The "Right" Flowers for the Right Party

Are you planning a party and want to include flowers, but aren't sure where to start? You priced out those big bundles near the cash registers at the giant retailers, but don't know how long it has been since they were cut, and whether or not they will be available when you need them. You could spend hours on the internet looking for ideas that, in the end, may not be best for your needs, the location, or the atmosphere you want to evoke. If these issues haunt your party planning dreams, you are not alone! Might we suggest you schedule a consultation with your favorite florist and take advantage of their professional advice (along with their fresh-when-you-need-them flowers)?

If you are not sure what you want, a professional florist is always happy to show pictures of their work; but, think about coming to the consultation with some ideas of your own, as well. Your florist will help you decide what is appropriate for the event. For instance, formal arrangements are not likely to compliment a casual, outdoor party. An experienced florist can make suggestions for complimentary color schemes, alternative containers, and unique arrangements specific to your layout and venue. A florist will tell you what the seasonal flowers are during the month of your party, as well as the latest trends for the season or special occasions. By purchasing flowers that are in season, for instance, you can save money and perhaps indulge in something more lavish than you first planned. Additionally, if you will be entertaining guests with known allergies to fragrances and certain pollens, a florist can guide you to beautiful, commercially grown floral varieties that are cultivated to be free of both. You may also decide it makes more sense to use silk arrangements, instead - a gorgeous solution for any party!

Before you make a final decision, ask the florist to share their business experience and provide references. When you are ready, a reputable florist will provide the details of what you are paying for, including delivery and setup. It should explain when fresh arrangements will be assembled, the cut-off date for changes, and terms and conditions for additions, cancellations and/or refunds, etc. A florist may also offer rental items you need for your event, or know the vendors where you can obtain them, saving you time and potentially unnecessary purchases.Flowers at any party can help set the tone and make your guests feel truly welcomed.

Working with a florist can help open your eyes to possibilities you may not have considered, save you time and aggravation, and keep your budget from getting out of control. So, call one today, set up a consultation, and then sit back and enjoy!