Why Do Wedding Flowers Cost So Much?

The most common question I get is: “Why Do Weddings cost so much?”. There are certainly a lot of factors that play into the cost of a wedding. Though I’ve never been married, I remember my parents asking the exact question when my sister got married. There are lots of things that are needed to make a wedding happen. Linens, catering, rentals and flowers, just to name a few.

As a floral designer first, wedding planner second, we work with budgets of all types.  Most know, some don’t, but I worked with Kim Box Photography for 4 years before I ventured out into the wedding world on my own. I saw low budget weddings and over the top, extravagant weddings too. Shooting different types of weddings made me realize that yes, having a fantastic photographer was great, but have pretty details, flowers and design plan was even better. It gives the photographer a cohesive story to tell.

Flowers are one my favorite design elements of a wedding. They add so much life, color and texture to a bride and grooms special day. Though they are beautiful, they can also come with a pretty price tag. After meeting with a potential client last week(who asked many of questions regarding floral costs), I felt it was very important to educate brides to be on why wedding florals cost what they do.

This past weekend we were able to be a part of a very special wedding for Taylor and Adam. While prepping flowers, I told my team to stop what they were doing. I went and grabbed my camera. I wanted to document the process it takes to get to the end result.

Though a wedding is only one day for 12 hours, our works starts days in advance. Thursday, we started prepping flowers. First, clean buckets. TONS of them. Every wedding and/ or event that involves flowers starts with a full day of processing. 2015-03-30_0004 Every flower that comes through our studio is wrapped and packaged individually. We spend more time undoing rubber bands and cutting off plastic wrap than we do prepping.  2015-03-30_0002 2015-03-30_0006 Don’t those ranunculus make you happy? They’re one of my all-time FAVORITE flowers. 2015-03-30_0008 You probably thought I was joking, but every hydrangea comes individually wrapped, and tubed. It takes hours to process and unpack each box of blooms.  2015-03-30_0003 Rubbermaid’s aren’t just for Christmas garlands and baby clothes.  2015-03-30_0012 We stripped, de-thorn and process every bloom. Wether it’s thousands of roses, hundreds of hydrangeas or bundles of greenery nothing goes untouched.  2015-03-30_0005 2015-03-30_0007 Oh and somewhere in the midst of processing flowers, we manage to find time to prep our containers too.  2015-03-30_0013 Once all the flowers have been processed and the containers have been prepped, let the designing begin. We start every arrangement with greening. Sharon is the greening queen. After it’s been greened it’s past off to receive the pretties.  2015-03-30_0011 Table arrangements, bouquets and hard work. After we finish a full day of flowering, it’s time to load the van and head out. There is only one rule when packing the van: pack until you can’t pack any more.  2015-03-30_0009 My intentions behind this post were to give you a more behind the scenes look at what exactly goes into prepping flowers for a wedding. Most people think a wedding planner snaps their fingers and POOF, everything is in place. That’s certainly not the case. We spend between and 8 and 12 hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prepping flowers and most Saturdays come in around 16 hour days. It’s not just the day of. It’s the months of planning, days before and even the Monday and Tuesdays after the event spent unpacking vans, cleaning out buckets and returning table linens. It’s not the cost of the flowers, it’s the labor and time invested into each bouquet and arrangement you are untimely paying for.

We can’t wait to see the beautiful images Kim Box Photography captured from Taylor and Adam’s special day. Stay tuned to see what all these gorgeous blooms were turned into.

 

Leftovers

Spring has sprung my friends. It’s 80 degrees outside, my allergies are going crazy and wedding season has officially kicked into high gear.

We often get asked, “What do you do with flowers after a wedding?” and if you want the honest truth, they go in the trash. Well unless the family ask to take them home. After all they did spend thousands of dollars on them. It’s not very often I’m inspired to create something for the heck of it with leftovers, but after last weeks editorial shoot, I was.

We recently picked up these new  black glass containers from Old Time Pottery. They were a whopping $12.99. HEY YO! #stealofadeal They’ve been sitting on the shelf just waiting to be broken in.

I started by placing chicken wire in the container and molding it to the shape of the vase. After you have your chicken wire shaped to your liking, secure it with wet oasis tape just to make sure it doesn’t move. Oh and don’t forget to add water. I use a little dollar store watering can. It fits perfectly in through the chicken wire. 2015-03-17_0001 Once you have your mechanics in place, the fun begin. I always start with my greenery. For this particular arrangement I used, bay leaf, seeded and regular eucalyptus, leather leaf, and jasmine. The greenery is your base and helps create the shape of your arrangement. Be creative. There is no right or wrong way. It’s a style preference. If you hate, pull it out and start over.  2015-03-17_0002 Now that you have created your base, you can start adding in your blooms. I placed the ice protea in first because it is acting as my dominate flower. Then I added standard white blizzard roses and anemones. I topped the arrangement off with a touch of whimsy-ness by using those deep red ranunculus.  2015-03-17_0003

I like mentioned above, there really isn’t a right or wrong way. It’s about finding your style and what works best for you. I hope this simple DIY was helpful. We’ve had TONS of inquiries about hosting a weekend floral workshop. Would you be interested? Fingers crossed we can pull one together this fall. I’d LOVE to see you there. If interested shoot me an email, evan@evanandcompany.com.

Chapel Market Flowering

Last Monday I met up with my friend Layla from The Lettered Cottage.  We have been busy pickin’ goodies for #thechapelmarket that will be taking place here in town in October!

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While we were wandering the flea market the other day, we found a collection of vintage tins—my eyes light up! I instantly saw beautiful vases for flowers. Most of the time people think that flowers have to be in pretty glass vases—that’s not  always the case.  These vintage tins have TONS of personality and can dress up any table, nightstand or countertop. The perfect addition to any cottage.

Once we wrapped up our shopping trip we headed over to the local wholesale market to pick up a few beautiful blooms.  Since we picked the Tetley tin to make our arrangement in, we wanted to pick flowers that would play up the royal blue color so we chose pops of pink and yellow.

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After we chose our beautiful blooms we headed back to the office to get to work. It was such a beautiful day, we pulled the work tables outside. NOTE: This are iPhone photos. I apologize the quality is not up to par.

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and the finished project… Layla and I were so pleased with the outcome.

2013-07-20_003 Remember, I will be having a fresh flower booth at #thechapelmarket. Ya know, it will be similar to what you would see at a Farmers Market or on the curb of a big city! I will even have a couple of small arrangements in a few of my favorite vintage tins.

The Market will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on the 19th of October.

The address for the Market is:

1 Chapel Hill Street
Pike Road, Alabama
36064

We have had over 300 RSVP. If you are planning on coming make sure you hop on over to our Facebook Page and click on the “events” icon.

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and then click, “join”. It just takes a few simple clicks and you are all RSVP’d and ready to go!

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We are so excited that each and everyone of you are just as excited as we are. We look forward to meeting all of you! Can’t wait to see everyone there! See ya soon!