What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Conduct a phone consultation to get an understanding of your needs. Prepare a quote for the items / service you desire. Prepare a contract for the desired items /services selected. Establish a payment plan.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
20+ years of experience. Certificate in Floral Design and Event Planner. Industry continuing education classes and workshops.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I create custom packages to fit your need. Monthly special can be found on my website.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always had a love of flowers and decorating for family and friend, I was the go to person for decorations. I decides to invest in professional training to expand my skill set. With each event I added new skills and product. My core belief is that everyone desires a well put together event no matter what their budget.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have worked with Metro-Atlanta couples since 2001 to create events that showcase their personal style. We understand that no two events are exactly the same; we offer a no-obligation consultation to determine what works best for you.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I had the opportunity to collaborate with other vendor on a Military Application Sponsored Wedding. We were able to pull off a beautiful wedding with about three months of planning. Military members are near and dear to my heart! As a Navy veteran and having several family and friends on active duty I understand first hand the many sacrifices that service member endure. The opportunity to give back and create a happy memory was a pleasure and honor.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Research the average cost for the services you require. Developed a budget for your entire event, decide which areas are most important to you (ie. food, music, decor) focus your resources in those areas. Be up front with your provides on the price point you are comfortable with, Look for review on vendor that you are considering, select vendor who can work with your "reasonable" budget.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Here are some things you should bring with you when meeting with your florist for the first time. The most important part of picking out your ideal wedding-day flowers is matching it with the rest of your wedding. You'll want each arrangement to complement your space, your gown, and your wedding party. So when you meet with the florist for the first time it's a good idea to bring as many pictures as possible. Pictures of the spaces you'll need decorated, pictures or sketches of your gown and your bridesmaid's gowns, and pictures of what the groom and groomsmen plan on wearing. It's also a good idea to bring in inspiration clips, magazines clippings of decor ideas you like, your favorite pins. Fabric swatches are important too, so that your florist can not only get a good feel for the colors involved but the texture to all of your looks.
Don't forget to bring a complete checklist of what flowers you'll need. A list of everything you want, from the flowers you and your wedding party will be carrying, to the arrangements you want at your ceremony and reception site.