Finding The Perfect Florist
If you're in the market for a florist and wondering how to choose the perfect designer to handle your day, here's a few shopping tips. Take heed!
#1: Research: Before setting foot into their studio, I strongly encourage scoping out their website, reading reviews and looking through their social media accounts. Smart florists display their best work for future clients to see. Don't waste your time visiting florists who's designs you don't like. Choose 2-3 companies to sit down with in whom you're confident in prior to stepping foot in their door.
#2: Set a budget: I find that about 75% of my brides have no idea how much it costs for this aspect of their day. Sometimes the only way to realistically set your budget, is to present your vision to a few florists, and get quotes. Choosing between low and lush centerpieces or tall statement pieces makes a HUGE difference in price, as well as the type of flowers you pick. At the end of the day, it's important to know what you can and can't afford. After receiving estimates, if you need to cut corners, consider re-purposing your Bridesmaid Bouquets as centerpieces, as well as incorporating the flowers from your ceremony and having them transported to the reception. There are lots of ways to cut corners, and your expert florist should share these tips with you.
#3: Double, Triple Check: Now that you've narrowed down your search and found "the one", here's a few final thoughts before signing the dotted line and paying your deposit.
- When is the last date that you can make changes to your order?
- How much are the delivery & set up fees?
- Do these fees include the placement of the centerpieces on the proper tables and the floral set up at the ceremony site?
- Are they willing to deliver to the prep locations, church and reception for 1 delivery fee, or will it be extra?
- Do they have insurance? *required by many venues*
- When is your final payment due?
- What is their cancellation policy?
Now that I've fed you great information, I'll shamelessly put in a plug for my own company! Besides wedding planning, we offer beautiful floral designs! Take a peek at my site to see our previous work. Also, you should take a few minutes to browse our floral directory. It's a super helpful tool when you're deciding on which flowers to incorporate into your big day!
Be back soon! xoxo - Sarah