Here are some selected tips from Offbeat Bride about your florist.
Before you go "bouquet crazy," learn what flowers are going to be in season at the time of your wedding.
Pick 3 florists to interview. No more — no less. Too many florists and you're drowning in info, too few florists and you're very limited.
Have a fairly solid idea of the blooms and styles you want. Don’t be talked down unless a reason sounds completely legit. Stuttering, "well," and other insincere answers means that you might need to find a different florist. Many florists ask for a love and hate list, that way if they do have to substitute a flower, they don’t pick one that you don’t like.
Your florist keeps reassuring you that he can get you that tropical bloom you want even though it's not in season. Yes, it's true. He can. But the price is going to be any where between 3 and 5 times more expensive than when the flower is naturally in season! They have to fly them in from around the world, and shipping can be pricy.
Learn about hidden charges, delivery fees, etc. If you want your florist to set up your arrangements you might have to pay for their gas plus an hourly fee. They might also have a rental fee for the vases. Avoid this fee and get your own to keep for your home or future events Centerpiece Vases at GraciousBridal.com.
Bring in your own ribbons and other floral accessories. Remember the price mark-up? A 2x mark-up is typically used on hard goods (ribbons, pins, etc.) from your florist, so see if you can supply your own. That way you only pay for them once. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to ensure that it will match your color scheme perfectly!
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. Your bridesmaids or the flower girl’s mom can do this while you are getting ready. It gets them out of your hair so you can tend to more important things. Plus, you are including them in wedding preparation details.