FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY FLORAL ARRANGEMENT?
Keep the water clean and clear. Check the water level in your vase and replenish or replace with fresh cool water daily.
Give the stems a fresh cut (about 1/2" at a 45 degree angle) with a sharp knife or floral scissors under running water. When flowers have been out of water, their stems begin to close and they start wilting. Giving them a fresh cut will re-open the stems and allow them to drink again.
If your flowers were arranged in a vase with a tape grid, cut the tape around the perimeter of your vase to free the bouquet. Keep the flowers arranged by holding the bouquet together in one hand trimming the stems with your other hand before returning the bouquet to a vase of fresh water.
Some flowers will last longer than others so remove tired blooms to prevent clouding the water and spreading decay.
Flowers do best away from direct sunlight, drafts and ripening fruits which emit ethylene gas. Ethylene causes buds to remain closed, petals to have poor color, and flowers to have a shortened vase life.
DO YOU HAVE A SHOP?
As a special events florist, I do not have a retail shop but I do pop up around town and sometimes have fresh bouquets available for purchase at Pure Barre Falls Church. Sign up to receive my e-newsletter for announcements about my next pop up or email if you want to know when I will have flowers for sale at Pure Barre Falls Church!
WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR FLOWERS?
I try to schedule regular pop ups and have hand tied bouquets available at those events. If you are looking for regular arrangements, please see the information on subscriptions. If you have a special occasion and would like an arrangement (or a few), please fill out the order form.
DO YOU PROVIDE FLOWERS FOR MEMORIAL SERVICES OR FUNERALS?
Yes, just please fill out the general order form and give as much notice as possible.
CAN I ORDER CORSAGES OR BOUTONNIERES FOR HOMECOMING OR PROM?
Please reach out and I am happy to try my best to make it happen depending on schedule and flower availability. Group orders make it even better, so I encourage you to ask friends who need them and order together. Don’t worry, each piece is always slightly different!
DO YOU DELIVER?
Yes, I am able to deliver with enough notice and flexibility. Additional fees apply for delivery and are dependent on distance and quantity.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO PLACE AN ORDER?
A minimum of 3 days notice is required for individual delivery orders. Since I don't have a shop stocked with inventory, flowers are purchased specifically for your order. By placing orders ahead of time it allows me to select the freshest most beautiful flowers possible for you!
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
I can accept cash, check, credit card, Venmo, or PayPal. Please just let me know your preference. Payments are accepted after the order is confirmed.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RETAIL FLORIST AND AN EVENT FLORIST?
Event florists do not have a storefront. The flowers are custom designed, sourced and made to order, specifically for you.
Sending special occasion flowers out for daily deliveries for birthdays and anniversaries for example is different from creating floral arrangements for weddings and special events. For daily deliveries the flowers are more closed so they can bloom in your home and have a longer vase life. No flower lasts forever, though, and exists to be enjoyed in the moment.
Much of what I design with has an ephemeral beauty that doesn’t last two weeks in a vase as much as we wish they all would. The flowers I chose for my designs are premium flowers which means visually stunning and unique, not necessarily long lasting. However, if you change the water regularly and give the stems a fresh cut you will be surprised how many of the blooms last for a week or more for you to enjoy.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
I have been designing for over 15 years! After starting in retail at a small boutique flower shop I discovered the world of special events and fell in love. I introduced Tang Austin Floral Designs to retail through Pure Barre Falls Church and Disturbingly Delicious Foods, two amazing local small businesses, in May 2018 and have been growing ever since!