Questions to ask your wedding florist before you book

One of the key wedding suppliers will be your wedding florist and the style of the florist you choose will have a big impact on the look of your day. So make sure you have your research done and found a vendor that is right for your style and your wedding budget.

There are a few key questions to ask your florist:

1. Can you see samples of their work?
You shouldn’t really need to ask as every florist now will have samples available and lots of gorgeous ideas to show you. Ask to see photos of weddings they have worked on or if you are meeting them in their store, they will have examples to show you of some fresh floral arrangements. You can also go to wedding shows and fairs they will be exhibiting at in the near future.

2. Which flowers will be in season when I marry?
It will be much more economical to choose wedding flowers that are in season on your chosen date, otherwise you will incur extra costs for shipping your favourite flowers from overseas. Your florist will have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to flowers, costs and seasons so take advantage of that. Each season has such a variety of flowers so there is so much to choose from be it flowers and colour schemes.

3. Which flowers will suit the style of your wedding?
Even if you have a clear idea of the particular flowers that you want for your wedding day, it is still worth talking to your florist about which blooms they recommend. You may find similar alternatives and more suggestions to complement your chosen style.

4. Has the florist worked with your venue before?
It is not essential that your florist hasn’t worked with your venue previously but it can help. If they have not worked at the venue then don’t panic, they can always take a visit to the venue and have a walk around to generate ideas for you. If they have worked at the hotel before, then you can ask to see some photos of their work they did on display.

5. Who will be delivering your flowers on the day and is this included in the price?
If your florist is a big company, then the person you are dealing with prior may not be the person who delivers your flowers on the day. Ask who will be delivering and setting out the flowers on the day and see if you can meet them beforehand so they have a clear idea of what you expect for your wedding day. Check if the delivery is included in the price as distance may be added to the cost, if it is within a certain area, there may be no charge added.

6. How will you get rented equipment back to the florist?
If you have any wedding decor or vases, candle holders or centre pieces to be returned to your florists, you should ask are you responsible to return those items to the florist or do they collect them the day after your wedding.

7. Does your florist provide other décor and accessories?
Your florist may hire out different décor such as wedding signs, candles, votive and centre pieces, be sure to ask as it will save you going to another shop to hire and saves you more time to order all items from your florist.

8. What if I change my mind on numbers of bouquets or flower colours?
Agree a cut off time for your order as its probably not a good idea to change your mind a week before your wedding as your florist will have the orders in place. When you book your florist agree a cut off date for final decisions.

Tip of the week
Check with your florist do they charge for any breakages, chances are there may be a vase cracked or broke. Just make sure you are aware of your florist’s breakage policy and what charges you may incur.

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