I had a bride contact me today regarding a quote I had given her. She thought because she went from roses to carnations there should be a drastic price difference. I would like people to realize a few things.
To start with I take time to hear your needs. About 30 minutes to one hour of communication. Then I give a brief idea of pricing, about an hour to hour and half of time to create the initial design. I then send it to the bride about 5 minutes withnote attached. Then when accepted I do a real design for all the flowers agree upon about one hour to two hours depending on quantity. Then I go to wholesaler and handpick your flowers about 3 hours including driving to and from. I then process the flowers again depending on the quantity it could take one hour to one and half hours. I the refrigerate the flowers about an estimate of about $10 for that. The designing can be two to four hours. The costs of the “extras” including pins, ribbon, bracelets, containers to place flowers in, the preservatives to endure the freshness, the wire, you get the point. Then again storing in refrigerator until delivery. Delivery includes the insurance, the gas, the time, the set up or placement. I am a stickler about this so I end up staying for s couple hours to ensure everything is perfect. Sometimes delivery is to two places. That means three to four hours.
I tell you this because there is so much more then the cost of a carnation versus a rose going into your orders. I love love love what I am truly blessed to be able to do. But as you see I give you so much more than flowers. I am not complaining but understand, we are here to please but also to make a living. If we do not make any profit, a business cannot continue to survive.
This goes for all realms of the wedding. Think how many hours a planner puts in to make your day perfect, the cake designer to make your cake beautiful, the photographer the hours of taking pictures and then proofing and touch ups, the rentals with the loading and unloading of the materials requested, and the invitation designer making the perfect one of a kind invitation, and so on.
So remember a carnation is different from a rose. But there is so much more.
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