Monthly Archives: September 2012

Floral Chandeliers

I realize that some of these aren’t actually chandeliers, but roll with it anyway if you don’t mind…they’re all worth seeing!

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image via Bows and Arrows

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image via Romance of Flowers

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image via Amanda K Photography

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image via Wedding Flowers by Heidi

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image via  Joielala Photographie and Twigg Botanicals

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images above via Jeff Latham

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image via Botanica and Carmen Salazar Photography 

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image via Cecilia Fox 

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image via Adorations 

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image via The Style Salon 

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image via White Lilac Inc.

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image via Designs by Hemingway

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image via Tantawan Bloom

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image via Park Place Design 

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image via L’Oasis Floral Design 

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image via Au Courant 

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image via Michael Daigian 

Happy Thursday!

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 8

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The Question:

“What should be included in a contract? Do contracts differ from state to state? Where can I get a sample? (submitted by a reader in Florida)

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The Answers:

“My contract is very basic.  It states all of the basic information about the wedding [date, time, location(s), name of the bride and groom, etc.].  I also get very detailed in my descriptions of the floral pieces I will be providing, so that there is no confusion on the day that I deliver. 

I also include a "Day Of Timeline" on my contracts.  Some are more complicated than others… but it’s just as helpful for the bride as it is for me to know what the delivery and set up schedule will look like on the day of. I usually arrive first to present the bridal party flowers, and help pin on boutonnieres if the guys are ready. This is something I always ask the bride about: when will the photographer start taking pictures? I want to be there BEFORE that. Then I go on to set up the ceremony and reception flowers [I always have start times noted in the contract] and last but not least, the time in the night when I need to come back to clean up and retrieve my rental items/vases [if any]… and what time the venue needs all vendors out by! 

I also include a "fine print" section that outlines my policies as far as what I expect from clients when it comes to payment schedule, retainer policy and percentage, etc.  I know some florists have specific policies about changes being made to contracts, etc.  I do have a few things in there about when is "too late" to be adding centerpieces or other arrangements, etc.  And a really good one is that if a bride needs to take off a few centerpieces last minute [like the WEEK OF], I cannot refund her money for those arrangements.  Ummmm, the flowers are already on their way to me! ;)  So in my contract it states that I will simply use the flowers set aside for those arrangements, to fluff up other arrangements that we’re making.

I learned all of this as I went – and you will too, as you will learn from your mistakes at times.  Bottom line is, you can’t have too many details in there.  The more you cover, the better off you are in the end in case something goes wrong.  You can always refer back to the terms in "the contract" that the client agreed to and signed.”

-Liz Rusnac (Fleur:ology)

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We do not have a typical contract. We have an invoice and our invoice states a list of terms, such as when deposit and final payment will be made and that we don’t allow reductions under ten percent. The terms also lists our cancellation policies, our delivery policies (it got really tiring this year when all of a sudden we were asked to go to several extra places dropping off one bouquet at a time), that we will not order or delivery flowers without a payment in full prior to the delivery and that we have a right to make substitutions. We also have a force majeure clause that protects us from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and so on. Our list of terms goes on and on and quite frankly we have never had to use it. Basically I believe if you provide amazing product and customer service none of this will be necessary. The one clause we do have and I love is that we have the right to bring a photographer to the event and use the images for our social media purposes. This ensures that if I truly want images from an event I have a right to get them.”

-Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)

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I find that my contract is constantly evolving after new situations occur, but overall it is simple and to the point. Some important points I include in my contract are:

-What monetary deposit is required to book the date (Be sure to include whether or not it is refundable)

-How far in advance of the wedding/event date the Final Payment is due and what forms of payment you accept

-Insuring the day/time/location of the event are correct

-The right for me to use my best judgment in making flower substitutions should the requested flower not be available or of best quality

-Elisabeth Zemetis (Blush Floral Design)

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“I think it differs a lot when it comes to contracts. Here in Sweden, most florists work without contracts (which I think is absolutely crazy). Important things to include in the contract: design, payment, deposit, delivery, who’s responsible for clearing up the venue, last day to make changes, cancel conditions, refund etc.. A good idea is to have a solicitor to check out your contract!”

-Emelie Ekborg (Svenska Blomsterbloggar)

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“In France, we don’t really have contracts. The quote, if signed by the customer, acts as contract. Here the quote must of course describe what you are going to sell or rent, but as well detail the VAT (value added tax), your company reference number, and payment terms. I think the latter are the most important as getting paid is the real trick…”

-Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)

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Thanks so much Laetitia, Emelie, Elisabeth, Holly & Liz! 

If any of you are interested in a sample contract, you can see mine here.

And now, because we can’t go a day without flowers, please enjoy a few designs by Amy Merrick

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Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

Anemone

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image via Kathleen Deery Design

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image via Fleur 

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image via Just Bloomed 

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image via Spruce and Emma Freeman Photography

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image via Twigg Botanicals and Amorology

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image via Seed Floral 

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image via Floret Cadet

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image via Honey and Poppies 

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image via Shawna Yamamoto Event Design and Andrena Photography 

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image via Bella Fiori 

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image via Ladybird Poppy Floral Design and Emily Elizabeth Photography

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image via Precious Pear 

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image via Arrangements 

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image via Sweet Pea Floral Design

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image via Fleurology

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image via Isha Foss 

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image via La Petite Fleur 

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According to Florists’ Review:

Anemones have a relatively short vase life of 4 to 8 days. They are heat sensitive and intolerant to ethylene gas. It’s best to move Anemones quickly; don’t store them for more than two days in the cooler. Upon their arrival, leave plastic sleeves on to prevent bruising and curved stems. Dip in hydrating solution and place in a properly prepared flower food solution. Let flowers hydrate at least one hour before removing their sleeves. Store in 36-28 F cooler. When arranging in floral foam or in bridal designs, you can strengthen the stems by inserting heavy gauge wires into the hollow flower stems to prevent collapse.

Anything you want to add about your experience using anemones?

You’re Invited: Two Amazing Classes

If you can get to Atlanta in the next couple of months, I would encourage you to take advantage of two upcoming classes sponsored by Faith Flowers. Two different classes…two accomplished designers…

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European Design with Gudrun

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Table Designs   October 23, 2012  (8:30 am to 4pm)

Holiday Designs   October 24, 2012  (8:30 am to 4pm)

Gudrun Cottenier, founder and owner of the largest private flower
school in Belgium will lead two private workshops on European
floral design. You will see Gudrun create many new designs
for table décor and the holidays. You will also participate in a
hands on workshop creating European style tables designs and
arrangements. Gudrun is a beautiful designer who incorporates
natural elements into her work. All levels of floral designers will
learn new techniques and design inspiration from Gudrun who is
a masterful teacher.

We will begin the day with a behind-the-scenes tour of Cut
Flower Wholesale given by the owners. We will then proceed to
a demonstration and workshop at the Faith Flowers Studio. This
class includes a catered lunch.

To Register: http://faithflowersschool.eventbrite.com

Cost: $265 Each Class or $500 for Both Classes

Questions: Laura Iarocci 404-578-0950 or laura@faithflowers.net

Sponsored by Faith Flowers

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Wonderful Weddings with Holly Chapple

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November 6th  (8:30 am to 4 pm)

Holly Chapple, one of Washington’s leading wedding designers
will give a very special one day workshop in Atlanta.  Holly
has been featured in Southern Living, Brides, Martha Stewart
Weddings and The Knot.  She has been awarded Washingtonian’s
Best for the past four years.  Holly will show us how she puts
together the design, color and plans for beautiful and unique
weddings. She will demonstrate how she constructs her
signature pieces. In our workshop Holly will show us the secrets
behind her flowers to wear.

We will begin the day with a behind the scenes tour of Cut
Flower Wholesale with the owners. We will then proceed to a
demonstration and workshop at the Faith Flowers Studio. This
class includes a catered lunch.

For more information on Holly, check out her blog: http://thefullbouquetblog.com/

Sign up early as this workshop will fill quickly.

Holly will delight you with her charm and stories from the over
150 weddings she does each year.

To Register: http://faithflowersschool.eventbrite.com

Cost: $265 / $250 Early Bird Registration

Questions: Laura Iarocci 404-578-0950 or laura@faithflowers.net

Sponsored by Faith Flowers

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Gudrun’s school in Belgium: www.degroeneverbeelding.com

"I loved [Gudrun] for so many reasons, firstly she is a remarkable wife and mother, more remarkable than I can ever share. I loved her home based design studio, and I loved her very creative mind. Gudrun can and does make anything and everything beautiful. She is constantly inventing new creations by recycling the most basic of things…” –Holly Chapple

Holly Chapple’s website: http://hollychappleflowers.com

"You will appreciate Holly’s skill, heart and honesty…and learn so much from the experiences she so generously shares. You will be inspired by her dedication to the floral design profession, her constant mentoring of fellow designers and her ability to balance being a wife and mother (of 7) with growing a floral design business.” –me!

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Hope some of you can make one or both of these classes…email me if you have questions.

And now, because we can’t go a day without flowers…keep reading….I actually wrote two posts today. For all you coral lovers…