When it all comes together...
You know what I love? What drives me to work long hours and every weekend in the summer? This right here, when it all comes together! Every detail matters! It starts with a simple meeting where I get to learn about you and what your flower visions are. From there it's laid out in mood boards and proposals. With a grand finally of sorts at your wedding, when the designs come to life and your wedding becomes the beautiful, unique event you dreamed of. Let Blooming Envy help your visions come to life!
With all the planning that goes into making your wedding as perfect as it can be, why would you trust your flowers to just anyone. You could book someone else but why would you, when here are some of the benefits you can expect from Blooming Envy.
Artistic Floral Designs - We are always searching, experimenting and learning new ways to use flowers and other organic materials to create art and bring luxury to our clients. Ongoing research, education and training are a top priority.
No Obligation Consultations- the first one's us, what do you have to lose.
Virtual Flower Design- see what your flowers will look like before your event.
Flowers Ordered Fresh for You- All flowers are special ordered specifically for each event, thus ensuring the freshest product possible.
Professional, Courteous Service- Your satisfaction is our main priority. We only book a limited number of events, allowing us to utilize our talents to the fullest potential.
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Personal, Day of Flower Attendant- don't worry about your flowers, we have you covered. A staff member will be on-site the day of your event for set-up, pinning, moving, repairs and more. Only available to our full service weddings!
Contact us to schedule your consultation today. Dates booked on a first come, first serve basis.
Paging through books, magazines or browsing the web are great ways to get ideas for wedding flowers. In pictures you see the best of the best. The biggest, the fanciest, and usually, the most expensive. But what should you really expect when pricing wedding flowers? This is the question I am asked the most, "How much does it cost?" and it is a valid question. Weddings come with budgets, and if you don't buy flowers all the time, the cost can surprise you. There is nothing I hate more than disappointing a bride when she realizes her dream flowers will cost way more than her budget will allow.
A few weeks back I wrote about why flowers cost what they do(read more here). Today I am writing about what you should expect for the average costs when pricing wedding flowers. The prices featured are based on an overall industry standard. Please, please, please remember these prices are only a guideline, each wedding and florist will be different.
Bridal Bouquet $150-300, Hand-tied bouquets are less expensive than cascade simply because of the amount of flowers needed to create. Likewise if you use roses, carnations and mums you will save tremendously over garden roses, orchids, calla lilies and peonies.
Throw Bouquet - $25-50, sometimes the florist will include the throw bouquet as a promotional item.
Bridesmaid Bouquet $75-150 each, again the more expensive the flowers, the more costly the design. Some ways to save money here, reconsider the number of people standing up(less people=less flowers) or have the bridesmaids carry a single flower bloom instead of a bouquet.
Flower Girl Flowers- $45-200, At the lower end you have a simple basket with petals or a small bouquet, pomanders are super cute but average about $95 and then you need to consider if you want flowers for her hair. Add it all up and now you know why they call her the flower girl.
Corsages - $15-30 each, Generally pin-on corsages are less expensive than wrist corsages. Although the don't have many flowers they are labor intensive.
Boutonnieres - $10-20 each, Like the corsages you are paying more for labor than flowers.
Alter Flowers - $150 and up, depending on the scale of the design. The really big designs are usually closer to $300-400. These are great arrangement to re-purpose. It may cost extra, but consider having them moved to the reception.
Aisle Flowers - $10-15 each for the basic bow with a few blooms, a small hanging arrangement $35-50 each, a hanging pomander $95-125 each. To save money here some couples choose only to decorate the pews reserved for immediate family, some decorate every other pew. Again, if your a bit creative you can re-purpose these too.
Petals for the aisle can run $45 - $500 depending if you just want a small basket full for the flower girl or if you want one of those intricate designs laid out as part of the decor. It goes with out saying, the longer the aisle the more petals needed.
Showy Entrance Pieces - If you want to WOW your guests as they arrive or have a showy piece next to the seating card table figure about $300 and up.
Centerpieces - The low full designs, vary from $ 75-300 each. If you choose the right flowers and use more fillers you can keep it on the lower end but it you want the garden roses and orchids like shown in the magazine photo shoots, you will have to open your purse a bit wider.
As for the tall, elevated designs, they can take hundreds of flowers to create. Sometimes they even need to be assembled on site and require extra labor to be completed in time, for these, expect to pay $200-500 each.
Simple bud vases or smaller vase arrangements run $20-75 each and may be all you need, especially if you are decorating a long rectangle table.
Cake Flowers - $75-200 Depends on how many tiers the cake is, the coverage of flowers, and if you need a floral topper.
Delivery/set-up/breakdown - Expect to pay up to 25% of the subtotal for these additional services. Make sure you ask your florist about these charges so you are not caught off guard.
The best advise I can give you is to sit down with your florist and discuss your options. Be upfront about your budget and please, now I am asking as your florist, make sure your budget is reasonable. More often than not, your florist will be able to create the look you are after with flowers you can afford.
If you wedding is in Wisconsin, Blooming Envy would love to hear from you. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.
A Blooming Envy Design
Flowers are one of those items that most people buy from time to time. Most often it is a small bunch from the grocery store or an arrangement from the florist for a birthday or anniversary gift. And more often than not when we buy these flowers we do it without giving the cost too much thought.
That is not the case when you are planning a wedding. Weddings have budgets and part of the that budget is flowers. Flowers for a wedding can be expensive just because of the sheer volume of flowers needed. Not only does the bride and groom need flowers, so does the wedding party, the family, the church, the hall, the cake, the flower girl and so on.
Have you ever stopped to consider what actually goes into the cost of the flowers that you buy? Somebody, somewhere(think globally), has to grow that flower. That involves supplies like soil, fertilizer, and seeds. You also need equipment, like watering features, tractors and greenhouses. There are also workers needed to plant, care for and harvest the flowers. Once the flowers are harvested, then they must be transported on trucks and planes to the wholesalers for distribution to florists.
So, lets think about that. A flower cut in Holland, that is ready for sale, is shipped to the United States, distributed to a wholesaler, who then sells to the florists who provides the consumer with their final products. Without even realizing it, you may have a flower on your table or in your bouquet that had to travel across an ocean to get to you. All in record time. This provides you, the consumer, with fresh, long lasting flowers.
Besides the cost of the flowers, you also have the florist costs to factor in. This includes the floral designers time, knowledge, skills and equipment used to make the arrangements. They don't work for free, I know I don't, and I am sure you don't either. As a designer I have spent many hours learning, practicing, and fine tuning my expertise. Yes, I love designing beautiful arrangements, that's why I do what I do, but please don't undervalue the effort that is needed to make such beauty. We are also the one's responsible for adding the special touches that make the flowers unique. Along with the actual designing there are many hours spent planning and preparing for each event.
Before you go and find yourself in sticker shock over your wedding flowers, do some research, have a reasonable budget and find a florist who can work with you and provide you with options that fulfill your dreams and satisfy your needs. If your event is in Wisconsin, be sure to contact Blooming Envy, we would love to help.
Blooming Envy's Got Your Back!
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On your wedding day where will your florist be? Will you even see them? or will your flowers just be dropped off? Well if you hire Blooming Envy you will find, myself and/or other trusted staff member(s) on site as long as we are needed. This is one of the major benefits of having a personal florist. You are the one and only event we are servicing that day and your event will be our top priority.
One excellent example happen just this last weekend. A cute-as-a-button flower girl is handed a silk flower wand she is to carry for the ceremony. (Knowing who the wand was for, great care was taken to reinforce the flower as much as possible during it's creation.) I believe the cute-as-a-button flower girl either a) danced around with the flower and it hit a tree b) cast a magical spell with too much force or c) smacked the ring bearer. No matter what the cause the flower head popped off and petals were flying. Oh dear... but not to worry. My tool kit was handy, the petals were collected and the glue was found. Less than 5 minutes later the problem was fixed and just in time for her walk down the aisle. I don't even want to think what would they have done had they hired another florist.
Accident repairs are only one of the many personalized services Blooming Envy offers. Why would you want to do without? Contact us, we offer very competitive prices but service like none other! Booking for 2012!
Wedding Flowers and your Budget
We have all felt the pinch of the uncertain economy and wedding planning is no different. Brides these days have value as a top priority and who can blame you. Having a budget and sticking to it makes for a lot less worry after you're married. First off determine what your budget is. According to The Knot, it is recommend that flowers should be about 8-10% of your total budget amount. If this seem high too you don't forget to consider that in your wedding photos and videos the flowers last forever. Flowers are one element of a wedding that guests really remember. Flowers are the first thing they see when arriving and last things viewed when leaving. The color, fragrance, size, shape and the overall joy of flowers all play a major role in creating the enchanting setting you are dreaming of for your big day. It is up to you and your florist to balance what you can afford with your hopes and dreams.
Tips for saving money:
1. Choose flowers that are in season and that are cost effective. It goes without saying that cheaper flowers for the florist equals cheaper flower for you. Roses, carnations and mums are less expensive than calla lilies, orchids and fern curls. You may also choose to go with artificial flowers which come in all price ranges depending on the quality of the flower.
2. Try to re-purpose as many items as possible. For example alter arrangements can be used at the reception on the gift table, wreaths hung on pews during the ceremony can be places on the tables with candles for dinner, and wedding party bouquets look great lined up on the head table.
3. Make a list of must have's, and a list of wants. If you have money left over after the must have's select a few of your wants.
4. Always work with a florist that you feel comfortable with. We never pressure you to buy or add on any items you are unsure of and you won't hurt our feelings if you say no. The florist/bride relationship should be productive and open. Your florist should be able to offer you budget friendly suggestions to coordinate with your wedding.
5. Call Blooming Envy for a free consultation.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.