There are several great places to find your florist:
If you’re really lucky you may be getting married in a venue near where you live and you may have a gorgeous flower shop locally that you know and trust, or have been secretly waiting to use for years.
If not then word of mouth can be a great way to find a reliable florist. If the florist’s service and work comes highly recommended by someone you know and trust, then chances are they will do a fabulous job for you.
If you don’t have that recommendation then you will need to investigate a little further. You next option is to check with your venue, they often have a list of recommended florists that have worked with the venue before and have proven themselves.
All of your other suppliers can also offer help in this area as they may have worked with florists on many occasions or heard feedback from previous brides.
Check our local wedding fairs, where you can actually meet the florists right away and see real examples of their work, not just pictures.
Essential questions to ask your florist
Is the florist familiar with your reception and ceremony location?
Have they worked there before?
Do they have pictures of the work they did, or testimonials from past brides?
Are the flowers shown in their photos arranged by the same person who will be doing your flower arrangements?
What happens if the florist is sick on the day?
Do they have insurance? A lot of venues ask for it these days.
Is there a delivery charge?
Is there a setup fee?
Can you make changes your order if you have another idea?
What’s the cut-off date for changes?
Will the florist be willing to transport ceremony arrangements to the reception location? Is there a fee?
Can they make a mock-up of your bouquet and centrepieces? Most florists will, but they may charge.
Will they give you an itemised quote? Some won’t in fear that you may take it to other florists for a better deal.
Is VAT added?
How much is the deposit? When is the due date for the remaining balance to be paid?
Do they have a refund/exchange/cancellation policy?
Can the florist arrange your table decorations in a particular kind of vases, such as watering cans, to suit your reception decor?
When would I be required to give the final number of tables for the flower arrangements?
Armed with this information, you should be able to find the best florist for your wedding day!