I always come across such a different variety of flowers in every combination imaginable; from classic, to vintage, to quirky and it is always something I love to photograph on the day. I was naturally interested when the Great British Flosit association contacted me about writing a guest post on my blog, so sit back ,relax and read up on some tips on choosing the right florist to get that perfect bouquet. I have also added some images of flower arrangements that had real wow factor, as well as some of the Great British Florists own images.
Choosing the right wedding florist
So he’s popped the question, you’ve graciously accepted, cracked open the fizz and obviously tweeted it from the rooftops. You are now officially the proud owner of a shiny new ring. Congratulations you’re engaged!
We all know that planning the dream wedding can be a very overwhelming (yet hugely exciting) task. Dates, venues, caterers, the dress….. The list goes on… The flower arrangements will really add to the atmosphere and set the tone of your day and of course will feature in all of the official pics, so quite rightly you’ll want to get it right. For most of us before our wedding day, the biggest flower decisions we ever have to make are what will look nice on the mantle-piece, so naturally your wedding flowers can be an equally daunting task, but do not despair, I have put together some handy little tips which will help take the stresses out of choosing your all-important wedding florist.
Once you have your date and venue confirmed, book a chat with some florists and make sure that they’re free. A great florist can quite often be booked up several months in advance. So, avoid disappointed and get in there as early as possible. If you are ordering online your florist will likely be able to take your order up until a few days before but it’s always wise to check so that they can incorporate any theme or special requests you may have.
To help inspire your florist, give them as many visuals as possible. The more the merrier! Go armed with pictures of your dress (or similar), wedding venue, colour schemes and snips of things you like. Maybe you have a set theme? You might want to look through a portfolio or recent work? Have your budget to hand and try to give your florist a little scope to make suggestions on how you can get the most from your budget. The more freedom you give them, the more likely you are of getting the best possible value. Seasons will play a big part in the cost of flowers, so if you’re planning a winter wedding and have your heart set on peonies which bloom early summer, the likelihood is they will be costly, not only in terms of price but also in terms of environment. If you choose a specialist British Florist you will find seasonal flowers which are usually a good value option.
Making that connection with your florist should not be overlooked as you will both have a lot of interaction. If there is good chemistry between you, then the overall experience is likely to be better, and the happier you’ll be with the result. If you are buying online check out their facebook page and their twitter handle and their reviews and don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials from the company.
Sorting the small details can make a big difference
By asking just a few simple questions at the start will save unnecessary worries and stresses closer to the day.
When does the deposit need to be paid by, and how much?
What date will they need the final payment by?
When will the arrangements be delivered and is there a delivery charge?
Will they set up the floral arrangements at the venue or move arrangements from the ceremony to the reception? (If needed)
How long will they need (roughly) to set up?
And are there any further costs?
Once you’ve chosen ‘the one’ feel confident enough to leave the details in their hands, after all they are the professionals.
Written by Kelly from Great British Florist.