You want everyone to stop and smell the flowers. We can understand that because you are going to spend time and money making sure all of the arrangements and accent pieces created a perfect look for your wedding. But you will need help to do this. Help from a professional wedding florist. In order to find the perfect wedding florist for you in the Washington DC area, you need to know a few things.
The first thing you need to know is your wedding date. There is no reason to meet with potential florists if you can't check to see if they have your date open. You also need to know your date so that you and your potential florist can discuss what flowers will be in season at that time of year. You will need to know your wedding venues. A florist needs to see the space they will be working with to understand what can be done and what should be done. Different venues have completely different looks and completely different flower needs.
Knowing your color scheme is also essential when you talk to any floral candidate. Anyone you talk to needs to know what flowers are going to be in bloom at that time period that meshes with your colors. Have a style in mind. Know what you like and what you don't like. Know your budget. You will want to ask them if they will be able to work withing your budget, is it feasible? Let this be your guide more than anything. If you really love certain arrangements but they won't fit into your budget, then you might as well not go down that road. All of these factors are essential for you to convey to a potential florist so they can work with what you know you want. They can take all of this information and craft something out of your ideas.
At the same time, there are a few things you do not need to know before you meet with a potential florist. You do not need to know how many boutonnieres you will need yet. Some things do not matter until wedding time. Those kind of details won't matter to the florist until they need to order the flowers. And for your sake, you will be very happy to know that you do not need to know flowers. That is why you hire a professional florist. They will be able to design something you can be proud of. Your vision will be brought to life.
When you find someone you are really comfortable with and that you feel can do the job, ask them to write up a contract spelling out exactly what they will create for you and how much the total cost will be. Then you want to make sure you sit down with them and go over every little detail so there are no misunderstandings. Then when your wedding day rolls around, you will be able to relax and know you and your guests are surrounded by beautiful flowers.