Based on the details you provide, the florist will then discuss your options with you, come up with some suggestions and then (assuming you've kept your budget a secret) provide you with a quote. If the following questions haven't already been asked and answered during the course of the conversation, make sure that you ask them at this point:
- Are there any alternative flowers we could use that could help reduce costs or any other ways we could minimise the expense? (ask this even if the price you've been quoted is under budget).
- Have you provided flowers to our venue(s) before? If not, do you intend to visit it/them prior to the day?
- What time would oyu begin setting up and how long do you envisage it will take?
- Can you deliver the bridal flowers, buttonholes and corsages to a different address(es) and when would this happen?
- Can I see any photographs from weddings you've done in the past or any actual arrangements similar to what we're after?
- Do you offer any other decorative items for sale (candles, balloons etc.)?
- Do you have any contingency plans should the flowers be unavailable at the date and time of our wedding?
- When are balances and deposits due and how much is to be paid each time?
Repeat this process for every florist you meet before proceeding to the next step.
6. Weigh Up Your Options & Make the Final Decision
When making the final decision on the florist, it's important that you don't just plump for the cheapest or the one that's nearest to the venue, but that you also consider all factors and choose the one that's right for you.