Monday, February 18, 2013

Delivery and Set up Fees for Events

In the video above, Chris Kattan illustrates how NOT to load flowers :)
Just what factors go into establishing set-up and delivery fees?  Actually quite a little bit.  It's not just the distance traveled and the fuel and time it takes to travel to various locations.  A small wedding can take up to 30 minutes to pack up in the van properly so nothing shifts during travel. (and it may only be traveling 10 minutes away!) A large wedding with centerpieces, bouquets, extra flowers and greenery, toolboxes, supplies, take much longer.  We have to take into consideration what will be taken off the truck first when we arrive, secure centerpieces so that they don't go spilling  on the way, secure bouquets so that they aren't in danger of moving/shifting/tipping over also. For the most part, we only have the floor of the van to utilize and not the entire van space (floor to ceiling).  Centerpieces are not able to be stacked on top of each other.   Once we arrive at the location it's not a simple matter to unload.  Every item must be carefully removed from it's secure location so flowers and foliages don't get broken or crushed.  Depending on the venue, the distance from where we are allowed to park to the location of the event can be quite a distance to walk and carry everything.  This usually involves several trips before we are even able to place centerpieces on tables and deliver bouquets to the brides.  If there are any arrangements or flowers that need to be designed on site this adds time and labor to the price.  After everything is in place we clean up any debris off floors, tables etc from placing arrangements. Then we pack up all the boxes, flowers, toolboxes and any other supplies into the van for the return trip.  If more than one vehicle is needed for transportation, add another vehicle, fuel, time and labor of additional employees.  Weddings and special events take lots of hard work to achieve that professional, polished look for you and your guests upon arriving at the event location. 

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