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Your wedding day will be filled with a joyous atmosphere and ‘wow’ moments. This is going to be the best day of your lives however I remember only to well every time I visited a new supplier I said ‘I’ve never planned a wedding before…’ because I honestly had no idea what I was supposed to be doing. So to help you with your flower journey we have complied our top 11 asked questions and if you can’t find the answer just ask us!
Your wedding flower journey begins with a free online video or studio design consultation. The purpose of this meeting is to get to know you as a couple, what your passions are and your vision for the day, so we can translate these into your beautiful fresh florals.
In the design consultation, we will discuss your wish list, design and budget to achieve this vision. I will then create a personalised proposal specifically designed only for you. Every couple is unique, so is your wedding!
You deserve truly beautiful and unique flowers on your big day, and I would love to design them for you. Your quote will be sent to you usually within 7 days of the initial consultation.
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What should I expect at my wedding flower consultation?
When is the best time to start planning my florals?
It’s never too early to get organised, Flowers are a significantly important feature of your wedding day. They set the mood and tone for the event and will be remembered for years to come. There is nothing worse than missing out on the person you really want to create your flowers and I would approach your floral designer at least six months before your date and up to a year if at all possible.
How much will my wedding flowers cost?
As a general rule, you should plan to spend about 10 – 20% of your overall wedding budget on flowers. That being said, some couples will spend less, some will spend more, each client has different wishes. It all depends on how important flowers are to you and the atmosphere you wish to create.
Generally, our couples spend between £2,500 - £9,000 on their wedding. However we like to treat every wedding as unique, prices supplied in the first proposal are therefore just estimates or rough guides, so that you can get an idea of what your ideal flowers and our services would cost you.
Can we reduce the cost, as it has come in over our budget?
Being open about this initially does not mean I’m going to max it out. I actually want you to have the flowers you dreamed of.
I actually count out each stem/bunch of the flowers I am planning to purchase for your wedding! On average, I use around 1,000 flower/greenery stems for a wedding, and I need to account for each of those in my pricing, to provide you with most accurate quote.
We are happy to work to your budget sometimes the original vision doesn’t match the allocated budget. However we can look at options to reduce the costs, these can include changing the flowers, altering the size or designs and sometimes removing elements which we could class as a nice to have. Just call us and ask , we are here for you!
Here at Jacqui O we like to make things simple for you so we have designed ‘The Scrumptious 3’. These three floral collections are here to show you what is possible with your budget. However our clients usually prefer to have their own ‘Bespoke’ florals as every one of our weddings is tailored to the couples’ individual personality and style. Some couples choose an intimate wedding and request small amounts of flowers, whilst others are flower loving couples and wish to have florals everywhere. Every single request is equally important to us so you have memories to treasure forever.
Do you have wedding packages?
Whats the difference between your ‘signature’ and ‘luxury’ collection?
It depends on your floral style but here’s an example, a signature design may include a rose whilst the luxury collection would be a garden rose, so basically they both complete the look one is just more luxurious. It's like choosing between a glass of sparkling wine and champagne, it’s down to personal taste. In flower terms luxury is just a little bit more special. You can also pick and mix, if you chose you could have a luxury brides bouquet and signature bridesmaid the choice is yours!
Jacqui O is proud of the beautiful crafted florals which reflect and celebrate your individuality and unique personal style. We limit the number of events and weddings we do each season so that we can offer our clients the highest level of service and attention. I usually work on one wedding per day or sometimes two very small weddings but this is very rare.
Will you be working on any other weddings on my date?
As a floral designer all our products are hand crafted no two are ever the same, as flowers are a natural product they can vary in colour and size during the growing season. We would rather you look through our website, admire the quality and style of our work, than to restrict and hold us to a mock-up. We attend open days at key venues where you are able to see examples of our work or if you prefer we will make a sample. Please note this will be charged for.
Can you make me a sample bouquet?
Who will set up the flowers on my wedding?
Jacqui will design, make and set up your wedding flowers very occasionally we use an experienced team to support us with production and set up to ensure your florals are perfect for your big day.
Have you worked at our church / venue?
We have been lucky enough to design at many beautiful churches and wedding venues across the North West and sometimes further a field. Some of our favourite venues to dress include Dorfold Hall, Iscoyd Park and Combermere Abbey. We try to make the whole process as easy as possible for you. If we haven’t worked with your specific venue before, then we will typically arrange a site visit to understand the space and make recommendations for the perfect florals. You are more than welcome to join we so we can walk through it together.
Jacqui O does not aim to be the cheapest we aim to be the best! A wedding on average takes over a week to plan, prep and deliver, you're not just paying for the final product—you're paying for the labour and service and each florist has a different style and service offer. Wedding flowers cost more than an everyday bouquet because of a number of factors behind the scenes we are;
PLANNING & PREPARATION - most likely we have worked with you to understand the vision and inspiration of the wedding flowers for your big day. Behind the scenes, we are making mental notes of many other details that make all the difference for a perfectly planned wedding.
SOURCING & PRODUCTION - Wedding flowers are a premium product and that comes with a price tag, especially if you’ve chosen a specific variety or colour; at the height of the wedding season the price of white roses can double and triple on some days, yet, chances are, you had your quote anything up to six months earlier. We look after your flowers days before your wedding to ensure the blooms are open to perfection. This involves striping all the leaves, thorns from the stems and placing in water and solutions to hydrate them in clean buckets we have lined up.
FLORAL ART - we spend countless hours in the placement and design of each arrangement and/or floral piece: from bouquets to each hand-created boutonniere, corsage, centrepiece, aisle flower and all the tiny detail. The process requires that each stem is given a fresh cut, carefully placed into an arrangement.
DELIVERY & SET UP - To transport and deliver flowers, each design must be packaged and misted to arrive in one piece to the wedding venue and sometime multiple locations. Extra time is allotted to ensure arrival with no challenges. Once they have arrived, all flowers are placed in the coolest spot, and then on-site set-up begins and we add any other finishing touches to the wedding day look.
COLLECTION & DISMANTLE - The morning after your beautiful wedding we return early to your venue collect the vases, and hire kit and act upon your wishes for your wedding flowers from remaking into gifts, to gifting them to a charity on your behalf. Once we return to the studio all the items are unloaded, cleaned and returned to storage for the next outing.
A floral designer has one chance to get your flowers right there are no second chances, a new bouquet can’t be delivered the next day because there isn’t the next day!! However, an experienced professional florist will quote what is needed to make a fair living and do a brilliant job.