I asked Brit Tucker Stewart, writer of the Landlocked Bride blog, to tell us a bit about finding her florist for her own wedding. This is what she had to say:
How many florists did you meet with?
I reached out to a few, and ended up only meeting with one. She was the first one who told me ranunculus in September should not be a problem. I was sold even more the second I met her.
How did you find florists to meet with?
I got engaged before I was wedding planning (as a job), so I did my research like any other bride – I checked reviews on WeddingWire, and asked a few of the planner friends I had who they would recommend.
Did you compare websites? What were some things that you liked about a vendor website, what did you not like.
I’m definitely a website-judger (it doesn’t make me a bad person, I promise)! I have a degree in marketing, so I’m a firm believer in everything you present to a client or prospect should be a reflection of not just you and your brand, but also your client experience. If a site had too much clutter, or did not appear to be updated / refreshed recently, I immediately ruled them out. It sounds bad, but if you’re not willing to take care of your image, it can adversely affect business (not always, though).
Why did you pick your florist? (budget, style, other, recommendations)
Style and personality. While I literally only needed one bouquet of flowers, I loved her approach and design aesthetic. Plus, she was excited about the fact that I didn’t want something traditional.
Anything during the process that you wish would have been different?
No, actually. I approached my planning experience with joy. My husband and I had almost a two-year engagement, which completely allowed us to enjoy the experience, choose the vendors we really wanted, and not feel stressed. Not once during our planning was there a point of tension.
Anything else you’d like flirty fleurs readers to know?
Yes! Don’t rush the wedding. Don’t get mad over silly little things. Don’t forget why you are getting married in the first place. That last one being the most important. I have seen too many brides get caught up in the details. Spend your energy focusing on your upcoming marriage, and all of the details will fall into place. They may not be perfect, but at the end of your wedding day, you will have married the man or women you truly love.
Photographer Lisa Hessel