Tips For Choosing Your Florist

posted on 29 November 2012 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Flowers


Flowers are the one thing I’m a little nervous about. Making selections and coming up with ideas about a dress, the mood of the wedding, venue, save the dates, shoes, bridesmaids, food, wine, drinks, festivities – all of that I can handle, just. But flowers, hmmm…

And here’s why. There is something about the simplicity of flowers that makes me think I can do it myself. I’m not fond of ‘arrangements’. Rather, I love the feeling of throwing together different colours and ending up with a bowl filled with texture, vibrance and love.

You can do it yourself. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t going to evolve into a lecture  about taking on the task of doing flowers that should beleft in the capable hands of a professional.

But it really depends on how many flowers you’re going in for, and how much time you’ll have the night before to be creative. Because flowers, due to their freshness (unless you’re going DIY and making yours from felt, or using vegetables for a table centre), need to be last minute.

If you’re still intent on doing it all yourself – good for you.

But here are a few tips for those who’re a little nervous and want to have a professional handle it, and produce the goods. Here’s how to choose one:

  • Trust word of mouth – florists’ reputations should supercede them, and friends of yours who have already married will no doubt be able to at least tell you which ones to stay away from
  • Go incognito – when you’re first selecting someone, go and look at their shop, it should be their palette; if you don’t like what you see, don’t think they’re going to suddenly come up with the goods just because you explain to them what your needs are
  • Ask for a portfolio – whilst paging through pictures of their arrangements, you’ll get a very good idea of what they’re capable of doing
  • Ask if you can view a current wedding of theirs – great if you can get a sneak preview of what they’re doing for someone else
  • Is the designer willing to listen to your ideas – is she/he adaptable and are they frank with you about which ideas will work or not?
  • Do you have a good feeling about them, are you comfortable with their design philosophy?

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