Quill + Oak is based in Hamilton, Ontario. For full-service weddings (ie. personal flowers, ceremony and reception arrangements and delivery and full set-up) Q+O is available from beautiful Niagara wine country to Toronto with its fun, hip energy. Thinking of someplace more exotic? Let us know if you are interested in securing floral services for your destination wedding.
Full-service weddings: You’re looking for personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages for the wedding party and honoured guests), flowers to frame the ceremony space, arrangements to gussy up your reception, and you need Q+O to deliver and set-up all these items and possibly to return to pick-up any rental items.d
Personal flowers: Maybe you don’t need table centrepieces for your reception and maybe your ceremony won’t call for extra floral embellishments. All you need is bouquets and boutonnieres for your wedding party and maybe a few extra bits for your honoured guests. I’d love to help you out with those!
Intimate Event: You are planning a special birthday or anniversary party and you are looking to up the elegance by adding gorgeous fresh flowers.
Everyday Deliveries (get well flowers, a sympathy arrangement…etc): These are not currently part of the standard offering, but I can occasionally accommodate these requests. This is especially the case for past clients looking to send a special arrangement (anniversary surprise anybody?). Get in touch via email at email@example.com to inquire.
Every event is priced out individually. This totally depends on the scale of the individual pieces, the scale of the event and how many areas you are hoping to decorate. For 2018 full-service weddings, we require a $2500 minimum spend before delivery, set-up and taxes. Personal flower orders require a $800 minimum spend before delivery and taxes. Check out the Investment section for a more in-depth budget discussion.
Head on over to the Wedding Inquiry Form to get the ball rolling. Don’t be intimidated by the form! I ask quite a few questions but this initial step is super important – it really helps me get a good idea of what you are looking for and sets the stage for a good consultation. After that, I’ll get in touch to discuss a time for us to talk all about the special day you’re planning. If you have a non-wedding/event question get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t already given me a link to a Pinterest board through the contact form, please send a few examples of arrangements and bouquets that you are really drawn to. Sometimes this is colour palette specific, sometimes it’s style specific – as long as you are drawn to it. We will talk about what you like and what you don’t to help me pin down your personal wedding style. Also, feel free to send photos of your dress, your invites or other details that help sum up the vibe you are hoping to achieve.
I will sit down and distill our conversation, your inspiration images and my ideas into a Proposal document. This document will include all the important numbers and some reference photos so you can get a good idea of what I would be able to do for your wedding. If you’d like to make some changes or see another option, no problem. The consultation process includes one proposal revision before we move onto booking.
To book your day, I require a non-refundable retainer equivalent to 40% of the proposal total and a signed client agreement. I can’t hold your date without both. Once you’re booked, I will check in with you once at 10 weeks out and again at about 6 weeks out from your wedding. Final changes/additions can be made up to 4 weeks out at which point I require final confirmation and payment.
Mock-ups are not included in your wedding flower proposal or invoice. If you decide you’d like to add a floral mock-up and in-personal final meeting, it will start at $300 (and up depending on the scale of your tablescape…etc). This meeting will be scheduled before final confirmation of all the details – likely around the 5 or 6 week mark.
Generally, mock-ups serve to show clients what they will be getting on their big day which can be a great assurance when it comes to something like your place settings and tableware. Unfortunately, the flower markets can change dramatically within 6 weeks. This means your mock-up will likely not be a true representation of what you will see on your wedding day… this kind of defeats the purpose of a mock-up in the first place! Because of this variability, I encourage clients to forgo the mock-up, trust the vision and save the surprise and excitement for the big day.
Quill + Oak is all about style that is natural and organic feeling. I often hear the word “rustic” being thrown around but really what I go for is casual elegance. I am not into covering everything in burlap nor will you find me hanging crystals all over the place. For me, the crux of a beautiful arrangement is letting the soul of each flower, each branch, each berry dazzle. I love to showcase the beauty of natural imperfections that each flower has. I like to put the focus on the flowers, buds, seed pods and arrange them to mimic how they look in nature – with the artistic editing that helps them look composed and at their best. My style is simultaneously casual but elegant, grounded in nature but composed by human hands.
My flowers come from a few different places. Year round, but especially between June and October, I try to source as much local product as possible. I do this for two reasons – I love knowing the people who laboured over my flowers. I also love knowing that I’m contributing to other local and small businesses. Lastly, I love specialty blooms and many of them just don’t travel well so sourcing them locally is the best bet to have them looking their best. During the rest of the year, I still try to source product from Canadian growers because I feel like it helps achieve a natural and seasonal look (think blue berry cedar in December or cherry branches in February and March). The remaining blooms come from flower producers around the world via a handful of reputable wholesalers.
Everybody knows that buying stuff in-season is going to help maximize your dollars. That’s why you’ll notice a huge difference in quality and price if you compare peaches in August to peaches in December. When it comes to flowers, the same principles apply. If you have something really particular in mind, think about when you see it in abundance and then plan your date around that time. If you are getting married in May, lilac will be abundant. June means peonies will be everywhere. Lily of the Valley comes up in droves right between the lilac and peonies. If you want dahlias you’re looking at September and early October.
Buy flowers out of season will come with a huge price tag or be completely unavailable. If you are getting married outside of prime Southern Ontario growing season, don’t fret. Many spring flowers – think tulips, anemones, ranunculus, fritillaria – are at their peak on the wholesale market from December to March, a time when most of us are still stuck in parkas. Further, with the help of agricultural advancements, many varieties of flowers – standard roses, spray roses, snap dragons, carnations (Yes! We love them!!) etc – are now available relatively consistently throughout the year. I will make suggestions about what will suit your colour palette, style and date with seasonality in mind.
I have a small selection of rentals including vases, votives, lanterns, columns, arbour structure. My collection is not extensive but it is always growing. I love bringing in new inventory for clients with an inspiring vision. I also know a handful of lovely people who specialize in decor rentals of varying styles.
The rental fee is usually about half the regular retail price, so renting can save on your floral total. Just make sure to consider how rental items will be returned. If you have a smaller/simpler event, you might decide to pack everything up and return the items back to the studio yourself. Certain large pieces like an arbour structure or large ceremony arrangements with columns require pick-up. As with any rental agreement – any items that are damaged or lost while in your care (including during your event or before they are returned to the studio if you opt to return them yourself) will be charged at the full retail value.
Pricing for delivery and setup are based on the distance from the Hamilton studio, the number of delivery locations, the amount or scale of pieces being transported, and the complexity of the set-up. The fee for rental pick-up will vary similarly depending on distance to the venue, whether it can be done the next day or if it must be late at night immediately following the event.