Welcome back to another installment of Friendor Fridays! Today we are featuring our fave floral ladies over at Petal + Vine. These two sisters are some of our favorites in the industry. We planned Anna's wedding last year and are currently full steam ahead with Molly's upcoming nuptials as well! We recommend Molly and Anna to literally all of our couples and couldn't have picked a better team to collaborate with on our styled shoot in Ireland just a couple of months ago. I am so lucky to call these two my real life BFFs! Okay, now that I'm done gushing, let's get to the Q&A.
Tell us a little about yourselves and Petal + Vine!
Hi everyone! Our names are Molly and Anna, we are sisters, besties, and flower loving boss babes. We grew up with a love of creating and we continue to explore new and exciting avenues that push our boundaries. We started Petal and Vine in 2015 after our “just for fun hobby” turned into a more consistent endeavor. We have been able to slowly grow our little business while maintaining our 'day jobs' into what it is today!
While growing up, our mom always had a love for gardening, and our dad would get outside in nature any chance he got, so naturally our love of both started at an early age. We love being able to create with our hands and provide a product that will put a smile on someone’s face, whether it’s a singular rose, or a lush bridal bouquet. Along with being sisters, our husband/fiancé are also best friends from Gonzaga University, which makes date nights fun with the four of us! When we aren't playing with flowers, Molly loves to go wine tasting, check out new and yummy restaurants with her fiancé Jason, and is busy in the finally stages of planning her own wedding in September with the help of her good friend and fellow boss babe Alex with Willow and Ivy, herself. Anna loves painting, playing with her 90 pound lap dog Bowie, seeing any live music she can, and brewery hopping with her husband, Kevin. [Editor's Note: Anna & Kevin's wedding was featured here on our blog on Wednesday! Go check it out!]
At what point in the planning process should a florist be chosen? How many weddings do you guys take and how early in advance do you book up?
Typically when choosing a florist, it's good to start browsing early for someone you like based on their style. A lot of florists have minimums and reaching out for basic info like dates, availability, and price range is something you can do 12+ months out (personally we don't book more than 16 months out). Our process usually works best when our client reaches out to us 8-12 months in advance for date availability. If we are available on the clients selected date, we will disclose our minimum and what our pricing structure is. If that’s something the potential client is okay with, we will set up the initial in-person meeting and place a soft hold on that date. This meeting is our chance to get to know the clients, and for them to get to know us. One of our favorite spots to meet new clients is Lady Yum for macaroons and bubbles!
After this meeting, if the client is a good fit for us and we feel we can make their floral dreams come true, we have them sign our contract. From there the time line is based on the clients needs. Each client is different. During our “wedding season” (typically April - October), we won’t book more than 3 weddings a month. We do have day jobs, and 3 weddings is a manageable amount for us. We won’t book more than 1 wedding on the same day unless special circumstances are involved.