Top 10 Tips On Choosing Your Florist
When the world is your garden, where on earth do you begin with choosing your florist? As far as floristry goes, your wish is the florists command and many are able to create truly magical floral arrangements – with oh so many flowers! Today, it’s all about choice, but, knowing who to choose can seem a bit daunting! We’ve quizzed some fabulous Warwickshire florists for their tips on choosing your wedding florist! We wouldn’t be GfB without adding our own, so, read on for the definitive top 10:
1. Consult with your florist first
Wendy from Wild Bunch tells us what you should be looking out for you when you visit a florist for the first time. To secure the perfect booking, ensure that you take the all important initial consultation as an opportunity to talk through your requirements and make sure that the florist understands exactly what you are looking for. A good florist will know flowers, their availability, season and vase life – so be sure to look out for this! When it comes to choosing your florist, it’s important that you’re well looked after: The ideal florist will listen, pay an interest in your vision and advise accordingly. Always take a look at their portfolio or examples of their previous work to get a real feel of what they could do for you. Equally, when explaining, staying on the same page is totally important! Does it feel like you’re both talking a different language? Try another florist! You should feel entirely relaxed and secure around your florist, as any relationship requires trust and responsibility (in this case, for the sake of your flowers!). It’s always good having someone who will care.
2. Show your florist what you would like
Floristry is all about visual storytelling – so be prepared to get creative! Many florists will agree that floristry is an art and, very much, one of perfection. To get as close to your vision as possible, when choosing your florist, it’s important to show them what you want! It’s true when they say that a picture tells a thousand words – images are the best way to convey your ideas when you’re in a room with your florist! This is the ideal time (and perfect excuse) to put together your own inspiration board to bring with you to an appointment. Think of it as a mood board, bringing together colour swatches, fabric samples and any pictures that you have to hand which best represent the day that you have in mind! This way, you’ll effectively brief your florist ahead of his or her suggestions. Of course, they may not create an exact replica of your mood board, but, don’t be afraid of this – remember, they’re experts in design! It goes without saying that good communication is key to the perfect relationship: When choosing your florist, your input should be valued, but, be open to any reasonable adjustments that they might make!
3. Save the date with your florist
Jane from Wedding Flowers by Jane Pillinger gives couples who are choosing their florist some short, sweet and simple advice: “Prepare early by saving the date with your florist”. This cannot be understated! To avoid disappointment, you have to be as ahead of the game as with any other element of the wedding you’re planning. Jane recommends making an appointment with your shortlist of florists well in advance, especially if a particular florist is desired! It’s not at all unusual for a florist to be booked up to a year ahead of the wedding date – especially when you consider seasons and the processes behind good floristry! If you save the date with your florist, scheduling becomes a lot easier. A number of florists will work on a single wedding a week, so, when you’re choosing your florist, availability is key! As far as your wedding check list goes, we’d recommend that once you’ve set the date for your wedding, sorted the ceremony out and hired your location, turn to securing your florist!
4. Take inspiration from your venue
Where are you getting married? Your choice of flowers don’t necessarily have to reflect your choice of venue, but, your venue can be a very good start when choosing your florist! Often, bringing in your flowers locally can be a fantastic option – especially if your florist is aware of your chosen venue! With this in mind, they’d be able to help steer your floral decisions, according to the surroundings. It always helps when a venue has a list of recommended suppliers, meaning, the florist will be used to working with that particular venue. But, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box! Whether your venue is historical, rustic, ultra modern, quirky or otherwise, think about the floral scheme you would like to implement and choose your florist accordingly!
5. Make an event of decorating your venue
We adore Honey Pot Flowers’ suggestion for making an event of decorating your wedding venue with the flowers from your florist. Gather your nearest and dearest together for a total celebration of your flowers. Honey Pot Flowers’ idea is simple, go to your chosen florist for buckets of locally grown, freshly cut seasonal flowers (Honey Pot Flowers if you’re in the area, naturally) and carry them over to your chosen venue. Create a day before the wedding when your friends and family are brought together to get your wedding venue looking spectacular! This is fabulous for bonding, spending time with the bridal or wedding party, making the most of your flowers and getting a little hands on with the decorating of your venue! Honey Pot Flowers says that this little ritual can a wonderfully relaxed and informal start to your wedding – there’s something de-stressing about being around friends, family and beautiful flowers!
6. Find out by word of mouth
If you’re getting married and you have no idea where to begin with choosing your florist (apart from by browsing the listings on Guides for Brides’ very handy directory of wedding suppliers!) – you can always count on others to give you some fantastic suggestions from their own experiences! It’s can be helpful to go by a star rating, or by on-site reviews, but, you can find some amazing shout outs by word of mouth in passing or conversation! Have any of your friends recently got hitched? Maybe you went to their wedding and admired their floral arrangements – you can ask these newlyweds for a few recommendations; having gone through all the planning before you, they’re bound to have some good ideas! Wedding magazines, blogs and online articles are another great port of call (much like the one you’re reading right now!) to take note from. If you’re bringing a wedding planner or coordinator into the mix, find out if they have any particular go-to favourites that you could use! Make sure that once you get the names, you get onto setting up appointments with your shortlist!
7. Reuse your flowers throughout the day
Gill, the lady behind Flower Thyme, has a note for couples on reusing and recycling their wedding flowers! She advises to think carefully about using flowers throughout your day – can displays be used to decorate the ceremony and then be moved to dress the wedding breakfast room after? As a florist, you learn how many designs can be reused to great effect, allowing you to stretch your budget that little bit further! This is fantastic news for money-savvy couples, or for those looking to do good by the environment! When it comes to choosing your florist, the trick to find one who, like at Flower Thyme, will always be willing to discuss the possibility of producing designs which can be multi-functional for your big day! By providing this option, you can be sure that your florist knows what they’re doing: Working your flowers throughout the whole day to get the most out of them. For example, Flower Thyme gives the fabulous suggestion of taking your table centrepieces and mounting them onto plinths first to dress the aisle for the wedding ceremony ahead of the after-party!
8. Keep an eye on your budget
Choose a florist who will be kind on your purse strings, whatever your budget. Florists can be very helpful in working with your ideas to suit the money you would be willing to spend! A flexible florist will be read with suggestions, alternatives and money saving tips to get the most out of your wedding flowers – whether its for decorations, buttonholes or bouquets. At your initial consultation with a florist, it might be that the florist is ready with a question in regards to your budget. They may ask, for example, how much of your budget you have allocated to your wedding flowers. Don’t be scared by this – the florist isn’t trying to catch you out! Rather, having a clear idea of the spend is a very important piece of information when it comes to realising your dreams, ambitions and what you can achieve together! Once you’ve found your florist, they should be adept at creating a design in the style you would like, satisfying both your vision and your budget.
9. Have an idea of what you like and don’t like
This pretty much goes without saying before you head out to find your wedding florist: To get the best flowers for you, you have to put your feelers out a little before to find out what you like best! Before your start the all important process of choosing your florist, put a bit of time aside to do your very own floral research. Find pictures of the flowers you like, start a Pinterest board or save images straight to your phone – learning the names as you go along! It can be a great help going into a florist and knowing the names of particular flowers, a long with a little of the lingo. The language of flowers can be conveyed by learning a few simple floral terms, the very same terms that your florist will use and talk in. For example, find out the name of your favourite style of bouquet (is it a cascade, posy, biedermeir…?), arrangements and the other all important details!
10. Remember: Your florist is your friend!
The most important piece of advise we can give you in choosing your florist is not to worry! Your florist is entirely there to help and should understand exactly where you are coming from as a bright or groom all caught up in the planning process!
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