And Then The Flowers

It has been, in my experience, that when people are planning their wedding, flowers are always the last thing they think about. They will always reserve the hall and church first, then comes the dresses and tuxedos, then the photographer. Most people don’t leave a lot of money for flowers. By the time all the deposits are put down and the list of what everything else costs is put on paper, they are usually short of funds by the time that they come to me for flowers they want the cost down but they don’t want to skimp on the flowers. This always puts me in awkward position because I can’t change the cost of what flowers cost, so if you want all roses you are going to have to pay for all roses, I can’t charge you the price of carnations and give you roses. Brides and mothers of brides never seem to understand this.

They come to me with ideas of having huge bouquets, with flowers on every table, with flowers here and flowers there but get blind sided when I tell them the cost. People don’t realize how expensive flowers actually are, they think that flowers are the cheapest thing, which compared to everything else they probably are but they still will cost you. They get all disappointed when they realize they have to downgrade the sizes and sometimes even downgrade the flowers. Like getting roses instead of callas or hydrangeas or even orchids, or getting mixed wild flowers instead of roses. Or maybe one dozen instead of three dozen. It always puts me on the defense because they act like I am scamming them when I tell them their options. In my head though, I thinking, that they just spit out so much money for everything else, did they haggle those people like they are me? Probably not. In the shop where I work and even at home I have books with different styles of bouquets with different flowers and they are all priced out. It never fails, I will get asked if I could do this bouquet with three dozen roses for a cheaper price. Very nicely I respond by saying that I cannot, if they wanted to spend less than they get less.

I do feel bad, of course, I wish I could do a huge wedding and not charge them the full price, but if I did that I wouldn’t be in business anymore and neither would my shop. There is a reason that we charge what we charge. We have to pay a certain amount for the flowers and it is not just the flowers, its the ribbon, the tape, the pins, the greens, the containers and every other little thing that goes with the flowers, plus we have to pay ourselves for our time, doing flowers for a wedding is time consuming. It can be a whole day affair, then there is the whole next morning setting everything up and making sure everyone has the flowers that they need, when they need them. A lot goes into the preparing, making and setting up.

So just keep this in mind if you are going to be planning a wedding, after you have picked what hall you want to rent and the church for the ceremony, please save money for the flowers, this way you have more options and are more likely to get what you want.

Thanks all!


Set Up Disaster

So over this passed weekend I had a wedding for my friends son. It wasn’t a huge wedding but not a small one either. There were five girls and five guys on each side and there were twelve tables of arrangements to do, plus as a bonus for my “clients” I will decorate other tables as well. Such as the cake table, the gift table, the head table (if they haven’t already wanted it), and any other thing that I can do for them that they do not know about. The thing is, since I do this on my own, is that I have to buy things in bunches or dozens, I do not have the benefit of only buying what I need, so if the bride and groom only have ten tables I have to buy twelve and I have to charge them for the everything I buy, but since I will have no use for this stuff after their wedding I will use what is extra for decorations around the hall.

After I had gone to the church to give the bouquets to the girls and the bouts to the boys and made sure the moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas had their bouts and corsages and had set up the church I headed to the reception hall to set up there. When I got to the hall there was a lot of commotion going on. I didn’t know what was happening at first, I just thought that maybe everyone who was supposed to be there setting their stuff up were there all at the same time and everyone was getting in everyone’s way but that wasn’t it. Apparently the a pipe busted in the men’s bathroom and it was flooded. Now this was going to be the bathroom that the guest were using so this was a big problem. The manager at the hall had already called a plumber from a local plumbing company. The plumber was hard at work when I got there, they had already turned off the water but there was still a lot of water to soak up, not to mention trying to figure out the problem and get it solved before the guests starting to arrive. That didn’t leave a lot of time because the ceremony was starting in a hour, then the count down to the guests started.

I felt so bad for the people who were frantically running around trying to get everything back to perfect, that once I got done with everything that I needed to do I volunteered my services to help them. They were grateful for any extra person that would help. It was quite a humorous scene because I was attending the reception so I was all dressed up but that didn’t stop me from helping to mop up the bathroom, it was like whatever I needed to do to make sure that the bride and groom had the best day they could have. So I did what needed to be done to make that happen for them and so did everyone else, including the plumber. That man put everything he had in getting the problem fixed, I couldn’t believe it, he even called a fellow plumber in for help at no extra charge to the hall because he was all caught up in the same moment we were, which was doing everything in our power to make sure this party happened. It was amazing to see all these people working together.

I’m happy to say that everything did end up working out and no one told the guests what happen until the night was almost over, this way they could enjoy the night the right way. But the bride and groom didn’t seem to mind about the “small” problem we had with the bathroom since we got it taken care of before they got to experience it.

Thanks everyone,


Photo Booths

Because I do flowers for friends and family, I get asked a lot of questions that pertain to weddings. Now, I am not an expert or anything but I feel that I know quite a bit about them, since I have been working with flowers for a very long time. I know more about some things than others but I try to be knowledgeable in all aspects of weddings but there are so many things that go along with weddings that it is hard to know everything. Plus styles change, themes change, whats in or whats out changes and so on and so forth, it is hard to keep up sometimes. The one question I have been getting a lot lately is about photo booths. Do I know a good company? Have I heard anything bad about a certain company? To be honest I really don’t know much about the photo booth industry. My couple is getting married in West Bloomfield so I told them to google search to rent a booth West Bloomfield, MI and if that didn’t work, I suggested different key words or to try different cities that are close to their venue.

I do know though, that photo booths are becoming more and more popular, and because of that popularity the photo booth companies are getting better and better with all of the stuff that they will provide. When I got married, many years ago, we didn’t have anything like this. My wedding was still a traditional wedding but a traditional wedding of the time that I was married. I am not going to go more into that but just to say that I think that the weddings of today are a lot more stylish than when I got married. But these photo booths are so cool, most companies provide items that you can use in the booth to make the pictures more fun like hats, glasses or things that you can hold in your hand. I believe now that most will even print the bride and grooms name with the date of the wedding right on the picture for a keepsake and some will even make a album of all the pictures for the bride and groom. Very neat.

I felt bad that I didn’t know much about individual companies, maybe I should start doing some research on them but I told my couple to just read the reviews of what ever companies come up and to see what their rating is, and I suggested calling them and just asking questions about their services just so they could get a feel for them. There are a lot of companies out there now that provide photo booths and there are just as many options for photo booths. It can get overwhelming at times, trust me I know. I told them to write down the things that they are looking for and a list of questions to ask so they don’t forget anything, this is actually useful for anything that you are researching.

Thanks all for reading!


Perfect Time For Flowers

The most wonderful thing about flowers is that they can be given for any reason or better yet for no reason. Any occasion can call for flowers, or for no occasion at all. If you want to cheer someone up, if you haven’t seen them in awhile or if you have a party to go to and you want to bring your hosts a special gift, flowers are definitely the way to go. This is why flowers are so wonderful, they are an appropriate gift no matter what. I have never seen anyone who was upset about receiving flowers. Any reason you can think about to give flowers to someone I guarantee that they will be pleasantly surprised and will happily accept them.

For those people who live in The States that have cold and snowy winters, like me living in Michigan, I feel appreciate flowers just a little more than those who have warmer weather year round. Granted though, that flowers do have a growing cycle and will only bloom certain times of the year but when you live in States that have warmer weather for longer periods of time you can find flowers that will bloom at all times. For us, who live in the northern states we pretty much get to look at our gardens full of blooms for about five months out of the year. The other seven months we need to keep the flowers blooming indoors, so we always welcome cut flowers as gifts. The spring time is one of our favorite times because we are finally able to get outdoors once again to bring our gardens to life.


With that, summer time is the slowest time for most flower shops because everyone is growing their own flowers. From around September when the schools are having their homecoming dances to May when Mothers Day occurs is the busiest time for flower shops. During that time we have Sweetest Day, for those who do not live in the Mid West, Sweetest Day is similar to Valentines Day. Then comes Halloween, and yes people to get arrangements for Halloween, there is starting to be a lot of places that are creating great containers for Halloween. Next is Thanksgiving and Christmas, followed closely by New Years Eve. Then comes the dreaded Valentines Day, Administrated Professionals Day, Easter, Prom and finally Mothers Day, which marks the end of year for florist. After that they struggle to stay busy until the end of summer.

All of these holiday’s and even random days throughout the year are good times to get flowers for yourself or someone else. Flowers bring such a wonderful state of mind, they are so simple yet can make you smile and happy from just looking at them that is blows my mind that people do not constantly keep flowers in their home. I always do, I vary it up to, I never get the same flowers if I can help it. Just a small bouquet is sufficient enough, there is no need to always have a huge bouquet in the house. A tiny bit will go a long way, trust me.

Thanks every one who has sent in a comment or story, I am going through them and my next post will feature one of your stories!




Why I Do It

There is nothing better than seeing people smile because of what you have done for them. The things that you can create for others and seeing them wide eyed and happy for it is just amazing. When I first started out I had no idea where it would take me but within my first week of working in my first flower shop I knew that this is where I wanted, needed to be. My fellow co-workers would always tell me “wait until your first holiday”. They were trying to warn me that the holiday’s are the worst time for any florist. Even though the holidays are how flower shops stayed in business year after year, they were still the most stressful time ever. Which they are but I thrived in them, I used the holidays in such a way to benefit me. It was hard, I was tired and stressed but it was also exhilarating! So many people coming in for flowers for their parties or people coming in for flowers for their hosts! Some you could never make happy but most are grateful for our expertise and help.

I stayed with it year after year and never tired of it. I tried to improve myself annually as well, what ever my co-workers wanted to teach me I learned, whenever my boss suggested a class to take I took. I wanted to be able to create the coveted designs of weddings and funerals. Those were the arrangements that the most skilled designer got to create and I wanted to be that person. At first, I got to arrange roses and carnations in a vase. Those were the easiest to create and fix if something went terribly wrong, just one dozen at a time. Then I upgraded to arranging two dozens roses and carnations, then mixed flowers. Soon I was on to creating baskets and boutonniere’s. I knew I was getting good when they let me make coursages.

That’s when I realized that bows were going to be my down fall. Who knew that making a bow was going to be so hard? Not me. It took me the longest time to make a stupid bow. It was so frustrating, my fingers would not corroborate with the ribbon to form the perfect bow. Needless to say, I struggle for awhile with my bows. I would take the ribbon home to practice. After a time that I thought was too long I finally made a decent bow. I was so proud of myself! My boss actually bought me lunch that day that I made the bow. And yes I remember that because bow making was very traumatizing for me.

So year after year I practiced, learned and improved. Now I can do any type of floral arranging, I can produce flowers for any type of event you throw at me and I absolutely love it and will do nothing else for as long as I live. I hope you all email me and share stories of your floral background and skills. Head to my contact page and I will get your story posted!

Until next time,