"You were highly recommended by friends of ours who got married last year. Their flowers were amazing!"
Image above by Helen Russell Photography
It's a really satisfying part of my job to be part of somebody's wedding day. It's the biggest and most important day in a couple's life and it's always an honour to be asked to contribute to the look and feel of such a big occasion. "We had the most amazing day and you were part of making that happen", is a compliment that I will never tire of hearing.
My job starts the second a couple make contact with me. Generally this is via my ENQUIRY FORM on the website. If I'm going to do a wedding, then I'm going to do it properly! As I do with a lot of things in my life! So it's vital that I get this information at the beginning stage so that I can do the best job possible for you.
Once I receive your enquiry form, then it's important that we have time to discuss the occasion and get some ideas on paper. The initial consultation is where we first get our heads together and start to paint picture of how the wedding is going to look. Every wedding venue is different. What suits the Vermont Hotel wouldn't necessarily suit Newton Hall and it's part of my job to know what will work for each place
People hear about me in a variety of ways; it's always satisfying to get a job via a recommendation from a previous customer because this means I know I've done a good job for somebody else. We also get noticed through social media sites and wedding fairs; Floral Quarter is the recommended florist at several venues (Charlton Hall, Vermont Hotel, Woodhill Hall, Matfen Hall..) so it may be that we were suggested by a wedding coordinator who knows I can bring the best out of their venue.
Every bride is different and an even bigger part of my job is to work with their individual tastes to create something really special. Some of the best and most satisfying weddings I've worked on are where the bride has given me their trust to come up with a design to suit, and make their wedding come to life. "You knew what I wanted before I even did!", is a compliment i've been given on more than one occasion and i'm proud of that!!
To get the best results, a meeting would ideally happen face to face: If I meet a couple, i'm able to get a feel for their personalities and individual style and therefore be able to suggest the best flowers for them.
At this stage, I feel my job has been done properly if a couple leave my workshop feeling a lot more confident in their wedding flowers and my ability to create their perfect vision, and with a clearer idea of how their day will look! That said, if you're from outside of the North East and are planning a destination wedding here, as my couples often are, then I can also hold consultations via Skype or Facetime.
Stay tuned for part 2..... Quote and Beyond!