Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shop Girls Planning Weddings- Cassie


I am in an interesting situation. I am a flower shop owner. We do daily orders and deliveries with fresh and artificial flowers, and weddings! I currently have two girls working for me that are both engaged! They have very different stories. One has been with her fiancee for years and just waiting for the day he decided to buy the ring. The other is a very new relationship with a twist. This has made for quite contrasting conversations in the shop as they talk about the day they have been dreaming of. Here is a look into the lives of flower shop girls planning weddings in polar ways...


~Renee


Almost 2 years ago I was boarding a plane heading to Australia to spend a year abroad
working and traveling. Before I left everyone told me I was going to meet a guy while I
was there and never come home. I would always just laugh it off because that wasn’t the “plan” of the “goal” of the trip. I had always wanted to visit Australia and there was nothing stoping me at this time in my life so I packed a bag and was off to work at Daydream Island, a tiny island in Queensland. One week later I met a guy...

Jump ahead a year and a half and he is visiting me at home and we are engaged. I never could have expected anything like this to happen so fast, but I guess when it’s right it’s right and this is definitely right!!

So now comes the exciting but hard part, planning a wedding and life together when we currently can’t even work in the same country, but when something is too good to turn your back on you can always find a way to make it work. With that being said wedding planning has been a bit different for us, mainly because we have had these extra things to think about like visas, where we are going to live and how to do things legally. As we very quickly found out, there is a lot more to a wedding when citizenship is involved. On top of all that we decided we didn’t want to have a long, drawn out engagement and we had 4 months before my fianc├ęs visa was up, so the countdown began. From our days spent traveling across Australia and living in a tent through intense heat, ice cold nights and rain storms we quickly developed the ability to cope together with what we had at hand and learn’t we are generally always on the same page, thankfully this was also true when it came to what we wanted for our wedding. This definitely made planning a wedding in a few months much easier.

We want to keep it very small, with just family and close friends and we wanted the reception to feel more like a family get together. We aren’t having a traditional DJ/party type reception, we are focusing more on a big family dinner, with a 40 foot long table to keep the intimate family feel. So this went hand in hand with lawn games and a relaxed hangout type atmosphere. We put together our own playlists for each part of the night and will have them playing in the background throughout the night! Our main goal is to have the night just be a wonderful night with the people we are closest to. We have heard from so many people that your entire wedding day is a blur and you don't even remember it, we really wanted it to be a night we truly remember and fully enjoy, so we are keeping it small, intimate and simple.

I will say working in the industry has helped us keep things simple. Not only do we have flowers covered, but working with a florist you meet a lot of other people in the industry so I went into this whole planning thing with an idea of who we wanted to work with. I am also a pastry chef so we are having one of my close friends and fellow pastry chefs make our cake and another close friend is a photographer so we are having her do our photography. One of my top tips is to choose a photographer you feel comfortable with, they are the only vendor that will be with you almost all day. The hardest thing to decide on was the venue. We were after a specific look, which included trees and green, which can be a challenge in Arizona. We also found that a lot of venues want to cater to larger events and we were going to be charged for at least 50 people even though we were planning to have around 35. We did eventually find the perfect place which is a very casual and outdoors so it is perfect for our laid back, family gathering. Everything has seemed to come together just as it was meant to and now the day is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited. I am looking forward to all the family and friends we have coming into town and I’m glad we got everything taken care of ahead of time so we can enjoy time with everyone while they are here. Another good tip, don’t expect everything to go perfectly, whether you are having a big gathering, an intimate dinner or even eloping something will most likely go wrong at some point. Just remember don’t stress the small stuff and have fun! It will get stressful but don’t let that take over, focus on all the fun and enjoy every minute of it!

Twelve days after the wedding we will hop on a plane back to Australia. In those 12 days we will be rushing to get my name changed on all my documents, including a rushed passport, stuffing as much as I can into 3 suitcases, because I stole one of his, and saying our farewells to family and friends. When we get back to Australia we are doing a small ceremony and dinner with his family who couldn’t make it here and then it’s back to reality. I will apply for my permanent resident visa and we plan to stay as long as it takes to gain citizenship. During this time he will apply for his green card, then we plan to come back to the US to get his citizenship. We still have a long way to go, but as I said before when something is to good to turn your back on you can always find a way to make it work, and that is just what we plan to do together!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Shop Girls Planning Weddings-Jessica


I am in an interesting situation. I am a flower shop owner. We do daily orders and deliveries with fresh and artificial flowers, and weddings! I currently have two girls working for me that are both engaged! They have very different stories. One has been with her fiancee for years and just waiting for the day he decided to buy the ring. The other is a very new relationship with a twist. This has made for quite contrasting conversations in the shop as they talk about the day they have been dreaming of. Here is a look into the lives of flower shop girls planning weddings in polar ways...


~Renee


This blog post might be a little strange, odd and unusual because honestly there aren’t many out there like this. So here it goes.


This is coming from a bride that works in the Wedding Industry. Crazy right?!


Let me just say first off how unbelievably thankful I am to have the experience that I do. Wedding Planning can be a real nightmare and quite frankly overwhelming for many people. Except for those few that know what they are generally doing(and trust me I don't know it all!).


First up: Bridal Expos


Forget it! BEYOND overwhelming for me, I can’t even imagine how those feel to a bride that has NO clue where they are doing, what they want, pink or purple, tulle or lace.
Also keep in mind, when I decided to embark on this journey I had a lot already planned. My date was picked, venue booked, photographer booked, florist booked, dress picked and caterer almost booked.


The gist- You are asked 1,000’s of questions by hundreds of vendors; do you have your venue, have you set a date, what dress are you wearing, what underwear are your bridesmaid wearing? Yes, they asked about Underwear. (Special day of underwear for your bridesmaids, I’m sorry but WHY?!) On top of all of that, you have to write your info down for each vendor you talk to. Imagine writing your address, phone number, email and wedding date 1,000 times in one day(P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way Sydney.. oh wait that wasn't it...)


Among those vendor questions are your own- Are these the best vendors, where does my information go, how many pieces of paper can one person get in a day!
Oh yes then the organizers of the Expo give your info to alllll those vendors that participated, you know what that means, EMAILS! Be prepared to quit your job and take on your inbox fully. Also, remember all that paper I talked about earlier- yea it is still sitting in a free bridal bag under my desk. I’ll get to it in like 2 years I’m sure.


My advice- make address labels with your info on it(Name, email, address, phone number, wedding date) That way you just have to stick one of those on their form and move on. (your writing hand will thank me later.) Create a separate wedding email, Your welcome. That way all of the emails you get from caterers, and dress shops, DJ's and Photobooths are all in one spot and not in your personal email.
If you are a person that overwhelms easily, or gets stressed easily, don’t go. I know this event is usually on a bride’s check off list. If you feel you can take it on, go for it! (they usually have a bar, hit that up first then walk around until you find the free cake)


Please know that you will not plan your ENTIRE wedding in a day at an expo with 15,000 other people. It’s just not realistic and that's ok! Don’t feel like you have to do it in that one day, no one’s that perfect. But like I said, it was on my check off list so I took my girls and we went. Cake sucked, the bar was expensive, and it was hot as crap but I got to see what it was like on the other side. We just walked around, looked at the crazy brides, got some inspiration and laughed as we checked it off the list.


This is just one of the many activities I have done so far as a bride. Lots more to come.
Who's on Second: Vendor Consultations
Who's on Third: Flowers


Stay tuned ;)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy National Fly a Kite Day!


February 8th, 

Usually just another day, but what most people don't know is that is it National Fly a Kite Day!


Its a beautiful day here in the Phoenix area, go fly a kite!



Saturday, January 23, 2016

Valentine's Day is approaching!




Are you ready.....




We are! 


Stop by, call or go online to order your special customized bouquet for that special someone in your life! 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Happy National Poinsettia Day!




The poinsettia wasn't always known as the Christmas plant. The history of the poinsettia or Cuetlaxochit, goes back to the early 1800's. 


The beautiful red plant originally was known in Central America, and thrived in areas such as Southern New Mexico. The plant was around way before Christianity even set foot in region.  The ancient Aztecs found it blooming in the tropical highlands during the very short days of winter and named it “Cuetlaxochitl.” The plant wasn't always know for its decorative qualities, but rather practical. They used the white sap as a fever reducer and would draw the purple dye from the plant in the making of cosmetics. 


If it wasn't for Joel Roberts Poinsett, we would never know about the plant! Poinsett was a medical school graduate and had a passion for botany. While visiting Mexico he fell in love with the plant and sent a few home to start working on propagating. The plant was quickly sold and was known as Poinsettia in most English speaking countries. The plant was also cultivated into a smaller plant VS it's natural state as a tree! 



Today the Christmas Poinsettia grows naturally for a very short time around the Holiday season in Mexico. The Poinsettia is now one of the most important floricultural crops in the country, according to many professional botanists and at present poinsettia production is valued at approximately $9 million annually and involves over 700 producers statewide. December 12th is now celebrated as National Poinsettia Day, marking the date of Poinsett’s death, celebrating his life and his discovery, and noting his unfathomable enjoyment of the lush plants. And, just as Poinsett would have it; the Poinsettia, whether white, red or pink, remains one of the most frequently sold and delivered Christmas Christmas decorations in America during the holiday season.