After all of the planning and organizing, after the in person consults, the amendments to your proposal and changes to design elements the day comes when it’s time to actually get down to flowering. At the 2 week mark (and sometimes earlier) I start to order your blooms. I call multiple suppliers and farms to try to source the best, freshest and most local product and that means lots of shopping and researching! Most of my suppliers are over an hour away, the labour cost helps to cover travel expenses like my car payments, gas, insurance and cleaning the darn thing when a bucket inevitably tips over.
Sometimes the flowers don’t last. That’s why I buy them all one week in advance. Each of the blooms requires processing. The amount of time and labour for each bloom is different but to give you an idea. Roses come packed and almost starving for water. I unpack and de-thorn and leaf each rose, use a special solution to wake up the cells in the rose to take in water and then let them sit in two different temperature water and solution mixtures to revive them and wake them up for the party. I then move them in and out of cold storage, changing the water frequently for the next few days in an effort to encourage the perfect blooming. Sometimes the roses don’t bloom well. In that case, I buy new roses and you never know the difference. Part of the labour fee is making all of the hiccups my problem to solve, not yours.
The storage, processing and care of the blooms and foliage are arguably more important that the designing. If the flowers aren’t at the peak of freshness, they look like garbage. Right?! The other part of the labour fee is to cover the labour involved in making each of the pieces. Cleaning vases, buckets and tools as well as packing boxes, and running back to the supplier in case of emergency are all wrapped up in the labour fee.
You can probably find a florist who doesn’t charge a labour fee, or maybe it’s included in the item charge. If neither are the case, please get references from previous clients. The labour fee is something I realized was crucial about 5 years into my career, it’s a result of my experience and it allows me to give your event everything I have!
At this time we don’t offer pick up. Here’s why. Delivering flowers isn’t easy. It isn’t easy to pack them securely and driving with them is… a challenge. We have been playing flower Tetris for a while now and we’ve got it down to a science. We encourage you to just trust us with the safe delivery of your blooms. Delivery for full service weddings starts at $100 and goes up to $500 if we have to rent a larger vehicle.
If you order from our a la carte menu and insist on pick up, we will give you a short release form to sign just to make sure that we aren’t blamed for any blooms left to cook or freeze in the trunk over night (I’m not even joking… that’s happened before) etc.
Set up is calculated by approximating the number of hours spent onsite and how many people will be required for the set up. Set up starts at $75 for one hour, one person. What you are quoted in your proposal is all you will be charged although we are often on site for at least one hour longer than we expect. We take it very seriously and are always extremely professional and timely in our execution.
Teardown… personally I hate it. I’ll do it but it’s brutal, especially the night of. I encourage my clients to see if their venue coordinator, wedding planner or someone from the wedding party is able to lend a hand. They usually don’t mind at all. I also don’t expect my rentals back for 2 weeks after the event so there isn’t a huge rush. If you do want tear down it usually starts at $300+.