Advice and information
Where to start...
Here is a good place! The internet and magazines are full of wedding inspiration. You will first want to decide on your palette and wedding theming and then use this palette to guide the rest of your wedding planning. Have a look online at other wedding palette, we highly recommend www.stylemepretty.com for great wedding palette inspiration.
Think about whether you like soft tones or bolder colours, whether you want a subdued classic look or a bright and festive look.
Once you have your palette you can look for attire to suit, and the rest should flow on from there, including flowers.
We do recommend being consistent with your palette throughout your wedding details, however if you found that a particular shade from your palette wasnt working don't be afraid to drop it. For example if you had originally decided on a palette of blues and greens but found the greens were harder to incorporate into your attire and wedding themeing, don't be afraid to drop the green and run with a strong blue toned palette, rather than forcing the greens in somewhere.
Palette, Check! ....Attire, Check!....
We strongly recommend having at least your bridesmaids dresses chosen before considering your flowers seriously, the reason being that the colour of the bridesmaids dresses heavily sets the tone for your wedding party and the details you have such as flowers. We can advise you on flowers before confirming your dresses, however be prepared that our planning may go out the window if you were to select a different dress colour and its better to get it right the first time, we know how precious your planning time can be!
Once you have your dresses confirmed, get in touch! We will briefly chat with you on the phone or via email about your thoughts so far and can usually offer a cost estimate or some flower concepts straight away. We like to do this so when we meet in person you arent overwhelmed by the vast number of different ideas we have in our catalogues (Thousands!) and we can pull out the ones we think you will like and are most fitting to your palette and theming.
Make a time to meet....
Our consultations can be arranged at the soonest convenience. These are done at the home studio in Browns Bay and are typically 30 minutes to 1 hour long. We offer appointments 7 days a week over autumn/winter and usually Mon-Thurs over Summer, 11am-7pm. These times are flexible however, and we try to accomodate you where possible.
At our meeting we will sit down and discuss your thoughts on your wedding style so far. If you have concrete ideas that is great, and if you have no idea that is not a problem! We will browse through the appropriate images and discuss the tailoring of designs to suit your tastes, such as, stem length, binding fabric, foliage detailing etc. We like to make your flowers uniquely you!
We recommend bringing along any fabric samples, colour swatches or pictures to help us provide you with accurate quotes and fitting concept suggestions to accentuate your chosen themes and colour schemes.
After our meeting we will proceed in drawing you up a detailed quote along with images that reflect the look we would be creating for you. It is not always possible to show you the exact design, as perhaps we are creating something very special for you, but we try to show you as much as possible what the final look would be.
The quote can take 2-7 days to draw up, depending on how big and detailed it is and how long growers take to get back to us with confirmed varieties and prices.
Once you have your quote.....
Take some time to read through the quote and think about if it suits your vision. Make notes and let us know if you would like any changes or if you would like to reduce costs or tailor any designs to suit you and your budget. We are great at offering cost-effective options.
We will send you revised quotes till you are happy to proceed in booking in and at that point an invoice. From there we take a 20% deposit/booking fee to hold your date for you.
We take a limited number of bookings each week and sometimes we can have 6 or 7 enquiries for the same date so it vital to book in earlier rather than later. 8-12 months for Summer weddings and 4-6 months for Winter weddings.
We wait! and we stay in touch regarding changes or updates on your requirements. We try to limit quote revisions to 3 over your planning period to stop things getting confusing for everyone, but we love it when you stay in touch and are happy to provide any advice or further information on request.
We always contact you around a months before your wedding date to check in and confirm your requirements. In fact we like to have as much as possible finalised at this time so we can go ahead and book your flowers with the growers.
We are a small industry here in NZ and there are a lot of boutique growers who only produce a small yield of each variety per year so we want to give them as much notice as possible that we want their product. The more notice the better!
Final payment is typically paid around 2 weeks before your wedding although this is flexible and we are happy to change the due date on request.
A little general planning advice.....
We understand that it can be overwhelming choosing your flowers. Our advice is that you follow your own personal tastes as it is your special day. There are no set rules about what you must have for flowers these days. Some couples focus on personal flowers, while others use the bulk of their budget on their venues.