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How far in advance should I contact the florist when ordering wedding flowers? PDF Print E-mail
Flowers are one of the most important aspects of your wedding day. They set the mood and tone for the event and will be remembered for years to come.

Many florists can accept only a set number of weddings on a given day, so it is important to contact your florist well in advance to begin planning. A good rule of thumb is to contact your florist at least three months in advance.

However, if your wedding is going to be an exceptionally elaborate event, take place during peak wedding season or fall on a holiday, then six months to a year is not too soon to contact your florist. This will allow the florist to begin looking for any props or specialty items you might need.

Wedding flowers can be highly specific and colors often have to be very precise, so florists need advance notice to place flower orders.

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Will a florist work within my budget? PDF Print E-mail

Yes. Be honest about your budget on the initial consultation so the florist knows what to recommend. By taking your budget into consideration from the very beginning of the planning process, the florist can give you the best advise on how to place the flowers for maximum effect and what types of flowers will be the best value to achieve your desired look.

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Is it OK to visit several florists to get estimates for my wedding flowers? PDF Print E-mail
Sure, but tell the florists that you are gathering estimates rather than making an appointment for a consultation. Be prepared with a detailed list of your floral needs. The florist will be able to give a rough estimate without a lengthy meeting. If you are gathering ideas and then comparisons, it is best to inform the florist of your intentions. Floral designers are trained and highly skilled floral artists. Their ideas have value. You may be asked to pay a consultation fee if you want to discuss a florist's actual ideas for your wedding. In most cases, the fee will be applied to the flowers once the order is placed.
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What should I bring to the flower shop when I have my wedding consultation? PDF Print E-mail
The more information you can provide the better your florist will be prepared to offer creative suggestions. Your florist will want to create a spectacular and memorable event for you. Anything you can bring will be beneficial:
  • Pictures that depict what you have in mind are extremely helpful.
  • Bring a photo of your dress and a sample of the fabric or lace if you have it, as well as swatches and photos of the bridesmaids' dresses.
  • Also think about what "style" of wedding you want. If you are not sure, your florist can offer suggestions based on your wedding plans so far.
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What can a florist do to help me stretch my ceremony and reception budget? PDF Print E-mail
Besides suggesting specific types of flowers that will work within your budget, a professional florist can offer helpful suggestions as to what flowers might be used at both the ceremony and reception. A few examples:
  • Bridesmaids' bouquets can become table decorations
  • The bride's bouquet can become the head table arrangement
  • The pew markers can become festive bows on cars or doors
  • Altar designs can flank the buffet or cake table, etc.

Florists are overflowing with creative ways to make use of your budget and flowers wisely.

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Welcome to the Society of American Florists' Directory of Florists.

The Society of American Florists (SAF) is the U.S. floral industry trade association. SAF provides this Florist Directory as a benefit to member florists and a resource to the public. The Florist Directory lists thousands of SAF member florists.

SAF member florists are local florists. Many florists specialize in unique and customized floral arrangements and design, and offer a wide flower and gift selection, same-day delivery, freshness guarantee, expertise and consultation, and personal attention. SAF member florists are online florists and wedding florists who can help you to send flowers online, as well as send funeral flowers, sympathy flowers and birthday flowers,

The SAF Florist Directory will help you find a local florist to send flowers, roses and gifts for delivery to your loved ones.

Flowers have always been a top gift choice. People appreciate the beauty and ephemeral nature of flowers as a unique investment in memories. Flowers commemorate life's special occasions such as weddings and funerals and milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers convey special messages such as "I love you" and "Get Well," and beautify homes and offices, and create festive atmospheres for social gatherings.

Talk to your local florist about sending the perfect floral design, flower arrangement or bouquet to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, Just Because, New Baby, Love & Romance, I'm Sorry, Get Well, and Sympathy. Send flowers from local florists to create a festive atmosphere for the holidays, including Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day roses, Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July, Father's Day, Halloween, Secretaries Week, Administrative Professionals Week, Grandparent's Day, Sweetest Day and Boss' Day. Florists also deliver plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, stuffed animals, balloons and other gifts perfect for every occasion.

Hosting a party or a big event? Flowers can enhance the mood and help set the tone. Call your local florists about wedding flowers. Ask your local florists about decorations for business and corporate meetings, Christmas parties and other events with flowers and plants.

Ask your florist to help you create a special memory. Send flowers from an SAF member florist today!

Along with searching the SAF Florist Directory, be sure to visit these links for help with Selecting a Florist, making sure Your Local Florist Is Local, and tips for Hiring a Wedding Florist.

Visit www.aboutflowers.com for advice on sending flowers and gifts, and to find a local SAF member florist to send flowers, roses and gifts for delivery.