10 Questions with Betty Buynak

Flowers For Dreams

Florist - Betty Buynak

10 Questions with Betty Buynak

1. Introduction: What's your story?

Hey there! I'm Betty Buynak, wedding designer at Flowers For Dreams Detroit. We are the third of two sister locations in Chicago and Milwaukee. We give 25% of our proceeds to local charities and recently started a non-profit called The Flowers For Dreams Foundation to increase our impact. Our belief lies in the community, outreach, giving and promoting causes to uplift those most vulnerable. Everyone on the design team has colorful background in floral, with years of experience and a drive to go the extra mile. Each day we motivate and dedicate ourselves to create not only unique, sustainable floral but impactful experiences for events and weddings. We each stand by our company's value which are to Do Good, Take Risks, Challenge Yourself, Act Fast, and Make It Beautiful.

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

Each designer is equipped with years of experience in the fast moving floral industry. We cater from small to large scale with close attention to our clients. Flowers for Dreams Detroit itself has 57 and counting weddings and events in the Detroit area.

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

We ask for at least 2 months in advance at the moment, but are booking well into 2022 at this point. It's never too early to book with us! Please keep in mind we are a growing team and would love to help (even last minute!).

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

Our florals are priced on an as needed basis. Depending on the designs being asked for, the scale and premium stems that might be used we will start with a preliminary consultation to get an idea of what a bride might be looking for, and within the next week will send a proposal with a cost breakdown an photo references. We are currently offering micro-weddings as COVID has changed the atmosphere around weddings, and are willing to accommodate as needed offering higher end options as well.

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

We begin with a preliminary meeting virtually or by phone (and as restrictions let up this will change to in person!) and after the initial quote is sent we will work tirelessly with the bride and groom to make sure everything is updated, correct, scaled up or down as needed, with changes up until their big day. We like communication to be open and make sure to be available for any questions they might have through the process. We know weddings are stressful and we'd like the process to be as smooth as possible.

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

Depending on the scale of the event, it can be from one to three people at the moment. It's usually a team of two at the capacity Michigan is currently allowing at events, and we pride ourselves on being as efficient as possible to bring your vision to life.

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

We focus on a modern style, unafraid to venture into avant garde, but love to delve into other options that the bride may be looking for. You name it - we can do it. Our trained staff is more than equipped to give you a stellar design pulling from multiple influences. Boho, rustic, English garden - the options are entirely open.

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

There will be the wedding designer you worked with on-site at the venue to set-up with another team member. (Extra hands are always helpful). We offer a 'strike' as well, meaning we will come back to procure the rentals whatever those may be for the night. We also offer room flips as well as delivery and setup to multiple locations.

9. What happens to the flowers after the wedding?

The flowers (depending on if the vessels were purchased) are more than likely going to end up being cleaned up by us unless otherwise specified! All too often we have purchased vessels given away as gifts at the end of the night. We are more than happy for the bridal party to take with them their complimentary bouquet vases, as well as any other florals they may be interested in. We just ask that any rented item is returned! Otherwise - please take them home and enjoy them!

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

If you need to reschedule your date, we can transfer your deposit to a new date for no additional cost as long as it is not a holiday weekend. We do ask if possible to pay the final balance by the original due date (14 days prior to the event), but we can be flexible if needed. If capacity limits are an issue (say the wedding needs to be downsized due to special circumstances), and you have already paid your deposit, if the final scope of work falls below the deposit amount we will refund the difference. We ask for any changes 30 days prior to your event date. If a wedding needs to be completely cancelled, our deposits are non-refundable as the amount of time, work, and the flower order will still need to be compensated. We are of course flexible - we know these are COVID times and that things get messed up, and will be understanding of each unique situation.



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