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You can get flowers from local farmers, friend’s gardens, or an aunt’s orchard, but if you are going to use a florist you need to consider the following:
1. Before even speaking to a florist, consider how much money you can devote to flowers and other vegetation. A florist’s fees can cost up to 15 per cent of your overall wedding budget. Don’t worry if you can’t afford a large sum; a good florist will be creative enough to make much from relatively little.
2. If possible, have colors swatches to show florists, as well as picturers of your wedding and reception site, and your wedding day outfits.
3. Ask around. Which florist did your married friend use? Question the local bridal boutique. Can you go online to find talented florists in your area?
4. Ask around. Which florist did your married friends use? Question the local bridal boutique. Can you go online to find talented florists in your area?
5. Ask to see the florist’s wedding portfolio. Do you like the designs? Is the person versatile? If you have the money, ask each florist you interview to create a centerpiece for you. This will give you an idea of each one’s style.
Have a firm idea of what you like – and do not like. Keep a “wish folder” of pictures and notes that might help a florist help you.
6. Provide a list of all wedding party members who will need flowers, as well as a general idea of how many tables and others areas will need floral or plant decorations.
7. Discuss deposits. Many florists want 25 to 50 per cent up front.
8. Are there any hidden faces, such as delivery fees and VAT?
9. How much advance notice does the florist need?
10. Does the florist have his or her own accessories, such as silver urns, polished stones, lanterns, ribbons, and so on? Or will he or she have to hire them and pass the cost on to you?
11. Will the florist also be able to create arrangements for your other wedding events, such as a rehearsal dinner?
12. Will your florist deliver your arrangements the morning of the wedding, then stay around to help set up the plants? (It helps to have someone who can meet the florist at the site to ensure everything goes to plan.)
13. Once you’ve chosen a florist, get everything – from what you are ordering to costs to delivery dates – in writing.