Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finding a Florist

Inslee Haynes, Image at Inslee.net
Finding a florist has been one of the most stressful and exciting parts of wedding planning for me. I love flowers, and they have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the day, so I wanted to find someone who shared my vision.

Not all florists are the same, so if you're planning a big event, here's how you can find the perfect one:
  • Determine your floral style. What are your favorite flowers? Are you looking for sleek, modern arrangements, or lush garden-y centerpieces? Pinterest will be your best friend at this point. Pin everything that catches your eye, but make sure to go back and "curate" it a bit before meeting with potential florists. 
  • Gather names. Make a list of local florists and event designers. If your venue has an in-house florist, that's a great place to start! If not, most venues will have a list of preferred vendors. 
  • Check websites. Look for photos of florists' most recent work. Is it similar to what you had in mind? The pictures on their website will likely showcase the styles they're most experienced with. 
  • Make an appointment. When you've narrowed down your list to 2-3 florists, make an appointment. It's important to confirm availability for your date and understand whether or not the florist can work within your budget. 
  • Meet in person. It's a great idea to meet in person so that you can see the florist's work and express your ideas. When you go, take a list of the number of attendants, number of reception tables, style requirements, budget requirements, and any other ideas/requirements that you have. Most importantly- don't forget your Pinterest board or some pictures for inspiration!
  • Express your ideas. Event design is a creative process, so express any ideas that you have. Your ideas should be met with enthusiasm by your potential florist, and they should build on them. If you don't have a clear vision, then allow your florist/event designer to use the pictures/colors that you like and come up with a custom proposal just for you. 
  • Confirm the details. These things seem unimportant when you can be talking dahlias vs. daisies, but they will be important on your wedding day. How many people will set up at the wedding? Where do the flowers come from? Where are they stored? Does the florist handle all delivery and setup or is there an extra fee?
Once you decide on a florist, you will continue to hone your vision and the event's design. That's the fun part! Here's a sneak peek at some of our event inspiration:


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