Over the years since I’ve been creating wedding bouquets and floral arrangements there are many questions that are asked time and time again. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions but it’s not exhaustive so please ask me if you can’t find your answer here!
Most popular Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance do I need to order my flowers?
It’s never too early! Once you have a date and your venue booked then you can start looking for your flowers. If you require the venue decorating, then you will need to contact your florist as soon as possible to ensure they are available that day. Weddings can be booked years in advance so you will need to check availability as your preferred florist may already be booked.
Ideally. I like a minimum of 3 months notice. That gives me chance to spend time with you making sure you have exactly what you’d like and gives me time to source, order and create your bouquets and arrangements.
Are you free on my wedding day?
If you require me on the day to set up your flowers at your venue then you will need to ask this question as soon as possible as I will only take one booking per day. However, if you don’t require that, as I only work with artificial flowers, I can create your flowers in advance, so your actual wedding day isn’t an issue.
I don’t know anything about flowers.
You don’t have too! That’s what your florist is there for. At your consultation I will show you various flowers that will suit your colour scheme, theme and bouquet shapes and styles and usually at that point you will see a flower you particularly like or particularly detest!
I don’t know what shape or size of bouquet I’m looking for.
At your first consultation with me I always have several display bouquets which you can hold and ‘try’ for shape and size. There’s nothing better than actually seeing and holding bouquets to give you the best idea.
What colour flowers are available?
Artificial flowers come in a huge range of shades of colours so you can almost always find a match for your colour scheme. Fresh flowers often need to be dyed to match your colour scheme if slightly unusual and you won’t be able to see these before your big day whereas you can select your artificial flowers and check that the colour is correct well before your bouquets are even put together!
What flowers are available?
I only use good quality artificial flowers and they are extremely realistic. Each flower stem is based on a real flower so if there’s a particular flower you like and would like included in your bouquet then that isn’t usually a problem as almost all real flowers have an artificial equivalent
I’d like a particular flower in my bouquet but it won’t be in season when I get married
Artificial flowers are never out of season! If you’d like a bouquet of sunflowers at your Christmas wedding then you can have them.
I’ve seen pictures in magazines and on Pinterest can you create them?
Absolutely! By showing me pictures of bouquets and flower arrangements that you have seen, and you like, always helps as it gives me a good idea of your style. You often are unable to recreate the exact same bouquet as flowers, foliage and colours vary but then isn’t it better to have something that is unique to you rather than something someone else has already had?
Do you offer packages?
I don’t offer specific packages as I prefer to tailor each couples wedding flowers to them. Every wedding bouquet and arrangement I create is unique and reflects the couples individual tastes and needs.
Can you work within my budget?
I always ask at the first consultation whether or not you have a budget in mind / set aside for your flowers. That doesn’t mean I will ensure I use every penny! It’s to ensure you have a realistic idea of the costs involved for the flowers you require. I will also try to work within your budget and suggest ideas and compromises if you budget doesn’t cover the costs. There’s always a solution!
What is the process?
I will talk about this in more detail in a later blog but briefly once you contact me I do like to set up a face to face consultation where possible but these can always be done via Zoom etc. or over the phone. These are free of charge, and you have no obligation to book me for your flowers.
Following this initial consultation. I will send you a quote based on our discussions and if you would like to proceed then I ask for a 20% deposit to secure your booking.
We will also agree on a date (often approximately) as to when you would like to collect your flowers and that is the date I will work to. A couple of months prior to that I will order your flowers and ask you to visit me again to take a look. This still gives plenty of time to make any changes if there’s anything you’re not happy with.
Once all agreed, I will finish putting all your flowers together ready for you to collect on the agreed date. The final invoice will be sent and payment in full is required before collection
Can I have a mock up bouquet?
As part of the service I offer, I do put your bouquets and arrangements loosely together for you to take a look at a couple of months before you are due to collect. This way you have no nasty surprises on the day!
When can I collect up my flowers?
Some couples like to collect the day before their wedding others, months in advance! During the process we agree on a date that suits your timescales and I will work to those.
Do you hire?
I tend to concentrate on the wedding parties flowers and mainly small to medium sized table decorations. All of which I do not hire. If you are requiring larger installations, then we can discuss the hiring of these flowers during your consultation.
Do you decorate the venue / who will do the set up
If you would like me to set up and decorate your venue then I’m more than happy to do so as long as I am available on your date. Depending on the type of decorations you are looking for I find most couples do it themselves. Again, this will be discussed during your consultation.
I hope you have found this useful and it has answered any questions you may have about ordering your wedding flowers. If it hasn’t then, please contact me with your questions and I’ll happily answer them for.
Thank you for your time