When meeting with a potential wedding florist, it’s important to find the right match to ensure your vision becomes a reality–or to get help when your vision feels unclear. To find out what to look for, we asked some of the local Arizona wedding florist pros we trust.

Ask the Wedding Florist Pros

Ask the Wedding Florist Pros | Arizona Weddings Magazine

Florist: dei-zinz fresh studio | Photo: Innovative Photos

FINDING YOUR STYLE:
“When trying to pick your floral style I tell brides to look at themselves,” says Deidre Laskoskie of dei-zinz fresh studio. She recommends to ask yourself these questions: What is your fashion style? Your decorating style? Are you more serious and formal or more fun and flirty? Answers to these questions can start to depict an overall style to carry over to your big day.

THE FIRST MEETING:
“The first consultation is an opportunity for the bride and florist to not only build a rapport, but go over important details of the wedding day!” says Alexandra Duemer of The Studio at Cactus Flower. “Also be sure to look at the quality of their flowers and make sure they respond to any concerns you have.”

SETTING A BUDGET:
A typical floral budget can account for 15-20% of your total wedding budget. “If you’re working with a strict budget, let your florist know from the start. We can often create a similar look at many different price points by changing out the types of flowers used,” says Malori Maeva of Noir Floral & Styling.

DESIGN COLLABORATION:
Meeting with your wedding florist should be a fun experience. It is a good idea to come prepared with a few inspiration images. “We love when brides come to us with pictures but only as a jumping off point. We always take additional steps to create something completely unique for our couples,” says Malori.

THE TRUST FACTOR:
“It’s all about trust, and whether you connect with that florist and their style. If you do, don’t hesitate to hire them,” says Shawna Reed of Your Event Florist. “There are always florists that will do something for less, but it will not be the same experience if you are only looking at price versus the connection.”

ON THE SAME PAGE:
“Your florals are one of the only things you don’t receive in advance, and you must feel completely confident in the florist you choose,” says Lorraine Cooper of Brady’s Floral Gallery. It’s important to meet with a florist and truly feel that they are understanding of your vision.

Ask the Wedding Florist Pros | Arizona Weddings Magazine

Florals: Butterfly Petals | Photo: Rachel Solomon Photography

DO YOUR RESEARCH:
“I think it’s important that you not only find a florist who suits your budget, but one who understands the look and feel you’re trying to achieve,” says Mandi Johnson of Butterfly Petals. “Look at their website, their Instagram accounts, etcetera, and really get a feel for their work and ask if it suits you and your style.”