Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a list of our frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered in here, you are more than welcome to email us and we will answer within 24 hours
When should I contact you to discuss the flowers for my event?
It depends on your wedding/event date. For the busiest times of year (May/June and September/October) the earlier you contact us the better. 8-10 months before your event date is usually sufficient to secure our services. However, quite often our clients will contact us to begin the process up to 12 months before the wedding/event. We have also planned gorgeous events for clients in a much tighter time frame- two weeks and in one case a few days! Because we book an extremely limited number of events don’t put off calling us too long.
I feel like I will need help choosing flowers and designs. Who should I bring with me to our design meeting?
Your fiancé, a friend, a family member or someone else that knows the style and look of your wedding/event can all be very helpful when making decisions and choosing flowers and designs. But limit the number of people you bring with you to our meeting to no more than two additional people. Everyone has an opinion and too many people with opinions can make our appointment long and confusing. Additionally, you should include the person that is paying for the flowers for the wedding/event, if it is not yourself, in our meeting. Being at the meeting will give them an idea of what is involved in the decor and give them a chance to ask any questions they may have at the consultation.
Do you design in silk flowers?
Holy Oak Floral Designs considers fresh flowers to be preferred to even the highest quality silk flowers. There is nothing like the smell, feel, and beauty of fresh flowers! Because of this, we do not design silk arrangements.
What if you attempt delivery and no one’s home?
We assess each delivery situation on an individual basis. If the delivery location looks safe with a protected area to keep the bouquet shaded and away from the elements, we will leave it there and follow up with a phone call to the recipient. If we are unable to leave it at the residence, our next step is to try to leave it with a neighbor. If both these options are unavailable we then leave a tag on the recipients door letting them know we were by with a special delivery. We ask that they call us to arrange a new delivery or they may come to our shop and pick up their bouquet.
How do I make my flowers last longer?
The best way to keep your flowers fresh is first to always keep the water level of the container as full as possible. Flowers not only take up water through the end of the stem, but also through the sides of the stems themselves. Keep your bouquet in a cool location in your home, away from direct sunlight or electronics and appliances that give off heat. With each bouquet we include a complimentary care tag and a packet of floral preservative. Simply follow the directions on the back of the packet to help extend the life of your flowers.
Speaking of floral preservative, what’s in that stuff?
Floral Preservatives are made up of three basic components. Sugar, for nutrition, an acidifier, to lower the water’s pH, and a class of compounds that act as stem unpluggers.
Where do your flowers come from?
We order our flowers from local growers and wholesalers who buy straight from the growers. Fresh cut varieties you see in shops today are grown all over the world, in South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and domestic nurseries in California, Florida and other warm climate states in America.
Why does the price of flowers go up during holidays?
Like other agriculture markets, the prices of products are largely dictated by supply and demand. For example, for Valentine’s Day, on average, more than 100 million roses are sold nationwide. Growers start on their rose crops after Christmas and require additional labor at all levels of production. Since the holiday falls in the middle of winter there are higher heating costs, and because of the volume of roses additional transportation and delivery are also needed. Each of these factors contributes to the proportionate cost of flowers during Valentine’s and other major floral holidays.