FAQ’s: Can You Recommend a Green [insert wedding vendor type here]?

Sure!  I’m happy to recommend caterers, invitation designers, photographers, etc. that I’ve enjoyed working with, and share Pollen’s interest in greener weddings!  Putting together a little directory of other green wedding vendors that I know seemed like a simple idea.  After talking with the folks at Spilled Ink Press, we realized that this simple idea has a lot more potential.

And the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance was born!  The CGWA is a group of like-minded vendors who are working to encourage more mindful weddings and commitment ceremonies.  We’re putting together a directory and a website, planning a workshop on greener weddings, and planning a green wedding show/tour.

The CGWA has a core group of very involved founding members.  Our first task has been to figure out how to vet candidates for membership.  Until we finalize that procedure, let me direct you to the people who have been actively involved with founding the group.

InvitationsSpilled Ink Press, Tweedle Press

VenuesLogan Square Kitchen, West Loop Studio

CaterersCity Provisions, FIG Catering, Lula Cafe

JewelryGreen Diva Jewelry

FavorsKatherine Anne Confections

PhotographyChristina Noel Photography, Light on Life Images, Vrai

PlannersLisa Gordon Events

Gifts/RegistryUrban Worm Girl

If you’re a vendor interested in getting involved with the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance (or if you are involved and I forgot to list you here!), please contact me!  You can reach me by email at lynn (at) pollenfloraldesign.com

Spilled Ink Press is a husband and wife team of former architects that now design custom wedding invitations, party invitations, stationery of all kinds, and greeting cards.

FAQ’s: Can we meet for a consultation?

Maybe!  Are you ready?

This question comes to mind now, because I’ve had a recent flurry of requests for consultations for weddings that are next year.  How do you know if you’re ready to meet with a florist?  Here’s one florist’s opinion…

I like to meet with clients once they have some of their planning underway.  Most importantly, you should have your wedding date selected.  You want to make certain that your florist has the date available to do your wedding flowers.  Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your time (and theirs!), if they’re already booked for the date you end up selecting.  And without the date selected, you can’t count on your first-choice venue being available, either.  Having the venue secured allows the florist to make design choices that work in harmony with the space.

Also, it is most helpful if you already have an idea of the overall look you’re going for with your wedding.  Knowing the look or feel you’re trying to achieve will direct the conversation.  For example, are you trying for a romantic and traditional look, or something more modern and quirky?  The florist will be interpreting these looks through their flower selection and design.

Are you going to have a color scheme?  This is often led by the choice of the bridesmaids’ dresses.  If you are going to have a color scheme, make sure you know it before meeting with the florist, since the flower choices will likely be dictated by the color scheme.

Also, make sure your florist is best suited to provide the products and services you’re looking for.  I try to find out right away if we’ll be able to provide what the client is looking for.  Understand what a potential florist does–and does not–do well.

We’re a small company, and don’t do big over-the-top weddings.  Sure, we can do a 30 centerpiece reception, but if you’re looking for a one-stop place to create your look and transform a room, I suggest you look to an event design company such as Botanicals or Heffernan Morgan.  They can help you select linens, provide furniture, design the lighting, as well as provide beautiful flowers.  At Pollen, we don’t get into all of that.  We have just a few basic rental items, such as pedestals and larger vases.  Here, we generally stick to the flowers.

What we are best suited for is weddings in which the couple is trying to minimize their wedding’s environmental impact.  If a couple is planning a green wedding, I don’t hesitate to let them know that we are a likely good fit.  And I’m happy to provide references for other green wedding vendors as well, so if you’re looking for an eco-conscious caterer, invitation company, photographer, venue…  Let’s talk!

So, can we meet for a consultation?  If we’re available for your wedding date, if you have enough planning under your belt, and if it seems like we can do a good job providing what you’re looking for, then I’m happy to schedule the consultation!  Please give me a call at 773-387-1398 or shoot me an email at lynn (at) pollenfloraldesign.com to schedule a consultation.

FAQ’s: What are your hours? And where are you located?

I’ve been wanting to create an FAQ page for the web site, but haven’t found the time yet.  So, I’m going to break it into manageable pieces and answer FAQ’s one (or two) at a time here in the blog, then compile them for the FAQ page.  Since the open house is coming up on Thursday, this seems like a good time to provide directions.  So here we go!

What are your hours?

Pollen’s hours are by appointment only.  We are not a retail storefront, but a floral design studio.  It’s more of a workshop than a showroom.  Typically, the only flowers we have on hand are reserved for the week’s events.

Weekday appointments are the easiest to schedule. Evening appointments book up quickly, and usually need to be scheduled 2-4 weeks in advance.  Weekend appointments are nearly impossible during the busy wedding season, but sometimes can be accommodated in the off-peak months.

To schedule a consultation, contact Lynn by sending a message through the contact page, sending an email to lynn (at) pollenfloraldesign.com, or calling 773/387-1398.  If you reach out on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, you will most likely be contacted the following Monday, since I’m in full-on wedding mode during the weekends!

Where is Pollen located?

***UPDATE 3/1/2012*** We’ve moved! We are still in the Ravenswood Corridor, but Pollen’s studio is now located at 3717 N. Ravenswood Ave., #237, Chicago, IL 60613. Close to the Addison Brown Line stop. We are not a storefront and available by appointment only.