Hey it's me! Your friendly neighborhood florist! One of my favorite parts about my job (besides playing with flowers) is getting to know YOU! In a world where DM's and emails make up the majority of communication in the wedding industry, I think it's best to get back to the "good 'ol days" of wedding planning when Face-to-Face relationships helped make or break a booking. The best way to do this is through consultations.
Consultations are get-to-know you meetings where you can ask me questions and understand my work. Another goal of consultations is to get the details of your wedding that can help me create your unique floral designs for your Best Day Ever!
Here is a timeline of how I interact with my clients to make sure I give the best service on their wedding day!
This is usually an email or phone call asking if I have the date available. Some brides ask for rough estimate pricing. I will respond to these initial questions and ask for inspiration pictures to get a general idea of the types of flowers and color schemes that you are drawn to. I begin putting together a Pinterest board of flower ingredients and colors based on your inspo pics or your Pinterest board.
When we meet up, we chat for about an hour to discuss your vision and of course your story! I love that moment when I "click" with a client! I truly feel invested in each wedding as if I were creating for family! I do this best when we form a personal connection. Chatting over Pinterest boards with hot chocolate, tea, or coffee makes consultations feel like girl time! But don't be afraid to bring your groom, mom, or even your dad along for the fun! I've had brides bring all three!
Since I truly believe we should let the flowers tell your story, I love spending time to figure out your personal style, vision, and goals for your wedding day! Then, I match you up with the perfect flower A-Team to use for your event!
We will talk about details like
-Quantities of arrangements needed
-Favorite flowers or flowers you don't like
-Wardrobe colors of your bridal party
-Potential Weather Forecast (weird right? but some flowers do better in certain temps than others.)
-Timeline of wedding day
-Plans on whether you will need takedown services and what time (Some brides opt to keep all the arrangements to give as gifts.)
-Will you do formal pictures before and what day?
I like to go over these things during the consultation instead of email. A Word document dedicated your and your details is the best way I've found to keep track of everything we discuss. I make sure to type everything with you watching just in case I miss anything. This also helps to keep these things from being lost in the back-and-forth of emails, DM's or Texts.
Don't be afraid to ask me questions during this or anytime! It's not every day you're thinking about flowers for your wedding, so there are no such thing as dumb questions. I am an open book in my process and pricing. :)
Pricing and Budget
During the consultation, I will ask you if you have a price range that you would like me to stick to. It's almost like Say-Yes-to-the-Dress. I will never show you anything over your budget. AND I can work with any budget! I can give you rough "Guess-timate" pricing, but I won't have anything set in stone until I make the proposal. This is because, once I have your approval on potential Ingredients, I contact my wholesaler to order. Once I get back the flower pricing quote from them, I can make swaps based on your budget.
Even "in-season" flowers can get pricey due to demand or crazy weather. Hurricanes, fires, or droughts can affect floral availability. My wholesaler has the connection with the flower farmers so they can let me know of anything weird happening in the industry. Once I hear back from them, I make the Budget Proposal for You!
The Budget Proposal
About 2 weeks after the consultation, I send you the budget proposal. This is a great resource because it shows all the colors and textures side by side so you can get a glimpse of your wedding day flowers! The budget proposal also breaks down how your budget will be used in each arrangement. This helps to show where we have wiggle room to scale up or down based on your priorities. I also include a short description that gives the "little details" like ribbon colors and how they will work with the "big wedding details" like wardrobe or venue.
Once you have approved the budget proposal, I send over an invoice. Then, I'm your florist! (cue confetti and trumpets)
I know this whole process may seem weird, because traditionally, you can just go into a flower shop in town, give them your colors, and know exactly what the bill is. BUT you miss out on being involved in that personalized creation process. (This happened to me during my wedding.) My goal is to make sure you feel involved in the flower process because they truly do tell your story better than any other design aspect during the entire wedding day. (Well maybe besides your dress.) ;)
If you'd love to have some flower girl-chat time over coffee or hot chocolate, fill out the contact form here and we can set that up!
I can't wait to meet you!