Wedding Flowers 101

Wedding Flowers 101

Wedding Flowers 101

Learn the basics of Wedding Flowers, their definitions and helpful tips on using them effectively to create your perfect day, while staying on budget.

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Create your wedding floral quote through our online calculator.   We believe in being upfront about our pricing, so you can budget properly and make informed decisions before moving forward.

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Weddings seem complicated, but they don’t have to be.  We are here to help.   If you have questions that are not answered here, please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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How much does a bouquet/wedding cost?

Our bouquets, and all wedding/event items are completely custom.   We don’t have a set price.   Bouquets can vary by hundreds of dollars depending on the style, specific flowers requested, size and style.    We have tried to break this down in our online quote calculator, so you can get a better idea of costs.   When we see your inspiration images, find out your budget, we can work with you to provide options and ideas that suit you best.

Do you have a minimum spend?

No, not at all.   If all you need is a single bouquet or boutonnière, we can do that for you.   If you need complete wedding or event florals, we can do that too.   The beauty of having a fully functioning, everyday boutique is we have the space and staff available for anything and everything.

Do you still have availability for (insert the day of your wedding here)?

Yes.   The simple answer is, yes.   We handle multiple weddings and events every week.   Talk to us, let us know what you are thinking and we will find a way to make it happen.

That said, we have two blackout times due to holiday volume/recovery for our team.   We do not offer wedding services from February 10-17th or December 24-January 2nd.    Thank you for your understanding.

Do you use “foraged” material?

At Sweetpea’s, we will not forage for materials from private or public property on a grand scale.  We have seen this trend growing in popularity for many florists and we will not take part in it.  Our feeling is simple; we will not charge our clients for material that has been foraged/stolen (many florists who forage take offence to this statement, but as the owner of Sweetpea’s, I stand by it).

We often see postings that involve mass amounts of branches being cut by florists, who may not be aware of how to properly prune trees or shrubs, or the correct times of year that this can be done, to ensure the health of the specimen they are being taken from.    The idea that they are cutting/using ‘invasive species’ from unmonitored areas, like abandoned areas or roadsides, only means that they are now introducing those species into new environments that are unprepared to deal with them, through the city’s compost programs after your event is completed.

Our materials are purchased from growers and suppliers, we know and trust.  We are an eco-focused florist, and believe in there is a responsibility on florists to respect the botany behind their creations.  We continue to support local growers, as well as source our imported material from eco and socially responsible farms, which has been our mandate since opening our doors in 2010.

Are peonies available?

Peonies have a very short season when grown locally.   Depending on weather conditions, they are generally available from late-May to mid-July.

For a brief period in the winter, we are able to import them, but they are tend to be cost prohibitive at that point.   Garden roses, dahlias and other beautiful options are available as a substitute.   Let’s chat about the you look you are going for and we can find something that works best.

We’d like to make the centrepieces ourselves.

We discourage our couples to take on the task of designing their own flower arrangements.   The time and stress involved will take away from your enjoyment of the day.   We have cost effective options for you, if you are looking to save money, but when it comes to the actual arranging, it is best to leave it to the professionals, allowing you to focus on what really matters – friends, family and your new partner.

How can we save money on our floral arrangements?

One of the best ways to not only save money, but also put a unique touch to your wedding, is to source your own glassware/vessels.   We have had the pleasure of designing in some beautiful, creative items, everything from hand-decorated mason jars, antique brass objects, vintage bottles, teacups and so much more.   Have some fun.   Search, explore and let us know how we can help.

Other options include, eliminating corsages for extended family members, reusing your ceremony arrangements at the reception, decorating your head table with your bouquets, rather than additional arrangements, supply your own candles/table accents.

Do you offer rentals instead of purchasing vases?

Yes and no.

We also offer rentals of premium, larger size vases, pedestals and other items for items like, statement pieces, ceremony standards, archways, etc. to help alleviate your budget concerns.

That said, we do not rent vases used in centrepieces.   The simple reason for this, your guests will take them, whether you tell them to or not.    We have been doing this for a long time, and can assure you, the last thing you want to be doing at the end of the night is chasing the aunt you haven’t seen in ten years through the parking lot, to get a centrepiece back.    Let alone, loading all your centrepieces into a car at the end of the night, to bring them back to our shop the next day.

By the time you have returned the vases, we clean them, take inventory, check for damage and charge you for anything that is missing or broken, the costs (and stress) involved far exceed any potential savings.

As part of our eco-focus, rather than throw away all the flowers from your reception, just to save a few dollars on the vase, why not allow your guests to take them home so they can enjoy the flowers for their full lifetime?

Do you offer set-up, deliveries and strikes/take-downs?

Yes, we do!

Rates will vary depending on the number items being delivered, locations involved and the volume of staff required, but all this will be discussed in detail and provided in your quote.

What flowers are in season/available for our wedding?

We are working to update our website with a detailed list of what is in season, depending on the time of year.

In the meantime, going through our instagram (@sweetpeasTO) account and checking out our everyday arrangements for the season you are looking for may be helpful.

Are you LGBTQ friendly?

ABSOLUTELY!   Love is love.  We will do everything we can to accommodate you, your partner, your family and friends in whatever union you chose.

We have been careful in our use of terms throughout the website, to ensure everyone is accepted, no matter what their gender, sexuality or lifestyle.

We have had wonderful success with our LGBTQ weddings.  Gender fluidity in weddings, of any type, are encouraged here.  Best Woman, Bridesmen, Groomswomen, Man of Honour, and so many other combinations of these roles have been part of our wedding florals.    Our personal favourite was a gender fluid wedding with “The Queen’s Guard” and “Party People”.

We will always work to find a way to ensure everyone feels welcome and included in your plans.

What is your best budget advice, based on your experience?

The truth of the matter is, your wedding is the start of your life together.  Do not overextend yourself financially to throw a fancy party.

When you wake up, the day after your wedding, you will be faced with the everyday costs of living.  Plan for that; not to impress your friends and family.  Save for a beautiful honeymoon.  Ensure you can cover your bills (rent/mortgage, hydro, phone, feeding the pets).   Although it is easy to get caught up in the excitement, and the social pressures of getting married; the cost of your wedding should not put you into a position that may cause martial or financial conflict down the road.

We never want a couple to look back on their wedding day and regret the financial choices they made.  Plan for life, not the day.

What does it cost?

This is the question everyone really wants to know.   It is great to make Pinterest boards, and have a beautiful vision, but without knowing how much everything costs, how can you plan properly?    We get it.

There should not be a cloud of mystery about wedding flower pricing.   This is why we created an online quote calculator so you can get to the bones of things and plan accordingly.    We are the only floral boutique in Toronto who publishes their wedding pricing; because we believe that an informed couple is an empowered couple.    Make choices that work best for you and your long term planning.   We will do our best to help along the way with advice and ideas that can help.

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How do we even start planning?

For many couples, this is their first wedding and there is a lot to learn.   You will have everyone telling you what you should do, what you have to do, what you are supposed to do, but really, when it comes right down to it, this is YOUR day.   You make the choices that are right for you.    If that means the classic white chapel and big guest list, great.   If you want something more subdued and quiet, go for it!    If you want to be unique, quirky and do your own thing, let your freak-flag fly!

We have done weddings in every genre and we can tell you, there is no right or wrong way to get married.    At the end of the day, as long as you sign one piece of paper, everything else is simply a great party with friends and family.    Don’t stress out and make it more than it needs to be.   Have fun, enjoy yourself.   This is the first day of your life together, make is your own.

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