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This is a good question!! im curious, and was wondering the same..
How to choose a Florist
Flowers can really enhance your affair. However, finding a florist is not that easy. A good florist will be busy, so book early, and try for six months before your wedding. First, ask the banquet hall you are having the reception at for the florists they recommend. Some reception facilities only allow certain florists in their establishments so check before you search.
If that doesn’t help, then ask friends and family for suggestions. Call friends whose weddings you’ve been to and whose florists created beautiful arrangements. Most importantly, ask if they had an easy time planning, and working with that florist.
Once you have gathered a few names, call and get price estimates and make appointments to see their work. Most good florists will not give an estimate over the phone. When you meet with the florist it is good to bring some fabric from your bridesmaid’s gowns, so that the florist can help you with the colors and types of flowers to use.
It is good to use a florist who has worked in the location at which you are having your wedding. That way the florist will know “what works and what doesn’t”. A good florist will use many types of medium. For example, candles or chair covers, and other favors.
Therefore, when you finally decide upon a florist don’t forget that you may need some or all of these items:
Remember not to be afraid to ask the florist for what you want. Don’t be intimidated by the florist who tells you what you need. And don’t feel bad to negotiate the price. Find out from the florist how much will the flowers that I want cost. Is the delivery and setup included in the price. Ask the florist if he or she has worked in the venue you are using before. If so what type of centerpieces do they recommend?
Depending on the season different flowers are available for your use. Ask the florist which flowers are in season when you are getting married.
Don’t hesitate to ask for references, or to see samples of the florist’s work. Lastly, get a contract of what exactly will be provided for your affair.
Wedding planning can be very stressful, and finding a florist is no different, except it can be really fun. Good luck , and take the time to smell the flowers!
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My florist did a mock up for us before we booked. We had a semi simple elegant arrangement so she gave us the choice of purchasing it or she could sell it through her cooler in the store. I opted to purchase after I saw it i loved it soo much i did not want any one else to have it. And booked her at the time of the viewing of the sample. We use the flower girls tiffany was great and it was nice to have the option to buy or not when we saw the arrangement. We paid $35.00 for it and was well worth it it lasted 10 days after the meeting.
My florist did not show me a mock up before I booked her. She did have an extensive portfolio though. I brought in pictures of what I liked and she showed me similar things that she had done. Although I keep changing my mind I am going to ask her to show me a mock up, great idea. She did some sketches for me as well. Her name is Tami Reid and her web site is www.tamarareiddesigns.com