Post # 1
When should you book your wedding florist??? Also, how do you do it, do I schedule a consulatation like I have with other vendors? Is there normal-ish down payment percentage (for example, do I put 1/2 of the total I owe down when I book? It doesn’t matter if there is I just want to know how it is “usually” done so I can be prepared!).
Do any Boston bees, or those familiar with the area, have florist recommendations? I’m getting married downtown on January 17, 2015.
Post # 3
hello! i was always told 6 months ahead was good timing. however when i started calling around to florists 11 months ahead they were already booking up. the florist i chose was a recommendation from several of my friends, she’s amazing – her name is Desi and she owns Whispers of Spring in Belmont.
I originally contacted her via email asking if she was available and she got back to me almost immediatly and set up a 1 hour consultation appointment at her shop. she has a facebook page too so check her out 🙂
Post # 4
@MrsTywinLannister: I’ve heard good things about Le Fleurs (http://www.lesfleurs.com/). We aren’t using them b/c we’re getting married in Maine, but our photographer loves them and their work looks beautiful.
Not sure when you’re suppposed to book a florist- may depend on how popular your date is. We’re getting married on a Sunday, and we just booked ours for May ’14.
In terms of how you do it, I called the florist in Dec. and we had a brief disucssion over the phone about availability, price, and the kind of look we wanted. We’re meeting her this weekend to talk more about the details. She asked that we bring some inspiration pics if we have any when we meet with her. Not sure if this is common, but we don’t have to pay her until 2 weeks before the wedding.
Hope this helps! Good luck!
Post # 5
@MrsTywinLannister: I think Winston’s has the nicest flowers in Boston.
Post # 6
I don’t know when you should, but you probably shouldn’t do what I did, which was to start looking just 3 weeks before the wedding. Even then though, I had no problem finding florist to give me a quote for my date, so I just don’t feel like the florist get booked and all like photograhers and DJs/bands. I was also only getting bouquets for a Sunday, so that probably made it easier. In the end, I went with Whole Foods anyways, cause their quote was half the price.
Post # 7
I actually just booked my florist. She showed me some ideas that were in my price range, and we talked about colours and styles. She gave me a quote, and said I could put down a deposit of as much as I wanted, minimum $250. Four-six weeks before the wedding, we’ll go in to see samples including our colours and changes, and two weeks before, she needs a final count for centerpieces.
Post # 8
6 months is more than enough time and you could probably even wait longer if you wanted. Photographers and djs can only do one wedding a day whereas florists can do several. They just need enough time to order the flowers and schedule enough florists to arrange them
Post # 9
Thank you for the responses!!!! I looked into Le Fleurs and Winston’s but I think we’re booking with Winston’s!!! After starting this thread and talking to people in person I’ve had three verbal recommendations for Winston’s as well!!!
(also stay warm ladies, it’s freezing out!!!)