Hi friends! We are so excited to share that our whole team will be at The Bash this year! We are working with a few vendors to bring loads and loads of floral inspiration! We can’t wait to see you there :)
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PHOTOGRAPHER GingerSnap Photography | DESIGN + PLANNER Jacqueline Rae Wedding Events Interiors | FLORALS Fall For Flowers | VENUE Modern Luxe Rentals | MAKE UP Something Borrowed Beauty | HAIR Jessie Liao Hair | STATIONARY + CALLIGRAPHY Debbie Wong Design | | PASTERIES + CAKE Bake my Day | DRESS Pearl and Dot | MENS WEAR Ed Williams Means Wear | JEWELRY Apostle Boutique
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.
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.
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 Artistry, Creative Edge Flowers and Chickweed Cottage and would love to hear more about the wedding of your dreams!