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7 Questions to Ask a Florist When Planning Wedding Flowers June 15, 2010

So you have your venue and date for your wedding, and your next step is decor and flowers. What questions should you ask when you meet with a wedding florist?

1. How do the flowers get to the wedding? Do you offer delivery services and what is included? Do you have a service where you move florals and decor from the ceremony site to the reception?

2. Do you offer rental vases and containers?

3. How do flowers get to you? Are they kept cold all the way from the grower to your shop?

4. Are my favorite flowers in season and available? What is their pricing? Can you suggest other flowers that will give me the same look and feel, and that will complement them well?

5. Can I see pictures of bride’s bouquets and other wedding flowers you have actually done?

6. What suggestions do you have for maximizing my wedding budget?

7. How do you make sure the flowers last throughout the whole day, looking fabulous for the ceremony, reception and pictures?

I’m curious what other questions you have on your mind – leave a reply here and make your suggestion!

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3 Responses to “7 Questions to Ask a Florist When Planning Wedding Flowers”

  1. OH those are great questions to ask.

    I would also ask the florist if they will be assisted by anyone preparing the brides flowers and when will she be working on everything.

    Seems to me that florist are not giving themselves enough time to complete the tasks involved.

    Just read a bride’s horror story where there was still glue dripping on one of the arrangements along with frayed ribbons on other flower designs.

    Once while assisting my floral teacher on a wedding (part of getting my florist certificate) plus the help of another lady we were scrambling to get everything done.

    The wedding was around 3 pm and we started at 9 am. Nothing was arranged in advance…. all done the morning of the wedding. Once we got to the reception hall we seen the cake designer was scrambling to get his cake done too.

    I personally would of done some of the work the day or night before, but I was only the student and dared not say anything. Grades you know!

    • godsgardentreasures Says:

      Thank you, Jenny! Yes, it is important to give yourself enough time for all the design work – we have to think about what it’s going to be like for the bride and guests all the way through the event. Of course, it’s a bit of a balancing act for the flowers that will not have a water source to get it done in enough time, and yet not so far ahead that they dry out. I really like to have everything done ahead so that if there’s an emergency (staff sick, etc) we are not caught rushing at the last minute. We used to do more of the rushing and I am learning more about how far ahead you can work with the various elements. It’s much more peaceful and the flowers reflect it!

  2. Culbert Ward Says:

    Thank you, Jenny! Yes, it is important to give yourself enough time for all the design work – we have to think about what it’s going to be like for the bride and guests all the way through the event. Of course, it’s a bit of a balancing act for the flowers that will not have a water source to get it done in enough time, and yet not so far ahead that they dry out. I really like to have everything done ahead so that if there’s an emergency (staff sick, etc) we are not caught rushing at the last minute. We used to do more of the rushing and I am learning more about how far ahead you can work with the various elements. It’s much more peaceful and the flowers reflect it!
    +1


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