Thursday, August 22, 2013

"I'd love a bouquet that looks like I stepped into the garden or field and gathered a bunch of flowers".

This is a look we're most often asked to create. "Natural, organic, wild...".

And why, I'm asked, is such a bouquet so expensive?  Notwithstanding the time it takes to make such a bouquet look like no one arranged it, there is the volume of flowers one needs to have on hand in order to insure that every flower is flawless and that the stems curve the right way - not too straight, not bending too far over : and there are many blossoms on a stem that are sacrificed to showcase the one most beautiful flower.  

In a perfect universe, florists would go to the Market and purchase exactly the number of stems they needed for a bouquet like this one.

But many of us need two or three times that number to create a 'wild' garden look.

Then, there's the number of times we tear it down and start over: two-three.

It's the same with centerpieces, in fact, all the arrangements.  If a florist isn't buying enough flowers for a wedding, the results will show.  And no, those sacrificed blossoms can't be used somewhere else - they're donzo.


An Urban Cottage said...

That's great information. I never really thought about it.

Are those variegated geranium leaves?

flwrjane said...

Amen sister.

But may I say each and every flower in that bouquet was worth it's price.

it's ravishing.

xo jane

Alicia said...

I agree with you.

webb said...

Why to people think that small businesses just make up the prices?

Years ago we had a craft business and when my husband told someone, "well, we look at time and materials to make yours, and then our operating overhead to keep a shop, the cost to travel here to bring it to you, and add a little profit so that we can retire someday. That's how we price." The man looked floored.

Maybe that's why I just can't think of trying to bargain for anything.

Amelia said...

Years ago I worked next door to a florist and would visit the back room where they worked daily, now I know why there were flowers all over the floor. I don't know how much that bouquet is but it's worth every penny. It's a showstopper.