We bet you’ve never hired a florist before so here are some tips.
While it might be fun and exciting, the big task of wedding flowers can seem slightly intimidating and overwhelming.
In order to help you navigate the world of wedding florists and book with confidence, these are the questions to ask your local florist before you sign on the dotted line.
Money can be an awkward conversation. But it’s actually one of the first things you should discuss with your local florist before you talk about anything else. The last thing you want to do is have them think up a dream flower arrangement, only for you to find that there’s no way you can afford it.
If the florist you’re speaking with doesn’t have a minimum spend? Ask them for a ballpark amount that they typically charge for weddings around your style and size, so you can make sure it’s within your budget.
Seeing photos really helps you to see what your local florist is capable of. But it’s also a great way to visualise what you might want for your own wedding. My wedding florist pointed me in the direction of their Facebook page which had a collection of endless examples.
This answer will predict how hands-on your florist will be – and whether you’ll be competing for their attention. Don’t book them if they typically do more than two events in a weekend.
It’s handy if they have worked there before or have a sense of the space, the colour scheme, and any logistical challenges that may arise. If they haven’t, then ask them to schedule a visit there as soon as possible.
I actually found my local florist at my wedding venue when it was hosting a wedding fayre. This was great as I could see how they’d decorated the space.
If you use centrepiece vases they already have, it will cost a lot less money than if they have to purchase speciality ones. Make sure they have enough options in their showroom that will complement your wedding.
These days, wedding flowers are so much more than just bouquets and centrepieces. If you love flowers and want them to be a key feature of your big day, ask your local florist to suggest other decor ideas and how much they could cost. They should also be able to give you different prices if they offer different sizes of things.
Often, your florist will send you a brief with prices for all the different elements you talked about, from your bouquet to the wedding cake decorations, which means you can pick and choose in your own time.
In the midst of wedding planning, it’s so easy to forget that once the party is over, someone actually has to clear everything the next morning. And unless that person is you, it’s best to discuss this with your local florist prior to the big day. Most will include it in their quote, but it’s best to double check so you can avoid being stung with surprise charges.
Your local florist should send you a breakdown of costs about two weeks after your first meeting. Compare with two other florists’ estimates, looking for points of difference and opportunities to negotiate.