10 Questions with Arthur Williams

WeddingRule Interviewed one of the most popular and highly sought-after wedding florists & floral designer in Colorado, Arthur Williams of Babylon Floral Design. Denver based Arthur is the founder and owner of Babylon Floral Design.

Babylon Floral Design

Florist - Arthur Williams

10 Questions with Arthur Williams

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Arthur Williams AIFD, EMC, CFD, CPF is known for his floral headdresses and the use of natural tension in his work. With a background in gardening, sculpture, and photography, he entered the floral industry in 1996, and opened his own business, Babylon Floral Design, Inc., in 2004. One of the first seven people in Colorado to become a Certified Professional Florist, he is also a Certified Floral Designer at the national level. Arthur was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2015 and just completed EMC, the European Master Certification program Cycle 3 in 2016.

Arthur has been featured in the 2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-17, and 2018-19 editions of International Floral Art. His work made the Spring 2013 cover of the French floral art magazine Nacre and was also featured in the winter 2016 edition. Arthur’s work has been in many Colorado publications, he has contributed to Florists’ Review magazine and was profiled in the book 50-Mile Bouquet by author Debra Prinzing. In 2018, Arthur took home a Bronze Medal for his work for the annual World Flower and Garden Show in Japan. He is a past Creative in Residence at the Denver Art Museum and is currently on the selection committee for the program.

Every piece is a collaboration between Arthur and the materials. An organic medium demands an organic process, and each placement dictates the next. Layers, color, texture are all informed by the structure, which comes from the plants themselves. Contrast and harmony blend into each other and unify. The very nature of living materials makes them impermanent. Arthur considers what is yet to come when positioning a bud yet to blossom, or a full bloom that will decline. A floral work of art is alive and transitory, and cannot be possessed; it can only be experienced. There is perfection in the imperfections of nature's sculptures, and bringing them together in simple, striking beauty is Arthur's gift.

2. What's your experience as a wedding florist business? How many weddings are in there in your portfolio?

We don't base our success on quantity, just quality. We are very choosy on whom we work with, we value artistic freedom above all.

3. How far in advance do couples need to secure your services?

2 months for intimate weddings or personal flowers and 6 months for larger events.

4. How do you price your floral arrangements? What are the different packages that you offer and which one is your most popular package?

This list is just to give a prospective bride an idea of what type of costs are involved with wedding flowers. We don't quote weddings without a consultation, so if you decide you are interested in having BABYLON Floral do your wedding, please call to make an appointment for a consultation early in your wedding planning process as dates fill up fast!

Bridal Bouquets start at $225 and Structural bouquets start at $275

Bridesmaids Bouquets start at $75

Boutonnieres start at $15.00

Corsages start at $25 for pinned type and $35 for wristlet

Centerpieces start at $55

$50 consultation fee that is applied to the wedding floral total bill.

We offer creative solutions to work with your overall wedding budget.
Bringing pictures of your bridal dress, your bridesmaids dresses, your venue, to the consultation will be helpful.

5. How many meetings will you have with the couple, and how will they be involved?

Each wedding is a collaboration and each one will be unique.

6. Who else is in your team and how many people on your staff will be at the wedding?

Each wedding is unique. We have 4 permanent staff members but often bring in accredited designers from across the country.

7. How would you describe your design style? (e.g. traditional, modern, rustic, organic)

We can accommodate all styles but our unique style is modern European heavily influenced by the Sogetsu school of Ikebana.

8. Who will handle setup and delivery? What other services do you offer?

Each event is unique, we will staff as needed.

9. What happens to the flowers after the wedding?

If Items are rental we will pick up and coordinate with the couple what they would like to do with the flowers, repurpose or compost.

10. What is your cancellation and/or refund policy?

We do a very minimal deposit to hold the date with the balance due two weeks before. This avoids any issues if the event is canceled.

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WeddingRule Editor’s Choice 2020