Floral designers do much more than just supply the bouquet! They help create the look and mood for your wedding ceremony, as well as centerpieces and other table decorations for the reception. They add the floral flourishes for the wedding party (don’t forget that corsage for Grandma!), and some may even work with your cake designer to provide embellishments.
Needless to say, you and your floral designer will have a lot to talk about!
So we’ve armed you with some questions to ask:
- Can we see photos of your wedding you’ve done?
- Do you have one particular style, or will you work with us to create arrangements that match our vision?
- Will you look at pictures we’ve found to help explain what we want?
- Can we see sample arrangements?
- Do you specialize in weddings?
- What other types of events have you done?
- Have you done any events at our site?
- Where do you get the flowers for the arrangements?
- Are arrangements made the day of or before? How are they stored?
- Will you be on hand on the wedding day arranging and setting up, or will someone else be doing this?
- If someone else, can we see this person’s work and meet him/her?
- Do you provide an aisle runner for the ceremony?
- Do you provide candles and create displays with them?
- Can you build a wedding canopy or huppah?
- Can you work with our cake decorator if we want flowers on the cake? Are you familiar with the safety issues regarding edible flowers and the need to use flowers free from pesticides?
- Do you do flower favors?
- What will the costs be for the different elements we are interested in?
- Can you suggest some money-saving strategies?
- Will the flowers we’re interested in be in season at the time of our wedding? If not, can you suggest some similar-looking alternatives to save money?
- How do you feel about transforming pew arrangements from the ceremony into centerpieces for the reception to help ease our budget?
- Are there delivery and setup fees?
- Are the centerpieces vases ours keep< or do they need to go back to your?
- How many planning meeting should we expect to have?
- How many other events are you scheduled to work on our weddings day?
- What time would the flowers be delivered, and when would you (and your team) arrive to sat up?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- How much of a deposit do you require?
- When is the balance due?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- Do you have references?
KEEP IN MIND
If the vases do not need to do back to the florist, you may want to offer your centerpieces to guests as favors or donate the arrangements to lacal hospital or nursing home.