17, Oct 2017

The store of an event florist!

It has been way too long since I posted so will try to make up with a few blogs that have been on my mind.  I wanted to explain our store.  Weddings and events have left over flowers.  Sometimes we need 5 roses out of a bunch of 25 for a wedding as it’s a small order.  What do we do with the 20!  Water wraps & vase arrangements.

When you come into our store you will see we sell $10 & $20 water wraps.  Water wrap means a cello bag of water at the bottom so it stays fresh.  No it won’t stand on it’s own.  For $10 we don’t put a lot of extra time in beyond a nice design.  We make our water wraps out of our left overs.  They are fresh, gorgeous and high end flowers.  They are an amazing deal.  Water wraps are designers choice only.

The same applies to our vase arrangements.  They are an amazing deal if you are ok with designers choice.  We can usually accommodate colour choices but again a little flexibility goes a long way.

The photo is a $20 full of summer flowers.

 

A letter to prospective clients

Letter to prospective clients of Budget Blooms

 

Hello,

Thanks for your interest in Budget Blooms!  We would love to work with you on your big day.  We would like to go over some things that will make it easier for both of us in case we do not get time to tell you during our email conversation.  Please read this through to ensure all goes well on your day.  Please feel free to skip anything you feel isn’t relevant.  Please send us a quick email to ask any questions on below and let us know you have read it.  We don’t there to be any surprises on your day.

 

Consultations

We do not do them!  We do all our quoting over email as that way we can save those service hour costs for the flowers.  Something had to give when we decided to make gorgeous flowers for our prices.

You are welcome to pop into our store to see the silk arrangements we have for sizing but I do not recommend it until after you are quoted.  We will not have time to chat for long in the store so if you come after you are quoted you will only have a few questions that are easily answered.

 

Deposit

To book it’s 25% of your full total rounded to the nearest dollar.  You are welcome to send us an email transfer to jane@budgetblooms.ca. Please send us an email stating the password.  If you would prefer to use a credit card we can send you a PayPal link to use with an additional 3% to cover the surcharge.  If it’s easier to call our store with a credit card during store hours 778-438-2051 please feel free.   – please state your estimate number and the amount you are paying as they may not have access to your file.

 

Once you book

Please read your invoice to ensure all the details are correct.  That is what we use to design your flowers, besides the pictures you send.  Please ensure to send photos properly titled as to what you like about them.  Individual emails are best.  If one is for colour, please say as we may mistakenly think you like that style if it’s not labelled. Please double check venues/addresses and supply a contact phone number.   We will also need your ceremony & reception start times.

We understand you may not know all details when you book.  It is not as important to be exact until we ask you to confirm your order approx. 4-6 weeks prior to your date.  At that time, we need you to read everything – details, number of items and delivery/pick up instructions.  Once you have confirmed the invoice we will not be able to lower your invoice $ total, we can rework or make other items bigger.  You can add items at any time.  Ultimately we are here to help you and to make it easy for you. We promise to try to accommodate any last minute request.

 

Balance payment

Your balance payment is due the Friday one week prior to your date.  If we do not receive this balance payment, we cannot start your wedding.  Please ensure to pay promptly via your invoices Pay Now button, sending an email transfer or asking for a PayPal link.

 

Pick up & Delivery

Store pick up

If you are picking up within store hours on your day please let us know.  If you are late or early it does not matter as we are open.  We need to let you know that if you have set a time that is out of store hours we only allow a 30 minute late window.  Example – If you set your pick up time for 10am on a Sunday you have until 10:30 to pick up.  Please ensure to call us at 778-388-2051 so we can figure out a plan if you think you will be late.

When picking up please ensure your vehicle is not too crowded.  Flowers need room as they bruise.  Designs can get squished and if something falls on them they are ruined.

In the summer flowers cannot be left in a parked car.  It heats up like an oven and it will ensure they do not last for your day.  Even if the windows are open it’s not ideal.  Wedding flowers are blown open to look their best on your day, they are not made for lasting vase life.  Once you pick up we are no longer responsible for the flowers.  It’s up to you to ensure that they are kept cool/safe place.

 

Taking flowers, a day early

We do not recommend it.  Wedding flowers are blown open to look their best on your day, they are not made for lasting vase life.  If you must do it please note we do not guarantee them.

 

Deliveries

We will need a half hour window of time to deliver.  This half hour window needs to be when your venue has all the table clothes on if we are setting table centers in place.  We can start before the tables are completely set as long as the table coverings are on.  If the venue is not ready, we will have to leave the items for a venue staff member or one of your friends to set up.

 

How our buy backs work?

We have our 20” buy back vases available for smaller weddings.  We know it’s a lot of work to arrange with a decoration company for a few vases.  They are a nice solid fluted vase that is best used upside down.

 

Natural product limitations

We spend a lot of time ensuring your product is healthy and as close to your colours as nature will deliver.  We do reserve the right to not use a promised flower if it’s not healthy.  We will try to let you know but sometimes it’s a last minute change.  We will not substitute flowers that we know to be unpopular such as carnations/mums, we will substitute with another high end flower.  Colour in nature changes, there is close but no exacts.

 

Let me know if I have not covered an area you have questions on, we really like to be transparent before you book us.  Thanks for reading

Regards,

Jane

Owner – Budget Blooms

07, Apr 2017

Budget Minded Weddings

When I was prepping for the radio spot I wrote down these notes and I thought they might just help couples decide on dates/budget etc. Did you know that 80% of weddings happen between May and the end of September!

 

Here are some things to be budget minded about…

  1. What is a budget – a budget is what you can afford.  To me this also goes beyond money.  It’s about budgeting how your time will be spent leading up to your day as well as how much you will spend.
    1. Can you afford to be the person who cleans up after your wedding emotionally.
    2. Can you afford all the time it takes for those little details that will stop you enjoying all the little moments that count the most leading up to your day.  Is saving $10 per table center really worth weeks of your time collecting materials.  Sometimes it is but sometimes it isn’t.
    3. Can you feel good afterwards when the credit card is maxed out.
    4. Did you spend time on things that didn’t matter to you because you though they were important and missed spending time with your friends who flew in.
  2. It’s great to set a a monetary budget – be as realistic as you can.  All those little things add up.  Then do not start buying until 4 months prior to your day.  If you buy a year in advance something better will most likely come along and you may want to rebuy.
  3. Budget minded might mean hiring a wedding planner so you don’t have to work your own wedding.  If there isn’t a planner there people will ask you all the questions and wouldn’t you rather just enjoy.
  4. Budget minded is spending as much as you can on a great photographer.  Jana Vackova  did our wedding and I have never regretted the cost.  It seemed a lot at the time but when I look back I love every single photo.  Now 12 years later I am so thankful I hired a fabulous photographer.
  5. Think of where your guests spend most of there time and decorate the most at that spot/time.  Ceremony is usually quick so anything used at the ceremony needs to be re-usable or keep it simple.  Reception dinner tables – guests can sit here for hours depending on your speeches etc.  This is the place to spend the most time to ensure you make your person style mark.  It can be simple/elaborate etc, that is up to you but it should reflect you as a couple.  Give them things to look at, photos of your life as a couple etc.  They sit there a long time and sometimes they don’t know each other.

A few last ideas to think about are if you can pick your date our of peak season (May-September)  and pick flowers in season.  I hope this helps you a little with your planning.

02, Feb 2017

Valentines pre-book!

ONLINE ORDERING SOLD OUT  – please call the store today between 11:30 & 4pm, Monday 10-6pm or Tuesday 10am opening until sold out.

How we work & why we are different!

It’s tough to order online when it’s a once in a life time day.  We get that.  The thing is that if we did consultations we would have to charge for that time somehow.  Margins on perishable products are not huge and we wanted to “be a good deal”.  To provide great flowers at our prices we had to cut out time.

When starting the business and working solo I realized that I would never have the time to meet and spend an hour (plus travel time, organization time), lets say 2.5 hours with each client.  I started to think that I always ordered online.  I found it easier.  I found that the persons sales skills could not sway me.  I only bought where I saw concrete evidence of a good product, Instagram and Wedding Wire are a good place to start for our evidence.

How our process works today.

Send us an email with a list of the items you need, your colours, your venues and photos for style & shape of items.  It’s all about the photos.  They will tell us more than your words do.   If your wedding is fairly simple our DIY quoting on our website will make it easy for you, if not an email list will be easier.

We will enter a quote, detail it to your photos and venues, make suggestions for double use if we can and then send to you.  If you want to book we ask for a 25% deposit.  This deposit is refundable unless we have started to buy.  Email us as much as you need too!

The kicker is your order can still change as much or as little as you need until we ask you to confirm it. This usually happens 4 to 6 weeks prior to your day depending on the time of year.  If your date is less than a month away then it’s full payment up front as we have to order etc.  After you have confirmed and paid we still help out as weddings change.   We can rework them to ensure they are not wasted, we just cannot delete them as we have committed to the flower order ourselves.

We give exceptional customer service to our clients, just not in person.  Don’t feel it’s personal that we say no we cannot meet as this applies to everyone.  Planners/Brides/Decoration Companies etc.

Oh!  Forgot to mention we are completely transparent – all our prices are in our DIY quoting system so you can look before you contact us.  We don’t want to waste your time either.

Our products – lush vs. simple garden style bouquets

Garden style can mean different things to different people.  To us, garden style is lots of loose stems combined in a messy but balanced arrangement.  Our words “lush” & “simple” describe the amount of flowers, as both come with lots of greenery.

Lush is flower loaded, meaning you will see more flowers than greens.

Simple is greenery loaded with a few choice big blooms so you will see mostly greenery.

This is an example of a lush garden style.

 

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This is a sample of simple garden style.

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We hope this helps to explain our products.

Regards,

Jane

Rentals no more, buy back is here!

In our journey to ensure the lowest pricing we can for the best quality we do not RENT!  There are a lot of rentals companies.  Rentals add man hours which adds costs.  We are flower experts – not rental experts.

Note: All of our short vases are included in our great pricing or you can supply your own.

We want to ensure we make the process easier for you, like our byline “Simply beautiful for your day” so we came up with our buy back plan for smaller weddings.  Larger weddings I suggest using a decoration company as it’s just plain easier on you.

How it works:  Simple – you buy the vases/stands.  If you decide to return them then you get 50% back which brings the costs down to be similar to rental costs.  If you keep them, no problem as they are already yours.

What we offer:

  • 1) 20″ fluted glass vase for $20 each that is perfect for our 10, 13 & 15″ tall arrangements.
  • 2) 10″ high cylinder vase $25 each that is perfect for our 18″ & 20″ arrangements.  You will need to rent stands for the larger sized tall arrangements to sit on.  We do not have them and our buy back stand is too small.
  • 3) Buy Back Stand – Another option for the 10, 13 & 15″ arrangements is to have them made in our buy back stands $40 each.  The arrangement cost is on top of the stand cost.  They are great indoors or on grass.  They are very simple, they can have fabric wrapped around them, or you can spray paint them (not returnable if painted).  They are 4 simple legs under the arrangement.  The arrangement does not need a vase it is made in the stand – it will be about 4′ high.

The best thing is if you have hired us to do delivery/set up – we set them up for you. Leave the box’s for you at the venue. Then it’s up to you. The only rule is they have to be undamaged and returned the same year you rented them so no hurry.  You have time to return them as we know North Delta is not on everyone’s beaten path.

Our Store, and it’s uses.

We were busy the spring of 2016.  Setting up our new store, hiring new staff, working on our business in general.  We still don’t do consultations but we noticed a common question.  How big are the items and what do the buy backs look like?  Our store was opened to help answer that question.

It’s so hard to show in photo’s so we decided to do it in silks. We recommend having us quote you by email first.  As that way we know exactly what to show you as we do not do consultations and may only have a few minutes.  If we are not busy we will happily chat longer but we cannot promise.  Remember less service hours means less pricing – something had to give to offer our pricing.

A few reasons we ask you to email.

Reason #1

Most events are months away when you book.  If you relay any important information over the phone or verbally at the store it will be forgotten.  If you email the information it will be there for us to refer to when needed.  We want to do a great job and this is what we have done to ensure that.

When we quote we always ask for pictures.  This is the most important part of the quoting process.  These go into your file to be referred to when designing.

Reason #2.

When I call a plumber I have no idea what to call the items he will need.  It’s the same with a florist.  If you use words you have read on the internet, they may give the wrong description of what you are after.  Pictures are best!

I hope this helps explain a little more why we say please email and how we are a little different and that we will not work for everyone.  We know that.  We want to make things simple for you in a very complicated, fun and exciting year.  The year you get married.

Jane

Simply beautiful for your day

Going Green

We’re all still in love with classic floral blooms, but we’re also seeing a new floral wedding trend emerge. Maybe it’s because we’re based on the west coast, maybe it’s because many of our brides are interested in being a little different, and maybe it’s a cost saving measure? Whatever the reason, greenery-only bouquets are becoming a beautiful and distinctive option for weddings.

It’s not hard to see why. A mix of berries and foliage is perfect for a charming rustic wedding bouquet, but can also be arranged so it’s streamlined and modern. It’s a locally grown, environmentally-friendly choice, and it’s much less expensive (and hardier!) than some pricey, delicate blooms. Finally, it’s a little…unexpected. Dare we say cool?

Obviously, some greens lend themselves to the occasion more than others. Here are some ideas and suggestions for greenery-only bouquets:

Succulents: Ahem. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll note that we’ve mentioned succulents before. That’s because they’re a bit of a favourite around here at Budget Blooms. They’re fun, they come in soft, subtle colours, and you Cannot. Kill. Them. You can even plant them when you’re done – how lovely is that?

Eucalyptus: Always cool. Pretty, rounded leaves combined with that lovely gray-green colour – it’s a natural choice.

Hostas: Large, attractive leaves in an array of green hues from cream to hunter make for a beautiful statement in your bouquet.

Berries: These are really inexpensive and can add some great texture, colour and interest to the other leafy foliage.

Rosemary: Spiky long stems are elegant, and needless to say, they smell great…

There are so many variations to play with. If you’re interested in something different, and are looking for ways to stay on budget, consider going green!

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