It’s Sunday after a flower wedding weekend and I’m reflecting on that wedding and bride. She was amazing to communicate with, we connected easily on ideas and she celebrated with happiness over the flowers! That all feels good and makes me happy. Congratulations to the happy couple!
What makes all this happen and work so well?
The initial contact happens months or even a year before the wedding, either through my web site contact information form or a phone call. Offering a consultation where I listen and to the vision for the day, colors, numbers and budget. I’m listening for feelings about flowers in the wedding, what work of mine resonates with them and what part I can play in the celebration. After that consultation I can truthfully tell if we will be a good fit to work together. If you love flowers we will be a great fit, if not we probably won’t…just being truthful here.
September 2017 was the initial contact ; date made for in person consultation; consultation with deposit paid and contract signed. Date reserved for June23, 2018. From that date till the wedding date there were emails and text messages of shared ideas, photos and questions. Adjustments were made and the final balance paid 4 weeks prior to the wedding.
Estimating that I spent approximately 4 hours consulting from start to completion, figuring out the flower order and placing the order and processing the order when it came was 3-4 hours. Preparing in the studio for the actual work involved, collecting the correct ribbon colors, pins, vases, buckets and listing items needed to take with me to the destination for delivery. When the work began to the time I placed it in the cooler and checked it off as completed was 11 hours of work( different size weddings take different amounts of time). Loading the vehicle for delivery was 30 minutes and I was off for a hour drive to the site. Setting up at the site took approximately 3 hours, 1 hour drive home and then to unload and put everything away(1 hour).
I’m not adding up the above hours, because it is a tremendous undertaking and amount of actual work. It’s mental work of anticipation, worry wondering if everything will be accepted as is or will I need to adjust ? It’s physical work of buckets, boxes, repetitive motions and wear and tear. Sleeping well is not a problem.
I love flowers, making people happy, celebrating the joy they share and find a tremendous amount of satisfaction in doing a project well. I love the challenge of designing something different for each couple. Seeing professional images of my work is exciting. Working together with other professional vendors to pull this all together is the fun part. After each wedding I’m as excited to start preparing for the next one as for the one I just finished.
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With flower love,