As a bride-to-be, one of the many things on your plate is choosing a florist. How do you know which one is right for you? Are they all basically the same? Should you wait until the wedding date is closer to worry about your arrangements? Or just delegate the task to your future mother-in-law?
Here are 10 tips to help you hire a great wedding florist and get one more item checked off your list:
1. Start early because florists are booked up quickly, in some cases up to a year in advance! Once you know your theme, wedding colors, and have picked out your dress, you should begin the search for your florist. If you are having a more simple wedding, the florist can be one of the first things to take care of. If you have a color or type of flower in mind that you want to feature, the main thing to have nailed down is your location, because obviously you'll want a florist located near the venue.
2. Choose a florist who specializes in weddings. They will be in a wedding state of mind, just like you. A wedding-specific florist will have a working knowledge of current styles and have know how to pull it off. Plus they know how to better budget their time for your particular needs.
3. A good place to start is with recommendations from other brides and bridal magazines. Ask any family and friends who have recently booked a florist. Not only will you get good suggestions, but you will also know who NOT to call.
4. Do your own research as well. Call around and ask a few preliminary questions about their pricing and flowers they will have available for your wedding date.
5. After gathering all the information, narrow your list to about three florists and set up interviews. Ask to see the portfolios of the specific florist who will be working on your arrangements.
6. Share your vision, ideas, and dreams. Listen to their suggestions and feedback. If you don't feel their vision meshes with yours, move on.
7. Have visual tools: pictures of arrangements you like, of your dress, swatches of your color palette. And if there is something you do not want, let them know that too.
8. Be upfront about your budget so they can be honest about your expectations. If you are unsure, give them a price range that you would like to stay in.
9. Familiarize yourself with flowers and understand that the cost is more than just the price of the flowers. It is also the difficulty and time it takes to put the arrangements together.
10. Once you have found a florist who shares your vision, you have worked out an estimate that fits your budget, and they have all the information just relax and let them do their job. This is one less detail you will need to worry about.
Keep in mind that many venues, including in the Summit County and Vail, Colorado area, will have a team of planners to help if you aren't the DIY kind of bride. Whether you want to select the florist yourself or have some help in the process, the perfect florist for your perfect day is out there.