Scheduling meetings with wedding vendors can feel a little intimidating. Which is totally fine, since most of us haven’t ordered flowers for a 200-person event before! How do you know even which questions will show whether they’re the right fit for your Pittsburgh wedding? You should be able to find a florist that can work within your budget, and also help you make the wedding of your dreams come true.
In that first visit you need to discuss portfolios, budgets and styles, and to make sure you don’t forget anything, we’ve listed off the most important questions you need to ask to figure out if this is the florist for you.
Can I see some examples of your work?
Flip through their work portfolio. This is also a great way of getting a sense of their style and their standard of work. Sometimes florists have fresh samples, which are even better because you get to see them in person and smell them. Look out for the details: do they use fresh flowers only? Are they creative with their design? Do the flowers photograph nicely? Remember you’re going to be documenting this special day with a Pittsburgh wedding photographer, so making sure the flowers not only look nice but also photograph well is key.
Who’s going to be in charge of my wedding flowers?
Sometimes florists have assistants and even freelancers helping them on the wedding day, so it’s very important for you to know early on who you’ll be working with. If you can, meet those in charge of your flowers and discuss what you want, so you can build that trust and be confident they’ll deliver what you asked for.
What other services do you offer?
The picking up of the flowers and later getting them out of the venue can seem like a hassle, but oftentimes, florists include these tasks as part of their services.
It’s good for you to ask these questions and find out if they offer full clean up services, and if this comes as part of the package or as an extra fee.
Sometimes you rent vases and other décor for the flowers, will they be taking those away as well?
Other items like vases, drapery, candles and lanterns are typically offered by some florist companies. Asking your potential wedding florist if they offer other décor goodies is great for you, so you can decide if you rather rent them from the company or from a different vendor.