Why are wedding flowers so expensive?

We florists spend hours planning and preparing for your wedding. The process begins many weeks before your wedding day, when we sit down and plan out our recipes for your bouquets, arrangements and installations. Because we are also at the mercy of Mother Nature we always need to plan for a Plan B, just incase our preferred florals are not available the week of your wedding. Once we're ready to order your flowers, we connect with our suppliers to check for pricing and availability.  To secure our choice of flowers/foliage our suppliers connect with their suppliers overseas, who then connects with the farms. 

Once your order has arrived, we pick them up at the local wholesaler to bring to our studio for processing. The design happens the day after processing.  On the day of your event there is a lot that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in terms of managing the logistics of your wedding flowers including packaging and packing each of your items, loading the vehicle and safely arriving to your drop off destination. But it doesn't end there.  The day after your event another full day is scheduled for clean up.

We like to think of ourselves as artists.  We are challenged during every wedding to create something new, something beautiful, but also something that will withstand the heat/cold.  We welcome this challenge for all of our weddings, but we also need to be properly compensated not only for our designs but also for the behind the scene labour that is often ignored in the industry. 

My First Wedding Show

A purpose driven event that redefines the traditional trade show as an interactive experience for couples to plan their wedding together, topped off with a faux reception gala immersing you in your dream wedding.

I am so excited to share that I have signed on to be a vendor at Engaged! When Jasmine and Monica approached me about this new wedding show I was beyond thrilled.  I have been approached throughout the year by other wedding shows to purchase a booth and have had to decline for various reasons, but the main one being I simply could not afford it.  Not only do I have to pay for the booth, but I also have to pay for the hard cost of flowers and hired help for processing, set up and take down.  Believe it for not, but a wedding show could be upwards of $6000.00 for me. 

Photo Credit: Justine Milton 

When I think about showcasing at a wedding show, I always imaged it to be a platform for florists to one-up each other to 'stand out' in a friendly but competitive nature.  But in order to compete I would need the best flowers, best design, best everything.  And if this were the case, I would be dead last because I simply do not have the financial means to compete in this wedding show game.  So when Jasmine and Monica introduced how they wanted the florists to showcase their work at Engaged I was sold within 2 minutes of the meeting.  I appreciated that they understood how much it costs and how much time and energy is invested into an event.  Engaged has thoroughly thought out the wedding show and reinvented it to be something else.  It has honesty changed the perspective that I previously had on wedding shows, and excited me to sign up to be a vendor.  If you are looking for deals and swag bags, this is not the show for you.  However, if you are looking to hire a team of creatives that care about their clients,  that would put in 110% to help you achieve your dream wedding, and that want to be at a show that encourages vendor collaboration, then this my friend is the show for you.  I cannot say enough about how pleased I am with this show.  There are no cost guessing games for the attendees, what you see in the Inspiration Showcase will be broken down in cost from each vendor.  Genius!  I love this idea in particular because when I was planning my wedding, Pinterest was my go to for inspiration but little did I know NOTHING on Pinterest was in my budget when I started approaching vendors with these photos. With the Inspiration Showcase the attendees can get a visual of what to expect for 'x' amount of dollars and they can to see exactly what each item on the table costs.  Mega, mega bonus, the floral centerpieces get auctioned off at the end of the night at the Gala!  I have to admit that I am not a business person, and when brides come to me and tell me about all these great ideas they have and show me these amazing pictures, but give me a budget of $1000.00... that quickly becomes an awkward conversation.  The hard truth is $1000 is just enough for personal flowers (bouquets/boutonnieres) and maybe 2 arrangements. 

If you haven't dozed off from reading this yet,  I would highly encourage that you check out Engaged!  There are only a limited amount of tickets per time slot, so definitely head on over to reserve your spot now > https://www.engagedweddingshow.ca/tickets and be sure to come say hello!  I will be in the Flower Gallery with the ladies behind Flower ArtistryCreative Edge Flowers and Chickweed Cottage and would love to hear more about the wedding of your dreams!

#theopentrunkyyc

A beautiful, sunny June day for wedding vendors to come together to celebrate and collaborate. Heather, owner of Orange Trunk put together this beautiful summer picnic styled workshop for the attendees to learn, net work, and have fun.  No matter your forte in the industry I would highly recommend that you check out at least one workshop to see what all the buzz is about!

All of these lovely photos were taken by Chloe Buie Photography

A huge shout out to everyone involved in putting this workshop together <3

Host, Planning and Styling: Orange Trunk
Planning and Styling: Shannon Valente Weddings
Venue: Westerly Edge
Photographer: Chloe Buie Photography
Event Photographer: Roz Edge Photography
Caterer: Farm Girls Food Truck and Catering
Florist: Fall for Florals
Cake and Treats: Sugar by Tracy
Bridal Gown: Novia Mia Bridal Boutique
Grooms Attire: ESPY
Jewelry: Joanna Bisley Designs
Stationary: Pink Umbrella Designs
HMUA: Jaimie Rankin Beauty
Lighting: Everlasting Impressions Wedding and Event Planning
Tableware: Gathered Table Supply Co.
Farm tables: Rūs Vintage
Macrame: The Knot Garden
Models: Ashia Sanders and JP
Ice Cream and Bar: Frozen Assets Ice Cream Co.
Washroom facilities: Rangeland Event Restrooms

Keynote Speakers:
Jackie with Lace Brick Design
Lynn with Calgary Bride
Chantal with No Shit Biz Tips
Nicole with YYC Girl Gang 

The next Open Trunk Workshop will be taking place on October 3rd, 2017. 
Make sure you follow Heather on Facebook and Instagram for updates and registration info!