What Every Bride-to-be Should Ask A Florist

In my opinion, every florist has their own unique style and level of creativity which will reflect on your wedding day.  Choose someone that you connect with on a personal level and can see yourself working with long term.

Choose your florist carefully and consider all options before jumping in and signing on the dotted line.  TIP:  Setup an in-person consultation so you can meet and chat with the designer and remember to ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS!  There are no “stupid” questions you could ask and that person should be willing to answer anything you can think of.

“The floral arrangements for any event are one of the main focal points for that event - from the bridal bouquet to the reception table centerpieces.  The flowers are what pulls all your decor elements together to create a cohesive look”, said Rachel Collman of Delightful Details.

Floral Design: Delightful Details      Photo Credit: Morgan Campagna Photography

Floral Design: Delightful Details      Photo Credit: Morgan Campagna Photography

PLANNING TIP:  Start researching and interviewing florists 11 months prior to your wedding day.

In researching florists in your area, here is a starting point of what you should look for:

Start with their website and check out their portfolio and past events.  If you like what you see, then contact them for a consultation.  Many florists offer complimentary consultations.

Do they list average pricing on their website?  Or charge “minimums”?  Most will provide, at least, averages of each type of arrangement or note if they have any price minimums that you must meet.  If this information isn't available, then send a quick email to ask.

Does their website contain information that gives you insight to their business and practices?  You should be able to get a feel for the company and/or designer just from their website.  Most will have "About" sections that gives you information about them and how they started in the industry.  Also, check to see if they have a "Review" section and read reviews from past clients.

What services do they offer?  Some florists may also offer design and/or decor services that help you coordinate all the details especially for the reception guest tables.  And there will be some that just strictly offer floral design.

Floral Design:  Delightful Details

Floral Design:  Delightful Details

I started doing some looking around online for questions that a prospective client should ask a florist, and have come up with this list.  These are FABULOUS questions to make sure to ask:

  1. Are you available for my wedding date?
  2. Are you able to meet my floral needs?  Make sure to give details such as how many     are in your bridal party, how many centerpieces for the guest tables and any additional floral elements you have been dreaming of.  Also, make sure to tell your florist your budget!  This allows them the ability to give you reasonable suggestions and make sure your dream is lining up with reality!
  3. Do you have a portfolio of past event work?  Do they display a wide variety of floral arrangements?  Or do they tend to design the same arrangements?  Do they use a variety of floral choices?
  4. Have you worked at my venue?  If not, would you be willing to do a site visit?
  5. As floral selection begins, ask your florist to see each individual flower you are discussing.  If the florist has a flower shop, ask to see the flower choices in person.  Most florists can order in the blooms you are interested in.  If your florist doesn’t have a traditional shop, they can show you photos of the flowers.
  6. How will you substitute floral choices if there are ones chosen that become unavailable?  There are times and seasons that something may become unavailable last minute and your florist should let you know as soon as possible.
  7. Will the arrangements be exactly what we discussed, or a form of what we discussed?  The florist you choose should deliver the arrangements EXACTLY how you discussed and not make any changes without consulting you first.
  8. Who delivers (and sets up) the floral arrangements on the wedding day?
  9. Will you bring candle decor as well?  If so, will you stay to light the candles?  Is there a fee associated and what is it?
  10. Can you provide other decor, such as trees, arches, votives, and what are the additional costs?
  11. Do you offer additional design services (aside from floral) to include advice (and help securing) upgraded linens, table decor, place settings and rentals?  Some florists are strictly “flowers only” while there will be some that LOVE being involved in the creative process and can help in the overall concept design of your decor.
  12. Are the arrangements mine to take after the wedding?
  13. Is there an additional charge to move flowers from the ceremony site to the reception site?
  14. Is there a late night pick-up fee?
  15. Do you charge a delivery and/or set up fee?
  16. Will I receive a contract with all the details listed?
  17. Will you use my wedding for advertising material?
  18. What do you require for deposit?
  19. When is the balance due?  Do you offer a payment plan?
  20. What is your cancellation policy?
  21. Do you take more than 1 wedding per day?  How many weddings or events do you have the same week as our wedding?
  22. How far in advance are the arrangements/bouquets created?  How are they stored?
Floral Design:  Delightful Details      Photo Credit: Brooke Taylor Studios

Floral Design:  Delightful Details      Photo Credit: Brooke Taylor Studios

Delightful Details offers complimentary consultations and we would LOVE to meet with you and chat about your special day.

We are available by appointment only: (360) 801-6223 or delightfuldetails1@gmail.com

 

 

 

What costs should a Bride cover for her Bridesmaids via Huffington Post

This is a great article on WHAT COSTS SHOULD A BRIDE COVER FOR HER BRIDESMAIDS. While I do agree with all the points that were covered, there was one that was not. What about the dress? The Bride should definitely consult with her bridal party prior to dress shopping to discuss budgets. In my opinion, if the Bride has her heart set on a particular dress or certain designer (and the cost is more expensive), then she should talk to her Bridesmaids and find out if this is something they are willing to pay for. Not everyone has a lot of money to just spend on an expensive dress that they will most likely only wear once. If you have maids that can't afford the dress, then offer to help pay for it.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cheryl-seidel-/what-costs-should-the-bri_b_5340418.html?utm_hp_ref=etiquette-and-advice

We were FEATURED!

I received an email yesterday telling me that a styled shoot I did the floral work for that it was.....FEATURED!  I am SO excited!  I still can't believe it (yes, this is the first time it has happened for me).  I'm grateful to the AMAZING photographer, Irene Jones Photography, for the opportunity and can't wait for more projects and weddings.

Here's the link to the feature:  http://www.elegantwedding.com/2014/08/19/kia-logan/

Hope you all share in the excitement with me!

How hiring a wedding planner saved this Bride money via Offbeat Bride

I was sifting through Pinterest, as I do almost EVERY day (lol, yes it has become addictive), and stumbled upon this post - HOW MY WEDDING PLANNER SAVED ME SO MUCH THAT SHE PAID FOR HERSELF, AND THEN SOME - and thought that I just had to share this! It's a great inside look at a Bride's choice to hire a planner.

I believe EVERY Bride should make the investment on hiring a wedding planner and coordinator (whether the planner does coordination as well or know's someone that just does coordination).

I, myself, have had many clients end up hiring me for planning help and coordination on their wedding day and have been told that it was - THE BEST DECISION THAT THEY HAD MADE - because they didn't have to worry or stress about the little things and they knew their day would be perfect because they hired me to take care of things.

So, here's the link to the post - check it out! And tell me YOUR thoughts! Would you consider hiring a planner?

http://offbeatbride.com/2014/02/cant-afford-a-wedding-planner

Choosing Your Wedding Colors

When you begin your wedding planning, one of the first things you choose is your wedding colors and theme.  Sometimes choosing these can be a task and indecision can take over.  If you have a clear idea of the overall look and style you want to achieve, it will simplify the process.  I have been asked by several Bride-to-be's, "How do you choose your wedding colors and theme? I'm stuck!."  My reply is "Choose what you love and how you want to showcase your special day."

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

Where is your wedding being held?

The details of your venue can help in deciding your colors: what color is the flooring, color of the drapes and other decor elements, will your ceremony and reception be held indoors, outdoors (or perhaps both).  Try to 'enhance' your venue not 'take over'.

What mood would you like to create?

Vibrant colors evoke a sense of drama whereas softer colors create a romantic feel.

What season is your wedding taking place in?

There is no 'rule' that you have to follow when it comes to time of year and wedding colors but keeping this in mind is a good idea.  Darker hues tend to work best in the Fall and Winter whereas softer shades tend to work best in the Spring and Summer.

 

Tip: Limit yourself to two or three main colors for a more cohesive look.  This will keep your look clean and simple and not get 'too busy'.  Incorporate what your favorite colors are - the Bride's favorite color, the Groom's favorite color and an accent color (where it adds a 'pop' of color or go for a neutral hue to add balance).

 

I did a little research and went to the source: Pantone!  

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Spring/Summer 2014 Colors

Spring/Summer 2014 Colors

Fall/Winter 2014 Colors

Fall/Winter 2014 Colors

2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
— Oscar Wilde

 

 


Series - Day #11: Tech is the New White

It's the last day in our series!

Today, couples planning their weddings are using technology. Wedding apps help couples plan, pay, register for gifts, find seasonal foods and flowers, book venues, share photographs, and much more.

{Source for Infographic: Anni Murray http://blog.visual.ly/wedding-infographics/}

Series - Day #10: Making Your Wedding Memorable

There are LOTS of ideas out there to make your wedding creative and memorable for your guests. From choosing a signature cocktail to serve, handwritten notes tucked into the napkins and using bright tablecloths, these all set the tone for your day.

Remember: Pick an overall theme (and design) and stick with it!  Mixing too many ideas will become overwhelming and start to look cluttered.

{Source for infographic: Anni Murray http://blog.visual.ly/wedding-infographics/}

A Styled Wedding Session: Fairytales at Troll Haven

What do you get when you combine a beautiful sunny day, gorgeous models and flowers paired with a unique wedding venue?  True, magic!  I had the pleasure of designing bridal bouquets for a styled wedding session with Morgan of Campagna Productions.  This all took place in Sequim, Washington at a truly unique venue, Troll Haven.  With the spectacular grounds and a castle fit for a fairy tale, you couldn’t ask for anything more.

Photography by Campagna Productions.  Please visit their Facebook page for more images of this styled session and other events.