Hmmm... how does that design process work?

  A bride recently approached me and asked about what its like working with me, my price range, and my design process.  I thought it was such a great question, and it really made me think, and I thought I'd share this here for any of my potential clients... and I'm sure my answer here isn't great - I'll think of so many things later that I ought to say! 


Congratulations on your upcoming wedding, and thank you for getting in touch - it's nice to meet you!


I'm very pleased to tell you more about what it's like working with me, and I'd be happy to meet in person and discuss your wedding more specifically. But first let me see if I can give you and overview and you can decide if I might be a good fit for you!


I don't have a minimum order, and pricing varies a lot -- I have weddings booked for this summer for $600 and $6,000 and all in between.  I know that pricing flowers seem pretty confusing and it's hard to tell what you're getting at different price levels.  I like to find out what your budget is, or a budget range, find out what you want and what excites you in the flower department, and then I write up a proposal allocating your budget the way that I think best captures your preferences and the overall tone for the event.   It's what I would do if I were you.  I think it's pretty important to stay within your budget -- I know flowers are only one of many things you have to think about! -- and I'll try to be very clear what you'll be getting.  I think it's important for me to listen and really understand how I can add to your day with the floral arrangements.


In terms of pricing more generally, it depends on the numbers of people and the types of flowers, but bride's bouquets usually start at around $175 and up (bridesmaids are usually 1/3 to 1/2 the bride's bouquet), and centerpieces start at $50 for a small centerpiece, and start at $100 for more full-sized centerpieces.


My proposals are pretty detailed with each item priced and described, and I include images of the flowers named in the proposal so you can visualize what's there.


I work from my home and I take only one or two weddings per weekend, so I can be thoughtful with each design and have time to pay attention to each detail.


I hope that's a good start - can I share anything else that would be helpful?