What do you think about when you think of wedding flowers? Have you been to a wedding lately? Wedding flowers are funny because when they are done well, they enhance the feel and tone of a wedding. But when they are done poorly or missing, you know it right away. And what would a wedding be without the bride's bouquet. But before you sit down with any potential floral designer for your wedding, you want to make sure that you have booked your ceremony and reception venues. The reason for this is you will need to discuss the floral needs you have at your locations. Once you have that, it will be time to start looking around the Providence area for some florists that are good potential candidates for your wedding needs. Here are some questions to help you zero in on your final choice.
You will want to ask any candidate that you interview if they have ever worked your venue. If they have not, show them pictures of your venues. It is important to know that each location presents it own unique challenges. Take a look at their portfolio which should show you the kind of work they are capable of. Ask yourself if you potentially would be happy with something similar to what you see in their portfolio. Ask them about their experience as a florist and specifically doing weddings. Where did they receive their training? Find out if the person you are talking does all of the actual designing or do they also delegate to an assistant. You don't want anything to be lost in the translation so make sure that the person you end up telling your vision to is the one who designs your floral arrangements.
Talk about style. How would they describe their style? When you talk to them about your likes and dislikes, does this seem to complement their style? Talk about budget. Tell them your budget number and ask what they might be able to do within your budget. If they feel they could do something you would be happy with, ask to see the packages they offer. Ask for 5 recent references that you can contact. The information you get from them could really help you make a decision. What flowers do they recommend based on your color scheme and venues? Do they provide accent pieces like candelabras, mirrors, votives or aisle runners? Are these part of the package that you like?
Are there any hidden fees? The package price you like so much may not be the bottom line. Make sure of this because some florists charge extra fees for elements like delivery. Some add on an extra charge for setup and tear down. Don't be taken by surprise, this is the time to get all of these details out in the open so you can make an informed decision. After you have interviewed each candidate, sit down and do some side by side comparisons of each candidate. Ask yourself how comfortable you are with each candidate's answers. Were they open to what you had to say? Do they seem like someone who would be great to work with? This is more important than you might think at first glance. Your special day should be enjoyed and that means the months leading up to your big day as well. So the more you are able to hire congenial vendors that are easy to get along with the better. You want them to have your best interests at heart. When you weigh all of these factors carefully, you should be able to come up with a candidate that will be the best one for you and for your wedding flowers.