Why use Floral Occasions?
We consider ourselves to be experts in our ﬁeld. We have been in business for over 17 years. Floral Occasions is proud to be partnered with some of the most well known suppliers of ﬁne, unique ﬂorals the industry has to offer, and we always use the freshest, most beautiful product available. When you choose us to design your special event, you will not be disappointed. Stacey and her staff of expert designers and talented artists will provide something that will truly make everyone in the room feel special. And by the way, our home consultation studio is in the coolest neighborhood in South Orange County, and our production studio is right down the street in Capistrano Beach.
Where does your product come from?
We shop for all of our ﬂowers from at the San Diego Floral Trade Center in Carlsbad, California, which is 30 miles south of us. The ﬂowers come from all over the world, Holland, Equador, Mexico, and as close as Encinitas and Central California. There is a huge push lately from the California Cut Flower Commission to encourage us California ﬂoral designers to buy local, which we do as much as possible to support local farmers and cut down on the carbon footprint.
How much should I budget for flowers?
Flowers for a special event, such as a wedding, average about 10% of your total wedding budget. If you plan to spend $30,000 on your wedding, you can expect your ﬂowers to cost around $3,000.
That's not to say that you can't spend more or less. Season, type of ﬂowers, style, color, degree of design all play a part in varying costs. Our average wedding runs about $3,000 to $4,500 with a minimum of $2,500. Please disclose your budget early in our conversation. This way we will always be on the same page.
What if I want to provide some of my own stuff, DIY?
I say go for it! With all the amazing wedding blogs out there it has given many brides ideas on ways to make their day truly unique and special. If you decide to purchase some of your own containers, or use mom's collection of milk glass, we are happy to provide ﬂorals for those items. Special arrangements will need to be made for appropriate handling of these circumstances and special items. We prefer to provide all ﬂowers related to your event so that there is no confusion of color, ﬂower type or clash of design. Craft away! Make some fun decor for your sign in table, special favors that you're guests will appreciate, like your famous lavender honey or grandma's peanut butter cookies!!
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, checks, and all credit card types. We pay a fee for credit card charges, so checks are preferred.
My wedding is on a holiday weekend, does that affect anything?
It can affect a lot. Flower prices go up around Valentines Day, Mothers Day, etc. We also may charge a higher price for Memorial, Labor and Easter weekends.
Do you charge for consultations or mock-ups?
We do not charge for consultations. We would prefer to meet with you at our home studio, but arrangements can be made to meet elsewhere if needed. In our consultation suite, you can get a good idea of who we are and our style, plus we have tons of photos, magazines and inspiration boards to look at. We are happy to provide mock-ups close to the date of your event so we can use materials that are in season at the same time. We would charge according to what we pay for the materials used for the mock-up.
What is your policy on deposits and final payments?
When you receive your proposal and we have made any changes necessary, a $500 non-refundable deposit and a signed copy of the proposal is due to save the date. After we receive your deposit we are under contract. 30 days before your event, final changes and final payment are due. Please be aware that your date is never saved until the deposit is received, we will try to contact you if there is another inquiry for your date.
How much do you charge for delivery and set up?
Our delivery charge for local delivery and set up is $185. That price will be raised for every extra 30 miles and/or if your event has a particularly difﬁcult or large-scale set up. We typically rent a cargo van for delivery, but also own an amazing, classic ’57 Chevy pickup (that has won in many car shows) that we occasionally use for delivery. If available, you are welcome to use it for photos.