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Picking The Right Florist
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The wedding bouquet speaks volumes of your personality and style; the same sort of symposium you’d expect from your dress and pumps and ‘do. Flowers add a feminine touch without necessarily crossing over into girly, because delicate as they appear, they connote an earthy, sensual romance. Their aromas and good looks are going to top off the mood of your day, which is why choosing a florist to mesh with you and your vision is of the definitely important persuasion.
know your style
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When searching for a florist, taste and style are of course, key. But if you’ve never mulled over your floral style before, you might become overwhelmed by the industry’s diversity. Discover what you’re looking for by flipping through wedding rags, surfing the net and stopping to stare at florists’ window displays, (as reliable as inspecting a photographer’s album or a decorator’s portfolio.)
If you’ve nothing else in your back pocket, color scheme should be the one factor considered when narrowing options down. When that’s covered, try to make appointments with at least three florists, at least four months before the wedding.
seasonal buds
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Plucking out in-season blossoms is just good budget-conscious sense. For those dew-covered lovers, spring-friendly flowers include peonies, tulips and hydrangeas. The sweltering summer heat calls for tropical hues, so birds of paradise, hibiscuses and calla lilies are all fair game. To complement autumn’s cozy palette, go with rust roses, orange orchids and green apple arrangements. Winter calls for wonderland-type merriment with magnolias, poinsettias and lilies.
avant-garde arrangements
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For ultra-mod, try a florist specializing in artistic design. Topiary centerpieces and grapes as baby breath are just a couple eccentricities to look forward to. But when going contemporary, remember that less is more. Sometimes, emphasis is best placed on the structural merging of a single flora with a peculiar vase.
keeping it classy
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To complete a classic scheme, give a gartered-leg up to traditionalism with round balls of roses, tulip arrangements, and peonies in crystal vases. Make sure to find a florist who shares your values, and discuss what can or should be tweaked to match your personality.
floral pricetag
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Florists are designers, meaning you’re paying for a work of art, not a just a bunch of disposable flowers. Cost depends on quantity, type, (locally grown are naturally cheaper) bloom time, level of extravagance, and degree of artistry/effort involved. In an ideal world, your floral budget would be about ten percent of you wedding fund.
Timing is everything, so expect steeper prices around flower-happy holidays, like Valentine’s and Mother’s Day.
Don’t forget to discuss the druthers, namely vases, candles, ribbons and crystals, which may or may not be included in the contract.
Save cash by choosing moderately priced flowers like orange blossoms, lavender, daffodil, daisies, chrysanthemum, carnations and roses. Those that come with a fatter pricetag include tropical flowers, calla lilies, orchids, magnolias, peonies, gardenia and hydrangeas.
personality matters
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If you admire a florist’s artistry, but dread being in their presence, leave the master behind and go find someone you connect with. Anything that will alleviate stress is worth doing. Plus, you want all lines of communication open so you can freely ask both vital and silly questions. (Discovering you’re allergic to your bouquet last minute is an example of an unasked question gone wrong. Nobody wants to be achoo-ing down the aisle.)
what to ask
What styles do you specialize in?
It’s crucial you find someone who understands your style. Even if a traditionalist claims he’d like to try something new and modern, take a pass. Experimentation should be done on their time, not yours.
May I view examples of arrangements?
Most florists have a portfolio with arrangements not included on their website.
What do you think of my ideas?
Express your vision but trust their opinion. He may be able to articulate that your ideas are unrealistic or present you with options you would have never considered otherwise, but actually love.
Can you give provide references?
If you clicked at your first meeting, great, but testimonials are usually your best source for credibility conformation. And a good florist will be more than eager to provide you with references.
Who will be making the arrangements the day of?
If it's not the florist, make sure you are comfortable with his assistant.
Are you familiar with the venue/are you willing to check it out?
Florists familiar with your chosen locale will be more comfortable on the job. They may even have pull with the venue owner, and the once-banned orb of cascading petals will suddenly be given the green light.
What’s included in the floral contract?
Don’t leave anything up to chance. Make sure absolutely everything is accounted for, as in, written on paper. This includes rental supplements, transportation, setup costs, color combinations, specific arrival time and the number of arrangements. Go over the contract together and discuss anything you feel has been left out.
How fresh are the flowers being used?
Find out just how in-bloom those flowers are. Wilting roses during the first dance and browning bouquets during the toss scream bad omen.
What’s the cut-off date for changes?
Inquire about decision deadline so if you suddenly learn of your mother-in-law’s allergy to peonies, you’re covered.
What time will you arrive at the hall?
Normally, a florist will set up 3-4 hours beforehand, but it’s always best to contact him before the big day, just to ease your mind.