Monthly Archives: February 2011

Wreaths Revisited

…at the request a very special reader

ACFBAC7 kathleen deery design and lisa lefkowitz photoimage via Kathleen Deery Design and Lisa Lefkowitz Photography

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babies at weddings th bridal barimage via The Bridal Bar

hilary miles flowers17image via Hilary Miles Flowers

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ivory-and-pale-pink-roses-and-hydrangea-wreath-Françoise-Weeksimage via Francoise Weeks

la petite fleur1image via La Petite Fleur

pew decor carnation wreaths blush floral designimage via Blush Floral Design

rhonda patton weddings12image via Rhonda Patton Weddings 

CH_20100619_12191 hana floral designimage via Hana Floral Design

simply bloom photo1image via Simply Bloom Photography

solomon bloemenimage via Solomon Bloemen

spa_at_norwich_inn_wedding223 hana floral designimage via Hana Floral Design

studio chooimage via Studio Choo

the daily petal2image via The Daily Petal

Hope your week is off to a great start!

A House In My Neighborhood Burned Today

…so I’ve been thinking…how would I feel if I came home to see my house engulfed in flames? After all, my home is my refuge and I’ve put so much effort into making it a comfortable safe haven for my family. What if it were all destroyed in a matter of hours?

The question brings me back to a struggle I’ve been having in my heart lately. I recently read Crazy Love by Francis Chan and can’t get this paragraph out of my mind:

“Lukewarm people [Christians] do not live by faith; their lives are structured so they never have to. They don’t have to trust God if something unexpected happens – they have their savings account. They don’t need God to help them – they have their retirement plan in place. They don’t genuinely seek out what life God would have them live – they have life figured out and mapped out. The truth is, their lives wouldn’t look much different if they suddenly stopped believing in God.”

Francis Chan could have been writing that about me. Even though I think of myself as having a deep relationship with God, I have built a very comfortable life for myself…taking care to eliminate as much discomfort as possible. Would my life look different if I stopped believing in God?

And then there’s this:

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

1 John 3:17-18

I’m too complacent…

Large Arrangements

A while back a reader asked me to feature some large arrangements…so I did. When Von, from My Fleur Journey, read the post she was kind enough to send me some great photos she had collected of large arrangements…some suitable to use as altar arrangements…others great as reception pieces. Since she was saving them for her own inspiration, she had not documented sources. I’ve kept the images for a while hoping to discover the designers behind the photos…with no success. I feel the designs are too wonderful not to share. So…I’m going to post them today and, please, if you recognize one email me or leave a comment. I would love to credit these designers! Here’s what Von sent…

_MG_5515s my fleur journey …this one was created by Von

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Here are a few more I love…

Alysha entrance arrangement heavenly bloomsimage via Heavenly Blooms 

Masino Monoky Weddingimage via Beautiful Blooms

JaynesForHala_0016 bella floraimage via Bella Flora

slide3 david kurioimage via David Kurio Designs

EmptyVase image via Empty Vase

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Thanks, Von!

Anyone want to name a favorite?

Working Designer Wednesday: The Flower Proposal (Bid)

I’ve received many emails asking how to write a proposal or bid…what to include, how to organize it and how to estimate costs. I’m a bit overwhelmed with the subject because there are so many factors involved and so many ways to approach a bid. Once again, I’m feeling a little vulnerable…after all, the only way I know to do it is the way I did it…and it might seem odd to some of you…but it’s a chance I’m willing to take if it will help another designer think through the process.

Many of you have asked, “Do you listen to the bride’s wants and then give an estimate or do you ask the bride her budget and try to design within her budget?” I’m hoping some of you experienced designers will share your thoughts on that question. After many consultations with brides, I decided the following scenario worked best for me…

When making a consultation appointment with a bride, I would ask her to bring anything she could think of that would help me understand her vision for the wedding…pictures of bridal party wardrobe pieces, fabric samples, magazine clippings, personal items she wanted to incorporate into the wedding decor, etc. At the consultation, I encouraged the bride to describe her dreams for her wedding to me without thinking of costs. By having her describe the wedding without worrying about cost, I got a clear picture of her vision…holding nothing back. I always found it easier to pare down the original vision to fit a budget than to design within the restraints of a budget from the start. For some reason, having a budget stated upfront tended to squelch my creativity…probably because the vision is usually much larger than the budget.

I’ve decided to share an actual wedding proposal with you (with the names and dates changed). I’ve removed the prices to respect the privacy of the couple in case anyone recognizes the description of the wedding. I’m mostly sharing the bid so you can see how I organized it and the details it included. Hope it’s helpful…




As you can see, the bride could easily see the cost break down and call me with changes. For example, if the bid was $300 over her budget and the pew ends cost $50 each, she might decide to use only 4 pew ends (the first two rows for family) cutting the total cost of the wedding by $300. Because the price per piece was clear, most brides called with simple revisions instead of calling and asking, “We’re $550 over budget, where can we cut?”….which took a lot of time and work off of me!

If you have questions about this post, please feel free to email me. And, by all means, if you’re a designer and want to share your thoughts on the subject, leave a comment or email me. I love to have company in the Vulnerability Boat!

And, because we can’t have a Botanical Brouhaha post without flowers…

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Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!