Floral Design

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Working with Florists

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a baby shower, or a birthday party, a colourful floral arrangement can brighten up any room! As an event planner, working with florists is something that you’ll do regularly. Here are some tips and tricks for working together with your florist to pull off some cheerful, fresh-smelling event decor!

Choose Your Florist

Choosing Florist when Planning a Party

If you are just starting out in the world of event planning, you might not have a list of reliable vendors yet. That’s okay! You can start building a relationship with a new florist by contacting ones that come highly recommended to you!

There are lots of different ways to choose which florist you’d like to work with:

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Meet With Your Florist

Once you’ve compiled a list of potential florists, meet with the ones that look the most interesting! Speak with them about their pricing and floral arrangement options to get an idea for whether you think they’re a good fit for this event. As you ask them for details, ask yourself some questions too.

  • Do they appear organized?
  • Are their prices reasonable?
  • Do they have a wide selection of colours, styles, and designs to choose from?
  • Do they seem willing to work with you on customizing certain designs or creating large orders for a big party?
  • Can they meet the timeframe for your event?
  • Do they seem confident and ready to meet your expectations?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, maybe working with this florist is a good idea! If you’re not sure, thank them for their time, let them know that you will contact them soon, and visit the next florist on your list. Remember to keep your promises, though! Whether you choose that florist or not, call them and let them know your decision so that they don’t feel like you left them hanging. Little things like this will help you build a good reputation!

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Work With Your Florist

Once you’ve chosen a florist, it’s time to start working together on your fresh event decor! There are several things that you can do to make sure things go as smoothly as possible between you and your florist leading up to your big event.

Communicate effectively!

Be Organized!

Be Personable!

  • Be friendly and positive when speaking to your florist. This displays a happy confidence that people will enjoy working around!
  • If you are pleasant to deal with, even in stressful situations, your florist will be encouraged to keep you updated and work hard to meet your deadlines.
  • Your attitude is important! This can make or break whether your florist will want to work with you again, or recommend you to other clients!
  • Remember: being personable doesn’t mean letting people take advantage of you! It’s about remaining respectful even when you’re facing a challenge!
  • If you have to be firm, do so in a way that doesn’t make your florist feel bullied.
  • If you are approachable, your florist will be encouraged to let you know about problems right away. This makes things easier for both of you!
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The Bottom Line

By following tips and tricks like these, you will be able to work well with your florist and decorate your event with an arrangement of brilliant floral designs! Don’t let your first time working with a new florist intimidate you. As long as you communicate effectively, organize yourself well, and stay positive, your florist should see that you are great to work with!

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