Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Florist!
When looking to cut costs, some couples think that they can get away with skipping floral arrangements, bouquets, or boutonnieres. Yet, having fresh florals on your special day elevates your décor, enhances your theme, adds freshness and beauty, makes the wedding party stand out, and results in gorgeous photographs. In our opinion, flowers are a must! Before you sign a contract with a florist, make sure you have all of the information you need. The Views at Superstition in Gold Canyon, AZ has compiled the following 10 questions to ensure you are making a well-informed decision on this essential purchase:
1. Do you have a signature style or theme you are going for?
If so, grab photos from the web, Pinterest, Instagram, or go old school with pictures from bridal magazines, to share with your potential florist. There are numerous styles of floral design, and different florists work with different methods and materials. Pictures of your favorite flowers, color schemes, centerpieces, decorations, apparel, and any other details of your wedding will help both of you get on the same page.
2. Can you help me determine which flowers would be best for my wedding?
There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect flowers. You need to take into account your color scheme, budget, style, venue, as well as the season, and the length of your event. Having all of this information before meeting with a florist will yield the best results. They will be able to suggest what will check all of the boxes on your wish list.
3. Do you have any suggestions for maximizing my floral budget?
When planning a wedding, sticking with your allotted budget is vital. Luckily, florists often have helpful tips and tricks to help clients get the most bang for their buck. So, don’t be afraid to ask the experts about ways to cut costs and make the most out of your purchase.
4. Do you have a portfolio of your work?
We cannot stress the importance of choosing a florist who can show you their past work. Looking through photographs of floral arrangements they have done for previous weddings will not only give you a glimpse of their style, but it will also help you determine whether or not their vision is aligned with yours.
5. Will you provide sketches or mockups of my arrangements?
It’s important for you to get an accurate visual of the floral arrangements you’ve discussed before the big day. This will ensure that any minor tweaks or major changes can be accommodated with plenty of time to spare. It will put you at ease to know exactly what you are getting and paying for.
6. Do you provide additional decor items?
Some florists offer the rental of extra decor items, such as vases, columns, votives, arches, and candelabras for display purposes. Find out whether this option will be available through your prospective florist or whether you will need to rent decorative items from another company instead.
7. How many weddings or events will you be booking on the day/week/weekend of my event?
It is key to make sure your florist doesn’t have an overwhelming number of other clients booked around your event. If they have too much on their plate, you risk not receiving adequate time, energy, and attention for YOUR special day.
8. How will the flowers be handled and delivered?
Find out when your flowers will be delivered, how they will be packaged, where and how they will be stored, how they will be transported to your venue, and what setup will entail. You will also want to ask if there will be any extra fees for any of these services.
9. Will you be the one designing the flowers on my wedding day, or do you have a team you delegate duties to?
This question may seem obvious, but it is best to confirm that the person you are working with will actually be the one onsite the day of your wedding. You don’t want to make any assumptions or risk any surprises!
10. Who will be responsible for breaking down and taking the arrangements away at the end of the reception?
Never assume the florist will be in charge of removing the arrangements from the venue once the celebration wraps up. Make sure there is a solid breakdown plan in place. In addition, make sure this plan has been shared with the staff at your venue.
When hiring vendors for your wedding day, it is important to ask a lot of questions, open up transparent dialogue, and clarify all expectations. This is the only way to ensure that what you are picturing in your mind becomes a reality. When it comes to florals, you want them to add to the entire sensory experience of your celebration. If you need suggestions for local florists who have created magic for past customers, feel free to contact any member of our staff at The Views at Superstition or check out our preferred vendors at https://theviewsatsuperstition.com/preferred-professionals/. We would be elated to help you find the perfect florist to add just that extra oomph to your wedding day.