Hire A Wedding Florist
In case you wanted to pay someone else to #putafloweronit
When it comes to planning a party, specifically a wedding, the flowers are one of the most favorite parts. But then again, Legato is also a wedding florist. It’s part of the job description. As with all things wedding-related, there are many options for how to handle your wedding flowers (including not having any at all): You can DIY, you can partially DIY, you can skip flowers all together, or even use some live plants and fill your garden up after the wedding. And if it works for you and your budget, you can definitely hire a florist.
If you’ve already got your heart set on hiring a florist for your wedding, then you’ve probably realized that the Internet is flush with options. And because there are a million different floral services for just about every situation you could imagine, Google isn’t always helpful for figuring out which one is right for you and your wedding. So today we’re breaking down the basics of how to hire a florist, from the stylist's perspective:
TYPES OF FLORISTS
First of all, it’s important to note that there are different types of florists and services available out there:
RETAIL FLORIST: These are the street shops you see where you can stop for a bouquet of roses. They are wonderful resources for small orders and items but are not always equipped for or accustomed to servicing full events. Sometimes these shops will do funeral display pieces, but more often than not they are not who you want to use for your wedding.
FLORAL DESIGNER: This is your standard wedding florist. The one who specializes in creatively combining beautiful flowers into bouquets, corsages, centerpieces, and decor items for your event. They are generally creative/artistic people who are able to customize their style to the event they are working on (or at least, they should be, but more on that in a minute). When you work with a floral designer you are paying for their flowers, their services, and their creative artistry.
FULL-SERVICE EVENT/FLORAL DESIGNER: There can be some crossover between this and the option above. When you work with a full-service designer like this, you are looking at the option to get not only your flowers, but candles, table numbers, paper goods, and any other decor pieces you might want. These super talented artists are usually most helpful if you have design ideas about your event, but need help executing, and would rather work with one person on all of it.
BEFORE YOU START LOOKING FOR A FLORIST
Before you start contacting local florists and trying to find the one who will help you with your wedding, there are some important things to think about and know:
- FIGURE OUT IF FLOWERS ARE A PRIORITY: Depending on the length of your wedding, when you’re getting married, and how important flowers are to you, you may want to start looking at florists pretty early in the process. Many florists are one-man/woman shops who are only able to do one wedding per day or weekend, and they can book up quickly (especially if you’re getting married during high wedding season). At legato, we have a team of crew to deliver the job.
- YOUR BUDGETING: As hard as it may be at this stage in planning, it’s also helpful to have some general idea of the budget you are working with for floral design. If you start reaching out to florists without a budget in mind, you could end up with quotes that range from RM6000–RM20000.
- IDENTIFY YOUR STYLE: Before you get in touch with florist it’s helpful if you have an idea about the types of flowers and floral design you like. Look around Pinterest to start getting a feel for the styles and types of flowers you prefer, but don’t overthink this part too much. A lot of what you’ll end up with will depend on what’s in season and what your budget can accommodate.