January 24, 2013

wed / how to hire a florist

Previously: How to Find a PhotographerHow to Find a DJ/Band, How to Find a Caterer

Ahh flowers. Now that the tougher vendors are booked, it’s time to focus on the beautiful, personal details. A few tips for finding a wedding florist:
1. Gather inspiration pictures! Pinterest is a great way to do this. 
2. Find 2-3 florists to meet with. Search online vendor sites like Yelp, Weddingbee, Style Me Pretty, and WeddingWire. And of course, ask your friends and family! Look at examples of the florist’s work to see if you like their aesthetic. 
3. Bring those photos to the meeting, along with fabric swatches, a picture of your dress, and pictures of the venue. Also, it’s important to bring your budget! Unlike some other vendors who show you their pricing and make adjustments from there, florists can be flexible by adjusting the blooms they choose, the number of arrangements, the size, etc. So give them a guideline to use as a jump off point!
4. Book with a florist whom you trust to execute your vision. You want someone who takes your inspiration and creates something that blows you away, not someone who copies a Pinterest pic exactly. 
5. Make sure to stop and smell those roses on the big day!

Next up: Make up Artist Tips from my lovely sorority sister and makeup artist, Maddy!

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