You Like Them, You Like Them Not....Things to Know About Your Florist

by Jenny Bryde 10. March 2010 13:06

Okay folks, it's March. It's above 50. I'm going to go ahead and challenge Mr. Punctual Calendar Man and say that it's Spring. Today on my way home I could have sworn that I saw some buds coming out on trees. I swear! And when I pulled onto our street, there was no snow in sight. Even though everything is brown and soaked right now, I felt some warm and fuzzy feelings of Spring coming on.

This got me thinking about flowers...and weddings...and florists. Oh my! We have several fantastic florists on our QCWeddings.com vendor pages, and each of them has something unique to offer engaged couples whether it's amazing creativity, great deals, or supreme customer service. In fact, most of our florists have all three of those qualities! But hey, don't take my word for it. Go visit them, and come armed with questions. Today's post is all about what you should ask a potential florist to ensure that they are a good match for you...

First...when you visit each florist, trust your gut instinct. Here are some questions that you should be able to answer within the first few minutes of entering the shop: Look at pictures of their previous work and look around their shop. Are the arrangements displayed pleasing? Do the flowers in the pictures and displays look fresh? Are the pictures dated, or do they follow the current trends? Is the designer willing to work with your requests? Are you speaking to the actual florist who will be designing and coordinating your wedding arrangements? Do you like the personality of the person? Does he or she seem interested in your conversation?

You'll need to book your florist somewhere between 4 and 6 months before your wedding date, so start you research early. You'll need to have a pretty good idea of how many arrangements you'll need, thus you'll need to know your guest count and reception location. You'll need to know your colors and even maybe bring in some swatches to match.

When you come to a meeting with your florist, bring pictures of flowers and arrangements that you like. Also consider bringing a picture of your wedding gown, reception room, and containers that you already have for flowers. You could even bring quotes that you have from other florists for a quick comparison during the interview. Have a list in mind of what elements you'll be needing: bouquets, corsages, boutonniere, arrangements, etc.

Here are some items that you'll want to directly bring up with your florist: Are the arrangements in the pictures done by the person in the store? What are their opinions on your ideas? Is there a delivery charge? Is there a set up fee? Do they have rental supplies? Do they need a map for the delivery locations? Is your order changeable down the road? What is the cut off date for new ideas? What times will the flowers be delivered? Can they make a sample of your bouquet and centerpiece? Will they write you up an itemized quote? Are the flowers that you've chosen in season? What are the flowers in season for your date? Can the florist work with a mixture of silk and fresh flowers if you requested to save on budget? Are there any additional or hidden costs? Is the florist familiar with your reception and ceremony locations?

Other tips: Holidays like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day have flower prices at a premium. If your wedding date falls near these kinds of holidays, you'll pay more for your order. Also, if you choose flowers that are not in season and have to be shipped, you will definitely have bigger expenses. Start with your bridal bouquet and design the rest of your flowers around that idea. Remember that you don't have to book on the spot; take your quote home and think it over. Information is good; share all the details and requests with your florist.

When you are ready to book your florist, here are some things that you should watch for on your contract: In most cases your bill will be your contract. Read the small print on the bill. Everything the florist is supplying should be on the bill: Your name, address and phone number, The contact person's name, address and phone number for every delivery location, An itemized list and description of every floral arrangement, the number required, colour of ribbons and other decorative accents, Time of setup, The name of your floral designer, The service they will provide. i.e. setup and delivery to each location and what this entails, The total cost, your deposit and the amount still owing and the date for the last payment.

WHEW! That was a lot of info! No worries folks...keep your bearings about you, don't rush. The right florist for you will feel right. To some, that's a pushy and knowledgeable person. To others, that's someone who is a great listener or a great bargain hunter. You'll know... :)

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Hi!  Welcome to the QCWeddings.com blog!  My name is Jenny, and I am a Quad Cities bride to be.  Our goal for this blog is to share information on all things wedding including local vendors, new trends, and amazing inspiration.  Let us know if there is something you'd like to see on here!  

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