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How to Order Wedding Flowers

If you want the what, when, and how of booking your wedding flowers with Violet Floral Designs, here’s some more information about working with me! From booking your date, order changes, to contracts, and more, the nitty-gritty details are right here.

Planning and Ordering Wedding Flowers

When do I need to select a florist?

6-12 Months Before Your Wedding. This depends on the time of year you’re getting married. Several of my June and September clients for next year contacted me more than a year in advance of their wedding–dates book very quickly in those popular months to get married in Maryland. May and October weddings book up next. If you’re planning a wedding that isn’t in those months, you can most likely book your florals six months before your wedding.  

Check the availability of your date by filling out this quick contact form.

 

What do I need to know before I reach out?

As a florist, this is the information I need in order to start putting together a floral package that suits you and your wedding: Your wedding date and location, the basic size of your wedding, and some details about the colors and inspiration you love. While it’s okay not to be entirely sure of your bridesmaids’ dress colors or the number of reception tables you’ll have, having a general sense of what your wedding is going to be like is going to help a lot during our conversation.

 

 

Let’s chat!

After you fill out the contact form, I’ll reach out to you within 24-48 hours and confirm whether your date is available. We’ll set up a time to consult, and I’ll give you a short form to fill out about your wedding so I have some more information about your wedding before we meet. During the consult, we’ll talk about your wedding, the flowers you like, and basic pricing.

 

Reviewing Your Proposal

Within three days after your consult, I’ll send you a proposal for your flowers which will contain detailed pricing information and notes on the flowers and style we discussed. This way you can review it and think over the details before booking. When I send your proposal over via email, I also put a temporary hold in my calendar for your date. The hold lasts two weeks so you’ll have plenty of time to make your decision and you don’t have to wonder if somebody else is going to book your date during that window.

During this time, you can reach out to me by phone or email to discuss details of the proposal, or review details of the contract.

 

Ready to Book?

You’ll submit the signed contract, along with a 25% deposit. When you sign your contract and book me as your florist, the details of your floral order aren’t written in stone. It’s okay to contact me anytime in the months before your wedding to make creative changes, tweak the numbers, talk through details, or add in new colors.

 

Then what?

Six to eight weeks before your wedding, I’ll get back in touch with you to review your order and make sure everything still looks good. This is a good time to make sure you have enough corsages and boutonnieres, your wedding party numbers are accurate, and that I have an updated table count from you. I ask that you finalize these numbers with me four weeks before your wedding so I can accurately invoice you for your 75% balance (that’s due three weeks out from your event.) I’ll also request contact information for your venue, wedding coordinator if you have one, and a member of your wedding party, so I can set up a timeline for delivery and setup.

 

The Best Part?  Your Wedding Day.

While you’re finishing up final preparations and starting the celebrations of your wedding weekend, I am hand-picking your blooms at local farms and wholesalers, designing your bouquets and arrangements in my studio, and making sure every last detail is perfect. I’ll coordinate with your planner, bridal party, or venue for delivery (one less thing to bother you with!) and when I deliver your flowers to you on your big day, I’m thrilled because I know I’ve done everything I can to ensure I’ve brought your vision to life. I hope you’ll be thrilled, too!

 

Planning your Maryland wedding and ready to check FLOWERS off the list?  Send a note right here to get started.

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Why a Florist Can’t Duplicate a Pinterest Photo

Hi everybody!

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Violet Floral Designs; Sarah D’Ambra Photography

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about Pinterest–everybody’s favorite place for wedding inspiration pictures! As a florist, I LOVE the beautiful wedding inspiration I see on Pinterest, and when I planned my own wedding, Pinterest was a great help to me in planning out the style I wanted for my big day. When my clients share their Pinterest boards with me, it really helps me get a sense of their vision for their wedding. However, when it comes to Pinterest, I have a ground rule: I won’t duplicate another florist’s work, for a few reasons. In short:

A florist CAN:

Look at your inspiration photos to better understand the look and colors you’re going for.

A florist CAN’T:

Recreate every detail of an inspiration photo, down to the last stem.

 

As a floral designer, my job is to mesh my design aesthetic with your preferences. Pinterest is a great tool for communicating about your taste and preferences to your florist. However, though Pinterest is a great jumping off point for floral inspiration, remember a florist can’t carbon-copy a look. This is because…

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Dani Leigh Photography

 

1) Flowers shift in availability–a lot. For example, peonies are a gorgeous late spring flower, and very popular for weddings, but they go out of season for several months of the year. Dahlias are a beautiful late summer and fall flower, but because they are so delicate, it’s hard to import them at other times of year. I might be able to purchase spray roses in a perfect shade of peach at my supplier one week, and then it’s not available the next.  Fortunately, for every flower that goes out of season, there’s another flower that can add just as much beauty to your wedding flowers.

2) Because florists are artists at heart: we don’t want to plagiarize each other. No two florists will design a bouquet exactly the same, and while we can look to each other for inspiration, most floral designers will not want to cross the line of copying or duplicating a photo of another florist’s work.

It’s always great to see my clients’  inspiration photos, because it tells me a little more about their style and wedding vision. But the way I see it, it’s better to design with the client in mind; not just a photo.

All told, using Pinterest as an inspiration is a great way to communicate with your florist about the flowers, styles, and color palettes you love. Then it’s our job to create your dream bouquet: something entirely original, customized and personalized for YOU.

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Violet Floral Designs; Katherine Zell Photography
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Flowers for a Romantic Countryside Wedding with Handmade Details — Karen and Anthony — Maryland Wedding Florist

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Violet Floral Designs; Katherine Zell Photography

 

Karen and Anthony are a Maryland couple who chose the beautiful Stone Mill Inn in York, Pennsylvania for their romantic countryside wedding. I loved working at this beautiful historic venue, which had beautiful locations for the ceremony, cocktail, and reception. The couple chose to lightly accent their green outdoor ceremony space with flowers and requested wispy strands of greenery to trail from the ceiling of their cocktail tent area, accenting the romantic string lights. Inside the beautiful reception room with wood beams, the couple placed handmade monogrammed coasters at the tables for their guests, and on the dessert table colorful and funky flowers adorned a naked cake.

I really enjoyed talking with Karen about all of the different details of her wedding, and I loved the way this couple’s personality and wedding vision came through in their flowers.

Photos by the fabulous Katherine Zell Photography: http://www.katherinezellphoto.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following wonderful vendors contributed to Karen and Anthony’s wedding: 

Photography: Katherine Zell Photography, http://www.katherinezellphoto.com

Flowers: Mallory Jones, Violet Floral Designs, http://www.violetfloraldesigns.com

Venue: Stone Mill Inn, http://www.stonemillinn.com

Rentals: Weir Event Rentals, Harrisburg, PA: http://www.weireventrentals.com

DJ/Photobooth: Jenny Z Mobile DJ and Magic Selfie Mirror, http://www.jennyzmobiledj.com

Hair: Chelsea Bartenslager

Makeup: Katie Engle, http://www.marykengle.com