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Questions you must ask when choosing your Wedding Florist

Flowers have the power to make a breathtaking wedding scene. They are a crucial part of your wedding décor. After all, flowers not only contribute to the look and feel, but set the scent and thus the ambiance for the scene. When the floral décor is done right, the entire venue will reflect the intended mood of the event. However, this magic has to be woven in by the talented hands of your florist.

Unless you are a botanist or have grown up with flowers, it is unlikely that you will know all that you need to about choosing flowers on the scale required for a wedding. With so much going on in the world of wedding flowers, with varieties in everything ranging from bridal bouquets to reception décor, seasonal flowers and table centerpieces, just the thought of getting everything right may make your head hurt. If you are like me, you will agree that choosing flowers belongs to the list of tougher wedding planning tasks. So, you have to trust your florist for her insight and ideas, to get it done right. With so many vendors who claim to be seasoned experts, how do you find the right person for your wedding?

Here are the important questions that will help you sort the pile and settle on the florist who will set wings to your floral vision.

What role do you want the flowers at your wedding to play?

According to this article on How Stuff Works, there are florists and flower designers, and both of them work very differently. Who you choose, depends on what you want the flowers to do at your wedding.

Florists are capable of churning out masterpieces based on the specifications you have. It is usually good enough to create the impact you may desire. However, if you are a full-blown flower fan, and want finer work, and if you look forward to creating more than just a beautiful scene with the flowers at your wedding, a flower designer is a better person for your job.

They do come with an added price tag, since they will be working exclusively for you, whereas a florist will be juggling several orders at once. Nevertheless, they are artists who have the expertise to churn out beautiful floral motifs that will go down in the pages of your wedding memories. They will also be able to go the extra mile to obtain specific flowers needed to create the impact you desire. So, if you wish to make your wedding a floral extravaganza and have the budget for it, a flower designer is your best bet for the job.

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Of all the florists I’ve visited, whose store arrangements did I love the most?

As with choosing any vendor, you should search, search and search for the perfect florist. Obtain references from your friends, look at classifieds and read reviews online. Once you’ve shortlisted those you think will be best, drop in at their stores and look around. This will give you an idea of how organized and passionate they are about their work, more than the pictures you find online.

Do you think the flower arrangements in the display window are neat and attractive? Are the flowers fresh and vibrant? Or do the blooms look dull and wilted? Is the cooler section well-maintained? How neat is the shop generally? Do you think the designs are charming, or do they look dated? Shop around and you will get a fair idea of which florist is more organized with her business. You can also take a look at their wedding portfolios to get a complete idea.

Does the florist think your budget is reasonable, and what ideas does she have for you?

There is no point in proceeding further if the florist’s rates are way above your budget. Ideally, you should choose vendors who fall within your range, and then progress with further analysis, so you can avoid any disappointment. On an average, expect to spend 8 to 10% of your total budget on flowers, if you do not want anything too elaborate. If your initial review of the shop and what you heard from others was positive, you can now proceed with discussing the rest of the details.

How does this florist react to your budget and ideas you have? Does she think it is practical to create what you want within the price range? If not, does she have other suggestions for flowers, or can she offer alternate arrangements that will satisfy you, and are within your price range? An experienced florist will know the best options that will work for a certain budget, and will be ready to customize to a certain extent, to make sure her client is happy. If the florist cannot work within your allocated budget or is unavailable on the day you want, you can always ask her to recommend other vendors who will do a similar job.

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Do you like her suggestions?

Different people have different tastes, and finding a florist who shares your taste will help you progress without too many hiccups. You can identify this to a certain extent by simply looking at her portfolio. Also, look at her flower arrangements in shop, and notice whether it appeals to you. Also ask her for suggestions regarding your bouquet, flower options to consider and designs. It is impossible to go into every detail regarding what you want, so you have to trust her decisions to a certain extent.

If you like what she suggests, or the options she provides are mostly appealing, it is likely you will not have any issues with what she comes up with. Just make sure that you tell her not only about your preferences, but also about what you do not want. Some brides do not like carnations in their bouquets, and if you have similar dislikes, make sure you inform her about it.

Are you comfortable discussing your ideas with her?

Your wedding décor is obviously important to you, as it sets the mood for the entire day. So, you need someone who understands your ideas and is capable of executing it well. When you talk to a florist, see if she encourages your ideas or is dismissive of what you suggest. If you think she is overbearing or rigid with what she can accommodate, it may be time to look elsewhere. Make sure that you establish a good rapport with your florist, and she can translate your ideas into practical solutions.

It is a good idea to take pictures of arrangements that inspire you, when you visit your florist. For this, start clipping pictures off magazines or take prints off the net, well in advance. This will help you communicate your ideas better and you can also be certain that your florist understands what you mean, rather than just assume she got everything required from the description you provided.

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Is she ready to experiment with your ideas and décor suggestions?

Imagine you have this great vision of the perfect table arrangements in your mind, but your florist shoots it down, saying it is too difficult to get right. How disappointing will it be? A talented florist will be ready to stretch a little and take risks, as long as it is what you want. If you think the person you are talking to is too set on her ideas, and doesn’t want to try anything out of her comfort zone, you may have the wrong person for the job.

A good florist knows how to work with other décor elements like candles, ornaments and tableware to create a unique statement design. She will also know where to source the extras, like vases and candles, so she can do the arrangements well. If your florist is enthusiastic about what she can bring to your wedding, and how to do it differently, by all means, encourage her. Also find out what extras she can help you with. Will she also cover smaller floral arrangements for the restrooms, create floral favors or petal confetti within budget?

How soon should you confirm, and till when can she accommodate changes?

You will definitely need more than one consultation to make sure you cover everything you want, as per your ideas. So, find out when is the latest by which you have to confirm what you want. On this note, you can also ask her if she can do a few samples based on your ideas, so you can suggest changes if any.

If your bouquets or décor arrangements will include flowers that are out-of-season, find out when is the latest that you have to place your order, so they are ready in time.

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Who will set up on site?

This is a question that many couples skip, by just assuming that the florist will take care of everything on site. Well, not all of them do. Find out specifically if she or her staff will be handling the decorations on-site personally, or whether she expects the venue staff to take over. If it is an optional condition, does she charge for doing the arrangements herself? How long will it take her to set up?

If it is the latter, find out where the flowers will be delivered to. Will she provide specific instructions on how the arrangements are to be done, if she isn’t there to oversee it? How early will they be delivered and what care has to be taken to ensure the flowers stay in top condition for the wedding and reception?

What expenses will her bills cover?

When dealing with any wedding vendor, make sure you have a written contract that seals the deal and includes all relevant information. Your florist is no exception. Before you confirm the booking, discuss her charges in detail. Does she charge for consultations, and if so how much? What expenses will you have to pay for? How does she want the bill settled? Will she accept installments or does she prefer a bulk payment?

What are the additional charges you will have to incur if there are small or big changes to the original number of bouquets, boutonnieres or centerpieces? What about if the chosen flowers have to be changed due to unavailability? How will the new ones be charged? Also discuss the distance to which she will have to deliver, and what will be the rates for transportation. Are there any extra overheads you can expect? Discussing all these details and including it in the contract will help you ward off nasty surprises in the form of shocking bills in the future.

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What will she do if she has to cancel?

We are all human and you never know when something goes wrong and your florist has to cancel. However, it helps if you are prepared for this worst-case scenario. Don’t hesitate to ask your florist if she has a plan B in case of a contingency. Does she have extra staff who can take over, if she isn’t available? Or will she hand over the responsibility to another trusted florist, who can deliver a similar service? A professional florist will have some arrangement in place, and will reassure you that you will receive your service, despite anything that may happen.

At Best for Bride, we endeavor to bring your floral vision to reality. Find inspiration for splendid centerpiece arrangements, bouquet ideas, boutonnieres and venue decoration, at our gallery.  We also offer customized plans to cater to your specific theme and creatively design to meet your expectations. Whether you would like a formal, casual, classic, modern or traditional theme, we have hundreds of options for you to choose from. In keeping with our overall vision of celebrating love and weddings, our floral services also strive towards the same goal: making your dreams a reality and having the perfect wedding you always wanted. Visit us on Best for Bride today for an awe-inspiring gallery of beautiful designs. You can also shop for your wedding dress, pick outfits for the entire bridal party and getting everything wedding-related with us.

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How a smart mother of the bride can help with her daughter’s wedding

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Isn’t it exciting that your little girl is getting married? Deciding to get married is the easy part, planning the wedding and getting all the arrangements done on time is the tough part. The good news is that you are there to help!

So, let’s find out how you can make the task easier for her.

The planning phase is perhaps the toughest of all. There are hundreds of details to be looked at and budgets to prepare and adhere to. These are the things you can do to help.

Make a comprehensive list

You can begin by listing down every arrangement to be done, and see to it that no detail is spared. Your daughter will probably be doing the same too. So, when you combine the two lists, it is unlikely any detail will be missed.

This would be the right time to prepare the guest list too. Also get the guest list from the groom’s side. Remember that everything costs money, and so it is necessary to chalk out this list before working on the budget for expenses.

Discuss family traditions

If there are specific wedding rituals that are followed in your family, or heirlooms to be used in the ceremony, it is wise to inform the couple ahead of time. Provide them all the necessary information, so they can accommodate this into the wedding plan.

Help budget the expenses

Once the list is ready, help her budget the expenses. If you are contributing, let her know the amount you will be footing. Break down the budget into individual components. This can be difficult to do, so help her research the costs of various components, so she doesn’t run short of funds towards the end.

Make the bookings

Now, its time to make arrangements. You can help her visit venues, draft invitations, book caterers, photographers, florists and the band. Just remember that it is her wedding, so don’t go overboard with making the decisions for her. Facilitate what she wants, provide your valuable suggestions, but go with what she decides. If your daughter is busy, offer to shoulder certain responsibilities on your own. This will allow her some breathing space, and let her relax.

Help her shop

If your daughter invites you, attend the bridal dress appointments and help her select her wedding dress. Also help with choosing the bridesmaids dresses. Once this is done, discuss your attire with her. Let her suggest the style and colors, so you can make an appropriate choice. Inform the mother of the groom of your dress choice, so she can also choose one that blends in.

Last minute arrangements, and being there when she needs you

You can oversee the last minute arrangements and deliveries. The days leading up to the wedding can seem overwhelming, so be there for your daughter. Support her when she seems worried. Keep up her spirits, remind her of how well she is doing, and how great she looks. She will be relieved by your encouragement. After all, mom knows best!

To look special on your daughter’s wedding day, check out the beautiful collection of dresses at Best for Bride for the mother of the bride.

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5 important duties of the bridesmaid

Bridesmaids are not just pretty faces in elegant gowns, who add a touch of glamour to the wedding venue. They are usually those girls who are closest to the bride, such as her sisters, cousins or closest friends. She trusts, and more importantly, depends on them for making her lifetime event a memorable one.

Bridesmaids support the bride throughout her wedding, right from the planning stage to the wedding day and even afterwards. There are many wedding-related duties that are performed by the bridesmaids, and they have a huge role in making the wedding a success.

Of the several responsibilities to be handled by the bridesmaids, here are the 5 noteworthy tasks they can take charge of.

1. Help the bride make her big and small decisions

Your friend will have hundreds of things to do for her wedding, and she is banking on her team of bridesmaids to get everything in order, on time. If she has questions or concerns and you have suggestions, provide it. If not, try to help her find an answer. If she asks you for your personal opinion on anything, give her your honest take on whatever it is.

2.Arrange the bridal shower and bachelorette party

Every bride deserves a fantastic bridal shower and bachelorette party, and it is the bridesmaids who plan and organize it for her. This is one of your most important duties, and you should put in some effort to make it memorable. Keep the bride in mind and plan the events in a way that she will love. Come up with some creative games, stock up on innovative bridal shower favors and help your friend enjoy her last celebration before she gets married.

3. Help with the wedding duties

There are a hundred or more big and small jobs to be completed, prior to the wedding. You will have to handle some of the errands for the day, but as a good friend volunteer to help before the wedding too. Offer to address some invitations, visit venues with her or if she needs help with deciding the décor, seating arrangement or planning the rehearsal dinner. Also, take care that your bridesmaids dress is purchased, altered and collected on time, so the bride doesn’t have to worry about it.

4. Help the bride prepare for the ceremony, reception and honeymoon

You can help the bride in organizing all her activities for her wedding day. Take charge of putting her packed bags in place, and making sure her emergency bridal kit is complete. Make arrangements to collect her bridal dress after the reception and put it away safely or send it to be preserved. Be available for any last minute emergencies, and help her cope with stress by being there for her.

5. Duties on the wedding day

Your important duties continue to the wedding day. You will have to be dressed in your bridesmaid dress on time and ready to run last-minute errands or collect deliveries. Assist the Maid of Honor and efficiently handle all the tasks delegated to you. Receive guests at the reception, direct them to the bar and get them to sign the guest book. Help with bustling the train, when it is time for the reception. Also accompany the bride on her restroom visits, should she require it.

For more valuable wedding-related tips and advice, visit Best for Bride.