Photo: Amanda K Photography
Hiring any vendor for your wedding day is a huge investment.
It can be daunting thinking about how to find them, what questions to ask and ultimately, how to know they are the right ones for you!
Sitting on the other side of this, we have worked with so many types of brides and all of them went through this process with us. We are all about working with brides who we can serve well, and if we can't, we are honest and let them know that! But, it also took many years of honing in on the right questions to ask (and answer) when it came to figuring this out, so we wanted to share with you guys what we think are the best questions to ask yourself to figure out if a particular florist is the perfect one for you! And if you're a florist reading this- what questions to ask yourself/your client to see if you could serve them well!
1. Do you love their style?
This one is...sort of obvious? But it's worth mentioning that in order for you to love a particular florist, you have to love their style. Being referred by a friend or choosing them off of cost alone isn't usually the best way to make a decision. Now, this doesn't have to mean you want them to 100% recreate a particular bouquet from their instagram feed- this means the overall feeling you get from looking at their designs is JOY. Because that's what flowers should bring to a wedding- joy through their beauty. So really, the first question you should ask is: "do their designs bring me joy?"
2. Do they have a good reputation?
It's so important to work with professionals that have a good reputation! Obviously when florists are first starting out, they won't have reviews and past brides to look to, but if a florist is hard to work with or not honest with their policies, it's usually pretty obvious by the way they are referred and talked about by the people around them. So, even though I mentioned not going off of referrals ALONE, referrals are the best way to gauge how honest of a business they are and how easy they are to work with.
3. Do you trust them?
This one is SO important! As a bride, you don't want to be worried and stressed leading up to your wedding day because you don't know if your flowers are going to turn out how you want them to. Trusing your florist is important not only for how much peace of mind you will have in the days before your wedding, but also for how the final product turns out. A florist who is micro-managed and stifled will end up creating something that's uninspired and boring. Creating unique, breathtaking works of floral art is all about having the freedom to do so and feeling trusted by the couples who hire you.
There are a few ways we make sure this is possible- one, we always design a very comprehensive, detailed, insanely visual proposal. That way we know that our couples are getting a really good feel for how the flowers will turn out. And they also know that we understand their vision and will capture it perfectly. Two, we communicate about any concerns they may have right away! Being open and transparent about our process and why we're passionate about what we do is crucial to having couples who trust us.
Look for both of these things when searching for your florist, it will help you to relax and feel amazing about your decision.
4. Are they excited to create for you?
Being able to create for weddings is a huge honor to us- and to all the florists we know. Serving our couples well is our #1 priority and we get excited about the possibility of working with every couple who contacts us. There's honestly nothing like bringing in a bridal bouquet on the wedding day and seeing the joy in a bride's eyes. It's magic! And we are so excited every single time.
Work with a florist who is genuinely excited to create for you! Your experience planning your wedding should be joy-filled and exciting.
5. Are they openly communicative about budget?
This one is probably the least fun to talk about as a bride. The budget talk can be stressful and awkward, but in our experience the best way is to just be honest and transparent! Florist prices can vary so much based on location, overhead, season, floral choice, experience and volume. Look for a florist who is willing to communicate about budgets and pricing. And keep in mind that good florals are an investment-be flexible with your expectations on this front and know that a good florist will help you to understand what to expect for your budget. After all, it's probably your first time doing this whole thing and there's a lot to learn!
Thank you guys so much for hanging out with us!