Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hydrangeas

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b floral

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Sweet Pea Flowers

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Stems of Dallas and Two Blue Shoes Photography

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JL Designs

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Bows and Arrows

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Love, Lily

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Gertie Mae’s and Kickstand Studio

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La Petite Fleur 

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Nadia di Tullio 

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Hacman Floral 

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Hacman Floral 

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Chanele Rose and Jessica Ruisan Photography 

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Beautiful Blooms Events and MK  Photography

Cameron KellyPhotography-15 and posey events dot com

Posey

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Todd Events and Stephen Karlisch Photography

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Flowers by Busy B 

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Posey  and Cameron & Kelly Studio

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Fete Des Fleurs 

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

Color Inspiration: Coral Crush

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Flora Bella and Geneoh Photography

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Exquisite Designs and Ashley Biess Photography

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Rockrose Floral Design 

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Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

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Pixie’s Petals and Kate Noelle Photography 

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Stacy K Floral

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Love ‘n Fresh Flowers 

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Honey and Poppies 

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Flora Organica Designs 

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Flora NY 

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Hello Blossoms and Stewart Leishman Photography 

414229_452987564733184_1799837363_o rannin kathleen photo and The Arrangement Company

The Arrangement Company

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Sebesta Design 

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Karen Tran and The Youngrens 

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Honey and Poppies and Ashleigh Taylor Photography

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Honey and Poppies and Ala Cortez Photography

Bouquet-Mixed-flowers-in-coral-tones- alluring blooms Alluring Blooms 

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Amy Merrick and Daymion Mardel Photography

Coral Bridesmaid Bouquet KJ  Laura Murray Photography and cori cook floral design

Cori Cook Floral Design and Laura Murray Photography 

Happy Monday!

Narcissus

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Floret Flower Farm 

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Flora NY 

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Valley Flower Company 

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Floret Flower Farm 

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Cebolla Fine Flowers

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Floret Flower Farm 

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Passionflower and Jill Devries Photography

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Planet Flowers 

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Blue Poppy Florist 

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L’Oasis Floral Design 

headbands sewn of cymbidium orchid petals, acacia, narcissus, rabbit foot fern, and daphne blossoms the monkey flower group 1

headbands sewn of cymbidium orchid petals, acacia, narcissus, rabbit foot fern, and daphne blossoms the monkey flower group 2

The Monkey Flower Group 

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Peartree Flowers 

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Floret Flower Farm 

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Botanique 

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Love ‘n Fresh Flowers 

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Floret Flower Farm 

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Maven Floral and Heidi Lynn Photography

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Jay Archer Floral Design 

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Firenza Floral Design

Happy Thursday!

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: Session 22

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The Question:

As a busy floral designer, I am constantly getting inquiries.  What a huge blessing!  To determine whether or not the potential client and I are a good fit, I send them a questionnaire.  They answer the questions by telling me more about the details and style of their event.  They also select a budget for their event.  I have been frustrated, because I am getting the most ridiculously low budgets.  Absolutely unreasonable for the items they need!  Earlier this week, I had a bride list that she needed (1) Bridal Bouquet, (5) Bridesmaid Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Corsages, an Altar Arrangement, and (15) Centerpieces……for a budget of $800.  We all know, that won’t even cover supplies!

My question is:  What do I do with this potential client?  Do I politely dismiss her and tell her I don’t think we’ll be a good fit?  Do I schedule the appointment anyway and try to sell her the value of my product?  To deal with this issue so far, I have been responding to the email with a "quick quote".  Basically, I’ll send a little email back saying "according to the items that you have selected, your estimate will be around $X,XXX".  Some move forward with booking the appointment, and others I never hear from again.

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The Answers:

I think "quick quotes" is a really good idea. I would also suggest you write something about your prices on your website, like weddings begin at $ xxx.

-Emelie Ekborg (Svenska Blomsterbloggar)

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It’s a problem I am also facing at the moment, and think I will finally put some pricing range on my website. I think this will be helpful both for brides that have no idea what to budget for their flowers and also for me, so I will not have to answer inquiries which will anyway lead nowhere…

-Laetitia Mayor (Floresie)

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You are not alone! This happens to me constantly. I don’t have a formal questionnaire, but I ask a few questions about their event; and if I think this is going to be the case then I send them a price list. The price list is very general, but it does state my order minimum and average prices on individual items.  That usually does a lot of the talking for me, and I don’t have to go into detail about why I don’t think we are a good fit for each other. If they respond, then I assume they have read it over and done the math on their end to see if we are a good match. Sometimes people like this do have the budget for it, they just didn’t understand how quickly the cost of flowers adds up…and sometimes they just want lots of stuff for cheap! If it is the former I usually tell them what I think their budget could buy them, and then refer them to florists who might be a better option for them.

-Sarah Winward (Honey of a Thousand Flowers)

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Thanks Sarah, Emelie and Laetitia!

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Think I’ll leave you with some Sullivan Owen designs today…

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Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!