Yes, my minimum spend is $3500 for flowers on full service wedding florals (covering all aspects of your wedding day - personal flowers/ceremony/reception) and $1000 for flowers on microweddings + elopements, which is personal flowers + small ceremony features only, no reception tablescaping or hire items.
If you are under my minimum spend but desperate to still have my blooms, just let me know and I can see if we can come to an arrangement as I would love to help!
The flower price does not include GST, 25% labour or bump in fees. This will be added on top :))
My style is whimsical and romantic. It looks effortless, as if the flowers were just gathered from a flower field. I love to create my pieces to feel like they are intentionally a part of the space, as if it was organically growing out of the ground. When designing, I have a huge focus on texture, movement, colour, shape + dimension!
I recommend enquiring at least 6-12 months out from your date. Although my booking process doesn't mean you need everything finalised that far out, I recommend getting in touch ASAP to ensure you're able to secure your date as I tend to book out around 12 months in advance, with the typical months (March, April, May + August, Sep, Oct) booking very quickly.
You're more than welcome to enquire sooner or later than that, but there is nothing I hate more than sending an email to a bride who is certain she wants to book me, and having to reply that we are booked out already. This tends to happen a lot and it really breaks my heart.
Once a deposit is paid and your date is locked in, you can relax! We chat all things flowers much closer to your date!
If you have your wedding date, venue + colour scheme selected and love my blooms, you're ready for the next step! Contact me via the wedding enquiry form and fill in all the relevant details as best you can. This is a perfect opportunity to tell me about you + your lover, and of course your wedding vision.
There is a common misconception that you need to know the exact flower names, quantities etc before booking! This isn't the case at all. All I need is a rough idea of what you're after and a few photos of your style to ensure it aligns with my work before locking it in!
Yes! It is an $800 deposit, or 25% of your total if you are doing a microwedding / elopement option.
I have had a fair few couples recently ask to do pay a flat fee deposit just to secure / lock in their date, because they aren't ready to decide a final plan for their florals, but are certain they still want to book me. I realised this was a great idea, as so many couples aren't sure what they want so far out from their date, and also change their mind from booking to closer to the date, so I implemented this with all my bookings.
By paying a flat fee down payment / deposit, you have secured your date before it is booked to someone else.
In order to book your wedding blooms, I do an upfront payment of $800, which turns out to be way less than 25% of the average invoice). I know it is a different way to other florists (heck, it is a different to how I used to book!) but I have found by changing this tiny part of my booking process from a 25% deposit to a flat fee, the results for both me and the couples has been so much more rewarding and fruitful.
For elopements + microweddings, I still do a regular 25% deposit. :))
I then touch base around 4 weeks out and we talk ALL things flowers, so it is fresh in both of our minds and we have a clearer vision of everything, as most of the factoring decisions have been made that can influence the flower choice (colour of napkins, dress style, etc)
I then send the final invoice (after we have touched base and confirmed your floral vision) to pay the remainder of your deposit. :)
Your floral budget may be 5k, but that does not mean you will get 5k worth of florals. You will have your floral spend + labour + set up fees/delivery.
A quote is broken down in a few factors:
Flowers (the cost of the luxury good)
Labour (25% of the overall cost of goods is the design fee. This is to compensate for my labour to create, execute and plan the designs. Essentially my wage)
Delivery fee (charged at $200 + c//km* *the cm/km is based on the legal rate at the time of wedding. Currently, it is .90*)
Bump in (on the day set up of your florals, charged at $45 per hour/per person)
There is also a line on weddings with a flower spend of 5k and above, which is Freelancers (10% of the overall cost of goods) This is the expense of enlisting other designers to successfully complete your vision within a short time frame. When it comes to wedding work, it really takes a village, and I only have 2 hands! Most of the gorgeous designs you see can't physically be done by 1 person.
The flower spend is what you are going to spend on flowers.
The labour is to bring it to life.
The freelancers are the extra hands needed to make it happen in such a short time frame.
The delivery fee is the ‘call out’ fee to deliver your goods.
The bump in is the on the day man labour to set it all up/take it down!
The delivery fee is charged by $200 + 90c/km from my studio to all of your on the day of delivery addresses. Once I get to your venue and start the bump in, I continue the hourly fee - 'with a minimum charge of 1 hour - until the bump in has been completed. If you need me to stay on site to transport your flowers, this absolutely can be arranged, and is charged of a flat rate of $300.
If you want me to come back at 1am after your wedding, I absolutely can, and there is just a call out fee for this to 'tear down' / 'bump out' your designs. This also means if you have hired any items (bud jars, tablecentres etc) you don't need to worry about returning it to me as I can grab it all then! If you want your florals repurposed during the day, or you need a bump out, this is done as a flat fee and added on top.
If you have any questions at all regarding this, please let me know! I have always found the best way to communicate with my clients + potential clients is how I communicate in everyday life: honestly, clearly and simply! Weddings are SO stressful to plan, and can be overwhelming, but I try to be as transparent as possible well ahead of time about my fees / cost to hire me as your designer, instead of getting a big bill at the end you haven't budgeted for. I am genuinely here to help and answer any questions you have. :)
I am going to be honest with this one. Flowers are a luxury - a very expensive one! That is why I try to create all of my pieces to give you the most 'bang for your buck' so they can be moved & reused for the reception. I totally understand not everyone has the budget for different arrangements for each setting, so regardless, I am here to help, and it really is up to you and your partner for what works best for YOU! However, I do try and encourage brides not to use their bouquets for table centrepieces, as after 3h of no water, them being tossed in the sky, squished in photos etc, you can trust me from experience that you would rather no table flora than a bruised bouq on it's way out. But, If you have any questions or you're after some advice on what pieces you can / should reuse, just ask me, I genuinely want to help.
In my floral price guide you will also see examples of what you may get for your budget, and what recommendations I suggest for your floral investment bracket. I don't do set packages as such, as all of my floral prices are fixed, so after receiving the price guide you will be able to do a rough tally yourself to see what you want to get. I think generic packages eliminate the individuality of each wedding, so all my wedding florals are bespoke and tailored to each couple to ensure you can get everything you want - nothing more, nothing less. I am also more than happy to give you advice on what florals will suit your venue + budget - I am here to help!
My studio is based in the Gold Coast, however I have and can work weddings in the Byron/Tweed Hinterland, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Toowoomba, however if you are getting married somewhere different, I am absolutely open to travel. Roadtrip, baby!
I have done the rounds working with a large variety of venues as well as being a recommended vendor with quite a few!
I love to work at Summergrove Estate, Fig Tree Restaurant, The Bower Estate and Braeside Estate. I also adore Fig Tree Resturant, The Valley Estate, Ancora, The Intercontinential Sanctuary Cove, Cedar Creek Lodges, The Sheraton, The Acre Boomerang Farm and Gold Coast Farm House. I have also worked with a few smaller venues too, such as Pacific Beach Function Centre, Shambala Estate, Pioneer Country, Solis Estate + Tall Trees Tallebudgera.
I love weddings with my whole dang heart and love travelling all in the name of love!
I will always do my best to create your dream florals, but due to working with Mother Nature and seasonal availability, instead of planning your wedding flora around a specific flower, I ask all of my beautiful couples to instead base your flowers on a colour palette. I will never guarantee a flower type, because no designer can promise that! But, trust me - this creative freedom allows for for a beautiful seasonal mix of blooms Australia and our local growers have to offer, and also allows me to really dive into my artistic abilities by not being limited on a certain inspo photo. I will always endeavour to work with and create the colour scheme + feeling you are asking for. My style is very romantic, loose, whimsical & organic.
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I encourage you to pick a florist that you think aligns with what your vision for your big day is. If I think I can't service you in the best way possible, I will tell you, and recommend other flower fairies who may be better suited. You aren't just a sale - similarly to how we aren't just your florist/event vendor - we are the people you choose to be a part of what is meant to be the most exciting day of your life! It is an understatement to say it's a huge deal for me. I think it is so important for you to not just love my work, but feel comfortable and trusting in your wedding florist, too.
Firstly, ouch! Although I probably could replicate it, I just won't. When you book me, I hope it is because you want my whimsical florals and love what I create! The best thing you can do for your florist is give them creative freedom and trust that they will make something divine based on your inspo, requests and personally getting to know you in the lead up to your big day. I think I can speak on behalf of most florists and say I don't think it is ethical to copy other florist's work.
If you are after 'copy and paste' flowers or an exact replica of another bride’s/florists’ work, that is absolutely cool, but you just won’t get that here. Every wedding is so special, personal and important to me, and by trusting in me and my craft to creatively design, I am able to I curate ethereal florals that only you will exclusively have.
If you are after something not as personal, I can recommend some florists who specialise in a more generic service if that is what you are after. :)
Unfortunately, no. When you book me, it is important that all flowers at your wedding are supplied and arranged by me. This is to maintain the integrity of my work and to keep absolute continuity. Although I adore what I do, I would not recommend a bride to do their own florals. Part of my goal as a wedding florist is to ensure the couple feel as relaxed as they can, and this is rarely the case if they are worrying about their florals. There are days of prep prior to the creation which I reserve specifically for your wedding, to ensure your flora looks utterly perfect on the day. Please understand that normally with wedding flowers, what you pay for is what you get.
No tears please! "Don’t cry, shop girl, don’t cry!" I understand the nature and uncertainty with COVID-19 (border restrictions, lockdowns, testing etc) so having extra fees put on you by your florist is the last thing you need. I am here for you! I will work alongside and with you to come up with a solution that causes you and your partner the least amount of stress and ensures you can say your "I dos" happily and healthily. From my experience with how weddings have happened over the past year and a bit, the main options are to elope and get married or postpone. If you decide to postpone, you are welcome to transfer your non-refundable deposit to a future date, assuming we are not booked. :))
There is a common misconception that wedding vendors hear the word 'wedding' and jump the prices up a few extra bucks. Not accurate.
We will email back and forth (sometimes accumulating to hours!), create and adjust quotes and floral proposals (also hours), create a concept and floral vision, create mock ups, select + order the flowers, liase with suppliers about availability of stock, order sundries and silk ribbons, and find freelancers that can work independently to the brief all BEFORE your wedding even happens...
Then on the week of our wedding, we will pick up the flowers, drive to different flower farms and wholesalers to get extra flowers (which takes hours), go back to the suppliers as the rest of the order has come in, spend 3-5 full days with multiple freelancers processing the flowers and then creating the arrangements, deliver the personal flowers, go on-site and create the installation at the venue, head back for an evening pack down at the venue and spend 2-3 days after cleaning.
This is why a percentage based labour line is included in your final quote, which covers (not much of, but a bit!) of the labour to do allllll of these small tasks needed to bring your day together, not the actual flowers.
We also have to pay for the flowers, which are already so expensive because they are often getting sourced specifically for you, meaning the price is often hiked up even more by our suppliers. Just like your coffee + housing prices, the wholesale flower cost has gone up around 30-40% in the last year alone! This means the comparision to your friend who spent $1000 on her wedding blooms 10 years ago and got the whole bells and whistles shabam, just isn't a realistic concept anymore.
If a florist is charging something like this, they probably are making no money and therefore won't have a business in a few years, is funding your wedding themselves out of their own pocket, or is overpromising and will absolutely underdeliver. None of those sound like good options to me.
On top of the luxury flowers, we pay for our hardgoods / sundries, our labour, our freelancers' labour, flower fridges, van hire, fuel etc. The list really does go on. There is just so much involved in such a short amount of time, involving so many man hours and hands, that it couldn't be done without a village.
Not only do us florists not just want to make ends meet, but we also want to make money and make a livable wage.
A lot of the time, we also do not take on any other work whilst we have weddings on, allowing us to give you the absolute full attention, as you deserve that.
This is why a labour line is added, to compensate for our thoughtful planning, processing the flowers the week of the wedding, hiring freelancers, curation of design + executing a dream vision.
When I initially started my floral business, I didn't have a minimum spend as I didn't want to turn away any business. I would offer $200 wedding bouquets to brides, who only wanted their bouquet and no other flowers. Sounds fine, right? Well, wholesalers + flower growers predominately sell in bulk, meaning roses come in a 10-12 stem bunch, carnations 10 stems, lisianthus 10 stems, cosmos 20 stems and so on.
A regular garden style bridal bouquet might have 15 different flower varieties, fillers + foliages, but only use 1-3 stems of each... As we only use 1-3 stems of each variety, I found I was often spending $200 wholesale on flowers alone for a $200 bouquet... Not good.
As you can imagine, that also means that there was a lot of leftover premium flower stock that I was just sending to it's grave, as I didn't have any other use for it or couldn't sell it. This price did not include the labour to process all the flowers, design the bouquet, driving to the flower markets, back and forth emailing, adjusting of quotes and proposals, delivery + GST and other costs involved. It just wasn't and isn't sustainable.
This is why you will find the majority of boutique florists having a minimum spend, or only taking on work above a certain amount!
You can definitely read more about this on my instagram page, where i try to educate and create awareness and transparency around the floral industry pricing! x