How does this process work?
We like to chat with you a bit about your wedding before preparing an Initial Proposal so that we can understand your style, your likes and dislikes, and the overall vibe or vision of your wedding day.
In what stage of the planning process should I consult with a wedding florist?
It’s a good idea to know how many bridesmaids and groomsmen you’ll have as well as an accurate approximation of the table centerpieces you need. Picking a venue and planner (if you have one) along with dresses and table linens before choosing your flowers is helpful but not necessary.
I really want a certain kind of flower (like peonies, dahlias, or anemones) in my bouquet. Can you guarantee this?
If you would like to include a certain kind of flower in your wedding, we check with wholesalers and farmers to see if they will have that flower on or around your wedding date. Mother Nature, however, is unpredictable, so it’s good to be flexible. Also, being more flexible allows us to incorporate flowers that are in season and look the best.
Do you provide candles, lanterns, votives, etc.?
Do you do draping?
We provide draping on arches or arch-like structures. We do not provide ceiling draping.
Where is your shop?
We have a floral studio in Mount Pleasant that is complete with floral cooler. We are happy to meet you wherever it’s most convenient for you to go over the design for your wedding or event. Our favorite hangouts are coffee shops and places with cool bars such as The Dewberry, The Cedar Room, or The Grand Bohemian.
Does Purple Magnolia Floral Design make birthday, thank you, get-well-soon, or sympathy arrangements?
Sorry, we do not make single arrangements of this kind. We are not a daily florist with a retail shop, so we do not keep an abundance of flowers on hand.
Does Purple Magnolia Floral Design charge for delivery, set-up, and tear-down of weddings or events?
The set-up and tear down fee depends on the number of arrangements (or other items like candles) that are provided. Sometimes a more elaborate set-up and tear down requires several “hands on deck” for efficiency and safety. Climbing a 10 foot ladder at midnight to remove foliage from 6 chandeliers after a wedding reception is a good example of what we mean by “more elaborate.”
What if I want to use my own vases or set up my own arch and have a florist decorate it?
We prefer to use our vases because they are a height that is appropriate for arranging flowers in and we feel bad enough when we accidentally break our own vases … let alone yours. We judge larger items like arches on a case-by-case basis.
What if I want to move my church arrangements to the reception venue or move my large ceremony arrangements to the reception area?
We charge a transfer fee depending on 1) how far the ceremony site is from the reception site, and 2) the nature and number of items to be moved.
What if I want to keep the arrangements or allow my guests to take them home?
That is not a problem. It makes us happy when people want to keep our flowers! We will build the cost to purchase vases into your estimate.