10 Questions with Mariah Breitenberg

Gather Floral Design

Florist - Mariah Breitenberg

10 Questions with Mariah Breitenberg

1. Introduction: What's your story?

My name is Mariah Breitenberg and I started Gather over five years ago in my kitchen; taking orders over instagram for Easter posies. Within months I had booked my first wedding and quickly outgrew my 'home studio'.

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

Today we have our own studio space in Virginia Beach where we have created arrangements for over two hundred weddings and events. I have worked on everything from micro weddings to two hundred person weddings with large installation pieces that required big teams.

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

Typically 6-9 months ahead of the wedding date is a good time to book. However the sooner you find someone you want to work with, the better, as dates go fast!

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

I provide custom proposals to every couple. Each proposal includes inspiration images as well as the price per piece. I also offer two different services- full service includes delivery, setup and breakdown of all floral items on your wedding day and partial service is meant for smaller weddings or events, that don't need installation of items on site. Partial service is limited to items like table arrangements and personal items such as bouquets and boutonnieres and the client is responsible for picking up the items from our studio.

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

I have a list of 10ish questions I ask every couple- everything from day of details, to color palette to inspiration. Once I have the answers to those questions I'm able to put a proposal together

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

I'm lead designer and touch virtually every single arrangement that goes out the door- whether that's designing the full piece or making tweaks on something an assistant designer made. I have a delivery, setup and breakdown manager who is with me for every delivery and setup and then depending on the size of the wedding I can have anywhere from 1-5 or more assistant designers with me on site or in the studio working to prepare your flowers.

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

Loose and romantic with a modern aesthetic sums up my style. I love using a variety of different greeneries and textures in my pieces and I'm devoted to finding the perfect color combinations.

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

I'm always on site for delivery and setup as well as my delivery, setup and breakdown manager who oversees the logistics and execution of delivery and setup. We also offer breakdown services.

9. What happens to the flowers after the wedding?

If the couple specifies that they would like to send guests home with flowers they are more than welcome to take stems or even full arrangements. sometimes people use them the next day for a brunch event or brides keep their bouquets to press. More often than now however, our team breaks down the flowers at the end of the night along with all of our hard-goods so that it's one less thing for the bride and groom to 'deal' with.

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

Deposits are non refundable and the final payment is due one month before your wedding date. You can cancel anytime prior to one month before your wedding date. Once the final payment has been made and the flower order has been placed I cannot refund any money- however if you need to reschedule your event we do our best to accommodate your first choice reschedule date and credit your account with money previously paid.



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