Venues are a great place to enquire about recommended Wedding suppliers. It’s worth investigating each supplier as they will have knowledge of the venue and can hep guide you through the process. That said, perhaps you have friends who can recommend you a florist or maybe you’ve seen someone’s work online… However you find any supplier, research them and make sure their work appeals.
Find out if they have they worked at your chosen venue (a bit of social media stalking here is fine), they will have ideas around what works well in the venue space, however, if they’ve not worked there, please don’t dismiss them- they may bring a fresh perspective and I can guarantee they’ll want to do an amazing job a a new venue so that they can potentially become a recommended supplier.
Will they travel? I know I will but but only up to or just over an hour away from my studio… this is for environmental reasons as I believe we should all try to work as locally as possible.
Does their style suit you? Have you vision of red roses everywhere in February ? If so, then I’m not your girl #sorrynotsorrry.
Do they have a minimum spend and what’s your budget? Clearly if you have decided on a £2k flower budget, then a florist with a minimum spend of £6k is not for you. Don’t take it personally – again this is a business model and is what works for that florist. Your floral budget is entirely up to you – there are no rights or wrongs- just what you want to spend so don’t be swayed one way or the other.
In terms of budget, identify what’s important for you to have, whether that’s to have every pew end at the church decorated or just to have Bouquets and Buttonholes, work out what is non negotiable and layer on top any additional decor from there.
I’d also advise you to collate imagery of floral styles / looks you like… if you’re unsure then your chosen florist should be able to help advise you and show examples of their work. I have various Pinterest boards organised by venue and season to help my couples so please do take a look HERE.