Boston Florists Guide

Getting the Perfect Flowers for Your Wedding

It’s hard to imagine any wedding without flowers. In Boston, it would almost seem like a crime. Massachusetts’ capital city is covered with flora so magical it seems fake—until you get that wonderful scent. For your wedding day, finding a great Boston florist is a matter of knowing what you want. Read on for proper tips.

Start your Boston florist search about 6 months’ prior to your wedding, and after you’ve picked your site. Ask friends and relatives, as well as other Boston wedding vendors. Get referrals, and contact the Better Business Bureau for complaints. Florist fees in Boston vary tremendously, depending on the size of your wedding, the location, and the type of flowers you want. Expect to pay upwards of $1,000.

When you’re ready to talk shop, visit the OurWeddingDay.com Boston Area Local Vendor Section for a great list of top Boston wedding florists.

A good Boston florist should have at least 50 weddings to his name, or 5 years’ experience. When interviewing, show him your colors and bring a list of favorite flowers, along with a list of second choices. Flowers grown locally and in season will be considerably cheaper, so the more you’re willing to compromise, the more you’ll save. You might want to ask potential Boston florists if they can make a sample bouquet; if their version excites you, you’re on the same page.

If the florist you hire knows your reception site, he’ll have a better understanding of where flowers look best, and how to save money by utilizing the site’s natural beauty. For other cost-cutting measures, discuss cheaper centerpiece options (fewer flowers can actually be more elegant), and choices like placing plants in background areas. If the florist doesn’t know your site, take him on a guided tour.

Before signing on the dotted line, ask about blooms that stain, and go over any allergies you and your bridal party have. On the contract, make sure the Boston florist you hire is the same one who shows up on the day of the wedding. Also get the name of an alternate florist should there be an emergency. You should have it stated, in writing, that the florist sets up the flowers at your site. Find out, too, what flowers will be substituted should your picks not be available at the last minute.

-David Toussaint

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