A Kiss from a Rose: Why a Florist will Make Your Wedding Better
You’re getting married. Congratulations! Chances are you’re already thinking about wedding details. From choosing the best venue to finding the perfect caterer, there are so many options to consider. Having the perfect wedding bouquet is important from the moment you walk down the aisle to the second you throw the bouquet at your reception.
Sure, you could make your own floral arrangements or rely on family and friends to help out. But, why not use a professional florist to help take care of all of your floral arrangements from start to finish for your big day? They can not only help make sure you have beautiful flowers at your wedding, but they can also create some memorable floral arrangements that take into account your venue, food, wedding theme, and attire.
But, how do you decide which florist to go with? We’ll take a look at what a wedding florist can do for your wedding and how to choose the best florist.
Petals on the Wind: Florist 101
What is a wedding florist? Generally, they are florists who can provide flowers and flower arrangements for your wedding. But, not all florists are the same, or offer the same kinds of services. There are several different types of florists to think about for your wedding. These include:
- Retail florist – These are your standard flower shops. They are usually used for individual purchases, like sending your significant other flowers on Valentine’s Day, or for smaller events. They can be used for weddings, but may not be as experienced or able to handle the volume of floral arrangements needed.
- Floral designer – When you think of wedding florist, this is who you’ll think of. They can create unique flower arrangements for bouquets, centerpieces, and more. Generally, you’re getting a truly custom experience based on your wedding needs and theme.
- Event / floral designer – These designers go beyond your traditional floral designs. They can also help with event decor and theming to bring a unique vision to your wedding so that every last detail fits into the theme.
Flower Power: Finding the Best Wedding Florist
Choosing a wedding florist can set the tone for your wedding and even magically transform your wedding ideas and theme. Before you even consider a specific florist for your wedding, you’ll first want to consider a few important pieces.
- How important are flowers and floral arrangements at your wedding? Are you OK with something simple or more generic? Or, do you want something a bit more elaborate? Florists often book up very early — even up to a year or two years out from an event. So, it’s important to book a florist early, if this is an important part of your wedding plans.
- What’s your budget? Think about how much you are willing to spend on flowers and floral arrangements before you consider a florist. A floral designer with elaborate designs may be really expensive; or, they may be able to work within whatever budget you have. Not sure where to even start with a flower budget? The Knot has some helpful information about budgeting expenses for flowers.
- What’s your style? Are you a fan of roses or look for flowers with a more earthy feel to them? Deciding your style or at least getting an idea of what kinds of flowers or themes you like is really helpful before considering a florist. Plus, it’s good to have ideas to take to potential florists for inspiration.
Once you’ve looked at these factors, it’s time to start looking at florist options. One of the best ways to find a great florist? Check with family and friends. Who have they used before? Would they recommend them? Word of mouth is often the best way to find out about a good florist for your wedding.
In addition to getting referrals from friends and family, do check out online reviews. You can check lots of online wedding sites like the Knot and Wedding Wire. All of these are great starting points and can lead you to lists of florists. Don’t forget to look at florist websites and review sites too. This should give you a good idea of previous client experiences before you decide to book a specific florist.
Looking for some of the top wedding florists in the U.S.? Harper’s Bazaar highlighted some of the best ones on their site.
Full Bloom: Wedding Florist Proposals and Your Wedding Day
Now that you’ve chosen your florist, you’ll want to have a contract proposal in place. Do make sure that the terms are clear, and you both agree on expectations and the final designs and floral arrangements for your big day.
Though it’s not necessarily required, consider having a lawyer take a look at your agreement too. That way there are no surprises or hidden issues that might come up on your wedding day. If you need to, the proposal period is the time to discuss, negotiate, or work through anything you’re not 100% happy with.
With this, you and your florist will work together to create the perfect wedding vision. Hiring a wedding florist can feel like a big task, but with some research and planning, it can be a great way to create the wedding theme and feel that you’re looking for.
Looking for even more wedding florist tips? Check out the 15 Wedding Flower Mistakes to Avoid post on the Knot.