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Choosing Your Wedding Florist

Posted on November 22nd, 2007 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Flowers 2 Comments

Bridal BouquetFlowers are an important part of making your wedding ceremony and reception beautiful. When planning your wedding, you should take time and care in selecting a wedding florist.

Choose several florists in the general vicinity of your ceremony and reception site. If the wedding florist is on the other side of town, they may charge more for delivery. Look in the yellow pages, on wedding websites and ask your friends and families for referrals before narrowing down your list to three or four options.

Set up appointments to meet with each of the florists. Before the appointment time, you should decide the following about your wedding:

  • Wedding colors (color of bridesmaids dresses, table linens and other decor)
  • Number of attendants
  • Total budget for flowers, including delivery charges

When you meet with each florist give them an idea of what you are looking for, but also be open to suggestions. After all, they are the professionals!

A basic package of wedding flowers should include:

  • Bridal bouquet
  • Bridemaids’ bouquets
  • Corsages for mothers, grandmothers and other important women
  • Boutonnieres for the groom, groomsmen, fathers, grandfathers and other important men
  • Centerpieces for the reception

You may also need a smaller bouquet for the “toss,” flowers for the flower girl, and other floral decorations.

Ask each florist to come up a quote that will meet all your needs. It may also be helpful to ask for a high-end quote if you want to trade out your standard flowers for more exotics, dye flowers to a specific color, or want anything else special.

Once you’ve visited three or four shops and gathered the quotes, ask for a list of references from each. Call previous brides to make sure there were no problems with customer service, delivery, or quality of the flowers.

Now that you are armed with all the information, you can make an informed decision and choose the florist that is right for you!

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Comments (2)

  1. 1Courtney

    You can also go through your florist for flower accessories like rose petals. If you’re not using roses in your wedding, you could discuss other options with your florist so that if you want to use petals as an accent decoration, you know what your best options are.

  2. 2Melissa

    We were very lucky and had an amazing florist. The two bouquet idea is awesome. I did that with ours and it worked out great! Then whoever catches your “tossing bouquet” gets to keep that, while you have one to take home, it doesn’t last for very long but it’s nice to look at for a couple days

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