Here is an excellant article written by Jamie Watson for Portland Party Bus on selecting the right florist for your wedding day and what you can do to prepare for the process.

Wedding Florist:

There is nothing quite like the perfect floral arrangements to really bloom your wedding into a beautiful occasion. It is not surprising that selecting the arrangements are a crucial part of the planning process, and why it is vital to be thorough in your search and interviewing. Portland is abundant in wonderful florists who are more than capable of crafting the arrangements that will help complete the vision of your dream wedding. Here are some tips to guide you on the path to the right florist.

You may have a preferred local florist which has had your patronage for decades, but you may be surprised to find out that they don’t service or specialize in weddings, and the florist may not have any experience with weddings. It is imperative to hire an experienced florist as it only ensures the simplicity of coordination and the overall quality of your wedding day. It is wise to set up an interview with at least three different florists. Start with the recommendations of your family and friends, and search Google and online wedding directories. Be sure to read through any pricing and general information provided, as well as reviews and bridal testimonials, and scour through any pictures.

Once you have set up interviews with the candidates, you will want to come prepared with questions, fabric samples, and pictures of arrangements you like. It is advisable to start researching wedding flowers, and saving pictures of arrangements you like before you contact any florists. If you have a smart phone, download the Pinterest app, and start a wedding board where you can archive arrangements that dazzle you so you can share the board URL with your florist, cake designer, and so on. The florist should be cooperative, and be receptive to your ideas. You should be able to build a personal connection with this florist. Ask the candidates if they have worked the venues you have booked for the occasion, regardless of their answer they should be willing to visit the site with you. Familiarity helps develop ideas into realities. One thing you will want to do is scope out the shop. If it is a mess, unorganized, or if they flowers are in poor condition, that lack of attention to detail in presentation may reflect in the end product of your arrangements.

At some point, perhaps during the second interviews with each candidate that goes beyond the first stage of interviews, you will want to cover the cost of the package. Ask for a sample invoice. You will want to see what they will charge you for, there’s no need for surprise charges on the day of your wedding when you pay the rest of the balance due. You should compare prices between different candidates, and weigh carefully which one will give you the most for your money. Once you have made your final decision, place a deposit, and write up a contract that outlines every single detail. Once both parties sign, you should have no anxiety about the appearance of your arrangements, because you’ve done your due diligence and found the right florist for you. Don’t forget to smell the roses on the day of your wedding!

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