Choosing a florist.
Recommendations from friends and relatives should be your first call, browse the internet for a short list of suppliers or failing that your local newspaper or business directory.
Ideally you should be able to see some of your prospective florists work, or at least pictures of arrangements and bouquets from a previous wedding.
Ask about the services they provide and compare prices of florists in your short list. You might even want to consider asking if you can come into the shop before another customers wedding flowers go out, there is nothing like seeing a real life order.
Things to consider
The florist should be booked approximately five to six months before the wedding, if not sooner, and a meeting arranged at approximately six weeks to discuss and finalise ideas.
You will need to meet to discuss your requirements. While planning this meeting, make sure that your wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ outfits are finalised, otherwise you may choose the flowers before you have chosen the clothes, and clashes may occur. It is important that you discuss your ideas with the person who will be creating your flower arrangements rather than the person who will just take your order.
Prepare some ideas before you meet the florist. Look through bridal magazines for ideas of wedding flowers that will help to explain what type of flower arrangements you would like, taking along any pictures that you have collected. If you are on a tight budget, ask your florist if they offer any special bridal packages for a set price. This will usually provide the basis but you may be restricted to certain colours, flowers that are in season, less complicated designs and a smaller number of buttonholes etc.
Take swatches of your dress fabric and the bridesmaid’s dresses or photographs of the outfits, to allow the florist to create a bridal bouquet that will complement instead of compete with your dress. You should also mention the length of your veil and the hairstyle that you intend to have. Experiment with different colour combinations before ordering your final choice, and don’t forget to discuss the buttonholes and corsages required.
The florist will be able to offer you all sorts of advice on which style of bouquet will suit the style of your dress, which flowers will best complement your hair colour and complexion. Do not be afraid to ask the florist to do something slightly different or unusual that you think will compliment your celebrations.
Make sure you discuss which flowers will last all day without wilting, especially if your wedding is going to take place in the hot weather of summer. Wild flowers are generally not a good option for weddings because they will wilt quickly. Long lasting flowers include bird of paradise, carnation/pink, marigold, montbretia, peruvian lily, and sea lavender/statice.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from hay fever, ask your florist to remove the pollen from the flowers. A good florist should deal with the pollen beforehand, but if the pollen is still in place then flick or lightly brush it away.
Do not feel restricted to fresh flowers; silk and dried flowers or even chrystal bouquets are also an option, which allow you to keep arrangements from your wedding day or to give them as gifts. It is possible to mix fresh and dried/silk flowers, providing a solid arrangement with good lasting power. This option is especially useful for flowers to be worn in the hair, as the artificial flowers will give strength to the stems of the real.
And finally remember to ask:-
When will the flowers be delivered (the night before or on the morning of the wedding)? Is there an extra charge for delivery?
Will the florist simply drop off the flowers at reception venues or stay to set-up the flower arrangements?
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