Key Questions to Ask Your Wedding Florist Before You Book It

When searching for a wedding florist that understands your vision and, also your wedding budget, it’s necessary to ask these important questions. Here is a guideline to covering the essentials before signing the contract.

Background Check & Logistics
  1. Are you available for my wedding date?
  2. How long have you been in business? Do you specialize in weddings? How many weddings have you done last year?
  3. Do you have liability insurance?
  4. Can I see your portfolio of recent weddings that you have worked on?
  5. How many other weddings or events will you have on my wedding day?
  6. Do you have prior experience working at my chosen ceremony and reception venues? If not, are you familiar with the venues?
  7. How many planning meetings should we expect to have with you?
  8. Will you do a venue walk-through before the wedding date? Do you charge an additional fee for it?
  9. Will you be present on the wedding day to help with arrangements and setup, or will someone else be on hand?
  10. If another person is on hand arranging and setting up, can I meet with the person beforehand and view his/her work samples?
  11. How far in advance will you create the floral bouquets and arrangements for the wedding? How will they be stored until the wedding date?
Floral Budget, Packages, and Payment
  1. Is there a minimum floral budget that you require? Can you work with the budget I have in mind?
  2. Can you provide flowers for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception? What about the rehearsal dinner and other pre/post wedding events?
  3. Do you offer specific packages or is everything customized?
  4. How do you price your floral arrangements?
  5. Do you charge a fee for delivery services?
  6. Do you charge additional fees for setup and breakdown of all the floral decorations?
  7. Is there an additional fee if I need you to stay throughout the ceremony to move arrangements to the reception site?
  8. Are there other additional costs that have not been covered in the floral package ?
  9. How much is the deposit and when is the remaining balance due?
  10. When should I confirm and finalize my order?
  11. Would you need to do a walk-through of the venue before creating a proposal?
  12. What is your policy on refunds and cancellation?
Floral Design, Delivery, Setup and Breakdown
  1. What is your design style? More modern, rustic, or traditional?
  2. Based on my wedding budget and style, what set of floral arrangements would I need?
  3. Based on the time of year that I plan to have my wedding, along with my budget and color preference, which flowers would you recommend?
  4. Which flowers can be substituted to better fit my wedding budget?
  5. What type of vases would you recommend? Do you provide them or can I rent them from you?
  6. Do you provide other décor items, such as mirrors, votives, aisle runner, candelabras, tees, chuppah, etc.? Do you offer these items for rent, and if so, what are the rates?
  7. Before I sign the contract, can you create sample arrangements for me to see? Is there an additional charge for this?
  8. If I decide to add flowers to my wedding cake, will you be able to work with my cake designer? Is there an additional fee for this?
  9. Are you familiar with the safety issues regarding edible flowers and the need of using pesticide-free flowers?
  10. Will it be possible for you to transform floral arrangements from the ceremony into centerpieces for the reception to help ease our budget?
  11. Do you offer bouquet preservation? If not, can you recommend someone?
  12. What time will you arrive on site to deliver personal flowers, set up the ceremony and reception arrangements? What about breakdown? How much time will you need?
  13. Will you contact my venue and find out about any possible restrictions, regarding décor and installation?

Featured Cover Image: Jana Williams Photography

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