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If you're a guest at the season's events, make sure that you're part of the celebration, not part of the problem
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Thanking God for deliverance from an evil spirit that would cause me to flip out! I want to inform any and every one that Mrs. Donna has such a kindred spirit & I appreciate her help... BUT if you plan to shop at A Brides Dream, just make sure that you speak with Mrs. Donna (the owner) of any questions, comments or concerns before purchasing anything & please thoroughly inspect your item(s) before & after alterations. I advise that you & Mrs. Donna have a clear understanding before you give her a dime. I initially gave our 1st experience 5 Stars, but due to our recent interactions I had to re-evaluate things and expose how our experience has changed... Please read below. Dated 04/11/2013- I must state that we are now disappointed. The beginning experience was great & we took such a liking to Mrs. Donna, but after picking up the dress from alterations we were informed then it was a consignment dress due to noticing the grass stains. & now we see where there is more beading needed in places on the dress that just have strings hanging from it. I do place the blame on myself for not noticing the grass stains, but I know for a fact that I was not informed that this dress was a consignment dress & I was assured that all the beading would be replaced. Due to the fact that my sister lives 4 hours away, we purchased the dress on the spot and the actual prom date, we will now have to seek assistance elsewhere to ensure my sister has a decent dress for prom. This once thought completed journey of finding the perfect prom dress is now a Nightmare! Not only will we have to spend more money, (that is not in our budget) but it leaves a sour taste in ones mouth about having a great experience at A Brides Dream and then it turning out to be the total opposite. Dated: 04/04/2013-A God sent place! My sister and I were looking for the perfect prom dress for her and within our budget... Praise God that we found A Bride's Dream because it was our last resort since we had been to several different cities looking for that dress that my sister was dreaming about. I Thank God that we found it and that Mrs. Donna was willing to make the alterations my sister was requesting! Thanks Mrs. Donna and staff for a wonderful experience and an Awesome Prom Dress... We look forward to visiting you all soon :)
Recently, I had a co worker that lost her significant other in a very unfortunate accident. I'm new to the Louisville area and did not know any florists. I went on to yellowpages.com and found Schulz's Florist and visited their website to see what type of impression I could get from their business. Their website was very informative and I loved all of the information that they provided. I quickly picked up the phone and the owner of the florists shop was the first to pick up the phone. I told her about my situation and that I wanted to send some flowers to my co-worker on behalf of this terrible accident. Since I do not know much about flowers, I simply left it in the owners hands, Debi Rush, to put together a nice floral arrangement. I was not there when my co-worker received the flowers, but from others that were around her, after seeing the floral arrangement and the card, tears of joy and a smile overcame her face. She was EXTREMELY happy about how nice the flowers were and immediately called me to thank me for such a beautiful arrangement. After this wonderful experience with Schulz's Florist, from their professionalism to arranging such a beautiful bouque of flowers, I know that I will never use another Florist ever again. Congratulations on a wonderful job well done and a new customer for life!
I am so pleased we were referred to Donna’s shop, A Bride’s Dream for alterations. Only regret I have is not knowing about her shop before I bought a dress. I already bought the prom dress somewhere else and she was just as professional and caring with her dress as if we had bought the dress in her shop. My daughter is plus size and everywhere we went to treated her as such and seemed to be bothered when helping us. Donna treated my daughter no different than the size 4 customer that was before us. We were even told where we bought the dress that alterations were not needed even though we specifically asked for straps to be added. Donna shortened the dress by two inches, which was needed, and added the straps without hesitation. They even made the straps just as beautiful as they were functional. The dress is a princess style dress with many layers and a corset back. She took the time to show me how to straighten the layers evenly and to tie the corset properly.. Excellent prices and outstanding customer service is the reason Donna’s shop will be the only place I ever shop for a formal dress for any reason from this point forward as well as alterations of any kind.
You need to shop this AWESOME boutique! Donna and her staff are WONDERFUL! I have purchased 4 gown from Donna and have be blessed to have her do last minute alterations for my daughter's from gowns to dance costumes. Her prices are amazing and the one of a kind cumter service that we recieve is unique! I have been to other dress shops and have been let down by high price and bad service. I will contine to ONLY shop at A Brides Dream for all of my daughters pageant gowns, school dance dresses and all of our steamstress needs! I have read the the other review listed and in plain sight they state that there was a misunderstanding on the customer's part and Donna went above and beyond to make things right and it shows they also have made other reviews on this site.. Hmmmm makes a wise person think. In closing if you need the perfect gown at the persfect price and OUTSTANDING customer service then this should be your first stop and I promise it will be your last!
THE EXPERIENCE I HAD WAS AWESOME!! I went to A Brides Dream to look at pageant dresses.(My friend Juliauna told me about it!) I was assisted with finding dresses by my Ms.Donna and another member of staff. She helped me find georgous dresses! i loved most of the dresses but I limeted myself to two dresses! Ms.Donna showed me two dresses that I looked at on the hanger and said "No I dont want to try it on." Both of those dresses are the dresses I choose to buy! The customer service was amazing! I couldnt believe people at a bridle store could be so nice! Ms.Donna will definatly see me again! She was so nice she was not rude or she did not urge us to buy the dress. I have seen other comments that say "The service was terrible!" or "Ms.Donna is so rude and cheap!" Ms.Donna is a nice women and I know she would never mess up a dress on purpose and charge to fix it. -Aliyah
Schulz's Florist is a true slice of Louisville history! Originally founded by Jacob Schulz in 1873, ownership passed through his family, then to 1960's- 1990's legend Dave Davies, and finally to the solid, capable stewardship of the current owner, Ms. Debi Rush. If you are buying flowers, it's because it's a special occasion, or, better still, it's a regular day that you want to BECOME a special occasion! Either way, the seasoned, "totally pro" folks at Schulz's will absolutely make that happen, just as they have for the last 135 years! You just can't go wrong here. (Hint to guys- your special lady will absolutely KNOW if you got her flowers at the grocery or the from the dude with the bucket at the highway intersection! Trust me...- NOT worth it!) Save the contact info from this listing for the next time "Hey! I should get flowers!" comes to mind. You'll be glad you did!
I stopped by Sunny Daize for the first time to see if they were taking merchandise to sell. The ladies were super nice and explained the upscale kind of items they sold. They showed me around the store and pointed out the color tagged sale they had going on. In less than ten minutes I was able to find a gorgeous $150.00 dress for my daughter's rehearsal dinner coming up and another dress for one of her showers originally costing $99.00---and my total was only $28.00!!!! We are on a tight budget, so that was amazing! If you are wanting nice name brands or good, quality merchandise, I would stop by and see what they have. I will be stoppingn by often for ten minutes just to see what they have!!!! The customer service is awesome as well!
You should go. Things have changed a lot this year with this store. There are quality vendors providing unique and affordable items. There is also an amazing girls booth with unbelievable prices on some really cute stuff, all new. You just can't go wrong with this place. It is huge and lots of fun to visit. It's clean and a fun place to shop!. You will also find lots of accent pieces and furniture for the home all used in great condition from known brands such as Pottery Barn, Home Decorators, Ashley Furnture...all at great prices. And sometimes you can even ask them to call the vendors to see if you can get a little better deal on some items.
When I called the florist I was greeted with a "Good Morning" by a friendly voice. After explaining that I was looking for something special for an older woman, the person I was talking to suggested I talk to one of the designers. Sure enough she had some wonderful ideas and my friend loved the arrangement. The flowers were so fresh looking and arranged like a picture. I like to order from Schulz, they are friendly and they really want to please. Anytime I have ordered an arrangement for the funeral home, I can easily pick out mine before I ever go and look at the card--it just stands out over all the others! Keep up the good work!
The sales staff, the prices, and the quick delivery all make this store the best shopping experience for moms to be. I made the mistake of ordering my furniture from a local store other that USA Baby. My furniture cost signficantly more and took months longer to get to me than an order with USA Baby would take. My mother in law ordered the exact same crib from USA Baby that I ordered from a local store. Her crib cost $100 less and got to her 13 weeks faster than my crib from another vendor. The sales staff at USA Baby is extremely helpful but not overbearing. I highly recommend this store.
While becoming a florist doesn't require any formal education, floral designers must know how to care for the plants they use and which ones work best for which season or event. Additionally, a skilled floral arranger must also be familiar with the cultural symbolism behind each flower. For instance, carnations symbolize beauty and pride while daisies represent innocence and purity.
If you plan to give someone a flowering plant as a gift, then a good florist can direct you to the right one. They may also help you choose flowers to convey platonic or romantic love.
Many floral designers provide a host of services to meet customer demand throughout the year.
Most florists, whether they work at a chain or independent flower shop, both online or in a brick-and-mortar store, offer pre-arrangements of flowers. This means the floral designer has a selection of roses, tulips and other popular kinds of blossoms designed in arrangement that customers can simply buy on the spot instead of telling the florist what kind of flower pattern they want.
Have you ever purchased a get-well basket featuring sunflowers or an array of springtime flowers for Mother's Day? If so, you most likely bought a pre-arrangement that the floral designer put together ahead of time.
Buying a pre-arranged bouquet is a great option if you don't know what blooms or plants to purchase but you need flowers for a particular occasion.
Pre-designed arrangements are not original, one-of-a-kind designs, but the upside to buying pre-arrangements is they already come with a fixed price attached. Customers may simply walk in and spend $50 on a Valentine's Day bouquet as opposed to paying the florist a commission for an original design that could fetch a much higher price.
Having both an eye for design as well as good people and customer service skills is a must for any florist. These professionals work with clients to find the best flowers and custom-designed arrangements appropriate for the event or occasion. A commission to create a table piece, wreath or other type of design is typically much more expensive than a pre-arrangement, as it may not be made up of plants the florist already has on hand.
There's always a demand for florists and their creations year-round as people celebrate and commemorate the special moments in their lives. Whether you're getting married or remembering a loved one that just passed, flower arrangements and wreaths are traditional items we all use to help mark the important dates, stages and occasions in our lives.
One type of event most floral designers work on is weddings. Professional florists will collaborate with the bride and groom to formulate a design scheme that complements the event's overall colors and layout. Depending on what the couple wants and can afford, a floral designer may create the bridal bouquet along with streams of flowers for the wedding venue, table arrangements and vases for the reception afterward.
The prices for hiring a florist to do a wedding vary broadly because it not only depends on how many blooming plants you want, but also how widely available the particular flowers are.
More exotic types of blossoms, such as orchids, are pricier than your typical rose. Your bill could also fluctuate depending on how complicated the design is to make and if the flowers you choose are in season or not.
Keeping that in mind, florists are like any other tradesperson - your bill will reflect the materials they used and the time and labor that went into making up the designs.
Some floral designers also charge delivery fees to transport the flowers, vases and other materials to wedding or reception sites. Remember, it's not only the bride that needs flowers. Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride might also carry corsages and the groom and groomsmen sometimes festoon their jackets with boutonnieres. Don't forget about the flower girl, as well.
In all, the average cost to outfit a wedding with flowers is about $700. Some florists advise people to set aside 10 to 15 percent of the ceremony's budget for floral decorations.
Funerals are another major life event we commemorate with flowers. Florists may furnish sympathy flowers for the observance and lay sprays or baskets of plants around the church, synagogue or funeral home to help attendees with the grieving process. Designers also make floral wreaths and crosses to set up at the venue or in the cemetery, as well as special casket arrangements so family and friends may show their respect for the deceased.
Many customers choose traditional roses, lilies and carnations to send to a bereaved family, but florists are also able to personalize arrangements to your liking.
Just like other ceremonies that call for flowers, the price depends on the number of blossoms and what type of plants you want, along with the complexity of the arrangement. A complete funeral floral package that includes sprays along the casket, flower decorations for the venue and flowers for the participants can run from $200 to $800.
Meanwhile, the usual sympathy bouquet or vase runs between $40 and $80.
You might think Valentine's Day would be the busiest day for a florist, but the day of love comes in second place behind Mother's Day. According to a number of studies, people do more online searches for flowers in anticipation of the May holiday than they do for Valentine's Day.
In fact, this day is inextricably linked with flowers, as Congress first issued a Mother's Day proclamation in 1913 asking all federal officials to wear a white carnation to commemorate their mothers.
Many children wish their mothers well on the day by sending a bouquet of carnations, roses, violets or tulips.
Coming in second place as the busiest holiday for florists is Valentine's Day. When Feb. 14 arrives, so do many people looking for arrangements to send to their loved ones. Just like Mother's Day, this holiday is very lucrative for floral designers. Americans typically spend tens of millions of dollars on their significant others every Feb. 14, and flowers, especially long-stemmed red roses, are a popular way to show someone you care.
Valentine's Day goes to show that a gift of fresh-cut flowers never goes out of style. However, it does go up in price - quite a lot, actually. The price of a bouquet of roses usually doubles on Feb. 14 before it goes back down the next business day. Expect to pay up to $100 for red roses from a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Therefore, if you're looking for a deal, it's smart to buy your bouquets a few days ahead of time and keep them in a vase with water so they stay fresh.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah
The holiday season is also one known for festive floral arrangements. Many families look to florists to come up with a Thanksgiving table set piece or a traditional cornucopia featuring plants with autumnal colors and gourds. Many churches and individuals also spring for flowering plants to help usher in Christmastime. Many florists sell living yuletide decorative plants such as ivy, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe and even miniature Christmas trees.
Many flower shops and floral arrangers also design centerpieces especially for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Online and brick-and-mortar florists offer blue and white flowers, usually arranged with candles in between the blossoms.
Easter and Passover
Religious holidays held in spring also keep flower shops busy as they design orders for families, churches and synagogues. Many shoppers are on the lookout for bunches of mixed flowers pre-arranged in bouquets or vases by florists. Lilies, as well as daffodils and tulips, are especially popular around these spring holidays.
Hindu and Buddhist Ceremonies
Flowers, especially the lotus, figure prominently in Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies, as well as in these two ancient religions' wedding customs. Many florists provide garlands of flowers to decorate and festoon the functions with.
Remember that it doesn't need to be a holiday to purchase flowers. Floral designers also make commissioned or pre-arranged flowers to take to sick relatives, friends and colleagues recovering at home or in the hospital. Many florists also make designs for newborn babies, too.
While the majority of their work is devoted to making eye-catching and pleasing creations with plants, florists can help you with much more than just finding the right flowers for your next event or party.
In fact, a good floral designer can be a fountain of knowledge. These experts can inform you of the best ways to take care of your plants or how to properly cut the stems of flowers to ensure they last longer in your vase.
The next time you're out buying an arrangement, ask your florist which type of vase to use with which flower and how much water and plant food you should use to prolong the life of your bouquet or potted plant. Even though retail florists don't usually grow the blooms or plants themselves, they do know the best ways to keep your arrangement looking fresh for longer.
Local flower shops or gardening stores used to be the only game in town when it came to selling real or fake floral arrangements until supermarkets and drugstore chains entered the business by offering inexpensive pre-arrangements for holidays and other occasions. However, the number of brick-and-mortar florists is further on the decline as more customers choose to purchase bouquets, wreaths and other greenery online.
Even though one exists in a virtual capacity while the other is located in a physical setting, there aren't too many differences between online and brick-and-mortar flower shops.
Many online stores offer pre-arrangements of flowers you can purchase, as well as the ability to form your own design and decoration.
Online flower shops, in fact, work with wholesale florists near your area to ensure they deliver your order promptly. Since cut flowers don't have a long shelf life, these Internet-based companies essentially take your request and contract it out to a florist in your locale to design it and drop it off at your home or office.
While purchasing flowers online is convenient - you can shop any time of the day without leaving your house - there are a few things the online stores cannot offer patrons. You can't smell the sweet fragrance of tulips or roses in cyberspace and you can't touch the petals or leaves before you buy the plant. Additionally, when you buy a bouquet over the Internet, you're basing your decision on a stock photo of the item instead of the actual one that will arrive at your doorstep.
Not all varieties of roses or violets look the same and an approximation of a flower isn't the same as the specific one you could end up receiving.
This is one advantage physical brick-and-mortar flower shops have over their online competitors. Making the trip to your local florist means you can actually get the chance to stop and smell the roses.