Of all the decisions you’ll make while planning your wedding, few may seem as luxurious – or plain old fun – as choosing your florals! What girl doesn’t love the idea of choosing her dream flowers, getting to order lots of them, sharing with her friends and then stopping and smelling them on her wedding day? From bouquets to tablescapes, there is a lot to consider when selecting a florist, but there are some questions that can help make the process smoother.
What to Ask and Why
Though your relationship with your wedding professionals will be based on business, you still want to get along with the people you’ve selected to make your dream day come true. Sitting down in person with prospective vendors can really help you choose people that will add to your joy – not your stress – on wedding day. Once you’ve booked a meeting, here are some things you’ll want to ask.
- Can I give you ideas to run with, if I don’t know exactly what I want?
- Can I see samples of your previous work?
- If I have my heart set on an out-of-season flower, can you get it? If so, at what cost?
- When will flowers be delivered, or will they need to be picked up?
- Will I get to see and hold a sample of your bouquet before the wedding? (If this is possible, it can help to know how it will feel in your hand. You don’t want a bouquet that is awkwardly small, long, etc.)
- When is payment due?
- Will you have other weddings booked on my same date?
- If there is a shortage on my chosen flowers, like peonies, for instance, what will Plan B look like?
- If I wish to donate the flowers after the wedding, to a nursing home or hospital, can you arrange delivery?