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Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Philadelphia Wedding Florist

Cala lilies or wildflowers? Pomanders, nosegays or large bouquets? The choices are varied when it comes to your Philadelphia wedding flowers, so finding a florist who is in sync with your vision as well as your budget is important. But where to begin?

Photo credit: Fleur De Lis Floral

We have outlined some important suggested questions when interviewing a potential florist for your Philadelphia wedding. However, first there are some questions that can be answered with a little research on your part.

Background: Background: A simple search online will answer most of these questions.

How long has the florist been in business? How many weddings have they done? What do the reviews look like? Is there an online or hardcopy of photos of their previous work?

Next, it is always best to meet potential vendors for a consultation in person once it is narrowed down. Discuss the below topics to cover your bases.

The Wedding Date: 
•Is my wedding date available? 
•How many other weddings or events will you schedule on that day?
•Have you done events at my venue before?
•Are you available to do a site walk-through prior to the wedding date and is there a fee?
•Will you be creating my arrangements yourself or delegate to another employee?
•How far in advance of the wedding will the bouquets and arrangement be designed? How are they stored?

•What time will you arrive to deliver the arrangements? Will you be removing them following the reception?

Floral Budget: Have a budget that is clear prior to your consultation. If it is flexible, have a range.
•Do you require a minimum budget? 
•Can you work within my budget?
•What recommendations can you provide to maximize my budget?

Which flowers would you recommend based on the season, my color palette, and budget?

Can you suggest alternative flowers to stay within my budget?

Floral Design: Bring photos to your consultation or refer to a Pinterest page to convey your vision accurately to your wedding florist.
•How would you describe your design style?
Which size bouquet best fits my needs and vision?
•Do you offer organic, pesticide-free, or sustainably grown local flower varieties and if so, how much are they? 
•Which vases best work with my wedding vision?
•What other décor pieces can you provide? Are vases and décor pieces considered rentals or purchased?

•Can you create a sample bouquet before I book? If so, is there an additional charge?
•Will you work with the cake designer for any floral décor on the cake? Are there set up fees for this option?

Is there a delivery fee or added costs for set up and breakdown?

•Is there a down payment required to book the date?
•Are there any additional fees I have not addressed?
•How far in advance do I need to book your services?
•Will you provide an itemized quote?

•When should I finalize the order?
•When can I expect to receive the contract?

•When is the final payment due?

•What is your refund policy if for some reason I need to cancel? 

Posted by Dawn Mitchell on 07/21/2015

Category Articles: Florists