10 Questions to Ask a Wedding Florist

Posted by Alexandra on Oct 28, 2013


Photo by Kristen Penner Photography

Fresh, fabulous florals are an essential component of your wedding decor, so you want to be sure you’re in good hands! Before signing a contract, make sure you have these ten key questions covered:

1. Do you have a signature style? There are various styles of floral design, and different florists work with different methods. If you’re going for a traditional look and your florist describes her style as modern and trendy, for example, it may not be the best fit.

2. Can you help me determine which flowers would be best for my wedding? There are many factors –  the season, your color scheme, your budget, your style, whether you are having an indoor or outdoor wedding, and the the length of your event, for example – to consider when choosing which flowers will be best for your wedding. Make sure your florist can help you cover all these bases.

3. Do you have any suggestions for maximizing my floral budget? Florists often have helpful tips and tricks to help clients get the most bang for their buck. If a florist is able to offer some great suggestions you hadn’t considered, you know you’ve found a winner.

4. Do you have a portfolio of your work? Looking through photographs of floral arrangements they have done for previous weddings will give you a good sense of their style and whether their vision is aligned with yours.

5. Will you provide sketches or mockups of my arrangements? It’s important that you are able to get an accurate visual of the floral arrangements you’ve discussed before the big day and that any tweaks and changes can be accommodated.

6. Do you provide additional decor items? >Some florists have decor items like vases, columns, votives, arches and candelabras available for rent. Find out whether this option will be available through your florist or whether you will need to rent decorative items from an outside company. 

7. How many weddings or events will you book on the weekend of my wedding? Make sure your florist doesn’t have so much on her plate that she can’t give your event adequate time and attention.

8. How will the flowers be delivered and handled? Find out when the flowers will be delivered, how they will be packaged, where and how they will be stored, how they will be transported to your venue, and what setup will entail. You’ll also want to know whether there are extra fees for these services.

9. Will you be the one designing the flowers on my wedding day? This may seem obvious, but confirm that the person you are working with will actually be the one on site the day of. You don’t want any surprises!

10. Who will be responsible for breaking down and taking the arrangements away at the end of the reception? Don’t just assume the florist will be in charge of removing the arrangements from the venue once the celebration wraps up. Make sure there is a solid breakdown plan in place and that it has been relayed to your venue. 

Music and dancing is a big part of most wedding celebrations, but more and more couples are providing other activities to entertain guests of all ages during the reception. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

1. Piñata


Photo: Kaylan Buteyn Photography

Red, White and Blue Bridal Shoes

Posted by Caitlin on Jul 01, 2013

Many couples choose to have a patriotic wedding that coincides with 4th of July, but that doesn’t mean your color palette has to resemble Yankee Doodle Dandy or Uncle Sam. Instead, show your love for America with subtle pops of red, white or blue! Here’s our salute to bridal shoes:


Would you rather be comfortable as you walk down the aisle? If your primped and pampered toes can agree, choose these firecracker red ballet flats.


Photo by: Dani Leigh Photography

Leslie & Matt

April 27

Cleveland, Ohio


Q & A with the Couple:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It is truly a hidden gem in downtown Cleveland.  Not many people know about it and when you walk in, you are truly enamored by the grandeur and history of it.  It was beautifully charming and expressed both of our personalities.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. I wore the same train that my mom wore on her wedding day and my sister wore it on her wedding day as well.
  2. Matt and I met sailing and my Dad actually introduced us.  My Dad passed away about a year before our wedding and Matt took one of the sails from my Dad’s boat to make the ring bearer’s pillow.  He even sewed it himself.
  3. We bought two sailboats (actually, Christmas ornaments) for our wedding cake to represent the way we met.  We painted them in our wedding colors and now we can hang them on our Christmas tree every year.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Matt:  The first look. The first time I saw Leslie in her wedding dress, I was absolutely blown away by how beautiful she looked. 

Leslie:  Walking outside of my mom’s house and seeing Matt waiting for me for our first look.  He looked so excited and so emotional. I couldn’t wait to see him, kiss him, and marry him! It was the perfect day and I don’t think I ever stopped smiling.


Real Pennsylvania Wedding: Amanda + Eric

Posted by Jeffra on Oct 26, 2010

Amanda + Eric

September 2010

The Mansion – Butler, PA

Eric and Amanda met at Harvard University and are both geologists. Their wedding had some very unique details (including a rock & balsa wood bouquet!) and was filled with an overwhelming amount of happiness.

Photography and Real Wedding Provided by: Kristen Penner Photography