Searching for the Ideal Florist for Your Wedding

When it comes to searching for the ideal florist for your wedding, you can never be overly prepared. Flowers are the most important element in creating the beauty of a wedding that is in second place behind the bride. Searching for a florist who understands the mood you want to create is important. Although a florist can have many variations of different styles, it is best to choose a florist that you like. Not only will you be spending many hours with this person, but together you will be designing one of the most important portions of the wedding and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Doing some work prior to meeting with a florist

Check out the professionals in your area. Attend the bridal shows, visit their websites and talk with other recently married brides. Word of mouth usually never fails.

Next you will need to gather your ideas. Keep a folder with print outs, pictures, and design ideas that you like. Be sure to include ideas on different flowers and styles that are appealing to you. Also keep ideas on bouquets, table centerpieces, boutonnieres, arrangements, and the wedding cake. This will help sort out your likes and dislikes before the initial meeting.

Ideas to show the florist

Next it is time to go through your folder. You have been gathering ideas and it is now time to start sorting through and organizing them.

Make sure that you have put in you folder photos ideas of your ceremony and reception locations. Also include both indoor and outdoor pictures, where you are planning to decorate. Do not forget about the entrances and a photo of the vehicle if you are planning on driving off into the sunset after the reception.

Another idea that is helpful would be to include photos or swatches of your wedding and bridesmaid dresses. The material could be just as important as the color. Since some dresses shine or glimmer under certain lighting, swatches would give the florist a better idea of which flowers would best compliment the dresses of your ladies.

Next your budget. Be up front right away when it comes to the budget for your flowers. The florist then will be conscious of your budget while discussing flower designs and styles.

What should your florist be showing you?

The florist should have a portfolio to show you. Also, take a look around at the arrangements on display in the shop. Is the florist able to show his creative side? Remember, while a good florist may have a favorite style that runs throughout his designs, he is an artist and should embrace the opportunity to work with the ideas that you want!

During your interview the florist’s professional style should shine through during this meeting. Are her ideas appealing to your interests or is she more excited about pleasing her own? Is she taking into consideration your budget and showing you the warning signals as you talk about ideas that could easily double your budget? If after the conclusion of the interview you should feel comfortable and excited to work with this person then congratulations! You have just found the ideal florist for your wedding flowers!

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