If you ask a florist what the most important part of planning a wedding there’s no doubt that they’d say, it’s allllllllll in the details. And we can’t think of a more exciting detail to plan for than your wedding florals! From bouquets to centerpieces to reception installs there is no doubt that flowers can make or break the overall look of your wedding. Not to mention, your florals are a big expense! Between the colors and types of flowers there is so much to consider when choosing your wedding florals, which is why we’ve turned to the pros to narrow down the 10 questions you must ask a florist in the midst of wedding planning.
Floral Design: Bloominous | Photography: Emma Quinn Photography
Will you work with me to customize a design?
“It’s important to make sure your florist is willing to work with you to create the wedding flowers of your dreams. Whether that’s switching out roses for ranunculus or opting for extra greenery, the best floral designers will be creative and helpful when it comes to designing the perfect look!” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
Is there a minimum budget you work with?
“If you’re having a more minimal design or opting for an intimate wedding or elopement, you’ll want to make sure they’re open to working with smaller budgets.” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
Photography: Volvoreta | Floral Design: Sally Hambleton
Are vessels included in your quote?
“Most florists will include vases with their floral arrangements and include that cost in their quote. It’s worth double checking so you don’t get any surprises on your final bill!” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
How far in advance do you need my final order?
“Florists work with fresh blooms, so they’ll need to make sure they have all of the product they need prior to your wedding. It’s good to know when that cutoff date is so you can add it to your planning calendar!” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
Event Design: Weddings by Susan Dunne | Photography: Anya Kernes Photography | Floral Design: Ellamah Floral
What are your payment terms?
“Find out how much of a deposit you need to put down to reserve your date, and when your final payment will be due.” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
Where do you source your flowers?
“Whether they purchase them from a local farmers’ market or have them shipped in from other places, you’ll want to know where your flowers are coming from to ensure maximum freshness!” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
Will I have a dedicated coordinator working with me throughout the planning process?
“It’s always comforting to have a “person” that you can go to with any questions or concerns! Find out if you’ll be working with the same coordinator during planning and on the day-of your wedding.” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
Event Design: Cape Cod Celebrations | Photography: Organic Photography | Floral Design: Flowers by Fancy
What other fees can I expect?
“Many florists will add on delivery fees and strike fees to the final bill. Be sure to ask what service fees are included in the quote and what is extra.” – Richard Lim, Bloominous
We want to repurpose as many florals as we can throughout the day, how do you recommend we do that?
“You will want to ask your florist if you can repurpose any flowers throughout the day as this can be a cost savings to you. For example, can you use the aisle decor from your ceremony on your high-top tables at cocktail hour or can you use the bridesmaids’ bouquets on your escort card table or in the ladies’ room? You’ll also want to confirm who will be the person to move the florals – this could be your planner, your catering manager or the florist if they stay on site!” – Jamie & Stephanie, Senior Planners, Cape Cod Celebrations
Are you able to source flowers that aren’t in season, need be?
Event Design: Infinite Events | Photography: Leah Haydock Photography | Floral Design: Stoneblossom | Venue: Castle Hill Inn
“For brides that have had to postpone their wedding – especially due to COVID-19, this might be a great question to ask if you’re having to have your wedding during a different season than you originally intended. Climates are different all over the world, and your choice of flowers may not be in season depending on your wedding’s location. Getting off-season florals should be manageable, but keep in mind it may be costly!” – Erica Trombetti, Infinite Events
If you found these questions helpful as you plan for your big day, check out these 8 questions to ask your hair & makeup team before the wedding!