Two things to do before hiring your wedding florist

Floral arrangements play an important role in a wedding; in addition to adding a splash of colour and texture to the venue, they also help to create the right ambience for the event. If you're getting married and need to hire a florist, here are two things you should do before you make your selection.

Conduct some research

Before you begin meeting with florists in your local area, it's important to do plenty of research. This will ensure that, when you have your consultations, you'll be able to provide them with the information they need to determine whether or not they are the right person to help you with your event. A small florist shop, for example, that is run by two or three staff members, probably won't be able to handle the floral arrangements for a huge wedding venue. Similarly, a florist that specialises in minimalist floral arrangements may not be the appropriate choice if you want extremely lavish, extravagant flowers for your wedding.

Spend a few days flipping through wedding magazines and browsing wedding blogs and websites online. Cut or print out any images that catch your eye and bring these pictures with you when you meet with the florists. This will make it much easier for the florist to understand the aesthetic that you want to achieve.

Additionally, make sure that you have all of the practical  information you will need for your meetings, including not only your budget but also the number of arrangements required (making sure to factor in absolutely everything, from the table centrepieces and the bouquets for the bridesmaids to the corsages, entryway flowers, windowsill decorations and church pew floral arrangements). You may also need to provide them with the exact dimensions of the wedding venue. If you want them to create your bridal bouquet, it can also be helpful to provide them with an image of the wedding dress.

Ask the right questions

Asking the right questions during your consultation with the florist will help you to decide if they are the best person for this task. Begin by inquiring about how many weddings they handle per year; this will give you a good indication of how much experience they have in making floral arrangements for this particular type of event. Additionally, make sure to ask them for photos of the floral arrangements they have created for other clients and, if possible, for references from those clients.

If money is a concern, ask the florist if they know of any ways to keep costs to a minimum, or whether they may be able to source cheaper variations of expensive floral arrangements that appeal to you (in this situation, it would be very helpful to have some images of the kind of flowers that you like on hand).

If your wedding is going to be quite a large, lavish event, it's also a good idea to ask the florist about how many staff members they will have available on the days leading up to the event, to help them with the arrangements. If they will only have one or two people assisting them, the chances of them falling behind schedule will be much higher.