Frequently Asked Questions

DO YOU PREFER TO BE CALLED JANIE OR JANELLE?

Either is fine, I answer to both. Janie is short for Janelle. Janie was my nickname when I started specializing in wedding floral design in Lethbridge at a local flower shop. I was also called Janie in La Paz, Bolivia where we first started Flowers by Janie as Janelle was harder for locals to pronounce (I was often mistakenly called Janette).

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our floral studio is located in Southeast Calgary, Alberta in the community of Deer Run. We are minutes away from some beautiful Calgary wedding venues including The Lake House, The Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant and Meadow Muse Pavilion. We do not include our address as consultations are by appointment only. We serve Calgary as well as Canmore, Banff and surrounding areas in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Destination weddings are welcome.

HOW DO I BOOK A COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATION?

Fill out the contact form or visit our book a consultation page. You can also contact us at 403-700-8299 or email info@flowersbyjanie.com

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO A CONSULTATION?

Before you book your floral consultation you should have your dress, bridesmaid's dresses and colour palette chosen as well as your venue established. We will need this information to help you choose the best flower combinations for you, your attendants and your venue. Please bring photos of your floral inspiration and photos of your bridal gown. This will help us achieve an overall picture of what you are looking for in wedding flowers and style. Visit our blog titled How to Prepare for your Wedding Floral Consultation for more tips on how you can prep.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I ORDER MY WEDDING FLOWERS?

You should order your wedding flowers 6-8 months before your wedding. We book a limited number of weddings & events per weekend so book early to ensure your date is available. 

HOW CAN I SECURE MY WEDDING DATE?

We ask for a non refundable reservation retainer equal to 50% of the total floral order along with a signed contract. The remaining balance with damage deposit (if you are renting vases) is due three weeks prior to the wedding/event date. No dates are secured or held without a signed contract and the reservation retainer. We do not tentatively book wedding dates.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I BUDGET FOR WEDDING FLOWERS?

First of all, as a couple, you need to decide how important fresh flowers are for your wedding day. Some couples may not care much for florals and others may want the wedding overflowing with big, beautiful blooms and lush foliage.

Most wedding magazines and online wedding blogs suggest that you should allocate a floral budget of about 10-15% of your overall wedding budget. If you are looking for Pinterest-worthy, fine-art inspired, lush designs you may want to consider a floral budget of 20-25% of your total wedding budget. Most of our couples spend between $3,000-$6,000 but some spend less and some spend more! 

Minimum spends

Our minimum wedding flower financial commitment is $1,000, before gst & delivery, during our low wedding season from November through April and $2,500, before gst & delivery, during our peak wedding season from May through October due to high demand and limited availability for bookings.

For couples who don't meet our minimum spend

For couples needing only a few flowers for their special day and don't meet our minimum spend, our "Janie's Pick" option might be a perfect fit for you. "Janie's Pick" is our designers choice option for couples wanting high quality blooms and designs that fit a tighter budget.

How it works: We arrange a 10-15 minute Phone/Skype consultation and you tell us your floral style, colour palette and the quantities of items you are needing. Our lead designer will choose the blooms that fit your budget, colours and wedding style based on the information you have supplied. We will take into account flower allergies and flower preferences to bring you beautiful, fresh wedding floral arrangements. "Janie's Pick" is not available for August weddings or weddings taking place over long weekends. Delivery and set up is not offered with "Janie's Pick" designs but flowers can be picked up from our floral studio in Southeast Calgary. In-studio, 1 hour consultations are not included in the "Janie's Pick" option.

Please read our blog post titled The Truth About Wedding Flower Pricing if you'd like to understand more about the costs associated with wedding flowers.

WHAT IS YOUR PRICING?

We have a wide range of pricing depending on the needs of our clients. We have worked with floral budgets from $1,000 up to $15,000 with most couples spending somewhere between $3,000-$6,000 for all of their wedding day flowers. 

  • Bridal bouquets range between $225-425
  • Bridesmaid bouquets range between $100-$175
  • Boutonnières/Corsages range between $15-35
  • Low centrepieces range between $30-200
  • Elevated centrepieces range between $250-500
  • Large ceremony arrangements range between $250-800
  • Large swags or arch flowers range between $250-$1000
  • Flower crowns range between $35-100
  • Foliage and floral garlands range between $20/ft-$50/ft

Pricing is based on size, style, flower varieties used and complexity of the design. We use high quality local and imported fresh flowers so that your flowers are nothing less than stunning. We would be happy to meet with you for a complimentary consultation to prepare a custom proposal based on your specific floral needs. Please fill out the contact form, email us at info@flowersbyjanie.com or call 403-700-8299.

WHAT ARE YOUR DELIVERY, SET UP & TAKE DOWN FEES?

Our delivery, set up and take down fees are determined by event location and the amount of flowers to be delivered and set up/taken down. Please contact us for a complimentary consultation to learn more about these services.

CAN I PROVIDE MY OWN FLOWERS OR DIY FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS?

Our policy is that if you hire us as your wedding/event florist we will supply all the fresh floral bouquets and arrangements for your event using our reputable floral wholesalers and flower farms. This is to ensure a high quality product and consistency in design for all aspects of your event flowers. You will want all of your flowers looking their best for your big day!

WHAT IS TRENDING FOR FLORAL DESIGN IN 2017?

For 2017, expect to see the use of lots of leafy foliage in wedding flower design. The Pantone colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery, which is a yellow-green shade found very commonly in nature (trees, grass, moss). Floral archways, garlands and hanging floral installations will also be popular. Read more about what is trending for 2017 wedding floral design here.

DO YOU OFFER WEDDING FLOWER PACKAGES?

We do not offer fixed packages because each couple is different. We work with you individually to design your own personal and unique wedding flower package.

DO YOU WORK ON NON WEDDING RELATED EVENTS?

Of course! Check out our Corporate & residential tab for information about hiring us for your company event or personal non-wedding celebration. Email us about your event, we would love to chat with you!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLOWER?

I (Janie) love all flowers but my absolute favorites are roses, peonies and hyacinths. Peonies are big and showy, hyacinths have an amazing fragrance and roses are a romantic classic that come in hundreds of colours and work with any bridal style!

WHAT FLOWERS ARE AVAILABLE AND WHAT IS THE AVAILABILITY?

Many flowers are available year round (prices may fluctuate) but there are some blooms that only have seasonal availability such as peonies, muscari, anemones etc. and if asked for out of season will be very expensive or not available at all.

Holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, International Women’s Day and All Saints Day (practiced in Europe & South America) will affect flower prices and availability. Weather conditions and natural disasters also impact flower availability and pricing. Please contact us, Email or Call 403-700-8299 to book a complimentary consultation to discuss flower options and availability for your wedding/event date.

 Photo Credit: Heart & Sparrow Photography