Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Aisle Decor
Flowers are a great way to perk up any party, but picking a reliable floral designer is the key. Here's a three-step guide to finding (and working with) a first-rate florist. Thanks to our friend at The Knot: Party Spot for these great tidbits!

STEP 1: Finding a Favorite

To find a florist, get recommendations from pals, enlist the neighborhood florist you call every Mother's Day, or call the American Institute of Floral Designers at (410) 752-3320 for referrals. Been to a party with fabulous flowers? Ask the hosts for the florist's name. Your site manager can give you names, too. If the florist has worked in the space before, he or she will have a good sense of the dynamics.

STEP 2: Allow Plenty of Time

Reserve your florist three to six months in advance. Party Pointer: Allow even more time if the florist is very popular, or if you're having your party/event during wedding season, when they're likely to be super busy (June through September).

STEP 3: Do Your Research

If you're no expert in flower types and terminology, visit your local bookstore or library and look for books about flower arranging. Pinpoint designs you like and flowers you favor. Bring these books (or color copies of specific arrangements) with you when you meet with your florist.