When it comes to all aspects of your wedding, a smooth and efficient process is likely near the top of your list of desires. It can really take an emotional toll if things start going wrong, and one area that many brides have issues with is the flowers.
Whether it’s having the wrong flowers delivered, getting a whopping bill you didn’t expect, or not receiving any flowers at all, lots of things can go wrong with your floral arrangements. Luckily, asking your prospective florist some pointed questions before you sign off on the order will improve your chances of getting what you want.
1. Do you have a lot of wedding experience?
For a florist, how long they’ve been in business and how long they’ve been doing weddings are good indicators of their quality. If they were continually messing up, word would get around, and they would no longer be booked to provide flowers for weddings.
2. Can I see your portfolio?
Just like with a photographer or wedding dress designer, a florist’s portfolio will give you a clear view of what they have accomplished in the past and let you know if their particular style suits your tastes.
3. Where will the flowers be delivered on my wedding day?
Unfortunately, this question is required because of the number of times flowers have shown up at the wrong place. Many florists are busy delivering to multiple venues throughout a given weekend, and it’s not unheard of for them to get mixed up.
4. Do you have a backup plan if there are issues?
Even with the most meticulous planning, things can go awry. For example, if you order one type of flowers and get another, you need to know that your florist has a contingency plan in place to fix the problem. It’s also wise to get that plan in writing.
5. Are there any hidden fees?
There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing added charges on a bill when you thought it was going to be lower. Ensure you see a detailed breakdown of all the fees associated with your floral arrangements, and then ensure there won’t be any hidden fees on the bill once the order is complete.
6. How will the flowers be stored and transported?
You want your flowers to be treated with care from the time they leave the florist until they are delivered to you. Reputable florists will have this process mastered, so make sure you are confident they will arrive in good condition before confirming the order.
7. Do you offer discounts for larger orders?
There’s nothing wrong with asking if they offer discounts for big orders. You’ll never know if you don’t ask, and you just might end up saving some wedding budget money for other things.