Frequently asked questions
When do I start making decisions on what kind of flowers I would like in my wedding?
- First of all, make a list of your favorite flowers and colors. Browse your wedding magazines and mark anything that you like, this is a great way to find what style you like. Remember that this is one of the most important days of your life; the flowers that you choose to carry down the aisle should be a reflection of you
How do I book you as my florist?
- After you have found you are happy with your proposal, A deposit will secure your wedding date with Precious Petals. We will make an appointment to meet again. This will also be the opportunity for you and I to sign the Wedding Contract. As we move forward with the planning process we will communicate via email, text or calls if there are any changes that need to be made. You can make as many changes as you like up until 1 month prior to your wedding date. At that time we need to confirm your contract. You will always receive an updated contract if any changes are made.
What is a Wedding Proposal?
- A proposal is an estimate; it lists what we discussed when you came in for your consultation. Your first proposal will list descriptions for you wedding party flowers, ceremony, and reception. The prices of each is included, as well as the total cost of your wedding flowers. Changes or additions may be made to this proposal. Once you decide that you want Precious Petals as your wedding florist, a deposit is made to secure your wedding date.
What should I bring to my first consultation?
- During this first meeting, we look forward to getting to know you and your ideas for your wedding day! We recommend bringing your mother or a bridesmaid; they are always reliable for an honest opinion! Please bring a list of your flower needs, a swatch or picture of your gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses, and pictures of the ceremony and reception sites if you have them. We will be browsing wedding books and our portfolio to help you gather some ideas to help you find the perfect flowers to fit your day.
“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.”
How do I compare prices from other florist and why are they so different?
- If you feel the need for a second opinion . . . Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.” My rule of thumb when we meet with brides is, "If it comes down to budget, be openly forward about your budget . . I would rather work with your budget then lose you to another florist who will promise you the moon and stars for a lesser amount!"
The prices will vary from florist to florist . . . Today's average bride will spend about 8% of their total wedding budget on flowers. Overall average totally $2200 on flowers for both the ceremony and reception. Your two biggest expenses are a large bridal party and centerpieces. Sizes of bouquets and centerpieces can dramatically reduce the cost if similar flowers and vases are chosen. These are options I always give my brides.
We offer a 1 hour consultation, free of charge to discuss your ideas, design expectations and budget. This would be a great idea to exchange pictures, color swatches and flower preferences. Typically brides will contact me 1 year prior to their wedding date.
Live out of state . . . No problem. I will work with you through email, text messages, FaceTime or phone calls to prepare for your wedding day.
Do I need to define a budget?
- It is a good idea to let us know what kind of budget you have in mind, so we can offer better suggestions regarding flower choice and how to most wisely allot your budget. Many brides have a difficult time defining a budget before the first meeting, as this is their first major flower purchase.