GUEST BLOGGER: Amber Cook, A Sister’s Touch Floral Design and Event Planning
Your Perfect Wedding:
How to choose and work with a florist
Flowers and décor are key elements when planning your special day. They bring color, life, and aroma to a wedding. They make table settings beautiful, set the tone and style of the day, and can transform any space into a beautiful personality-filled scene. They can also be confusing for a beginner and a budget breaker for many! Here are some tips on how to find the right florist for you and select the perfect flowers to suit your wedding vision.
Florist Shop or Designer?
First, understand that there is a difference between a florist shop and a floral designer. A traditional florist will sale and deliver flowers for a variety of reasons (think birthdays, valentines, and funerals). Floral designers are experts on event ambience and set up. Their specialty is not only creating beautiful flowers, but also helping you create the design and scene for your wedding venue. While any competent florist is going to produce expert flower arrangements for weddings, hiring an independent floral designer is an excellent option for couples who want a truly special floral motif for their big day.
Floral designers can be more expensive, of course, but they’re also artists. Moreover, their services don’t always stop with flowers — “floral designer” is only one of many hats worn by professional wedding decorators who can help tie flowers into your overall theme and make your wedding truly memorable.
This isn’t to say that flower arrangements crafted by a florist won’t be gorgeous — they’re pros, and it shows. They work with flowers everyday so they have the skill and knowledge of all things floral. But while a florist often juggles dozens of orders simultaneously, floral designers can focus on one client at a time to turn her wedding into a singular work of art. If you’re not sure which way you want to go, interview and get a price quote from both.
Questions to ask each florist
Your floral professional should be comfortable and confident in making the designs you are requesting. Bring pictures of what you want and be as specific as possible. Ask her if she has done arrangements similar to the pictures you have. Here are some other key questions:
• Has she worked in the location where your wedding is taking place? If not, would she be willing to walk through the venue with you to familiarize herself and see your vision.
• Is the price inclusive of delivery and setting up the venue? Be clear on this. Many florists will only include the delivery but will not set the arrangements in the appropriate places. Or they may charge extra for this.
• What flowers are in season when your wedding takes place? She should know this and help you make good choices for your décor.
• Have her show photos of her previous works. Ask for recent wedding photos.
• Does the florist require a deposit to book a date?
• How many orders does she fill per day? Will she be focused on your event, or making arrangements for several events on the same weekend.
• When does she actually make the flower arrangements? This determines freshness and longevity of your bouquets.
Make sure to spend some time getting to know your potential florist to determine if she truly understand your style and vision. She should be willing to help you stick to your budget by showing your optional, less costly flower choices and sizes. She can even help you if you’re stuck on color pallets and overall design or theme of your wedding.
Once you have decided on your floral designer, make sure to work closely with them and let their expertise work for you. Be honest and upfront about your budget as well as your expectations. Allow them some creativity space to really make it beautiful for you! The florist you choose can be one of your greatest assets!
For more information and help with your wedding day vision and budget, contact A Sister’s Touch for a free consultation*!
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