What is a studio florist?
We are a floral design studio without a retail location. This means that our small, family owned and operated business is run from our design workshop in Marstons Mills. We book a limited number of events each season because we believe being selective ultimately serves the best interests of our valued clients.
Where do you source your flowers?
We have flowers available to us from distributors all over the globe, however we encourage our couples to take the season into consideration when selecting their flowers. This allows us to source our blooms from U.S. based farms and local growers. We use perennial greenery from our own gardens as filler and we are working to increase our floral production each season. The greens we use have been tried and tested over our time working in the industry and we are partial to the organic, garden fresh vibe they bring to any style of arrangement. We strive to shop locally and design in harmony with the season, however we must also acknowledge the time tested quality and longevity of Dutch and South American flowers. Ultimately where your flowers originate is dependent upon your preferences and their seasonal availability. We strive to incorporate local growers into our work, and we trust our suppliers for the global product that has been perfected over the course of many years.
Where do you offer your services?
We are located on Cape Cod and we are available for work in any of the surrounding areas, from New Hampshire to Connecticut and all points in between. We love to travel for work and would be happy to discuss wedding or event design in any location, just ask!
What can I expect the process of event flower planning to entail?
The first step is to reach out and see if we are available on the date of your event. Once we have established that the date is open we will send you a questionnaire to gather as much information about your vision as possible. We will take the information you provide and create a visual proposal with a mood board and flower suggestions. At this point we can meet in person, or schedule a call to discuss and edit the proposal together. Because Cape Cod is oftentimes a destination wedding location, our clients do not always live locally. We are completely comfortable working via phone, skype, or email to help you plan for your event. Once we have reached a shared vision we will create a detailed estimate based on our collaboration, which we will finalize together. When we come to an agreement, we will draw up a contract and send it to you to sign and return to Garden Party Cape Cod Inc. along with a 50% deposit to hold the date. The remaining balance will be due the day of delivery. Due to the nature of event planning, we realize that there may be changes or additions leading up to the date. To allow for this we will adjust your contract, as needed, up to three weeks prior to your event. For more information on delivery please see our pricing FAQs.
When is the best time to begin planning for my wedding/event?
The best time to contact us is after you have secured your venue, selected your attire and the attendants’ attire, and a palette or theme. This will give us a nice clear picture and a starting point for our initial proposal. We love the opportunity to execute your vision, or to help guide you with suggestions if you don’t know the first thing about flowers. While most of our brides book 10 to 12 months in advance, we have also planned large events with as little as 2 months to go before the big day. It is in your best interest to book as early as possible to secure your date, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us and check availability, even if your event is coming up.
How many events do you book over a weekend?
We limit the number of weddings we book to a two event per weekend maximum. If we are coordinating a particularly large scale event we will not take on any additional work for that date. We are a small, dedicated team of designers, and we aim to give each event the utmost care and attention to detail. By limiting our bookings, our head designers are able to have a hand in each and every item as it is being produced, ensuring the highest quality design work for your event.
Will you provide mock ups of my flowers?
We are happy to provide mock ups! Because we are a studio florist, as opposed to a retail shop, we charge a fee for the materials used in the mock up. The charge will be based on the flowers used for the mock up and the complexity of the design work. We do our best to give you all relevant examples of our work, in addition to creating a visual proposal based specifically on your preferences. In most cases this eliminates the need for a mock up and subsequent charges.
Do you offer wedding packages?
We specialize in bespoke floral designs tailored to the season, your theme, and venue. However, we also understand that in this day and age there are couples who appreciate the ease and straightforward pricing of wedding packages. With this in mind we have taken the time to curate packages which contain classic designs that can be customized based on your palette. These packages have been curated based on our industry experience and consist of tried and true flower combinations with unique bits of texture and greenery.
Do you offer rental items?
Our standard practice is to sell our centerpieces with the vessels included. There are certain designs, such as tall centerpieces, which require rental items. We will always clarify if any part of your centerpiece is a rental, and we will return to pick up any rental items at the end of the night. We also have urns, ceremony decor, potted plants, and trees available for rental. Stay tuned for a custom built ceremony arch in 2019!
Do you provide design services for events other than weddings?
We are happy to provide our full services to any event that calls for floral design work. Please see our services page for an extensive list of our offerings.