What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Having a preliminary meeting with my clients either in person or on the phone is always the best way to start. For floral design, we can go over inspirational photos and ideas, look at the different containers I have on hand and create a customized package for their events. Once we have all of that nailed down, and they decide to work with me, we will continue to talk through details and then meet one more time about a month before the event to nail down all the details.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a certificate in floral design from the College of San Mateo and attend as many educational seminars as possible! I'm also in charge of a networking group consisting of floral designers throughout the Bay Area. We meet monthly to share design inspirations and update each other on the latest trends in our industry.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I grew up helping a family friend with their flower shop. I needed another part time job and I loved planning events, so I found my dream job of assistant to a highly sought after wedding planner and florist. Her husband got a great job opportunity and they moved away, but I loved the events industry so much, I decided to keep it going and start my own business. Not an easy task, but my love for what I do overcomes all the obstacles that I have faced in being a young female entrepreneur!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked mostly for weddings, but I have also done launch parties for companies, as well as birthday parties (ask about the rave party I helped put together for a client!) bat/bar mitzvahs and so much more!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are so many details needed for a wedding to make sure it goes smoothly. Make sure to hire someone who knows the insides and outs of the industry to help you make your day one to remember!