When it comes to wedding planning, there are a million things to think about. And while some brides love the idea of DIY-ing their own flowers, for others, entrusting such an important task to a professional is worth every penny. But with so many talented florists, how do you know which one is right for you?
The answer lies in asking the right questions. Not only should you get a feel for the florist’s style and personality, but you should also ask specific questions about their experience, how they work, and their pricing so you can find out if they’re a good fit for your big day. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered.
40 Questions to ask your wedding florist before you make a decision:
- Are you available on my wedding day?
- What do you envision for my wedding?
- What is your style of flower arrangement?
- Can you show some pictures of previous weddings that you’ve designed?
- What flowers will be in season on my wedding day?
- What kind of container will my bouquet be in? (vase, mason jar, etc.)
- Can you provide a sample arrangement?
- How long will my bouquet last?
- Have you ever done work at my venue before? If so, can you show me some photos?
- How many weddings have you done?
- Do you deliver?
- How much is the delivery fee for my flowers?
- When will the flowers be delivered?
- When do I have to submit my final headcount/flower order to you?
- Can you give me references from other couples you’ve worked with?
- How long have you been in business?
- How far in advance do I need to book you?
- Can I make changes to the design after we agree on it?
- What happens if I need to cancel or change my order?
- Who will be the primary point of contact?
- What’s the minimum order value?
- What is your favorite boutonniere/corsage style?
- What’s your preferred color palette?
- Do you have any tips on how to arrange flowers to make them both unique and classic?
- What do you think are the most important elements of a wedding flower arrangement?
- Who’s responsible for arranging the flowers?
- How many centerpieces do I need for my guest list?
- Can you accommodate special requests?
- What happens to the flowers when the wedding is over?
- Do you have any recommendations for the care or preservation of the flowers?
- How do you work with your clients to make sure they are happy with the final product?
- How much should I budget for flowers?
- Do you have any discounts or specials going on right now?
- Do you have liability insurance in case something happens to my flowers on the day of the wedding (e.g. if they get dropped or damaged)?
- What is included in your standard package (e.g. bouquets, boutonnieres, table arrangements)?
- Are there any additional services that cost extra (e.g., set-up or delivery of the arrangements)?
- What is your refund policy?
- What forms of payment do you accept (e.g. cash, check, credit card)?
- Do you require a deposit in advance?
- When is the final payment due?
Frequently Asked Questions
When should you meet with the florist before the wedding?
Ideally, you should meet with the florist at least four to six weeks before the wedding. This will give them enough time to order the flowers, make all the arrangements, and prepare for the big day.
However, if you’re in a pinch and can’t meet with the florist until just before the wedding, they may still be able to work something out. Just make sure you contact them as early as possible so they know what you need.
When should flowers be delivered for a wedding?
There’s no definite answer to this question, as it depends on the preferences of the bride and groom. Some couples prefer the flowers to be delivered the morning of the wedding, while others prefer them to be delivered a few days before. It really depends on the couple’s preferences and how they want their wedding to look.
When should I set up my wedding flowers?
Timing is everything when it comes to wedding flowers. You should make sure that your bouquets and arrangements are set up well before the wedding starts, to give them time to look their best.
Most florists recommend setting everything up at least 2 to 3 hours before the ceremony begins. That way, you’ll have enough time to make last-minute adjustments and avoid wilted flowers ruining your big day.
Who should have flowers at a wedding?
Traditionally, the bride should have the most flowers at a wedding. This means having a bouquet and flowers on her dress.
Some brides also opt for a flower crown or garland. The groom may also wear flowers, either in his boutonniere or as part of his outfit.
Other participants in the wedding may also wear flowers, such as the maid of honor, bridesmaids, and the parents of the bride and groom.
Planning a wedding can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Hiring a professional florist or floral designer is an investment that can transform your wedding day from ordinary to extraordinary.
By taking the time to ask the right questions, you can ensure that the florist of your choice isn’t only qualified and experienced, but also passionate about helping you create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
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