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Bloomin' Waste!

In my previous life before I became a florist, I worked in the event industry and more specifically, implementing sustainable management systems within events and their organisations.

Being passionate about looking after the environment, staff welfare and ensuring process are in place to help the business or event run to plan - should have ensured that I do the same with my own business.

To some degree I have naturally followed a sustainable way of working by doing the following;

- Not over ordering and creating more financial and actual waste

- Recycling where possible

- Using materials that can be reused by the customer (jugs, gift bags, transporter boxes)

- Combining orders so less transportation required

- Minimal printing of marketing material and always on FSC paper

- Exhibition materials are non dated and resuable so cuts down on waste and is financially sensible!

- Processes for operational control being developed

- Stakeholder engagement though social media

So, all going in the right direction for a fairly new business but I know I can do more and I think that if I can lock down my operational processes and start to measure my waste, mileage, materials etc I will feel happier and more secure about the business and will allow me to communicate more about practices and maybe help others.

I've already started looking into how to reduce plastic waste and sourcing a more sustainable solution - hopefully I may have found this with a VegWare product but it needs further testing. I've reduced the amount used on bouquets by 2/3's by cutting out the 'dressing' and just using enough to hold water for wet packs. (See pic)

So my goal over the next few months will be to identify my targets and set time scales to them, I need to be selfish and set aside a good day to do this without kids, dogs and weddings :D

Any feedback you have would be great, I'd love to hear if you think this is good practise or if you're not at all bothered!

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How to choose the right wedding florist.

So how do you decide which florist to choose when there is so much choice out there?

So you've set the big day, your venue is booked, bridesmaids dresses have been chosen (or not!) and you have your colour theme, next is to book your florist. But how?!

You might not give two hoots about flowers and quite happy with a simple classic rose bouquet, or you've been trawling though Pintrest every night and have about 3 different boards of different ideas and can decide what on earth to go with! Whichever sort of bride you are, personally I don't think you can book your florist early enough but from my experience I would advise on the following:

  • How quickly have they come back to your enquiry? Yes florists are busy people especially during wedding season, but if it's been over a week - I would say move on as they're not going to be able to show you the dedication to your wedding if they can't even email or call you back in a decent time frame.
  • Recommendations - have a look on their Facebook pages, on Google + etc for reviews by other brides, or ask your family who they have used and if they would recommend, it sounds simple but word of mouth is very powerful. As florists, we love knowing our brides are telling people about us! Nicely!
  • Have they just given you a price straight away without asking more questions about the day? If you've not specified your wedding date, I would be dubious of a florist giving you a price for your flowers (unless you are having an all year round flower like a rose).
  • Make sure when you do receive a quote that there is a description so you know what flowers are going to be included, google them and make sure you know what they are and that you like them. 
  • Make sure the quote includes everything including any hidden charges such as hire fees for any props and delivery / pick up fees. Some florists will also charge for their time on the day if you are having your ceremony room turn round into your wedding breakfast and flowers on the table, the florist will be waiting for a few hours in the wings to do this so there may understandably be a charge for their time.
  • Are they flexible? have they kindly agreed to change a few things, or look for budget saving ideas for your wedding? By having a trusting relationship with your florist, you will be more relaxed about what you will have on the day!
  • Be open minded - sometimes florists can have nightmares trying to get hold of specialist flowers for weddings, things beyond our control can go wrong but personally I am up front and honest about this to my clients so there are no nasty surprises.
  • Vintage flowers? Rustic wedding? country, boho wedding flowers? Make sure that your florist knows where you are coming from by showing them pics of what you have seen. With these whimsical and unstructured wedding bouquets, the florist's artistic flare will shine through and they will do what feels right with the materials on the day so it might not look like to picture you've showed them - but it will be better, unique and yours.

Lastly, and I think most important is - Do you like them? Afterall, why would you want to part with waht can be a large sum of money to someone you're not that keen on or is a faceless big brand? Support your local florist and seek our those independent florist who are more likely to provide you with attention to detail, time and passion.

Of course, i'm a bit biased :D

 

 

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