Wedding floral arrangements are one of my favourite things to pour over. Floral arrangements can make such a difference to your wedding look and add a beautiful feeling and colour into your wedding day in what is always going to be a completely ‘unique to you’ touch. So today, continuing in our Twenty Questions series, I’m diving into Twenty Questions – What to Ask Your Wedding Florist.
Check out the previous posts in this series, What To Ask Your Wedding Stationer, What to Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue, What To Ask Your Marriage Celebrant, What To Ask Your Cake Designer and What To Ask Your Dress Designer.
1. What is their style?
This is honestly a question, that if you’ve done your research, you shouldn’t have to ask! Most florists are wonderful with posting imagery of their recent work on their website or social media channels. But if you haven’t been following, or are choosing a florist without seeing their previous work, it’s a good idea to understand their style. Do they create modern arrangements? Is their style somewhat organic? Is it traditional? What do you want for your wedding and can the florist work to that?
2. What flowers do they recommend based on the time of year, budget and wedding style?
Being the ones who know their flowers inside and out, it’s worth asking your florist based on the time of year, your budget and wedding style, what they recommend. If you have your heart set on peonies, are marrying in June and have a limited budget they might not be the best option. A good florist will also be able to advise what kind of bouquet might look best with your gown. Working with your florist in this way can also inspire you to consider beautiful blooms that were off your radar.
Make sure you also check in with anything extra you want – a flower crown, flowers for your hair, corsages etc to ensure it’s thought about and that your florist is able to create the pieces.
Flowers by Lavande Designs, photo by Nerida McMurray
3. If your “must have” flower isn’t available on your wedding day, what will they substitute it with?
With weather changing and seasons changing, sometimes flowers aren’t always available come wedding days, no matter what precautions and planning comes into play. What will your florist substitute it with? How will they make sure your arrangements are still what you love?
Flowers by The Gathering Florist
4. Will the flowers be open on the day?
A good florist will ensure your flowers look their best right at the moment of your wedding, only choosing flowers that are open and at their prime.
5. If you have allergies, what flowers can your florist recommend to eliminate your discomfort?
Allergic to pollen? Make sure you bring it up with your florist so they recommend low allergen flowers or flowers that won’t have you sneezing all day.
Flowers by Affair With George
6.What does the design process involve?
Does your florist work off a collaborative Pinterest board with you? Both pinning ideas of the floral style you dream of? Do they do sketches? Or mockups? How does the florist work out the design of your wedding and how involved are you as the client?
7. Who will be designing your flowers on your wedding day?
Make sure you check if the designer whose work you love will be working on your flowers on your wedding day. Again this comes back to trust as many florists have an expert team of designers who can execute the main designer’s style with ease and perfection.
Flowers by Jane & Jones Floral Co
8. Are they available for a site visit?
A lot of florists will visit the venue with you to get an idea of what you’d love where, what they might do with the space and what would work with the type of wedding you’re having. They’ll also be able to spot parts of the venue – a beautiful mantle for instance, where you could include flowers for extra ‘wow’.
9. Have they worked with your venue before?
Chances are if your venue is popular, your florist will have worked there before. This always comes in handy as they’ll know what can and can’t be done in the space and can give you more feedback on what you want design wise.
Flowers by Green & Bloom, Photo by Feather & Stone
10. How will the arrangements be finished?
What will your bouquet be tied with? How will the boutonnieres be finished? Do you have a sentimental charm you want to add? Or a special ribbon colour you want used? Make sure you communicated this with your florist!
Flowers by Petal & Pod
11. What vessels will be used?
Do you want simple vases or brightly coloured glass? Copper cylindrical vases or squares? What does your florist recommend for your style of wedding and the arrangements?
12. What is the cancellation policy?
As with any vendor, make sure you read the invoice or contract or ask and find out just in case!
Flowers by Oak & Linden
13. When is the deposit due?
Do you need to pay a deposit upfront to secure your booking? Florists can’t take endless bookings for a day and will also need time to order flowers. What is the timeline for locking your vendor in?
14. When is the final payment due?
Do you have to pay the entire amount up front? Check when you need to pay the balance.
Flowers by Flowersmith
15. Can they work with the cake designer to supply fresh flowers?
If you want your cake decorated with fresh flowers, you could work with your cake designer and florist to ensure you have fresh flowers ordered to decorate the cake. Is your florist able to set these aside for the cake designer to arrange? Or will they do it?
Flowers by Chic Rustique, Photo by John Benavente
16. Who will deliver and set up the flowers? Who will breakdown the arrangements?
Will the venue staff need to set up the flowers or will your florist come and arrange everything on the night and make sure everything looks perfect? Will they deliver the bouquets and bridal party flowers to you? Are there extra fees involved? If you need to pick up the flowers yourself, what kind of transport will be required?
17. What happens to the ceremony flowers?
Can the florist transport and reuse your ceremony flowers at the reception? If not, what happens to your ceremony flowers?
Flowers by Floretta
18. What happens to the flowers at the end of of the night?
Some florists will return at the end of the night to wrap your flowers for guests to take home. Others work with nursing homes or other facilities to donate the blooms, or package them up for you. What does your florist recommend and what do you want?
Flowers by Bluebucketful
19. Do they provide vessels for the flowers? Do they provide any other items?
What will your flowers be arranged in? Are these hired or yours to keep?
20. Who will be responsible for the return of vessels and hire items?
When the last guest has left the dance floor, who is responsible for the return of vases and vessels? Will the florist pick them up or do you need to collect them and deliver them back?
Flowers by Clara’s Flower Studio