As we’ve mentioned before, though many woman don’t realize it until it comes time to plan their own wedding, choosing flowers for the ceremony and reception is no small feat. That’s why it is extremely important to be prepared with the right questions when you sit down for your first consultation with a potential wedding florist. Planning for the big day is stressful enough – you don’t want to have to worry that you missed something during that initial interview process.
Here are just a few key questions to add to your list:
Is it possible to work within my budget?
Oh the dreaded wedding budget. As with most other wedding related aspects, i.e. the wedding dress or cake, the last thing you want to do is fall in love with a floral arrangement just to find out that it is way out of your price range. After that, nothing else will compare and you’ll either end up disappointed or overspending. Be up front with your florist from the very beginning about your budget and preferences so she can tell you right away whether or not it’s plausible.
Are the flowers I want currently in season?
Every bride-to-be has a vision of the types of flowers she wants at her wedding well before she’s even engaged – it’s just in our nature. However, keep in mind that some things are out of your florist’s control – such as whether or not a specific flower is in season during the time of your wedding. However, your florist will be able to make suggestions of similar flowers so that you won’t have to completely abandon your vision.
How long have you been doing weddings?
It’s always a good idea to gauge a potential florist’s experience level when it comes to a production as big as a wedding. Ask how long they have been performing wedding flower services and if you can see a portfolio of their past work. This will give you a sense of their style and the overall quality of their work.
How do you charge?
Every florist is different, which means that it is well worth your time to ask whether they charge one flat fee or per arrangement. Hidden fees pop up all the time, adding more stress to your plate than necessary. Ask about these charges and whether or not delivery to the venue counts as an extra cost. Your budget is a very big deal, so don’t be afraid to ask about every possible charge before signing on the dotted line.
Do you have liability insurance?
Many venues require that all vendors have liability insurance in order to even be allowed on the property – including florists. Even if you don’t think it will be much of a big deal, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Additionally, it may also be a good idea to follow up by asking about refund and cancellation policies, as well as when your payments will be due. If you’d prefer to make payments in increments rather than one lump sum, don’t be afraid to ask if that’s possible.
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and those of us here at Carriage Flowers know that. That’s why we are happy to answer any and every question a bride- and groom-to-be might have. Contact us today to set up a consultation!