Five Things You Should Ask Your Florist
Updated: Jan 24, 2019
You’ve seen their work on Instagram, you’ve checked out their website, and now it's time for your initial consultation with your floral designer. Asking these five questions during your consultation will give you a better understanding of who you may be hiring for the most important day of your life.
1. How would you describe your floral design aesthetic?
While seasoned florist have the ability to be flexible with design, most florist have a distinctive design style. Of course you may be able to pick up on this while perusing their Instagram post, but most designers prefer to create in a certain aesthetic. Your designer may love to create an organic array of blooms with lots of greenery or your designer may have a passion to create romantic glam feels by using lots of blooms. Either way choosing a designer that has a passion to create within your wedding aesthetic is key.
2. Will my flowers look just like the pictures provided in the consultation?
You come in with all your pictures from Pinterest and you tell your floral designer, I want my wedding to look exactly like this! (Haven’t we all been there with pictures we show our hairstylist ladies!) The truth is you want a wedding that is yours and should be unique to your experience. I always tell my clients that pictures serve as inspiration. I was recently at a conference hosted by Sarah Campbell of Intrigue Designs; floral designers were given the same floral ingredients, yet each designer’s finished product was different and unique. You will see in most floral contracts that floral designers reserve the right to “ have final say regarding the aesthetic judgment and artistic quality of the services.” With this being said, hiring a floral designer requires a lot of trust in the collaboration between your vision and the talent of the designer.
3. Do you advise on linens, upgraded chairs and table settings?
Full design will be an extra fee if you hire your floral designer for services beyond providing the florals for your big day, but it is important for your floral designer to collaborate with your planner so that the design aesthetic is seamless.
4. Are you equip to do major floral installations?
You want floral walls, you want hanging floral chandeliers, or floral trees. This cannot be done with one person or without having proper knowledge of hang points or mechanics. Inquire if your floral designer has experience creating “wow factors” to create the wedding people dream about.
5. Do you have liability insurance?
Venues will not even let floral designers in their establishment without proper verification of liability insurance. It is important for your floral designer to have liability insurance God forbid there is an injury at your wedding caused by an installation designed by your floral designer.
Your floral designer has vetted you as the “ideal client” before the consultation, so now it's time that you ask the right questions to make sure your floral designer is “ideal” for you!