You want to get every aspect of your wedding right of course. Making sure you have perfectly designed wedding flowers is a huge part of the entire picture. But how do you know where to start looking in the Louisville area? We can help you a bit there. Here are some questions you will need to ask anyone you are considering to be your florist.
After you have a short list of candidates which you can get from your network of friends, family, and coworkers, you will want to sit down with each one and interview them for the job of wedding florist. Ask them to see some examples of past wedding work they have done. Analyze their creative abilities and whether you see in their work someone that you would like to create designs for you. If you have set a budget, make sure that you tell each candidate what it is so they can try and come up with creative solutions that fit within your budget numbers. A great example of this would be to use in-season flowers which can cost much less than our of season options.
Check out each candidate's website thoroughly. Is it professional? What does it say about the candidate? Share your theme and color scheme with the potential florist. You want to get a sense of their creativity, do they have a handle on taking your ideas and turning them into real designs. Have a discussion about style, do they tend to gravitate to a certain style over any other?
Ask about additional services other than flowers. Do they provide things like chair covers, ribbons, balloons, etc. Ask them if they would be willing to make a site visit with you if you hired them. This is very important because they need to know what your venues look like and how bit of a space there is to work with. One question that is often overlooked is to ask if the main florist you are dealing with will also be the person who sets up everything on your wedding day. You may want to make sure this is the case because sometimes information can be lost in the translation.
In terms of cost, go over their packages and any additional fees. Is delivery and setup extra? Do they have all of the vases or urns needed or is that something you need to purchase ahead of time? Talk over any and every detail that comes to your mind. Remember, there is no such thing as a dumb question. You are paying a lot of money for your wedding services and you want to be heard and you want to make sure you understand everything that you will be getting. Find out how much of a deposit they require to reserve their services and how the payment schedule works from there. Once you have all of the information you can possibly gather, sit down with some trusted family or friends and go over every detail doing a side by side comparison. Usually, one candidate rises to the top of the pile. If you end up with two, go with your gut and enjoy your flowers.