Flowers are an important element that expresses your personality. Are you a romantic, classic bride? Or do you prefer sleek, clean lines? Maybe you are all about Hollywood glam, and your wedding is over the top. Your bouquets and floral décor will compliment your style, theme and ambiance.

There are many beautiful and unique types of brides and your wedding is the perfect opportunity to express your own unique style. Your florist will play an important role in suggesting flowers that will compliment your vision and bring your décor together. We’ve suggested some questions to ask your florist to ensure that you’re comfortable with their ability and creativity.

How many days before the wedding do you prepare the floral arrangements and bouquets?

You want to make sure that your flowers are fresh and look their best for your wedding. Preparing arrangements and bouquets too early may create a risk for the flowers to look wilted and not at their peak. Ask your florist how they preserve their flowers to make sure they’re as beautiful as you expect them to look.

What are your payment policies?

Some florists require 50% of the total to be paid in order to reserve your date. Most deposits are non refundable. Make sure that you’re confident in your florist and their ability to deliver your vision.

Can you provide a mock centerpiece or bouquet?

Most florists provide one mock. However, different policies vary by florist. They may provide the mock when your total is paid in full or after the initial deposit is paid.

Do you deliver and setup the centerpieces?

Never assume that your florist will deliver AND set your centerpieces up at your reception. Not every bride will have a planner or someone in charge of making sure that everything is being done on time. Please ask your florist if they deliver AND set up the centerpieces and all of your arrangements. Some florist will only deliver the flowers and charge extra for setting everything up at your reception venue.

How many weddings do you service per year?

An experienced florist will be able to translate your vision clearly and ensure that you’re happy with their work. With more experience, they’ll be able to provide you examples of a variety of styles they are capable of producing.

Can I see pictures of previous floral arrangements and bouquets that you have created?

An experienced florist will be able to present you with additional pictures besides what they have posted on their website. Their pictures will be a great representation of their style of arranging.

Do you charge a flat rate or a per item price?

Many florist charge per item. Prices vary based on flowers and complexity of arrangements. Their proposals should list prices per arrangement, centerpiece, altar arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres and rental items if applicable.

Can I bring my own vases for my centerpieces?

Bringing your own vases can save you money on glassware rentals and the possibility of having to replace rental items if one of your guests walks away with an arrangement. Michaels, Joann’s Fabrics  and Old Time Pottery are excellent stores to purchase affordable glassware.

Before you finalize your decision and hire a florist, make sure you feel comfortable in their ability to be creative and provide you with an excellent end product. Remember that word of mouth spreads like wild fire. Ask for references and check up on them. Previous clients will be quick to provide both great and bad experiences.

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