Post # 1
I have an appointment tomorrow and I have no idea what I even want or what our budget is. I know I want peonies for my bouquet other than that I’m lost. Any suggestions, advice? What to ask? My dress is Ivory and the bridesmaids will be wearing Coral Reef from David’s Bridal. I’m hoping the guys will wear black tux with matching Coral Reef vest and tie. I have 6 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, 6 groomsmen or ushers (what’s the difference?) and 2 ring bearers. Plus I guess corsages for the mother’s. Our table are a long oval shape. And I’m think I would go with pinks and if possible coral colors with silver accents. Thanks for any help you can give.
Post # 3
Make sure you ask about the cost of each stem for things like peonies, and see if there are cheaper alternatives. Peopnies out of season (which they’ll be in April since they don’t come til May/June) are very expensive. Those fern curls that you see are $10-15/stem too, so there are some sneaky things that look nice, but you don’t really neeed that will add lots of $$$ to your estimates.
The florist should have books of pictures for you to look through and you just flag the ones you like. They’ll be able to get an idea of what you’re going for and what you like.
Post # 4
Here’s a list from Frugal Bride. Additionally, if you have a budget be very upfront about it. My florist was able to say, ok we don’t need ALL roses and peonies, we can use garden roses and hydrangea to save some money.
- When viewing photos of past work, ask if the flowers where arranged by the same person that is doing your arrangements.
- After giving your florist your ideas, ask for their opinion or ideas. You don’t have to take their advice but at least take the time to listen. You never know, you might like their ideas better than your own.
- Is there a delivery charge?
- Is there a setup fee?
- Do they have rental supplies?
- Do they need a map for the different delivery locations?
- Can you change your order if you have another idea? What’s the cutoff date for new ideas?
- What times will the flowers be delivered to each location? This question can be asked 1 month before your wedding.
- Will the florist transport ceremony decorations to the reception location? Is there a fee?
- Can they make a sample of your bouquet and centerpiece? Some florists will, some won’t.
- Will they write you up an itemized quote? Some won’t in fear that you will bring it to other florists for a better deal.
- Are the flowers you’ve chosen in season? What flowers are in season for your date?
- Are there any additional or hidden costs?
- Is the florist familiar with your reception and ceremony locations?
Post # 5
@Luv2BeachIt: This list is great. Thank you. I’m going to print it out and take it with me.
Post # 6
@conkin420: Great advice so far! Also, I just had my first appt yesterday and colors is very key. Rather than focusing on one type of flower, which may be pricey or out of season etc, have color schemes in mind and maybe one type of flower that you definiately do not like so you can avoid using that but keep your options open. Also, as for centerprices, the tall ones are about double the price. You can do half and half to accommodate your budget.