Essential Questions To Ask Your Wedding Florist

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Finding the right vendors for your wedding is a very time-consuming task, and making sure they are the right fit for you and your partner is even harder!

That’s why I’ve come up with 5 essentials questions (that may often be overlooked!) to ask your wedding florist before you book with them.

1. How many weddings are you handling on the same day?

This one can really make all the difference. I’ve worked at florists that have handled 8 weddings in a day (in New York, it really is the city that doesn’t sleep!) and florists that only handle one wedding (so the focus is all on your big day!). From my experience you want to go with the florist that only handles one wedding, I know that florists have staff to take on more work, but if you are looking for a high quality finish you want to know that you have the senior florists full attention. At Garden Graffiti, only really having one job enables us to deliver the best service and product that we can provide. Trust me, there won’t be any forgotten buttonholes or wrong coloured ribbon if you check this with your wedding florist first.

2. Where are my flowers coming from?

This is a question that I’m getting a lot more of lately from Brisbane couples, and I’m so glad to hear it. The ‘paddock to plate’ message seems to be hitting home with the floral industry and rubbing off on discerning couples. More and more people are wanting to know where their florals are coming from, and not only is it better to support local growers but it also means less fumigated flowers on arrival at customs. If your florist isn’t aware of local floral seasons and only relies on imports, that’s a big red flag. I’ve seen quite a few mass orders of roses held at airports because of quarantine, and weren't sufficiently released in time for the wedding, so I wouldn’t want that problem to happen to you!

All of these roses are grown locally near Brisbane, see how amazing they can be? Photography by Becky Van Straalen.

All of these roses are grown locally near Brisbane, see how amazing they can be? Photography by Becky Van Straalen.

3. Is my budget realistic?

Managing expectations of clients is the hardest thing to do during the quotation period. Unfortunately flowers are expensive. Like, really expensive. And sometimes it’s hard to get your head around, because they basically grow like trees outside, right? The reality is far different. I’ll get into that another time, but it’s really important to ask your florist if you think your floral budget is relative to what you want. I could’t think of anything more disheartening than creating floral magic in your head, a florist speaking all the language you want to hear, then delivering something sub-par to fit into a budget on the day. Now, this responsibility is all on the florist, but please bring it up if they don’t, usually, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is! You want a florist that works with you; is honest and upfront about pricing, asks about your non-negotiables and suggests creative ideas to get you the most impact…which bring me to my next point!

4. Are there any floral arrangements that I can re-purpose?

This is a great question! And it lets florists do what they do best, creatively problem solve. For example, I have a wedding in a few weeks and the client really wanted to have growing garden arrangement ‘blocks’ for the ceremony but it was an extra cost that was out of budget. So I suggested we take these blocks and repurpose them on elevated stands to be their table centres at the reception. I’ll share some photos in a month of how it all turned out, and remember, we don’t like waste just as much as you!


These gold vessels were clustered down a staircase for bridal photographs, and they also made great table centres! Photography by Kate Robinson Photography.

These gold vessels were clustered down a staircase for bridal photographs, and they also made great table centres! Photography by Kate Robinson Photography.

5. What happens to the florals after the wedding?

There are a few options with this one, and I’m actually going to give you my favourite choice. When I worked in Melbourne a florist I worked for offered a ‘wrapping’ service, which meant that in addition to bumping out the florals, they would then be wrapped and given to guests at the end of the wedding as they exited the venue. It is more costly but the joy on everyones faces when they received some flowers really made it feel worthwhile, and that way the florals can be enjoyed for longer than one day!

I hope you’ve learned some things about the wedding industry from a floral designers perspective, and asking these five essential questions before you book your wedding florist will really let you know the character of who you are working with! If they are knowledgeable, honest and a creative problem solver, book them in quickly!

If you have any questions, leave a comment!

Until next time,

Kat from Garden Graffiti

5 Tips To Make An Everlasting Flower Crown

Sneak Peak Into our Brisbane Workshop!

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When I was working and living in London I noticed that during the summer festival season there was always a fresh flower crown stall to get your boho fix. They create such a whimsical and magical atmosphere and you do feel like a woodland nymph with one on!

I really wanted to bring this idea to Australia, but sometimes the climate, especially in Brisbane, wrecks havoc on the delicate fresh florals. So we decided to use the same technique to create everlasting flower crowns, and use materials that are dried, the result turned out to be much better than expected and since we started making them we’ve taught over 100 people how to make their own!

Last Saturday we held another workshop at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane and we had 16 participants in house ready to learn! Follow a few a tips that I mentioned in the workshop and I hope you’ll get a better understanding of how to make one.

1. Tools! - you can grab all of these materials at Koch & Co.

  • Scissors

  • Wire Cutters

  • Parafilm (florist sticky tape)

  • Ribbon

  • Thick Florist Wire

  • Thin Floral Wire

2. Individually Wiring Stems (thin wire) - substitute the natural stem of a flower for a wired one, this allows you to bend, shape and strengthen the flower. Always parafilm over bare wire to ensure the wire won’t poke you!

3. Curve Base Wire (thick wire) - curve your base wire along the shape of your head and add individually wired stems to the curve, this ensures no gaps at the end!

4. Placement - after you’ve created a hook for your ribbon to attach, place a variety of materials along the base wire, keeping them close, in the same direction and alternating different textures along the wire.

5. Ribbon Ending - finish with another hook to attach your second ribbon, tie underneath your head and have a look in the mirror!

We covered all this and more with a vino in hand and chats with new friends to be had! Everlasting Flower Crowns are great because you can keep them until you head to an event for race day, your birthday, a hens night, or just keep it attached over your mirror forever.

We love teaching people new floral skills and it’s always so rewarding seeing people amazed at their own handiwork. It’s the best feeling!

The amount of people who say to me ‘but I’m not creative’ then two hours later they are incredibly chuffed about their own creation….

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All the above images were photographed by Jess at Folk and Fawn.

Thank you to our participants last Saturday, it was a beautiful ‘crafternoon’ and if there is anything that you want to learn at our next workshop, please let me know!

- Kat xx

Garden Graffiti

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Making some magic; a 60s flower power revival with a 70s golden hour. Oh and a few alpacas for good measure.

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Street Art + Flowers in Melbourne’s Laneway

I know I’m a bit late to the party but did any Melbourne friends see the installation of 35,000 red tulips that appeared in Hosier Lane last week? 

Image by Thomas Brooke for  Broadsheet Melbourne

Image by Thomas Brooke for Broadsheet Melbourne

If you need some catching up, a local flower grower in Victoria Joost Bakker decided to giveaway the ‘not quite good enough to sell’ tulips to the public in one of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways. 

The result is a breathtaking, ‘grammable installation that aims to bring awareness to local flower growers in this country.

Bakker said the industry is currently under pressure from imported flowers with some estimating close to 70% of flowers sold in Australia are imported.

It’s kind of unfathomable, that a country with so many different climates, has to rely so heavily on imports from overseas. 

When I was working in London, sometimes you were visited by ‘The Flying Dutchman’, which sounds like a very nice dream to have….. but, as it turned out, it was just what we called a Dutch flower lorry. 

It was a never-ending flower wholesaler on wheels that made you feel like you were walking inside Mary Poppins carpet bag. And it would drive from the Amsterdam markets to your front door in London in less than half a day. 

As a gigantic island in the middle of nowhere, you’d think we would have more of a focus on creating a local and sustainable cut flower industry, things can’t even be flown to us in less than half a day. Below is just a little reminder of what we are dealing with here.

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What’s funny is that most British florists are so adamant about buying British flowers wherever possible (as they should be!), and one of the main reasons is just that flowers decrease in quality the longer they travel.

We can’t change our geography, but we can push for Australian grown flowers. We make these decisions as the consumer. Whether you’re an appreciator of flowers and splurge on your special bunch once a month, or you’re a florist spending up weekly at your flower market, it’s about asking those questions and putting your money in a local farmers pocket.

And once you have the answer, let’s share the knowledge. 

Let’s tag our local flower farmer in our designs on social media, we owe it to ourselves to engage in the conversation, to educate our customer, to promote industry growth and support fellow local businesses. 

Image by Thomas Brooke for  Broadsheet Melbourne

Image by Thomas Brooke for Broadsheet Melbourne

In the end, there were hundreds of people wandering through Melbourne CBD clutching a handful of tulips. And if flowers mean anything, it’s the simple joy they can bring just by being naturally beautiful.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower - William Blake.

Do you have a favourite flower farm in Australia? Do you ask your florist about where their flowers come from? Would you pay more for flowers grown locally?

Are there any flower farms in South East Queensland or Northern New South Wales that would let me visit so I can educate myself further and perhaps attempt more writing? This is my first piece of ‘creative’ writing since high school drama, so really, it should be only up from here!

Best,

Kat from Garden Graffiti x