Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I book my wedding flowers?
Typically, you should book your wedding florist 12 - 18 months in advance. If your wedding is on the large side or during peak wedding season (May through October), definitely reach out on the earlier side of that date range to ensure that your wedding date is still available. As a studio florist, I am only able to accept a limited number of wedding commissions each week and would love to hear from you!
How much do wedding flowers cost?
Most wedding budget planners suggest reserving 10-20% of your overall budget to be apportioned to your flowers. If you're only interested in bridal party and family flowers, then you can expect to be on the lower end of that range, or if having flowers everywhere is really important to you, then you may want to budget higher than that. My clients spend an average of $3000 on their wedding flowers including florals for the bridal party, family, and ceremony and reception decor. Stone House Creative has provided wedding florals at budgets as low as $500 and upwards of $10,000, though we do request a minimum budget of $2000 for full service wedding florals in the high season (June through September).
Do you offer centrepiece and decor rentals?
Absolutely! I love to create floral designs for your entire wedding, including bridal party flowers, family flowers, and decor for both the ceremony and the reception. I offer a range of unique centrepiece and decor rentals to my clients, helping you to perfect your wedding vision. These include a range of glass containers, stone containers, wood containers, stem vases, and metallics (gold, bronze, black, mercury glass, copper) along with candle holders and votives.
Do you include delivery and setup?
Yes! Depending on the schedule of your wedding day, I can offer delivery of your bridal party and family flowers, along with set up of all of your decor pieces at the ceremony and reception venues. Fees are determined based on where your venue is located, and the intensity of the instal needed. We can also arrange for pick up, from my North Kildonan-based studio without charge.
What locations do you service?
Stone House Creative provides wedding flowers throughout the city of Winnipeg, surrounding areas as well as out to the Kenora area. Deliveries include a flat-rate charge within the city, and locations outside of the city are charged according to distance.
I don't really know what I want for my wedding flowers. How does the process work?
Whether you have a lot of specific ideas for your wedding flowers, or none at all, I can help! We start by setting up an initial appointment, in which we'll walk through all of the different areas that you need flowers for. We'll discuss colour palette, texture, shape, along with the overall style and vision you have for your wedding day. I love to take this time to get a feel for your personal style and how you want your wedding to look and feel. From there, I will create a personalized proposal for your review. To book your wedding, I require a 40% non-refundable retainer along with a signed contract. We can continue to make any changes up until 1 month prior to your wedding, so as new ideas come along or your guest list changes, that's no problem!
I live outside of Winnipeg. Can you still meet with me?
Absolutely! If you live outside of Winnipeg or out of province, we can schedule a meeting via Skype or FaceTime instead. I still like to connect with you this way instead of doing everything over email (which we can do, too), as it helps me get a better read on what your style and what's really important to you. I'd like to make the process as easy as possible for you!
Where were you trained?
I started my professional journey in flowers by working as the wedding coordinator for one of Winnipeg's largest flower shops. While I was frequently too nervous to actually work with flowers while I was there, I learned the basics from some of the absolute best (The first bridal bouquet I made was composed entirely of "rainbow" roses - each petal is individually dyed a different colour. You're not going to see me use dyed flowers these days, but my bride loved it!). Since then, I've made it a priority to continue learning from the best, to refine my design aesthetic, learn new techniques, and positively grow my business.
What are your favourite weddings to work on?
Each wedding that I get to be a part of is special and unique, and I love finding ways to show that in the flowers. But, my absolute favourite weddings are those in unique locations, those with outdoor ceremonies that I can create a garden of flowers at, and working with couples who want something creative and different from what their friends have had or what they've seen online. Each wedding that I am hired to do full event design for has a special place in my heart, as I get to be so much more involved in the design process.
Where do your flowers come from?
I work with a combination of locally grown and imported flowers. Manitoba, and Canada as a whole, have trickier growing seasons, but I still try to source as much of my product as possible during the summer months from Lily Stone Gardens, a flower farmer in Rosenort, MB. Ontario and BC have pretty good climates for growing certain types of flowers too, so I love to source from there whenever I'm able!
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