Embellish: Full-Service Floral Design for Weddings
Updated: May 16, 2020
15 years of creative wedding flower design.
As your wedding floral designer we understand that we are asking you to put a lot of trust in us...to trust us through the planning process and to provide the beauty of your vision on this once in a lifetime special day. THIS IS A HUGE DEAL and something we don’t take lightly. It is our job to BUILD YOUR TRUST. And to gain your trust we know that we need to do these things.
1. Demonstrate that we understand your vision or help find one.
We hope to do this starting with our initial meeting (or phone consultations these days). We need to be good listeners and ask the right questions to guide you in determining what floral items you need. By asking questions and looking at pictures together, we should be able to help you hone in on your style so that a Design Agreement (proposal) can be presented. We can also provide input based on our experiences at your venue.
But what if you are having trouble establishing a vision-you’ve been browsing Pinterest and are overwhelmed by all the options. We can help! There is always a place to start:) Consider your venue. If you are having an outside winery ceremony then perhaps a romantic, garden look and feel with some rustic or bohemian touches would be appropriate. The venue, The Season, Your Love Story can be broken down and definitely play a role in establishing your style.
We consider the Design Agreement to be an important part of the planning process. This is one place where we demonstrate that we understand your vision. We like to provide lots of photos and details about what you will see on your wedding day.
We don't often do examples since the product available during the planning process may not be the same as on your wedding day. Because of this we like to ensure through the Design Agreement that you know what you will see on your wedding day.
2. Make the planning process easy for you.
We know this can be an overwhelming time with so many decisions and tasks. We hope we can take a bit of the burden off by not only helping develop your vision but also by offering our expertise about your venue. Each venue has different opportunities for blooms and décor as well as specific rules…for example along with flowers we love to place candles on the mantle at Morris Chapel because it adds such ambiance. We know that MC allows us to use real candles. Some venues don’t allow this. We also know that using real rose petals down the aisle is not allowed. We know that we are allowed to arrive an hour before the ceremony to set-up. Each venue is unique. Having an established relationship with the coordinators at your venue and knowing the opportunities or choices for flower placement and the rules and expectations of that venue can ease the planning process because you are not starting from scratch.
We also offer full-service delivery and set-up, transition of items from ceremony to reception and pick up of rental items after the event.This way you don't have to worry about who to assign these tasks. One less thing for you to do!
3. Help maximize your budget.
Flowers are an investment in the beauty of your day - and can be an expensive part of the day especially if you are looking at those Pinterest photos. One way to maximize your budget is of course the use of seasonal blooms. There are so many varieties available in each season that it shouldn’t be a problem to find blooms to reflect your style.
Another way to maximize your budget is to reuse items from the ceremony at the reception. We like to use Bridesmaid’s bouquets on the head table. Arch pieces can decorate a Sweetheart table. Aisle pieces can go on cocktail tables or dessert displays. Having the blooms play double duty is a great way to save.
In addition, ask us about our rental items. Instead of purchasing vases or candles or lanterns or an arch that you will pay retail for and may never use again, we can provide these items for less. if we don’t have a certain item that you are looking for, we may know where to find it or can research where to find it and can get in touch with that vendor for you. For example, you may have seen a photo of a Hexagon arch and really want that piece as your ceremony backdrop. We have a circular arch but we don’t have a Hexagon. We know where to find one and can get in touch with that vendor, find out pricing and see if it is available.
4. Have Some flexibility.
We want to be helpful! If it is helping you find an arch or get in contact with the venue. If you already have vases or votive candles that you would like to use, we are o.k with that too!
5. Explain our process.
You should feel confident in knowing when things will be happening. Initially we recommend getting in touch as soon as you are engaged and have started the planning process. We meet with our Bride and Grooms anywhere between 6-12 months before the wedding. More than a year out it is difficult to provide accurate costs since prices change. If we are contacted a year and a half before the wedding, we welcome an initial conversation, provide some general price ranges to help with budgeting and can pencil that client into our calendar if desired. Our process looks a little something like this...
You got in touch!!!
Design Agreement Provided
Design Agreement Signed-10% Deposit Due
Final Phone Call-Possible Revision-Remaining Balance due Three weeks prior to event date
There are lots of variables in planning a wedding. We hope that if we are a part of yours, we can...build your trust, make things a little bit easier for you and provide a value in our expertise and florals provided.