How can we reach Purple Magnolia Floral Design?
We’d love to hear from you by phone 843-670-6142 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does this process work?
You can either email the number of floral items you will need or we can speak with you by phone about the details. An Initial Estimate + Proposal is then prepared. If you have any inspiration photos, having these before we begin the estimate is helpful.
We can refine this Estimate + Proposal by email or phone as needed. It will then be sent to you via HelloSign for your signature. A PayPal invoice for the initial $300 deposit is also emailed at this time. The Estimate + Proposal includes a payment schedule (anywhere from 1 – 4 payments) and any remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the wedding date. We also accept personal checks.
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.
What if I just want a simple bouquet of hydrangea (or baby’s breath) for my wedding?
Purple Magnolia Floral Design views floral design as an art form and appreciates all the subtle elements that go into creating an arrangement such as the selection of colors, shapes of flowers, the curve of a particular kind of greenery …. we could go on. Yes, we are that passionate about flowers and obsessed with floral design! While we love simplicity in design, our style of arranging generally includes a greater variety of flowers for complexity and interest. We are happy to refer you to another florist in the area who can assist you.
Do you make bouquets or arrangements without greenery/foliage in them?
We like foliage and greenery at Purple Magnolia Floral Design. It provides movement as well as space for the flowers to breath in arrangements. It adds great texture and contrast of color. Plainly put, foliage makes us very happy, and we need it in our lives.
What’s the best way to incorporate unusual colors (like navy, turquoise, black, or metallic colors) into my wedding flowers?
It’s best to incorporate these colors in the form of some hard good such as ribbon, vase, table cloth, napkins, chair covers, or clothing.
What if I want to add or subtract a floral item (like a centerpiece) from my estimate as I get closer to my wedding date?
You can do that! We just need to know at least 2 weeks before your wedding date and before your last payment.
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.”
The delivery fee depends on the distance to be traveled. For events in Mount Pleasant (where we are located), Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, or downtown Charleston, there is not a delivery fee. For travel to West Ashley, Summerville, John’s Island, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, or Seabrook, there will be a delivery fee.
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 vase into your estimate.