It gets very frustrating for not only me, but many of my fellow florists when it comes to getting emails from brides about wedding flowers. Take for instance an email I received recently and to be honest I get these more often than not.
Hi my name is X. I am looking for a quote 1 bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets, 5 boutonnieres, 4 corsages, and 9 centerpieces. I will need them delivered. My colors are Blue and White. Can you give me a price for the items.
Thank you so much.
Okay where do I begin? It’s pretty difficult to quote a bride prices when you really don’t have any details at all. Here are some tips that you should remember when contacting a florist through email about your wedding. This is exactly why I don’t like to give prices via email without a consultation. It makes it very difficult for us to read minds of what a client wants. I know most brides are emailing this same message to several florists to see who has the best price, but when you don’t supply the total information the pricing could be all over the place.
#1. The date of the wedding? This is one of the first thing we need to know to make sure we are not already booked that day.
#2. A general budget?
#3. What types of flowers are you thinking about. Hydrangea, Tulips, Roses, Garden Roses, Gardenias?
#4. Where is the location of the wedding and time?
#5. Colors of the Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Gowns.
#6. Are you providing the containers for the arrangements or do you want us to provide the price of the container in the quote?
#7. Are all the flowers going to one location and are we just dropping them off and a planner or other person taking it from there?
#8. Use the correct terminology. A Boutonniere is for a Male and a Corsage is for a Female.
These are just a couple of things to consider before contacting a florist via email. It gives us a better idea of what exactly what you are looking for and if it’s going to work in your budget. It also will allow us to let you know that certain flower may not be available or if the price may be higher because they are having to be shipped from half way around the world rather than coming from closer locations. Most flowers are available year round if you want to pay the price, but that doesn’t mean that they are going to be as beautiful as when they are in season. They maybe much smaller in size and take more to create a design. Keep in mind when it’s always best to set up an in person or phone consultation with your florist. Keep in mind each florist will determine the amounts of flowers or stems and there are tremendous variables in pricing. To me weddings are very personal and every attention to detail is required to get it right. We can’t go back and do it all over again the following weekend. This is the reason we require a phone or in person consultation. It makes your life and our job so much easier.