Weddings can be remarkably stunning and full of color and beauty. One tradition that has stood the test of time is the use of flowers for weddings. In the 18th century, brides attached their veils to a coronet of in-season flowers, usually orange blossoms. For brides who didn’t wear a veil, they used headpieces made of flowers. Fast forward to the present, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West spent a reported $136,000 on a custom flower wall for their wedding. Throughout history, flowers have remained a central focus for most weddings.
It’s safe to assume that you will have flowers at your wedding. Being prepared to ask potential florists the right questions during your selection process will ensure you get the best value. The following are a list of the top 15 questions to ask your wedding florists before signing a contract.
1. Are you available on the date of my wedding?
Obvious question but critical to start the conversation. You wouldn’t want to fall in love with a florist to find out he/she is not available for your date. So, it’s best to get it out of the way early.
2. How long have you been in business?
Like all vendors, experience matters. Being in business and having quality reviews and ratings indicates the florist is doing something right and should be given an opportunity to provide a quote for his/her services.
3. How many weddings or events are you providing flowers for the same weekend as mine?
This question is to gauge how busy your florist may be during the weekend of your wedding. If the florist has to travel many miles to and from locations, it may cause delays and make your day more stressful. However, if the florist is comfortable with multiple events in the same weekend his/her answer to this question should give you a sense of comfort. Either way, you’ll have to ask to find out.
4. Are my favorite flowers in season and what other flower suggestions do you have?
You may already be in love with a certain type of flower. You may also want to hear your florist’s opinion. After all, he/she is a professional and knows what works and what doesn’t.
5. If the flowers I want are not in season, can you provide them and what is the additional cost?
Most wedding florists can accommodate your requests, but some requests may not be possible without additional costs. If you are in love with a certain flower, then you’ll have to discuss potential options.
6. What flowers are in season?
Maybe you are open to ideas and don’t have a particular flower in mind. If so, ask what flowers are in season so you can get flowers that are easily accessible.
7. What type of flower packages do you offer and what’s included?
Even if you know exactly what you want, you’ll want to know if there are certain packages you can take advantage of. Most wedding florists have certain prepared packages that may contain the flower arrangements you are looking for. It’s good to understand their package pricing. In addition, many wedding florists provide vases, candle holders, and countless other items that can be rented or included as part of the wedding flower package. Get a sense for what is included, what is additional, and what you need to provide.
8. What design styles do you provide?
A potential florist should be able to demonstrate their experience by showing different floral arrangements and styles. Ask what design styles they have done before or can do. Also, make sure to check out their online portfolio. This will help spark your creativity as well.
9. Can you work with my budget?
Staying on budget is an important aspect of wedding planning. It’s critical to set expectations during your initial consultation to ensure the potential florist can provide all the services you need within your budget.
10. When do you need the final numbers for people in my wedding party, reception table centerpieces, etc.?
Understanding the florist’s timeline is important so the florist can ensure timely delivery of your flowers. In addition to providing final numbers for your wedding party and centerpieces, you may also need to provide the number of extra corsages and boutonnieres for godparents and others. This question makes you aware of when final numbers are due and other responsibilities.
11. Have you worked with my ceremony and reception venue in the past?
Knowing the venue may allow the florist to provide suggestions or ideas that you may not have considered. For example, if your venue has a grand entrance, perhaps flowers are needed there. An experienced florist may be able to enhance your floral vision.
12. How much time does it take you to setup?
Understanding when your florist will need to arrive is important for seamless preparation on the day of your wedding. You should make sure the florist setup process will not interfere with anything else.
13. How do payments work and what is your cancellation policy?
You’ll need to know what type of payment methods are accepted, what are your payment plan options, and cancellation policy. Also, you will want to know their refund policy if unforeseen circumstances occur. Try to dedicate some time during your initial consultation to discuss all of the payment questions.
14. Do you have insurance coverage?
Many venues nowadays are requiring all vendors to have liability insurance. You should check with your venue first to find out if it is required. Even if it is not required, you may be more comfortable with a florist that provides it.
15. Will the florist set up the flowers at the ceremony and the reception sites?
Maybe it’s assumed but some wedding florists will not set up the flowers at your venue but rather expect your party to do it. It’s essential to understand the setup and breakdown activities included with the wedding florist services so there are no surprises.
Choosing a potential wedding florist will take some preparation and planning. But, equipped with the right set of starting questions, you’ll be able to pick the best one and bring your floral vision to life on the day of your wedding.