the petal

FAQs

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and we know there are so many questions brides have about flowers and design for their big day. So, we thought it would be a good idea to take some time to answer some FAQs we get all the time.

DO YOU HAVE SAMPLE PRICING?

We understand you are searching for more information as you build your budget. Because there are so many factors in determining the overall cost of florals for your wedding day we feel it’s necessary to set up a consultation first to get a better idea of what you are looking for before we provide you with an estimate. This way you will get a customized estimate that fits your needs and vision. That said, we do have a $2,500 minimum for weddings and a $500 minimum for personals before taxes.

We do offer services for smaller events including bridal showers, corporate events, baby showers, birthdays, etc. These services are based on a la cart pricing.

DO WE RENT OUR VASES?

YES, we have a large assortment of rental items including vases, candles, candelabras, stands, archs, backdrops, fabric, etc. This is a great way for us to use the items we are passionate about (or obsessed with) that work well with our designs and aesthetic.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE SET UP AND TAKE DOWN?

Our team will work directly with the venue to coordinate set up and take down for every event so you don’t have to worry about the details (you have plenty to worry about that day!).

HOW MANY EVENTS DO YOU DO A DAY?

To ensure we can devote enough attention to detail for each event we only book one event per day.

WHEN SHOULD I REACH OUT TO TALK FLOWERS FOR MY EVENT?

Depending on what season your event is in we recommend reaching out as soon as you have your venue booked. We book 12-18 months in advance in peak wedding months. It doesn’t mean we don’t have availability, so feel free to reach out, but since we only accept a limited number of weddings and events a year we recommend booking sooner rather than later.

DO YOU ONLY DESIGN FOR WEDDINGS?

Although we do love weddings we also love a good party or event. Ask us about decor and florals for your upcoming birthday party, shower, bar/bat mitzvah or corporate event. We’d love to be a part of it!

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS AFTER AN INQUIRY?

After we hear from you we will set up an initial consultation over the phone to get a better idea of what you are looking for, what things you love and maybe the things you don’t like so much. As a follow up to our discussion we will provide a proposal with a style board so you can visualize your event. If you’d like to book that day on our calendar (which we hope you do!) we would need a deposit and signed contract to hold that day. We can continue to make adjustments as we get closer to your event, but this way you are confirmed for that day.

LeKeziah + Mike

This wedding had so many amazing details that really took the venue to a whole new level. And how can you go wrong with classic white and green? Not to mention the cake was seriously one of my all time favs - those greens were made for that cake. The couple was absolutely gorgeous and their intimate ceremony and reception was so lovely. I was so lucky to work with the incredibly talented Kristen Cloyd Photography who captured these stunning photos.

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Jackie + Candido

When I met Jackie and Candido I knew we were going to work so well together. They are such an adorable couple, filled with love and enthusiasm for their wedding day (like all couples I know, but trust me when I say they are SO cute). Then when I found out they chose one of my favorite venues I was overjoyed. The Armour House is an incredible location for a wedding, from the dreamy garden landscape, to the marble details, the fountain and lets not forget that staircase…..swoon…That staircase is what dreams are made of. Jackie and I were on the same page when I told her we HAD To make that the focal of the room. And it was so worth it.

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Shanele + Andrew

This sweet couple was looking for an elegant, romantic wedding filled with varying shades of lavender and plum.  I don't typically work with these colors, so I was really excited to get my hands on something a bit different.  So happy with how everything turned out!  

Photographer: Event Tide Wind

Photographer: Event Tide Wind

Taylor + Kyle

Neutrals are always a favorite of mine - just take a look at my closet!  Classic centerpieces and bouquets with lush greenery and soft tones were perfect for this couple as well.  And when the bride requested a cascading bouquet I was all over it!  Bring on the cascade for 2018!

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100 Layer Cake feature

When Christi Lee Photography reached out to do a styled shoot at the new Company 251 venue I couldn’t say no. Not only is she the sweetest and incredible to work with, but the venue is to die for. I mean seriously, the marble tables are everything! Check out more photos from our amazing shoot as featured on 100 Layer Cake.

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Venue: Company 251

Photo: Christi Lee Photography

Florals: The Petal

Dress: Victoria Kyriakides

Table Design: Christi Lee Photography

Paper Goods: Christi Lee Photography

Lakeshore in Love

Not only was this gorgeous shoot featured in Wedding Chicks, but we also got published in Lakeshore in Love!! What a great day with amazing vendors. Check out the full feature on Lakeshore in Love.

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Danielle + Chris

Photographer: Melissa Isai Photography

Venue: Room 1520

Cassie + Josh

A rainy day in April didn't stop these two from having a stunning wedding at the incredibly gorgeous South Shore Cultural Center.  And can I just take a second to gush over these photos by Hello Rose Photography, I mean seriously!!  They are absolutely dreamy.  

Photographer: Hello Rose Photography

Venue: South Shore Cultural Center

Floral Design: The Petal

Dress: Hayley Paige

Happy New Year!

Bring it on 2017!  

This year was incredible.  I honestly couldn't have done it without the support of my family and the amazing clients I've worked with.  Seriously though, I have the BEST clients!  So honored they let me be creative and to make magic on their wedding days.  

I've learned and grown a lot this year and I can't wait to see what's in-store for 2017.  Growing as a florist and a business has been a process, but after 2 years of The Petal I can finally say I'm completely confident and happy with where my brand is going, who I am as a designer, and all the possibilities for the future.  

Here are some highlights from this year.  

April florals

I'm so sorry I'm behind on my blog.  Here is an arrangement and bouquet I did in April in mauve, white, and burgundy.  I love the color combination, it's so rich and elegant.  And, I really can't get enough of astrantia.  It's seriously one of my favorite flowers right now.  

DIY garden-inspired centerpiece for spring

Spring is in full bloom here in Chicago and I am loving seeing all the beautiful tree blossom and lilac in my neighborhood.  People often ask me how they can use their garden flowers to create an arrangement.  Well, last month I did a demonstration at the Macy's Flower Show on just that.  Hope you enjoy the video!  I'd love to see photos of what people create, feel free to post them in the comments!

Here is the photo of the finished product and another I did shortly after with the leftover florals.