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.

 

Then There Was Paint

This past weekend felt like a dream. I was on cloud 9.  Finally, I can see the office starting to take shape. It’s such a rewarding feeling. Remember my post from last week? The “Before”? Well, It’s looking a little different now…. 2014-11-09_0067 After a loss of sleep, a couple of aspirin and multiple trips to the Benjamin Moore store, we finally decided on a color. I will be the first to admit, I wasn’t a fan of the wall color at first. I called Brian in a panic the other day after we “tested” the paint on the wall. Once it dried I was sold. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! High Five, B!  2014-11-09_0068 Can you guess what we chose? If you guessed Equestrian Gray, HIVE FIVE! You win a cookie!  2014-11-09_0069  I thought picking out paint colors was tough, but a floor?!? That’s on another level. Thankfully We agreed on the winning floor  AND it was the cheapest option. I’m not mad about that!  2014-11-09_0071 Remember the mantle we picked up the other day?! It will live on this wall. It also got a facelift. Any guesses? 2014-11-09_0070 Square Footage Measurements: Check  By the way, that’s not my chicken scratch.  2014-11-09_0072 Stripes? No Stripes? It required a meeting of the minds. But of course, we chose stripes. Who wouldn’t have? That mantle is going to look INSANE against them. 2014-11-09_0073 We moved some furniture around, hung a light fixture and BOOM! It looks like a different space. I’m obsessed. Of course it looks much different now since these photos were taken over the weekend, but We CAN’T WAIT for you guys to see the new space. 2014-11-09_0074 Of course we’ll be posting updates through out the process of #EGCrenovates but to see it for yourself make sure your present at our 2014 Holiday Open House. You aren’t going to want to miss it. Live Music, Yummy Treats and Swags. MARK YOUR CALENDARS. If you do plan on coming head on over to our Facebook Event Page and click “Going”. See ya there!  2014-11-11_0002

EGC RENOVATES

As I mentioned in Wednesdays post we are giving the Evan and Company offices a much needed face lift.  March 2015 will be 2 years that we have been occupying the space and it’s long over due for a “overhaul”. Most of the design elements were rushed and last minute in efforts to make the space usable and inviting for client meetings.

This is how our front “lobby” looks now. Remember this is the BEFORE. I can’t wait to get that mantle installed too.  2014-11-06_0001 We use the space for initial consults with new clients and naps when we have to pull all nighters. 😉  It certainly serves its purpose but can most definitely look a million times better. I think one of my favorite pieces in the space is that little mustard yellow cabinet over there in the corner. I’m obsessed with yellow. It’s my all FAVORITE color. I like it so much Brian tried to talk me into painting an accent wall yellow, but I didn’t want to go that far.  2014-11-06_0002 I knew wanted a white sofa from Day 1. Of course that called for a quick trip to ATL and Ikea. But that quickly became a “why did I pick this” piece after we got it back and in the office. I think it might be getting a quick fix too. Brian has a plan, well kind of, I think! 😉 I do LOVE my Target arm chairs though. They’re so comfy. Unfortunately they will be going. Who wants to buy a pair of chairs? I’m still unsure why I wanted to be an interior designer, this is too intense for me. Of course you can’t have a makeover without paint, right? Thankfully Brian sent me in with some colors to look at. I spent an hour in the Benjamin Moore store staring at those paint samples. Some of them, I’m not exactly sure what he was thinking, others…. I think we might have a winner. 2014-11-06_0004 My best friend Andrew is heading over this weekend to help a brother out. He’s going to paint a few nooks and crannies for us. Can you guess what colors we chose? Check back on Tuesday to see the process. I’m SO EXCITED!!!