Choosing a Wedding Florist

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Wedding flowers are an important part of your big day and selecting a creative florist can make all the difference. 

Booking a Florist

It is recommended to book your florist six months in advance of your wedding so that they can schedule you in. You should meet with them roughly four weeks before your big day to discuss last minute details, such as flower colours and availability and hair corsages. 

Finding a Florist

Florists advertise online and in wedding directories such as Just Wedding Plans, as well as in magazines. Often the florist shops in your local area will cater for weddings. Word of mouth and recommendations are the ideal way to hear about a florist and if you've liked the flowers at a wedding you've been to then ask the bride and groom who they hired. If you have chosen a large hotel for your venue then there is a good chance that they'll have an in-house florist for you to use. Other wedding venues are likely to have a list of recommended suppliers. Book consultations with a few florists and ask to see photos of previous venue displays and bouquets they've done. It is best to choose a florist close to your venue especially if you want the flowers to be delivered and arranged for you.

Choosing the flowers

Be prepared before meeting a florist with a list of what you will need. This may be bouquets, corsages, flowers for the ceremony such as along the aisle, table centres, doorway or fireplace displays, buttonholes, table petals, etc.

You don't need to know the exact variety of flowers you want but colour and theme ideas will help the florist give you some suggestions. Take pictures of bouquets and flower arrangement you like from magazines to show them. To keep costs down, seasonal flowers which can be grown locally are the best choice. However, if you have your heart set on more unusual tropical flowers, it's best to find a florist as soon as possible to ensure that they can source them for you.

Wedding Flower Costings

Ask for full price estimates from the florists you see and make sure they leave nothing out. Your final decision may be purely financially driven or you may pick the florist who had the best arrangements. Before booking and signing a contract with your chosen florist, you should check that they're insured. You are likely to have to pay a 50 per cent deposit when booking. The rest of the payment can be at an agreed date, perhaps at your last meeting with them.