Here comes the guide..

Once you have booked your ceremony and reception venue, its time to select your florist! Now you will be able to discuss your venues aesthetic and will know how many arrangements you need to compliment the space.  Research local shops and websites of the ones you are considering to see if they suit your style. It’s helpful to already have your color scheme in mind and create a Pinterest page of flowers you love so you can show them during your meeting.Florists do so much more than arranging bouquets! They help visually create the look and mood for your wedding with centerpieces and other decor such as the ceremony arbor or candles for the reception table. They can arrange for a flowers on your cake and all of your wedding parties bouquets and boutonnieres. The possibilities are endless and you can always cut back where you feel necessary to accommodate your budget. Visit my 10 Top Wedding Budget Tips for more ideas on how to stay within your wedding budget.
black and white striped notebook, gold scissors and pink flowers

THE BASICS:

  • Do you have my date open?
  • Have you done events at my ceremony and reception location(s) before? If not, are you familiar with the sites?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many weddings have you done?
  • Where did you receive your training?
  • How many other weddings or events will you schedule on the same day?
  • Will you be doing my arrangements yourself or would it be another floral designer?
  • What design styles (e.g. ikebana, traditional, modern, trendy, European, Oriental) do you work in?
  • Can you work with my budget?
  • What recommendations can you give me to maximize my budget?
  • Do you offer specific packages or is everything customized?
  • Can you provide me with 3–4 recent brides that I can contact for references?

THE FLOWERS:

  • What flowers are in season for the month I am getting married?
  • Based on my color scheme and budget, what flowers do you recommend?
  • Is there a difference in price if I use one type of flower vs. a mixed arrangement or bouquet?
  • If I request it, can you provide any organic, pesiticide-free or sustainably grown varieties? TIP: Organic roses cost more, but last so much longer!
  • What are the different kinds of wraps (called “collars” in florist-speak) you can do for my bouquet?
  • What about coordinating boutonnières, bridesmaid flowers, and centerpieces? Can you suggest anything special to coordinate with the theme/venue/season of my event?
  • What other décor can you provide (aisle runner, candelabras, trees, arches, votives, mirrors, etc.)? How will these items affect the overall cost?
  • If I give you a picture of a bouquet and/or arrangement that I like, can you recreate it?
  • Do you have photos or live examples of florals designed in the style I want?
  • Can you do sketches or mockups of the arrangements you’ve described before I sign the contract? If so, is there an additional fee for this?
  • Will you work with my cake designer if I decide to add flowers to my wedding cake? If so, is there an additional setup fee for this?
  • How far in advance of the wedding will you create the bouquets and arrangements, and how are they stored?
  • Can you assist me in the preservation of my bouquet after the wedding? If not, can you recommend someone?

THE COSTS:

  • Do you charge a delivery fee?
  • Do you have an extra charge for the setup and breakdown of the floral décor?
  • Is there an extra fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception site?
  • Are there any additional fees that have not already been taken into account?

THE CONTRACT:

  • How far in advance do I need to secure your services?
  • What is the deposit required to secure my date?
  • Will you provide me with an itemized list of all the elements we’ve discussed, along with prices?
  • When can I expect to receive my contract from you?
  • What is your refund policy if for some reason I need to cancel my order?