Hi, I am the Wedding Connoisseur!
I am a floral and event designer, but if you ask my clients they would tell you I also do the following job duties:
- Financial planner
- Trapeze Artist
They assume I wear all of these hats in this business.
When clients come to Soiree etc they are equipped with Instagram pics, Pinterest pins and Magazine clippings. I see random pictures and I constantly hear these words “I want this, I see that in my future, Can you do that?” The entire meeting I am thinking “Can you afford it?”
As I am listening to their vision of a wedding I wonder if there is a money tree in their backyard. I know from past experience that is a fantasy. Once I inform clients the cost they are ready to tell me how I am too expensive or are the flowers I am using made out of gold (direct quote from an inquiry).
So here is my advice to help you through the process:
- Be honest about the Budget (It is not a curse word, it is a necessity)
- Develop your own vision ( Duplicating a picture of someone else’s wedding may not fit into your wedding story)
- Be open to substitutions (Flowers such as peonies can be substituted with garden roses since they are a little cheaper and available year round)
- Educate yourself ( Check out wedding resources such as Wedding Wire, the Knot, etc…where there is a lot of great information)
Remember before we can reach the sky we must start at ground level.
Note: Pinterest pins always look easy when you are not the person creating the inspiration.