When should I make an appointment to discuss my wedding flowers?
We will meet with you after you have chosen your venue, attendants’ dresses and color scheme. In general, six to eight months in advance of your wedding date is a good time to select the flowers for your wedding.
Should I book the wedding date on your calendar before my consultation?
Our policy is that we will only schedule you on our calendar after receiving a minimum $100.00 deposit (which is applied to the price of your flowers.) We limit the number of weddings we book on any given weekend. Some dates do get filled up quickly. We recommend that you phone us to see if your date is available. Depending on what we have already booked for your date, you may want to send in your deposit to get on our calendar before you actually meet with us.
Are there any bad dates for wedding flowers?
Note that flower prices are higher around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. If you have a choice, we recommend avoiding Mother’s Day weekend for your wedding! (Many florists will not book a wedding for that weekend.) We limit our bookings to one wedding on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, and we will hold that booking for current customers of the Blumengarten.
Do I need to make an appointment to discuss my wedding flowers?
Yes. Please phone us to set up an appointment. Note that during the summer months we try not to book appointments on Saturday, since we are usually busy working with weddings scheduled for that day.
Do you charge for your wedding consultations?
We do not charge for a consultation occurring during our normal business hours. If an employee needs to stay into the evening or come in after hours for your appointment, there is a $50.00 charge for a one hour appointment.
Our free consultation includes a one hour initial consultation, as well as a short follow-up (that may take place via phone) closer to the wedding date. We reserve the right to charge for more extensive consultation for major changes from the initial proposal at the rate of $50.00 an hour.
Who should I bring to the consultation?
We don’t recommend large retinues! The bride, her Mom and/or the groom are all good people to have along. The appointment goes more smoothly with fewer people attending.
Is parking available at your store?
We have on-street parking in front of our store. We also have a small parking lot behind our building. As long as you don’t block a floral truck, you may park in our lot behind any car, since they belong to our employees.
What should I expect at my wedding flower consultation?
Prior to your appointment we will mail or email you a questionnaire about your wedding needs, budget and venue contacts. We ask that you bring this completed form to the consultation, or e-mail it ahead of time, along with any photos you may have of colors, flowers and bouquets that you like. Many brides bring photos from Pinterest or other wedding planning websites, to give us an idea of what they envision for their wedding. If you e-mail the information ahead of time, we may even have a chance to come up with some ideas to offer before the meeting.
Some brides don’t have any pre-formed ideas, and we will guide them through their choices with photos and flowers that we have in the store.
Allow one hour for your appointment. After meeting with you, we will draw up a proposal with prices, and mail or email it to you.
Is the initial proposal final?
No, it is not final. We will work with your budget. Often a bouquet or centerpiece can be scaled up or down, with a corresponding increase or decrease in price. Other changes can be made as the wedding date draws near. Changes in the numbers of corsages or centerpieces, for example, are often made up to the wedding week.
I have no idea what a reasonable budget is for wedding flowers. What do you suggest?
We have a wedding flower estimator spreadsheet on our website at http://blumen.com/wedding-flower-budget-estimator/ Most of our weddings fall in the middle Most Popular Flowers price range.
We are experts in taking your inspiration photos and transforming them into something that fits your budget!
Do you offer wedding packages?
No. We have found that every wedding is unique. We can offer our brides quality and value without a standardized package.
Do you have a minimum to book a wedding?
No. Some of our weddings consist only of a bride’s bouquet, while others have bouquets for multiple bridal attendants and dozens of reception centerpieces and decorations.
When is final payment due?
We ask that all wedding flowers be paid in full at least 3 weeks prior to the wedding date, as this is when we order the flowers needed.
Where do you deliver?
We deliver to wedding venues within Allegheny County. We will sometimes travel outside Allegheny County. Contact us for more information. You also have the option of picking up your wedding flowers at our store, if your location is too far for us to travel.
Do you have a delivery charge?
We have a delivery charge, depending on distance from our store, how difficult the set-up is, and if we need to return to pick up rental items. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
When do you deliver the flowers?
We usually deliver to the church or ceremony venue one hour before the wedding. This allows us to set up ceremony flowers, aisle crash, pew bows, etc. and gives us the opportunity to pin on boutonnieres and corsages. We will deliver earlier if the flowers are needed for photos, but will still allot one hour of our time to the setup. You will be responsible for pinning on corsages and boutonnieres for guests who have not arrived during that time.
We will work with your reception venue to arrange a time for delivery of any reception flowers.
Do you rent vases?
Some of our reception arrangements are priced with the container as a rental. These include our tall pedestal centerpieces and our cylinders with submerged flowers. Most other arrangements are sold with the vase included, so that the centerpieces are yours for your guests to take home.
Can I supply my own vases?
We have a selection of vases in varying price ranges available in our shop, which can be used for your table arrangements. Some brides prefer to purchase their own vases, in which case we would adjust the centerpiece prices accordingly.
I want to save money on my wedding flowers. Do you sell flowers in bulk for the DIY bride?
We offer flowers in box and bunch quantities for those who would like to arrange their own centerpieces. See http://blumen.com/bulk-flowers for more information.
However, we caution brides against taking on too much of the actual floral preparation themselves. Do you really need the stress of assembling floral arrangements and bouquets the night before your wedding? We are the flower experts! Let us do the work, and avoid the worry over how everything will turn out.