How did you choose your florist??

Ladies, once again I am in need of some guidance!! The next "big" thing we need to book is the florist. How on earth did you decide on your florist? I know of a few that my friends/family have used so I was thinking about just starting there but also apparently fi's mom is paying for flowers so should I include her in the process? TIA!

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 1:25 am
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Recommendations is good always a good starting point. I would also look up reviews and whoever you visit, take a look at their portfolio :)  including fi's mom in the process would be nice, if you think shes interested in being involved...otherwise just ask her how much shes comfortable spending for the flowers and be respectful of that number. maybe take her out to dinner as a thank you and or have an arrangement made for her as a surprise...doing this would also give you a first hand look at the florist skills ;)

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 1:42 am
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I would ask MIL if she would like to be involved and also ask what the budget is.  If she is interested in being a part of selecting the foral pieces, I would most definitely let her.  As for selecting a florist, since I was fairly new to the area we were getting married in, I searched vendors here on PW as well as asked for recommendations from our caterer and other vendors I had already booked. 


 

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 4:02 am
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Ditto the other ladies!! I researched florists, met with two. One of them who supposedly worked within budgets, gave me back a quote that was almost double what I told her! UM, NO!


After you talk with FMIL, research some more and meet some! GL! :)

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 4:25 am
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I def agree with the researching and meating with different florists. I am DIYing all of our flowers. Sorry I am not much help.

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 2:17 am
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I found a local florist and asked them to show me pictures of THEIR work. It still did not help much because I had no real reviews. Up where I am places don't have websites where there is honest feed back and only a few use this website.


I will say that I try and talk to people. I still have time to find my florist so I am not too worried

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 5:06 am
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I agree with the above brides! Definitely see if your MIL wants to aid you in this venture and maybe she has some leads. Also, if you know any brides, ask their advice as well! That's how I found many of my vendors by word of mouth

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 5:10 am
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Flowers are very important to me, I first looked up weddings at my venue and checked out vendors who've worked with brides there before so I could see their work in action (in the same space). Then I met with them personally to decide which work best for our theme and budget. 

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:34 am
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I started with getting quotes from local florists, and they all seemed exceedingly high to me. The average about about $900 a wedding, and we only needed bouquets and bouts, not any other type of flower decor!


So I started looking at synthetic options and somehow stumbled on wedideas.com. Check out my bio because pictures speak for themselves! These babies look real, they fooled my photographer!


I was really hesitant about fake flowers, but I did a lot of online research and read a ton of reviews, which I recommend for any vendor. But I ended up only paying $400 with shipping for my bouquet, the 4 BM bouquets, and all the corsages and bouts for the rest of the wedding party. That sealed the deal for me.


Good luck!

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:43 am
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I searched for some online and I also asked newly married friends who they used. My DOC ended up referring me to her SIL who is a florist and did a wonderful job of bringing my inspiration to life while working w/ my budget.

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:02 am
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Thanks for all of the tips, ladies! I at least feel like I have some sort of direction now! :)

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:11 am
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Have any of you used online florists? I am also looking into them.

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 9:14 am
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Choosing a florist is one of the many important decisions you will have to make over the course of planning your wedding. Flowers can be found everywhere on your special day, from your bridal bouquet and the fragrant centerpieces on your tables, to the decorations on your wedding cake.


Bridal shows and fairs are a great way to get to meet with several different florists in the same afternoon. You often get to see first-hand a sample of their work and equally important, meet with the person in charge of designing the bouquets. Take a few minutes to talk with them.


When you visit each florist, look at pictures of their previous work and look around their shop.



  • Do you like the arrangements that you see in the shop's displays?

  • Do the flowers in the pictures look fresh or are the petal edges brown?

  • Are the pictures dated or are they following the current trends?

  • Is the designer willing to work with you or are they telling you that your idea won't work?

  • Make sure you speak to the florist that will do your arrangements.

  • Do you feel comfortable with your florist?

  • Is your florist paying attention to you while you're talking and does he/she seem interested?

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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