Finding the right vendors for your wedding is a very time-consuming task, and making sure they are the right fit for you and your partner is even harder!
That’s why I’ve come up with 5 essentials questions (that may often be overlooked!) to ask your wedding florist before you book with them.
1. How many weddings are you handling on the same day?
This one can really make all the difference. I’ve worked at florists that have handled 8 weddings in a day (in New York, it really is the city that doesn’t sleep!) and florists that only handle one wedding (so the focus is all on your big day!). From my experience you want to go with the florist that only handles one wedding, I know that florists have staff to take on more work, but if you are looking for a high quality finish you want to know that you have the senior florists full attention. At Garden Graffiti, only really having one job enables us to deliver the best service and product that we can provide. Trust me, there won’t be any forgotten buttonholes or wrong coloured ribbon if you check this with your wedding florist first.
2. Where are my flowers coming from?
This is a question that I’m getting a lot more of lately from Brisbane couples, and I’m so glad to hear it. The ‘paddock to plate’ message seems to be hitting home with the floral industry and rubbing off on discerning couples. More and more people are wanting to know where their florals are coming from, and not only is it better to support local growers but it also means less fumigated flowers on arrival at customs. If your florist isn’t aware of local floral seasons and only relies on imports, that’s a big red flag. I’ve seen quite a few mass orders of roses held at airports because of quarantine, and weren't sufficiently released in time for the wedding, so I wouldn’t want that problem to happen to you!
3. Is my budget realistic?
Managing expectations of clients is the hardest thing to do during the quotation period. Unfortunately flowers are expensive. Like, really expensive. And sometimes it’s hard to get your head around, because they basically grow like trees outside, right? The reality is far different. I’ll get into that another time, but it’s really important to ask your florist if you think your floral budget is relative to what you want. I could’t think of anything more disheartening than creating floral magic in your head, a florist speaking all the language you want to hear, then delivering something sub-par to fit into a budget on the day. Now, this responsibility is all on the florist, but please bring it up if they don’t, usually, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is! You want a florist that works with you; is honest and upfront about pricing, asks about your non-negotiables and suggests creative ideas to get you the most impact…which bring me to my next point!
4. Are there any floral arrangements that I can re-purpose?
This is a great question! And it lets florists do what they do best, creatively problem solve. For example, I have a wedding in a few weeks and the client really wanted to have growing garden arrangement ‘blocks’ for the ceremony but it was an extra cost that was out of budget. So I suggested we take these blocks and repurpose them on elevated stands to be their table centres at the reception. I’ll share some photos in a month of how it all turned out, and remember, we don’t like waste just as much as you!
5. What happens to the florals after the wedding?
There are a few options with this one, and I’m actually going to give you my favourite choice. When I worked in Melbourne a florist I worked for offered a ‘wrapping’ service, which meant that in addition to bumping out the florals, they would then be wrapped and given to guests at the end of the wedding as they exited the venue. It is more costly but the joy on everyones faces when they received some flowers really made it feel worthwhile, and that way the florals can be enjoyed for longer than one day!
I hope you’ve learned some things about the wedding industry from a floral designers perspective, and asking these five essential questions before you book your wedding florist will really let you know the character of who you are working with! If they are knowledgeable, honest and a creative problem solver, book them in quickly!
If you have any questions, leave a comment!
Until next time,
Kat from Garden Graffiti