4. Make Multiple Appointments
With so many florists to choose from, it would be unwise to just speak to one and sign up there and then! So, from your shortlist, select a few (we suggest around three) and pop-in/call and make appointments to go and see them.
If you're struggling to decide which of you're shorlisted candidates to go and meet, there's nothing to stop you meeting with them all, assuming you've got the time (you'll need to allow at least an hour or two for each appointment). Likewise, if after meeting them face to face or speaking with them over the phone you feel that you didn't 'click', there's nothing to stop you cancelling the appointments at a later date - it's important that you're comfortable speaking with your florist, so if you don't take a shine to them just move on to the next one.
When you speak to each florist it is imperative that the very first question you ask each of them is to confirm their availability on the date of your wedding - fail to ask this and you could be wasting everyone's time! Once you've done this and your appointments are in place, it's time to get in there and give them a thorough grilling (not literally of course - save that for the toasts!).
5. Set Out Your Ideas & Ask Questions
When you meet with each florist, you need to begin by teling them as much information as possible (your floral likes and dislikes, where you want the flowers to feature, dates, times colours etc). You can either opt to disclose your budget at this stage or alternatively we'd advise that you wait and see what price they quote (whatever approach you take, make sure that you apply the same method to each florist you visit for consistency purposes). This meeting is also a chance for you to guage the skill and imagination of the florist, so first impressions of the store front and any promotional material/photographs should be taken note of.