OTTAWA FLOWERS BLOG
How to maximise & reuse your wedding flowers
Having helped thousands of brides over the years with their special day, one question that almost always comes up is how can we maximize the usage and effect of our flowers all the while be budget conscious. Well, we have the following options that have been proven to be ideal. Alter pieces - Most weddings that have a ceremony, either at a church or any other location, require 2 larger arrangements that can be placed at the alter of the ceremony. These are great options to provide a finished look for the alter yet help bring your weddings colors & style to life! We also provide the service of delivering, setting up for the ceremony yet we can have them picked up after the service and delivered to the venue. Most clients request that they be placed behind the head table, thus, you gain a dual & full day usage of them, very popular feature! Centerpieces - Clients that have larger/grander centerpieces at the venue, love our feature of offering to have them setup at the church/ceremony, in most cases down the isle. This is a great way of achieving a rich & full look at the ceremony without having the buy new flowers. Most cases, this simply means an additional cost for the service, but always significantly lower then having to create/purchase arrangements just for that 30-60 min ceremony. We would also suggest to potentially simply use a different vase for the ceremony so you do not give away your full venue look ahead of time. Toss Bouquet - The most popular way to maximize the usage of the toss bq in 2016 has been to simply have it rest on the cake table for extra decor throughout the evening until you are ready for the tossing of the bouquet. Cocktail tables - Majority of our clients that had cocktail table arrangements this year have had a dual usage from them after the cocktail hour. We usually suggest either on the head table as decor, or other venue tables like desert tables, food stations, bars, etc. Bridal Party Bouquets - Ottawa Flowers provides complimentary rental vases to all wedding clients so they can reuse their bqs at the head table for decor, with zero additional cost. We suggest a 5" cube in most cases as they offer the best possible display/splash of the bouquets simply by allowing them to rest sideways versus the classic vertical/standing up right which limits what the guests see from their tables. Home Pieces - For those traditions that often send flowers to both the bride & groom to their home the day of the wedding, if planned ahead with our design team, these would be designed in a way that compliment the wedding colors, flowers & style, thus, the family could then bring to the venue for additional decor throughout the room, once again at no additional cost. We offer such services for picking up from the home & taking to the venue if needed. Ottawa Flowers http://www.ottawaflowers.com http://www.ottawaweddingflowers.ca
What is our wedding process
Planning your wedding or event could prove to be challenging due to the harmonization of multiple vendors, timelines and overall vision execution. We at Ottawa Flowers pride ourselves on having industry leading steps implemented for all of our weddings & events that have proven to be second to non all the while ensuring the client is in the driving seat along the way allowing for educated and a simplified decision process. When contacting us for your wedding or event, these are the steps we follow to ensure the above: a) Complimentary consultation - An initial 1hr consult is crucial to help educate, display and assist with narrowing down the list of needs while considering both vision & budget. b) Complimentary quote - Upon the completion of the consultation, we provide a detailed copy of the accurate & competitive quote and review all elements with the client. At which time we also explain our overall process for the special day. c) Booking/reserve the date - We suggest a 30% deposit, of either the quote or ideal budget. This deposit value will simply be subtracted from the total which is confirmed at the final 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. Meaning, we do not lock-in our clients into contracts, thus, this allows them to completely change anything in the initial quote up to 2 weeks prior to the wedding day when doing the final. d) Centerpieces sample - Once booked, we offer unlimited complimentary sample of the centerpiece. The client is able to come see the mock-up, discuss it in detail and make any changes if needed. Samples will be made until the client is 100% content with the end result. e) Bridal party - Once we have engaged and approved the centerpiece sample, if applicable, we will engage further on the bridal party items by providing photos of similar products we have created, or inviting them into the shop on days with many weddings to view other bouquets to compare for size, style, colors etc. f) 7 days a week - We are available for our clients 7 days a week should they wish to meet, discuss their day - as often as needed! g) The final - 2 weeks prior to the wedding date, we meet for the final. The objective for this meeting is to allow the client to leave with the flowers aspect of their day being 100% complete. Thus, at that meeting, we go over all requested items in detail, any/all changes can still be made at this meeting. Once established, we zone into establishing all delivery/pickup & setup timelines, we offer care instructions for the flowers, 24/7 management contact info is provided, the option to view or send pictures of the final product the day prior to the wedding day are offered at which time we simply add-up the confirmed products & services, subtract deposit payment made and collect the final payment at that meeting. h) Execution - Our team will synchronize with planners, decorators, cake people, officiants, etc for the day-of to ensure a smooth flow for the day yet allowing for all vendors to be in contact should issues arise throughout the day of the event. The above summarizes our process and commitment to delivering 100% every time! With over 5000 weddings served in Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal(and surrounding), and Toronto in the past decade alone, you can rest assured we will deliver accordingly. Plus, our recent accomplishment of being rated the most award winning florist in Ottawa' history(ever!) speaks for itself. We look forward to helping with your upcoming special day, regardless of the size, complexity and budget. Ottawa Flowers
What is our wedding process
WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR SWEETHEART THIS VALENTINE'S DAY? Is February 14th one of those days on which you have no idea what to get for the special person in your life? Why not consider adding a new flare new to that floral, flower or plant arrangement or chocolate basket this year? Why not give the gift that says I love you enough to care about your well-being? Consider adding not only the aroma of essential oils but the health benefits too! DoTerra produces CPTG (certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) essential oils. They are sold as singles, and blends as well as being used in an array of top, high quality products safe for your loved ones this Valentine's Day. They contain no chemicals (safe for the person that special someone to whom you cannot give a synthetic or chemical based perfume/cologne), synthetics, heavy metals, pesticides or herbicides. Whether for the new or exhausted mother, the athletic teenager, the deadline driven husband, the first year university student, or anyone else to whom you want to say "I love you" or "I care�? do it in a different way this year. Below are listed some wonderful options: STUDENT - Balance - Peppermint - Wild Orange - In Tune - Past Tense ATHLETE RELIEF - Muscle joint rub - Carry Case - 5 CPTG essential oils - Skin Care Basket LOVE CONNECTION - Passion essential oil - Cassia essential oil - Massage essential oil - Fractionated Coconut oil NEW MOTHER/NEW BABY - Lavender - Balance - Whisper - Wild Orange - Fractionated Coconut Oil - Petal Diffuser GET UP AND GO - Motivate - Cheer - Elevation STRESS RELIEVER - Citrus Bliss - Serenity - Balance TAKE A BREAK - Balance - Serenity - Peace - Wild Orange *Add any of the oils above to a flower or plant arrangement, bouquet or request a custom basket. Add an Ultrasonic Petal Diffuser to any package for $80.00. HAPPY OILING! To add oils to an arrangement or basket: ottawaflowers.com To order products directly: http://www.ottawaflowers.com Ottawa Flowers Inc.