Working with wedding vendors can be a real maze. There are so many styles and options to take into account. It is sometimes hard to know if you are on the right track. One of the most underrated vendors that you have to hire is your wedding florist. You want your flowers and decorations to scream your personality, but not every florist out there can deliver that. So, when you are combing the Grand Rapids area for that person that can give you exactly what you deserve in terms of your floral arrangements, you will want to be armed with knowledge and questions that can help you make the most informed decision possible.
Any potential florist that you consider should have a portfolio to show you. If they don't have anything to show you, then stop considering them. You need to be able to see what they have done in the past for other clients. This is like providing a resume to someone. It shows what they are capable of and gives you a sense of their style and possibilities for your own wedding. A portfolio can also show you what kind of resources they have to work with. If you see only simple designs in a candidate's portfolio and you had elaborate floral arrangements in mind, you probably want to not consider such a candidate.
Find out how busy they are? Do they do a number of weddings per month. It seems crazy to consider, but are they almost too busy. This can be important because you want someone who will be able to provide you with ample time and consideration. On a related topic, find out how many weddings they do in a weekend and specifically, your weekend. Again, setup takes time and you don't want your wedding to not be given enough time to get all of your arrangements correct. Another possible issue with this is that you could be assigned an assistant that doesn't understand what needs to be done like the primary florist does. You will want to make sure these issues are discussed to your satisfaction.
You will want to have a chat about flowers that are in season and out of season. You will want to think long and hard about using out of season flowers unless you have an unlimited budget. Out of season flowers can be extremely costly. We suggest sticking to flowers that will be in season at the time of your wedding.
Have a chat about logistics. When can you expect your flowers to be delivered and setup? You want to be sure that it will be the florist that will be there in person to do the setup. They are the ones that you talked to about your vision and they are the ones to implement it. Who will do the transporting of your flowers from the ceremony to the reception. You want to make sure this will happen because it will save you a lot of money in the flowers department. You also want to now how you will be charged for the delivery and setup. Is this a one time charge?
The old adage that its all in the details could not be more true in relation to a wedding florist. The more you know about a potential florist, the better when it comes to making a decision on who to hire. The issues mentioned above should give you a great starting guide.