Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Logistics

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  • Is my wedding date available?

  • Have you ever worked at our wedding venue(s)?

    • We’ve worked all over Western PA, NY and NJ since 2011 so it’s very possible. Just ask! 

  • How many other weddings or events will you schedule on the same day?

    • None. We are a full service wedding florist, and we have found over the years that it helps to only have a single event each day. That way we can fully tune in to your needs and be very flexible with our day-of timeline. 

  • Are you available to visit our venue with us and do a walk-through of the site? If so, is there an additional charge?

    • Yes, we can. And it depends on the venue. If the space is new to us, there is no fee. If we have already worked at your venue, we do charge for our time, $50/hr. 

  • Can you assist me in the preservation of my bouquet after the wedding? If not, can you recommend someone?

    • Yes. We are able to dry a selection of flowers from your celebration (often a bouquet or boutonniere) in our studio. We can also recommend some very cool preservation options, done by other vendors. 

  • What happens to the flowers after the wedding?

    • That’s up to you. They can be disposed of (we compost everything that we can). They can be given to your guests as gifts. They can be donated to local charities. This is something that we talk about with clients about 2 months prior to their date. 

  • What should I do to prepare for our consultation?

    • Not much! Answer our inquiry documents so that we have a rough idea of what you need and what you like, then when we connect it’ll be all about fine-tuning the vision. The biggest challenge that we see for folks planning to hire a florist for their celebration is budget, so we strongly encourage you to have real conversations about that with your partner prior to making an appointment with us. 

Experience

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  • How long have you been a florist?

    • I worked on my first wedding flowers in 2011. I began in Brooklyn (you can see my previous work at Foxglove Floral Design Studio) and have been in Pittsburgh since the 2017 wedding season. 

  • Can I see a portfolio of your work?

    • You’re here! Just check out the other pages of our website. Or Instagram. Lots on there! 

  • Are references and/or reviews available for me to access?

    • Yes. We have been reviewed online via The Knot and Wedding Wire and you can also see some more reviews on our website here: Love Notes. 

  • Do you have other vendor recommendations?

    • Yes, once you’ve booked with us, we’re happy to give personal recommendations for our favorite Western PA Wedding Folks! It’s hard to choose favorites, but we totally have them. 

Design & Vision

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  • How would you describe your floral design aesthetic and style?

    • Bramble & Blossom works to bring out the best of the season from locally grown flowers. Our style is natural, mellow, and free-flowing. 

  • Are you able to provide organic, pesticide-free, or sustainably grown flower varieties?

    • Absolutely. That is our JAM! For more detailed information about our commitment to sustainable and ethical floristry: Click here to learn more about Local Flowers.

  • Who is your ideal client?

    • The ideal Bramble & Blossom client is getting married because they just can’t wait another day to celebrate that love. They are the kind of people who think about their guests’ comfort, their celebration’s authenticity, and centering their own personal style around joy and realness. Our ideal clients love local flowers and trust us to bring them something truly unique and gorgeous. 

  • Are you available to advise on linens, table settings, and other rentals?

    • Absolutely. We do not charge any additional fees for this service and would LOVE to help you make the whole space look incredible and cohesive. We have great relationships with local linen rental companies and are happy to advise. The same goes for rentals of big items like chuppahs and archways. If we don't already have it in our collection we are happy to help facilitate a rental from elsewhere. 

  • Will you be doing my arrangements yourself or would it be another florist?

    • Jessica Stewart, our lead designer, is involved in every aspect of your wedding’s floral designs. She is supported by a kick-ass team of assistants who are all blooming designers in their own rights and bring so much hustle and vision to the studio! All arrangements are designed by Jessica and when they are physically put together by the rest of our team, she’s there guiding them every step of the way. 

  • What flowers are typically in season around my wedding date?

    • Great question! This is something that we go over in great detail during consultations. Our initial calls are about an hour and totally free, so send us a message to schedule one and learn more about seasonal options. 

  • Do you use floral foam?

    • Nope. Absolutely not. It’s highly toxic and gross. Two words we don’t want anywhere near your celebration (or our team’s lungs). 

  • What other decorative items (vases, candle holders, signs, etc) can we rent from you? What does that cost? 

    • We currently do not charge any fees for our rentals, as we see them as an extension of the overall design vision. Each spring we send a lookbook to our booked clients with all of our available rentals. You can also see a (fairly) up-to-date representation of that list on our Pinterest page: Bramble & Blossom Rentals. 

  • Do you do cake flowers?

    • Yes. We can work with your baker to put together a beautiful design plan featuring fresh flowers and foliage. We add cake flowers on-site on the day of your celebration. Typical pricing is $25-40 per tier, and the overall cost depends on the exact design plan. 

Pricing & Payment

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  • Do you offer specific packages or is everything customized?

    • Yes and also yes. We offer our No Fuss Florals beginning at $500 or those who want fixed pricing, are comfortable with doing some of the logistics themselves, and are happy to choose from a few color palettes working with seasonal blooms, but who are looking for that dreamy, magazine-worthy floral look they saw online. We offer our Full Service Florals beginning at $3,500, and this is for folks who want the whole day and night. Full service is utterly customized to your vision and means that we design, deliver, and clean up every single stem. Full Service weddings are entitled to our free rental catalog as well, which No Fuss Florals are take-home only, so not able to use rentals. 

  • How far in advance would we need to book you for our wedding?

    • That’s up to you. Typically we are booked 9-12 months in advance, though depending on your date, we may still be available at 3-6 months. Because of the long-term scheduling adjustments brought on by the pandemic, we are fully booked for 2021 and booking well into 2022 right now. If we’re your top choice, don’t wait too long to reach out! 

  • Will you provide me with an itemized floral proposal of all the elements we've discussed, along with prices?

    • Yes. That's what contracts are for. Ours are very specific so that you can see everything in writing and know that each detail is covered. 

  • When can I expect to receive my contract from you?

    • After our consultation call, proposals are typically sent via email within 72 hours. Once you have our proposal, we will hold your wedding date for you for 7 days while you consider it. 

  • How much is the deposit / retainer and when would it be due?

    • Our retainer fee is 25% of your contract’s total cost, due at the time of booking. 

  • When would our final payment be due?

    • After your initial payment, we divide your remaining balance into two payments, one at 60 days and the other at 14 days prior to your date. 

  • How far in advance should I let you know of any changes to counts, colors, etc.?

    • We typically have check-ins with our clients at 90 days and 30 days prior to their dates so that we can go over any updates. In the meantime, you’re always welcome to email us with questions / ideas / floral musings. We understand how weddings work and that you really won’t know how many dining tables you have until your RSVPs are returned. There are no fees associated with changing quantities once our initial contract is in place. 

  • If I need to cancel, what is your refund policy?

    • This is all detailed in our contract, but basically, there are different answers based on how far in advance you let us know. In over a decade of weddings we’ve had fewer than 10 cancellations (even during the pandemic), and try to be as accommodating as possible when folks make the difficult decision to not move forward with their celebration. What happens more often is rescheduling, and there are currently no fees associated with choosing a new date. We will do our best to work with you if the timing of your celebration changes, and so far that has never been a problem for us.