There are many events that require fresh flowers and flower arrangements. A few examples are:
- Dinner Parties
- Charity Events
It is important to find a company that can not only complete your order correctly, but deliver healthy, locally sourced arrangements for your event. There are many local florists out there, but some are better than others.
There are several major florists companies nationwide that have affiliated florists who work for them. Think of this as a sort of franchise. They will generally only sell the exact arrangements found on the main website. If you are looking for something creative and unique, look for a small, local florist who has been in business for at least three years.
Ask to see samples of their work. They should have a book available for you to see work done for previous. Some florists prefer to work with a specific flower or in a type of arrangement. However, most will be willing to work with you.
All flower arrangements should be ordered at least six weeks in advance, if possible. Otherwise, your flower options may be limited. With enough time, the florist will be able to order nearly any flower you choose from a local greenhouse or supplier. However, if you wait until the week of, you will be severely limiting the possibilities for creativity.
When ordering flowers, it is best to go to the florist with a clear, concise idea of what it you want to have as a theme for your event. Weddings usually revolve around color, while charity events usually revolve around placement and tables. While these things are important regardless of event, there are other things to keep in mind as well.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Allergies. Some people are allergic to fresh flowers. Check with your client, if possible, to make sure that there are no life threatening allergies. This will help lower your liability for anything that happens as a result of having an allergy on site.
- Seasons. Some flowers are going to be more expensive in an off growing season. Roses are less expensive in the fall and spring, while summer flowers like crocus and lilies are more expensive in the winter.
- Pollen. Lilies and some other flowers create an exceptional amount of pollen that can cause all kinds of havoc on table cloths and guest’s clothing. If you are using white cloth, I would suggest using flowers that do not have as much pollen.
- Water, Light and Food. Some flowers fade faster than others and require more maintenance if you are planning on using them for multiple days. Tulips, lilies and mums generally last longer than orchids, crocus and roses.