Thought i would do a small post answering some common questions that i think all brides would love to know the answers to when booking there wedding flowers with me.
Here are some common questions i get asked:
You'd like to book a free no obligation consultation with me, when can we meet!?
That's fab! I will firstly ask you when you're free and what days/times are best for you. I don't have meetings on Sunday's and also on days which i already am busy creating wedding flowers. You probably don't believe it but a lot of my work with clients is done by email and telephone and a lot of couples are now booking with me solely through email and no meetings (due to busy schedules, living far away or international couples). I spend a good amount of my day just replying to emails as most of my correspondance is done by email so, and when a couple is booking their wedding flowers and we've not met in person there's lots to talk about! So i spend every weekday busy at my desk and also try and fit in as much as i can on weekends too around my schedule on weekends. Some days in the week i am available to meet depending on my schedule for that week (if i have any weddings, any other meetings and personal appointments). I know weekends are the best time for a lot of people as they have the weekend off work, so usually every saturday i have free i book a lot of appointments in advance on Saturdays as this is most convenient for most people. Though in the prime of wedding season Saturdays for me i am usually busy every saturday for a few months as i am busy making beautiful wedding blooms! So instead i tend to do more meetings on weekdays in wedding season. I have more saturdays free to meet from November - March.
I'd like to book another meeting after my first one, is there a charge for meetings?
We can both look at our diaries to see when we're both free. Your first meeting to get a quote together is free ,since 19th August 2018, i have decided to charge for meetings at £10.00 per meeting after your first meeting (any brides booked before this date it does not apply to you). If you would like to make major changes to your order then i do suggest a meeting, but if its a change to the amount of buttonholes for example this can be easily done by email or phone. So in simple your first consultation is free, any more meetings after this there is a £10.00 fee per meeting.
You want to book your wedding flowers with me and your wedding is over a year away, can you put a deposit down?
As your wedding day is more than a year away the quote i give you will be an estimated quote and then revised when its a year away and then will become a fixed quote. The reason for this is because i can't predict prices for over a year away for flowers and this is due to brexit and general price of flowers going up. A deposit can still be put down to secure your day with me if your wedding is over a year away (so you don't worry about anyone else booking before you) the deposit is worked out by 25% of the total from the unfixed quote. Then once it comes to a year away i will revise the quote and if i think that the flowers will have gone up then there is sometimes a 10%-20% increase on the price, sometimes the price stays the same.
Do you offer delivery & set up?
Yes! This is an extra charged which i work out by how many miles i'll be traveling and my time. There is a price for just delivery where i would just deliver the flowers with no set up (usually just bouquets and buttonholes) Then there is delivery & set up (usually the bouquets, buttonholes, centrepiece flowers, church flowers etc) so there is a bit more for set up for my time. If you'd like to know a price then simply ask and i will work a quote out for delivery & set up.
Can you collect your flowers?
Of course! My workshop is based in Sherwood on Spondon Street with a large car park free all day! Collection of your wedding flowers can either be the day before in the afternoon or on the morning on your wedding day. Exact times will be confirmed nearer to your wedding when you know your schedule.
You want to collect your wedding flowers the day before, what's the best way to look after them overnight?
This is a convenient way and a lot of brides do this, though i don't advise it if you can collect them on the morning (set a family member the job of collecting the wedding flowers, keeps them busy!) but i know some brides who's venues are far away and it would just be such a pain to collect them on the morning of your wedding. So the best way to keep them is in a cool room, out of sunlight or near a radiator and somewhere out the way so they won't get damaged by anyone walking by them. The bridal bouquets need to be kept in water, so the tips of the stems are drinking water (otherwise they will wilt overnight and will look bad) The buttonholes to be kept in a fridge over night near the front of the fridge not the back. Usually couples won't take centrepiece flowers the day before but if you had to, again i would keep them in a cool room. In summertime flowers will open a lot quicker due to the warm weather, so i do suggest if possible for collection of flowers to be on the morning as i have large fridges which i keep them in which keep the flowers nice and cool and prime for your wedding day.
Can you drop your props off to me (that will be used on/with flowers) if so, when?
This is down to every couples requirements, if the props are not needed for me to design the flowers straight on to them then i would suggest to save a trip and not bring them to me and take them straight to the venue where i can place the flowers on. If the props (for example vases, jam jars, lanterns) are needed for me to secure the flowers to then i will arrange a date and time in the week running up to your wedding day, some brides ask to drop their props off to me weeks before their wedding day but unfortunately due to space i don't like to hold them in my workshop for too long. If i am delivery/setting up i will bring the props with the flowers to the destination.
What should you do with the flowers after your wedding?
Depending if you go on honeymoon straight after, if you don't then take them home and enjoy them for longer! If you're going on honeymoon straight after then give them away to family and friends who attended the wedding and let them take them home! There is always the option to give them to charity or even care homes were they will be mostly appreciated and admired.
My typical process with couples...
Here is my typical process from day 1 to your wedding day, i hope this helps and guides you.
My typical process with a couple:
Step 1: Bride & Groom will get in contact by phone or email telling me there names, wedding date and floral inspiration so far for their big day.
Step 2: Discussion of flowers for their big day either by email (depending if they know what flowers and designs they want) or by meeting.
Step 3: I work out a quote for the flowers chosen by couples, if their wedding day is more than a year away then the quote will be estimated quote and then revise the quote when its a year away and then will become a fixed quote.
Step 4: Deposit is worked out by 20% of the total. I take up to 2 weddings a day depending on the size of weddings so if you want to book me, putting a deposit down will secure your day with me and you won't have to worry about anyone else booking the same date as yours.
Step 5: Once deposit is paid receipt will be sent by email. Constant communication is welcomed as sometimes things change in numbers or a couple might see another flower that they think they want to add to their own wedding flowers or tweak something to designs.
Step 6: Any new designs that a couple want, will be quoted and then confirmed and added to invoice.
Step 7: Future meetings, i offer as many as you like. The normal amount is between 1-3 meetings over a year. This of course all depends how far away couples live, convenience and schedule. Some brides i don't meet and we communicate by email, some brides i only meet once and the rest of communication is by email, some brides i meet 1-5 over a year it all depends on what you prefer.
Step 8: The final balance is due 1 month before your wedding day and any final changes i advise to make now.
Step 9: I design your wedding flowers and you either collect them from my workshop or i deliver and set up and you enjoy their beautifulness!!
Want to discuss your wedding flowers with me and get a quote? Then get in touch to start planning.
By Appointment: 3a Spondon Street, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 4AB.
Any questions don't hesitate to ask!
Author - Emily Rimer