Choosing a Florist

Selecting Your Floral Decorator

Every aspect of the wedding, from the ceremony to the reception, includes flowers. Their beauty makes them the perfect accessory for the bride's wedding dress and the groom's tuxedo. They're also the perfect finishing touch to any decoration. Unless you have a garden full of flowers in your backyard you'll need a florist to create stunning bouquets and decorations.

When it comes to finding a florist start early! The better florists are often in demand and their calendar books quickly. Before you even foot set into a flower shop you must first have an idea of the number of flowers you'll need.

Here are the different bouquets and floral arrangements you may want:

  • Bridal bouquet
  • Bridal party bouquets
  • Boutonnieres (for groom, best man, groomsmen, ring bearer, fathers, grandfathers)
  • Corsages (for mothers and grandmothers)
  • Alter and aisle arrangements
  • Centerpieces (for reception tables)
  • Guest book table arrangement
  • Flower girl headdress
  • Flowers or petals for the flower girl's basket
  • Flowers for the wedding cake

You should also have finalized your wedding day (time of day and year), formality of the wedding, wedding themes and colors (bridesmaid dress color), and booked your ceremony and reception sites.

Start your florist search by asking the ceremony and reception sites for recommendations. If they have none ask family and friends. Hopefully, they'll be able to provide you with a few names. Now book a meeting with several florists.

A good florist should be able to:

  • make suggestions, supply any type of flower (whether in season or not)
  • provide photos and samples of their work
  • suggest many designs for any style of wedding
  • will work with the baker to design the wedding cake
  • provide customer references
  • guarantee the work, freshness (quality) and on-time delivery of your flowers

The most important aspect in choosing a florist is finding someone who will work with you and listen to your thoughts and concerns. While the florist should offer their professional opinion you shouldn't feel as though yours don't count. This is your wedding - every decision is ultimately yours.

If you're interviewing several florists be sure to get a quote. You'll need that information when it comes time to negotiate the price (and every price is open to negotiations). Lastly, get everything in a contract.

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