Stems Floral Design

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Feel free to email additional questions to stems@stems-floral.com or call us at (707) 546-7522.

 

How much will my wedding flowers cost?

Getting directly to the bottom line is often difficult in the floral industry because there are so many variables that can determine the final cost of your event.  Flowers are subject to seasonal availability and market pricing.  Any bloom that is imported will be more expensive.  Arrangements vary in density, from loose and airy to lush and compact.  And often blooms are priced according to a quality grading system.  Our team will work with you to adhere to your budget as much as possible and we will offer suggestions that will steer you in the right direction.   With that said, we can provide you with some average pricing for various wedding elements.  

Bridal bouquet: $150-250, Bridesmaids’ bouquets: $75-100 each, Flower Girls: $25-55 each, Boutonnieres (for the gentlemen): $15 each, Corsages (for the ladies): $30 each, Low centerpieces: $55-$125 each, Tall centerpieces: $125-$250 each, Ceremony arch or chuppah (including rental): $250 and up, Large ceremony arrangements: $100-$200 each, Chair/pew decorations: $25 each, Rose petals for aisle: $75-250, Cake flowers: $50, Toss bouquet: $35.

Do you have a minimum? 

Yes.  In order to ensure the highest quality of service, we have decided to establish a $2000.00 minimum order for all of our delivered weddings on Fridays through Sundays during our peak wedding,  May through October.  We are happy to design and arrange weddings of any size, but if it does not meet our minimum we will package it for transport and require that it is picked up from the Stems retail shop in Santa Rosa, or one of our two Petaluma locations of our sister store Vanda Floral Design.  

What are my first steps in selecting a florist?

There are a few different ways that we can get the ball rolling.  If you live in the area or will be visiting Sonoma and would like to schedule a consultation time, we are available on weekdays between 9am and 4pm and some Saturday mornings.  Keep in mind that our weekends are typically dedicated to our events and Saturday appointments often book up weeks in advance. We are more flexible during the week and can accommodate evening appointments with advanced notice.   If you are not able to visit our studio, we are happy to schedule a telephone consultation at a time that is convenient for you.  Aside from that, we have an information gathering floral questionnaire that you can complete and return to us.  The information provided is typically enough to draft a preliminary estimate and give you a ballpark idea of what your wedding flowers can cost.  

Is there a deposit required to save the date? Can I make changes after that point?

We require a 30% retainer to save the date for your wedding flowers.  We understand that our contract is a working document that will not be finalized until you determine the details of your event.  We are flexible and anticipate changes until two weeks prior to your wedding.  At that time, we require all final changes to be submitted and the balance paid in full.

Do you have a delivery or service charge?

We are happy to provide any level of service that your event might require.  Our delivery and set-up charge is based on a number of factors, including: location, timing, and volume of work required.  When you meet with a member of our team, we will go over all of the options available for your event. 

Can you provide any items for rent?

We have an extensive inventory of decor options available for rent.  Our selection includes vases, elevated risers, candelabras, lanterns, pillars, chuppahs, votive holders, arbors and more.  We are happy to discuss all of your rental options and create a package that is specifically tailored to your event.