Recently I read a blog post on Wedding Aces linked here
in which the author, Holly, explained why many brides come out of a wedding floral consultation shellshocked regarding pricing. Our brides see lovely florals in magazines and on pinning boards, on blogs and wedding websites which are gorgeous, flawless and contain only the best Dutch or Asian imported flowers. Brides generally do not know where or how these flowers come in nor do they expect the tender care and skilled design work required to create such designs. The author sums it up in this one sentence, “Brides should remember that only the best of the best in design is published, and it probably had a nice price tag to match it.”
Even with us, at Simple Bouquets, for every bouquet photo you see online there are probably ten photos that didn’t have good enough lighting or didn’t have enough of the loveliest blooms in the shot, that did not make the cut. We don’t publish them. Sometimes we don’t publish a wedding at all if we feel that the design does not represent the quality of design work we like our brand to represent. Why do it at all? We do the work because first and foremost is our bride’s vision for her wedding. Just because we think other flowers would be better suited together doesn’t mean she always takes our advice. But that’s okay. We don’t need to be right or need to force anyone into our idea. At the same time her wedding may not be featured to represent one of the better styles that most brides would enjoy seeing.
But back to the topic at hand. When choosing wedding flowers always be mindful of what is in season (a topic for our next blog post), what is growing locally and what flowers are budget friendly, if you are trying to stay within a strict budget. Also be aware that the photos you find in a blog or a pinning board are the best of the best. You should expect to pay a premium, not only for the florals, but also for an extremely skilled designer or team. Your experienced florist has formed relationships with the most dependable suppliers in the industry. She has worked hard to procure premium florals at exactly the time you need them. She has prepared them, hydrated and processed them and refrigerated them at exactly the correct temperature for their variety. She has wired and taped and set into a bouquet or centerpiece with much care. She has worked long into the night and gotten up early in the morning to make sure you have precisely what you want. For all this you should expect to compensate her. You can price shop. You can compare services. But do be mindful that skill levels between florists are not all the same. Neither are the quality of flowers. Look into the florist’s portfolio, read online reviews and go to the studio. Meeting your vendor face to face and getting a sense for who she is can help you choose. Is she confident? Does she answer your questions honestly. Is she being upfront about her policies? Will she give you a clear and concise contract? These things should help you choose a wedding flower vendor who is suited for your wedding perfectly.
Simple Bouquets has custom wedding services and Basic Packages which are listed on our website here
If you are on a very tight budget choose our Basic Package. You will be limited to a single flower variety and colour for all of your arrangements but they will be beautiful and your wedding full of colour! See an example of a Basic Package bouquet here:
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