Last fall I had the pleasure of designing flowers for a wedding in my hometown. The family was local, the venue was local, the food was catered local and of course the flowers were local. Not only were they designed local, a good amount of them were purchased from a local flower farm. This was important to my couple and I thought it spoke volumes as to their support for the community. It was a great experience working with my neighbors and in the end we all won. I think now more then ever we need to support our local communities and the small businesses in them. It is truly neighbor helping neighbor that makes our towns such wonderful, unique places to live. See more pictures here!
That's me!! It really is! Right here in this moment I am putting some final touches on a lake front wedding ceremony arch. Let me tell you it was HOT! I was so thankful to be in the shade, as I am sure the guest were that day as well. But let me just say something, this moment right here is what I live for. All the meetings, all the planning, all the ordering, all the design work, that's what makes this moment right here so amazing to me. When the design comes alive, the beauty of that moment is magical.
That's what makes this time of the #SaferAtHome order so challenging to me. I am missing this! With my storefront closed per the governor's order, all wedding planning needs to be done virtually or over the phone. I have also had a few unfortunate phone calls with couples who's weddings are being postponed or their wedding will be different then they dreamed, my prayers goes out to them. But have faith, we will get through this. We are working with each client case by case to provide the absolute best solutions for everyone.
We are all in this together and together we can slow the spread of COVID-19. I do believe the world will come through this challenging time with softer hearts and a greater appreciation for others. So reach out to me if you need any guidance with your wedding or if you just need someone to talk to and do your best to stay healthy.
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.
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 knows how much work planning a wedding can be. So why make it harder than it has to be. Here are the top 5 reasons you need Blooming Envy for your floral needs.
So have you finished all your Christmas shopping? Or do you like to wait for the last minute rush? Either way Christmas is such a wonderful, magical time of year. I love sharing holiday traditions with my children, making cookies, decorating the tree and putting up the Nativity set. But most of all, I love seeing all my family. And what better way to make someone specila in your life feel extra treasured then to send them flowers. Even if you already bought their gift or if you are stuck for a last minute gift, send flowers! It sends the message of love and brightens the receivers home. Or better yet sign your loved one up for a flowers of the month club and your gift will be the one that keeps on giving. The best part, the size will always fit. If you want to send flowers this holiday call us or your local florist, we are here to help.
What is your favorite tradition/reason for the season?
This week we want to hear from you. Send us any question(s) you have about Blooming Envy? Has Blooming Envy had the privilege to have designed for your event, tell us how we did. Do you have a flower question you would love to know the answer to? Or is there anything else you would you like to know (with in reason, wink, wink)? Also don't forget to tell us what you like and don't like about our blog. Comment below, leave us a review or email us. Most of all let us hear from you.
Mother's Day is this Sunday(in case you didn't know). One gift that is always popular to give Mom is flowers, and who doesn't love flowers? This year it is estimated that flowers will accountant for just over $12 billion of the total $18.6 billion in Mother's day gifts given.
Did you know that all flower providers are not all the same? How, you may ask. Well let me explain the basic differences between them and you can decided which is better for you.
A. Order your flowers from a local florist. Talk to a person, support a local business. Most offer freshness guarantees and deliver a quality arrangement with a designers touch, no assembly required. The floral arrangements will also be more individual because a florist is able to personalize to your recipient.
B. When you order flowers from say FTD or another wire service they forward you order on to a local florist and keep a cut of the profits for themselves. Your local florist who is then paid less for the same arrangement also has to pay a membership to the provider. You will most likely receive a cookie cutter arrangement, and they are not always as pictured.
C. You order flowers from someone like ProFlowers who ships the flowers "fresh from the farms" you'll will receive flowers delivered via a carrier like FedEx and the flowers will arrive in a box, requiring the recipient to unpack and make the arrangement themselves. Vases are usually not included and you will be charged extra if you want one added to your order.
I maybe a bit bias but I feel when you support a local florist everyone wins. Most small business owners return the favor and spend their dollars in the same community. They provide local jobs, the owners live and work in the communities themselves and feel vested in the area. Their prices may be a bit more but when you consider the benefits, I feel they out weigh the possibilities of disaster tenfold. If you are sending flowers this Mother's Day, I recommend taking the time and looking up a local florist and place your order directly. Even if they are in a different area it will be worth the effort. If you need help, let us know, and we will find you a local florist who can help.
Will you be sending flowers this Mother's day?
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.