Weddings are hard to plan as it is and the last thing you need is for the flowers to be complicated. Flowers are the hallmark of your wedding, the eye catchers and final accent and flare. So make it good. Make them beautiful and simplify the process so you can get back to the fun of it all!
We want to share some tips for getting the perfect flowers and hiring the right florist.
Firstly, before you go "bouquet crazy," make sure to find out exactly which flowers are going to be in season at the time of your wedding.
Make sure to take some time to check out your local farmer's market. Talk with growers who sell cut flowers. Ask them questions, lots of questions. This tip is incredibly helpful if you are doing your own flowers.
Pick your favorite three florists and set up a time to interview them. Be sure to pick three though. Too many florists and you're drowning in info, too few florists and you're very limited.
Initially, when you visit a potential florist, don’t show them your ideas or your budget. Just ask a lot of questions around their best ideas, styles and budget plans. Ask what their procedure is if a flower is damaged/unavailable for your event, ask to see their portfolio, and ask how many weddings they book on a typical weekend, so you have an idea of how available they’ll be.
Look online at wholesalers and become familiar with how flowers are shipped. As an example, almost all garden roses must be ordered as an entire case. That's almost 100 blooms! If you only want garden roses in your bouquet and no where else your florist is going to be stuck with about 80 garden roses. In some floral shops, you will be charged for the full case, not just what you use.
Find out about hidden charges, delivery fees, etc before you make your choice. If you want your florist to set up your arrangements, you might have to pay for their gas plus an hourly fee.
DO NOT pay for petals! Have someone pick up a bouquet at a supermarket and have fun destroying the blooms yourself. It's an amazing stress reliever and you will be happy knowing that you didn't waste $10-$20 for someone else to rip them apart.
As always, we want the best for your big day and your floral experience should be beautiful and stress free! Remember that for those of you in the Southern California area, Ontario Bakery is here to make the perfect custom cake for any occasion!