Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Picking the Perfect Petals

Hi All!

As I am just wrapping up my fourth week as an intern with BCE, I have had the opportunity of sitting in on multiple meetings…specifically florist meetings!  While weddings have all kinds of details and logistics, one of the most important things is the florist.  And that is why I thought I should give you all my tips when trying to choose the perfect one for you!

Consider these following steps throughout your florist search:

OPTIONS: About 6-8 months out from your wedding, you should begin your search for a florist.  Choose a couple of florists you think match your personality and meet with them.  If you are working with a planner, ask them for their suggestions, since they know your style best!

DETAILS ARE EVERYTHING:  After you explain your ideas and vision to them, it is important to ask questions and see what they envision for your wedding.  Every florist has a different style and it is essential to find the one person who matches yours.  Make sure you are comfortable with the florist when making requests and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if they begin to talk about things you aren't sure you will like.  Be sure you are getting the most for your budget and don’t be afraid to inquire for references and reviews.  Florists have portfolios for you to look at so take advantage of those as well.

REQUEST A PROPOSAL: Once you have met with a few different florists, make sure to have them send you a formal quote. Make sure it includes the ceremony, reception and all the other little details discussed. Most florists will get this to you within a week of your consultation.  If they have a less formal process, be sure you are comfortable with that and don't feel pushed against the wall to make a decision on the spot, ever!

A few questions to ask during your floral consultation:
  • What are your set up and tear down fees?
  • Can flowers be moved from the ceremony to the reception and will you handle this transfer?
  • Are they familiar with your venue?
  • How many weddings or events have they done in the past?
  • What are the deposit and balance requirements?

  • Are there any additional charges you may not know about?

NEXT STEP: After you have secured the florist you loved, it is important that you mark your calendar for the next important step.  About 3-4 months until your wedding you will need to meet with the florist to discuss details and tie up any loose ends.  Make sure you both are on the same page and are set for your big day! 

THE BIG DAY: Trust your florist.  They know what they are doing and you chose them for a reason.  Let them handle all the details and enjoy this amazing day!  A good florist will always go above and beyond what you were expecting!

I hope these tips were helpful and you are now prepared to begin your search to find the perfect florist for you!

Boldly Yours,

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