How to Evaluate a Wedding Floral Proposal
Wedding florals are one of the biggest—and perhaps most surprising—budget items, with wedding couples spending between eight to 10 percent of their overall budget on their wedding flowers. If you aren’t a natural green thumb (or wedding planner by trade), walking into a florist’s office for a discussion and proposal can be intimidating.
How do you know if a florist is quoting a fair price? How do you choose one florist over another? If you’re unsure where to start when it comes to evaluating a florist or floral proposal, here are a few helpful tips:
1. Choose your idea florist type
First, choose the type of florist that would best fit your event needs based on your wedding size and desired décor. Retail florists are good for small orders, floral designers can design creative wedding flowers and full-service florists can handle centerpieces and décor along with flowers.
2. Stick to your budget as closely as possible
Floral quotes can range from $1,500 to $15,000, so you’ll automatically narrow down some florists based on your floral budget. Avoid florists with wedding flower minimums that are higher than your own budget for florals.
3. Determine what floral items are necessary
When you meet with a florist, you often will discuss all of your potential floral needs. However, by figuring out what flowers are “needs” versus “wants,” you can be more flexible with a florist’s proposed floral plan.
4. Check out a florist’s featured work
Most florists will post examples of their work on their website, on social media, or in physical “look books.” Take time to evaluate whether or not each florist’s style matches your own and ask for referrals if necessary.
5. Compare prices from multiple florists
The best way to ensure a fair floral quote is to get multiple quotes from a variety of sources in your local area (for the same number of flowers, etc.). That way, you have a general idea of reasonable prices based on similar factors.
6. Use your gut to decide
Once you’ve met with a few florists and received one (or more) proposals, you’ll have a much better idea of what you want your wedding flowers to look like. At that point, you’ll have to use your instinct to choose the right florist based on their personal rapport with you, reputation, unique approach and pricing.
with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)
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