Post # 1
My wedding is Oct. 21, 2017 in Cleveland. My fiance and I already picked out a cermony location, a reception venue and a photographer/videographer, so now we’re on to the florist. Do any of you have tips for how to find the right one? A lot of the local florists who I’ve looked into all appear to be pretty similar online based on their photos. Are there certain characteristics I should be looking for? Or certain questions I should be asking them? Any tips would be appreciated!
Post # 2
Florists are like nail salons and Starbuck’s: There’s one every 3 blocks. I specifically stayed away from chains. They’re good for Valentine’s Day or whatever, but I wouldn’t trust them with my wedding. A lot of their employees are young and just there to get a paycheck which is cool and all, but again not for my wedding, lol.
I specifically chose a one chain shop that has been in business for years. Longevity speaks wonders.
I also went and felt them out. If they had charge within charge for this/that I walked away. I also like places in which there’s only a handful of staff. Long term staff. Not summer students there to pay their bar tab, lol.
Post # 3
We just read reviews online, and mostly just went for one with the best price and a decent reputation around town (have been around for awhile/ didn’t think I was at risk of them vanishing before the wedding). Sure there are some flowers prettier than others, but all flowers are pretty IMO. I’ve never been to a wedding where I thought “ewww… the flowers are so ugly,” so keeping the cost down was our #1 priority with flowers.
Post # 4
The one thing that really stuck out with the florist that I went with is that she knew her stuff. She knew off the top of her head how much things would cost and could quote us right then and there. I had to wait for quotes from other florists that I went to. She worked with our budget. She also had some awesome creative ideas. The thing I liked best is that she texted me pictures of the bouquets the day before to make sure that they got the seal of approval. For some reason that lifted away a ton of anxiety for me! 🙂
Post # 5
I would start setting up appointments. Our first meeting with the potential florist was so much fun. She pulled a bunch of flowers based off my ideas and just starting putting stuff together to get a feel of what we liked. I was so comfortable and impressed by her knowledge and service, I went ahead and booked them. The quality of the flowers at their shop was insane as well.
Post # 6
I heard from other people in town who did the flowers for thier wedding and saw the photos and knew – they were for me.
Post # 7
Thanks so much everyone! I definitely agree that experience and customer reviews are important. There’s a local florist that my fiance always orders me flowers from, so I think I’ll start out by setting up a consultation with them and then go from there!
Post # 8
I really enjoyed looking over the various Instagram pages and thier own professional webpages. A great place to get some ideas for great florists in your area is Style Me Pretty. They often give the florist credit for the weddings featured or the inspiration shoots as well.
That way you can see what they do beyond traditional arrangements like hanging installations and garlands etc.
Post # 9
I’ve never heard of that website! I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!