Top 14 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Florist

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Before you even con­sid­er flo­ral arrange­ments, you should have your venue set and your wed­ding dress. Don’t order your flow­ers until you have your dress. Of course, you may have an idea of what types of flow­ers and col­ors you’re inter­est­ed in, but it’s much eas­i­er to get those set in stone when you know where you’ll be hav­ing the shindig and how to match your bou­quet to your dress.

Look around dif­fer­ent ven­dors in your area and nar­row down your options. Take rec­om­men­da­tions, read reviews, and look online at arrange­ments they have done before. This will give you an idea of their qual­i­ty of work and what you’re look­ing for specif­i­cal­ly. You want to make sure you’re meet­ing with florists who spe­cial­ize in the styles you’re aim­ing for.

Think­ing about these things in advance will help you pre­pare for a meet­ing with your poten­tial florist. Besides that, you’ll also want to go into your meet­ing with your list of ques­tions, your bud­get, and what flo­ral arrange­ments you’ll be need­ing. These can include, but are not lim­it­ed to:

  • Bride bou­quet
  • Brides­maid bou­quets
  • Groom and Grooms­men bou­ton­nieres
  • Par­ents and Grand­par­ents cor­sages and bou­ton­nieres
  • Bou­quet toss bou­quet
  • Table cen­ter­pieces
  • Pew arrange­ments
  • Oth­er arrange­ments for cer­e­mo­ny and recep­tion
  • Flow­ers for wed­ding cake
bride and groom in blue suit during recessional

When you are ready to get start­ed, here are the top 14 ques­tions to ask your poten­tial florist:

1. How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you done?

This helps you estab­lish their report. If you real­ly want to make sure they are pro­fes­sion­als, you can ask for ref­er­ences.

2. Do you have our date available? Do have other weddings or events on the weekend of our wedding?

An impor­tant fac­tor, of course. You want to make sure that (a) they will be able to do your wed­ding and (b) if you’ll need to sched­ule around any oth­er events. You want things to go as smooth­ly as pos­si­ble.

3. Can we see a portfolio of your work?

They may have some live exam­ples, as well. It might be even bet­ter to see some pic­tures from oth­er wed­dings with the flow­ers with the wed­ding par­ty or in the venue.

4. What style and flowers do you recommend to maximize our budget?

Giv­en your sea­son, col­or scheme, and vision. You want to stick to your bud­get, but you also want the most bang for your buck, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing qual­i­ty.

5. Will you or another designer be doing my arrangements?

And will you be there dur­ing set up? If it’s not going to be the per­son you meet with, ask if you can meet the design­er that will be han­dling it.  

mother of the groom putting on groom's boutonniere

6. How far in advance will you make the arrangements? How will you store the flowers?

This impor­tant because you want to make sure your flow­ers are as fresh as pos­si­ble on the day of the wed­ding. It’s prob­a­bly bad luck to have wilt­ing flow­ers.

7. How will you transport the flowers?

They need to arrive at your venue on time and unharmed.

8. Are there any additional fees we should know about?

Such as deliv­ery, set­up, break­down, or over­time charges. If they do have addi­tion­al charges, that is some­thing you’ll have to con­sid­er when build­ing your arrange­ments with­in your bud­get.

9. What other decorative items can you provide?

And how much extra do you charge for their use? Many places will offer oth­er items like votives, mir­rors, arch­es, aisle run­ners, etc. If you’re inter­est­ed in any oth­er design ele­ments, you may as well ask if your florist pro­vides them.

10. When do you need the deposit and how much will it be?

With how many deposits you’ll be mak­ing in the next sev­er­al months, it’s impor­tant to have an idea when and how much they’ll need and when.

winter wedding reception table decorations

11. Have you done arrangements for our venue before?

There’s a good chance your florist has worked with just about every venue in your area, but this is a good thing to know, as your flo­ral arrange­ments need to match your venue as much as they need to match your dress.

12. Are you able to work with our cake decorator, should we decide to add flowers to our cake?

There are cer­tain safe­ty reg­u­la­tions when it comes to adding flow­ers to a cake. Your florist needs to be well aware of those rules, if you’re coor­di­nat­ing with them and your cake design­er to add live flow­ers. You may want to ask if there is addi­tion­al set­up fee for this, as well.

13. Can we get an itemized list of all the elements we discussed and their cost?

This will give you a chance to go over it again lat­er, to com­pare to oth­er florists you inter­view or to use as a check­list dur­ing set­up.

14. What is your refund policy?

Just in case, heav­en for­bid, you need to can­cel the order.

bride and bridesmaids in mismatched dresses

After you leave each meet­ing, you’ll want to ask your­self if the florist met your needs and answered all your ques­tions. Things can get a lit­tle crazy at a wed­ding, so you want to make sure they’ll be accom­mo­dat­ing and get every­thing done. Plus, you’ll want to ask your­self if you can pic­ture the ele­ments you dis­cussed and the arrange­ments they showed you at your wed­ding. Ulti­mate­ly, you need to pick a ven­dor that you feel com­fort­able with and who will meet your needs.

Once you pick your florist, give them a pic­ture of your dress and let them know explic­it­ly your col­ors, style, and venue so they can start mak­ing prepa­ra­tions. After that, sit back and relax, you have anoth­er major thing ticked off your to-do list.

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