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For a big day all abloom, a florist is ready to take creative action. Reserve one at least six months ahead to smell like a rose.
Ask newlyweds with flowers you loved about their florist. Get referrals from friends and relatives. Compare prices and ideas.
DO A LITTLE RESEARCH
Cut photos of likable bouquets and arrangements from bridal and gardening magazines.
PREPARE LISTS, PHOTOS
Write down who needs flowers. Photograph both ceremony and reception locations. Provide photos or color swatches of dresses for a sense of complementary colors.
KNOW YOUR BUDGET
No matter how much you have to spend, a good florist can brainstorm creative ideas. Unexpected rentals play havoc with a budget.
You should be able to ask any question of a competent wedding provider. Ask to see photos of the florist’s work at your ceremony and reception sites. Fresh bouquets give better views than photos, so ask to see flowers ready for another wedding this week. Check what extras not included at the site – possibly aisle runner, centerpieces, trellis or potted plants – are provided by the florist.
WRITE IT DOWN
The contract should include standard items of date, time, location of ceremony and reception. Itemize what the florist will supply, including color, type and cost; alternate blooms if first choices are not available; arrival times for setup; total cost with tax and payment terms; fees for delivery; cancellation and refund policy.