervous in the run up to your big day, but I can’t stress how important it is to be prepared! When it comes to your wedding flowers, it is of fundamental importance that they are exactly how you want them to be. This is the reason why Style & the Bride caught up with leading wedding florist Paul Thomas to discuss the important questions to ask your wedding florist.
The most important questions to ask your wedding florist
1. Always ask to see examples of previous work at weddings
In order to find the right florist for you, it is important to see examples of their work. Every experienced florist is able to create designs and arrangements in various styles. However, it is important to remember that every florist also has a definite signature style and it needs to work well with your vision for the big day. If you are having a modern city chic wedding, you may opt for a florist with a simple bold style and luxurious vases and containers. If on the other hand, you are having a rustic bohemian country wedding, a florist with a more whimsical romantic look may be a better fit for you. Whatever your style, there is a florist out there who is able to execute your vision perfectly.
2. Find out what is in season
There are plenty of flowers that are less seasonal that you can obtain all year round. However, working with flowers in their natural season is always better. This because the flowers are strong and usually come in a variety of different colours. They are also less expensive, so you can get more for your money. Tell your florist the flowers that you love and hope to have at your wedding. However, be open to suggestions. They are the experts and can guide/advise you to the best look at the best time of year.
3. Ask about the flowers and where they come from
If you have no idea about the flowers you like or your florist is suggesting things that you have never heard of before, please just ask. Don’t be afraid to ask the names and varieties of different flowers and where they come from. For many couples, their wedding is the first time that they are ordering flowers on this scale. It is imperative to ask for pictures of the flowers suggested to make sure that you like them. They also need to be in the colours that you have in mind. By your wedding, you are set to be a flower pro.
4. Be upfront about your budget
It can be hard at the early planning stages to have a budget in mind for each area of your wedding. However, it is always better to see your florist with some kind of figure in mind. This can help your florist understand what he/she has to work with. If you have small budget, ask your florist about the possibility of reusing flowers throughout the day. Examples of this include moving the ceremony arrangements to the reception or using the bouquets as table centres later on in the evening. If you have a larger budget, ask your florist for fun and quirky reception suggestions. These can include floral wishing trees or photo booth floral walls.
5. Your style
Make sure you ask your florist for advice on the type of bouquet he/she would suggest for your silhouette. Rounder, posy designs are great for modern, simple wedding dresses and won’t hide any special details on your dress. Longer, trailing bouquets are stunning with flowing whimsical dresses. It’s always nice to use lots of scented flowers and foliage, these will remind you of your big day in years to come when you catch their scent. See if you can add in any personal touches such as fabric from your mother’s wedding dress or blooms from your Granny’s garden. These are the things that make a bridal bouquet so special and unique to you.
6. Ask if your florist can help out with other areas of the wedding
If you don’t ask, you won’t know. Many florists have a great range of lanterns, candles and night lights that can be hired to decorate your wedding. Your florist is also a good person to recommend different suppliers. We come across exciting suppliers all the time, so if you are stuck trying to source anything, just let us know.
7. Ask for a site visit
Once you have narrowed down what you are having, I always recommend a sit visit with your florist, and all your suppliers. This is a great chance for everyone to meet before the wedding. It is also a good idea if the florist has not worked at the venue before. You can also have a run through of the day. You can also double check the flowers you have chosen will enhance and work well in the space. The florist can also meet the venue staff and arrange all the logistics for the day so you don’t have to worry.
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