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When you’re choosing a florist for your wedding flowers, it can be a tough task to find the right one. To choose the wedding florist that works best for you, don’t just ask for a price quote: ask wedding questions to clarify everything so you know the florist will be a good fit for your big day. In this blog post, we’ll show you the top 10 things you should ask your wedding florist so you’re prepared.
Plus, scroll to the bottom of this post to download a FREE printable you can take to your meeting and fill out the answers to stay organized. I also have a short video outlining everything below.
Let’s get started!
Questions to Ask a Potential Wedding Florist
First and foremost: the date! It’s hard to know what to expect from a wedding florist if you don’t know their availability.
1. Are You Available on My Wedding Date?
One question to ask your potential florist is whether they are available on your wedding date. Many wedding vendors are booked many months in advance. If a florist won’t be available on your wedding date, you’ll need to find another option. If a florist is available on your wedding date, then you can ask more questions to see if they’ll be a good fit for your wedding.
2. Can You Work With My Floral Budget?
Next, you should ask if they can work within your floral budget. On average, 8-10% of your wedding budget should be allotted to be spent on wedding flowers. Knowing your wedding flower budget can help you to determine which wedding florists will be great to work with. Certain florists will have more expensive pricing than usual depending on their suppliers, experience, and establishment in the wedding industry. Inflation and supply-demand issues have also been known to drive floral pricing up in recent years.
PRO TIP: If you’re trying to achieve your dream wedding flowers on a strict budget, check out these ways to save money on your wedding flowers.
3. What Recommendations Do You Have for Making the Most of My Budget?
Make sure to ask your florist how to make the most of your budget. Your florist will know their pricing for traditional wedding items, such as a bride’s bouquet, boutonnieres, corsages, and more. They’ll also be more familiar with the current cost of flowers, so they can estimate how many floral arrangements will fit within your budget. Your florist might have some recommendations on how to save money. They will also help you to prioritize the most important arrangements to help you fit the essentials in your wedding flower budget.
4. What Floral Arrangements Do I Need Based on My Wedding Vision?
Your florist will help you to determine which floral arrangements will fit your budget and also help you achieve your wedding vision. Wedding traditions dictate you need a lot of different arrangements. For example, if you’re planning to have a wedding party, you’ll need a number of boutonnieres, corsages, and bridesmaid bouquets. However, depending on your wedding style and vision, you might need a more personalized floral plan. Your florist will help you determine all of the arrangements you need from wedding party florals to decorations to ceremony installations.
5. What Flowers Do You Recommend?
If you don’t know what specific flowers you want for your wedding, don’t worry. Ask your florist! They’ll know which flowers are in season and most affordable. They’ll also know which flowers can be dyed or grown to match your desired wedding colors. You can also do some research to find out what the most popular wedding flowers are this season. Your florist might help you discover new flowers that you love but would have never considered otherwise.
6. Can You Use Artificial Flowers?
If you’re trying to stick to a budget or want to be more eco-friendly, ask if your florist can use artificial flowers! Artificial flowers like wood flowers can be a beautiful and affordable option for wedding flowers. Wood flowers are beautiful, realistic-looking, naturally produced, and environmentally friendly. Each flower is handmade and formed to look like popular flowers. You can even dye wood flowers to match any unique color. The best part of using wood flowers is that they will never wilt or die. Your wedding flowers will last forever as a meaningful memento of your favorite day.
7. Can You Recreate A Picture of a Bouquet I Like?
You might also want to ask if your florist can recreate bouquet styles you like. This will ensure that your floral vision is accurately achieved for your wedding day. It helps to look at photos of their past work to find styles that you like since you already know what they’re capable of arranging. If your florist isn’t able to recreate the particular style you’re looking for, it is time to choose another florist!
8. Can You Make Me a Sample Arrangement?
You can also ask if your florist can make you a sample arrangement. This is helpful for pieces that are very important for your wedding day, such as your bridal bouquet, groom’s boutonniere, or ceremony arch decor. If your florist is able to make a sample arrangement according to your desires, you’ll feel confident working with them. When you’re asking for a sample arrangement, make sure to ask how much it costs. Your florist might discount your pricing, but it likely won’t be free, and you’ll want to work it into your budget.
9. Will You Deliver, Prep, and Install the Wedding Flowers?
Make sure you know how your floral delivery will be coordinated. Ask your florist if they’ll deliver, prep, and install your wedding flowers at the venue. You should also ask if they include any other decor as part of the installation, such as vases. If you want matching flowers on your cake, you can also ask how much that would cost. This will help you to anticipate the procedure of the wedding day installation.
10. How Will You Handle The Event Decor Takedown?
Don’t forget to discuss the event decor takedown. Some florists won’t stay for the wedding day events but will come back to take down your flowers. Other florists might rely on the venue or other vendors for help. In some cases, your florist might want to give centerpieces and decorations away to the guests so the flowers aren’t wasted. Knowing their takedown routine can be helpful in planning your wedding day schedule.
Don’t forget to download the FREE printable questionnaire sheet! Print it out and take to your florist meeting (or write down answers on a phone call or Zoom conference) to help you stay organized. You can download it here or click the image below. ↓
Now that you know the right questions to ask, do you have any additional inquiries for us? Comment in the box below and provide any things to ask your wedding florist we may not have covered in this blog post. We’d love to hear from you!
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