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Bringing Dream Weddings to Life
Choosing a florist for your wedding is a big decision! You have to find the one that just feels right. We find that our AG couples have a similar obsession with beautiful flowers as we do. If flowers are important to you – you are going to love Andrew’s Garden!
Every wedding starts with a vision, a dream. Our goal is to design flowers for your wedding that are even more beautiful than you’ve ever imagined! We use only the highest quality blooms – and our designs are intended to evoke the lush textures, colors, and feel of the finest gardens around the world.
Starting with an Initial Consultation, we will discuss the mood, look and feel that you want for your wedding. We will explore ideas and offer suggestions to make your day extra-special and then follow up a detailed estimate based on your specific requests. Once you book Andrew’s Garden for your wedding, we will dig into the detailed process of designing the florals for your wedding.
Browse our Wedding Blogs and our Weddings & Events Gallery to see examples of beautiful designs created by Andrew’s Garden. Keep in mind that no two weddings are the same. Your wedding flowers will be designed just for you. We can’t wait to get to know you better and hear about your dream wedding!
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Photo: © Cinder & Vinegar Photography
To start the process, we need to know a little more about you. Begin by completing our Wedding Questionnaire by clicking the link below. As soon as we receive it, we will check our availability for your date and then contact you to schedule an Initial Consultation. If you do not live in the area, don’t worry. We will be glad to set up a phone or video meeting instead!
You may also call us at 630-456-4689 or email us at [email protected].
I can’t say enough about how fantastic Andrew’s Garden is!! We used them for our daughter’s wedding and it was the most beautiful display of flowers. Guests are still talking about the flowers. It was a perfect combination of beautiful but not overdone.
Andrew is amazingly talented, easy to work with and just the best at what he does. His team and especially Paula, are so easy to work with, super quick to reply with emails and all around the best. I wish I had another daughter so I could do another wedding with Andrew’s Garden!
We have used Andrew’s Garden for two weddings in the past 15 months. First, our son’s and this past weekend, our daughter’s. Their team is excellent from start to finish!! They are thorough, professional, creative, knowledgeable and fun to work with. The two weddings were in very different venues and Andrew along with his team came up with a vision that met ideas and thoughts my daughter-in-law and daughter had and then exceeded those! We would HIGHLY recommend Andrew’s Garden to any bride!
There are not adequate words to express how much Andrew and his team knocked it out of the park for our wedding. It was creative, unique, and stunning. If you’re smart, you’ll give them a concept and let them run with it. Their innate ability to take a vision and turn it into reality is hugely impressive and a testament to the true love and skill they have for what they do. They’re artists. On top of all that, Andrew and his team are all lovely people. I could not recommend Andrew and his team any more.
Looking for Photos?
View photos in our Wedding Gallery.
See more Weddings by Andrew’s Garden in our AG Blog.
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THE BOOKING PROCESS
Most clients book their wedding with us about 9 to 12 months in advance, so we encourage you to start the process as early as possible. It is especially important if your wedding is in May, June, September or October. We schedule a limited number of events each week and some dates fill up more quickly than others.
It is important to get to know each other and learn about the vision you have for your special day. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start—this is what we do! We love to see photos that inspire you and hear about your other wedding details. Bring anything you think is helpful. We will be ready to make suggestions. Most Initial Consultations take about an hour. While we prefer to meet in person, we can arrange a video call especially if you do not live in the area.
Depending on the complexity of your event, a detailed written proposal and a draft of our contract will be emailed to you within a week after the Initial Consultation. At that point, we will have a conversation about changes that may be needed to meet your budget.
CONTRACT & DEPOSIT
Now you can book your wedding date! In order to book your date, we must have a signed contract and a 50% deposit based on the estimate in the Proposal. Once we book your wedding, then all the detailed work starts! We will work with you to revise the fine details in the proposal. It is not unusual to revise the proposal several times after booking.
As your wedding date approaches, our Wedding & Events Team will work with you to confirm all of the final details and make any necessary changes. Your final payment is due three weeks before your wedding. We cannot order your flowers until we have the final payment, so it will be very important to talk about changes about a month before your wedding. Our team will coordinate with you and your venue to make sure everything is organized and ready for your special day! Then, all the floral magic happens for your wedding!
Why should I hire Andrew’s Garden for my wedding?
Frankly, we are really exceptional at what we do! We are first and foremost a service company and our product just happens to be flowers. Our goal is to be sure that you, your family, and your guests leave your wedding thinking that they have never been to such beautiful wedding! It’s not just about how the flowers look, it is about how they make everyone feel. Andrew and his team of floral designers are Floral Artists. We have an exceptional team of designers and production staff and we purchase only the most superior premium blooms from all over the world. We take the time to think about the fine details and to manage them from start to finish. We know there are a lot of choices out there and that we will not be the right fit for everyone. But, if you love flowers even half as much as we do, then we will get along just fine.
When should I contact you about my wedding?
We often book weddings 9 to 12 months in advance, so it is important to reserve your wedding date as early as possible. May through October are our busiest wedding months and our schedule fills up quickly. We generally schedule no more than 2 full-scale events on any one day to ensure that every event receives our full attention. Although smaller weddings may seem less complicated, it is still important to contact us as early as possible.
How is your pricing structured?
Your investment in your wedding flowers is comprised of the following:
- the cost of your floral items
- rental fees for certain items
- labor & service fees for items such as delivery, setup, room flips, end-of-event strike, travel
- sales tax on taxable items (8.0%)
Labor and services fees vary based on the nature and complexity of your event and generally range between 20% to 40% of the cost of your floral items.
How much of an investment should I expect to make for my wedding flowers?
When you consider the investment you are making in your wedding flowers, remember that you are not simply buying a product. You are hiring floral design team to produce the décor for perhaps the largest and most important party you’ve ever hosted. You should feel comfortable and at ease with your wedding florist. Trust in their reputation, experience, & artistry is essential.
Andrew’s Garden is a custom florist and each of our weddings & events is uniquely designed. We prefer not to set a firm minimum since we design for many intimate weddings or other small events where a minimum just doesn’t make sense. For example, we would consider an “intimate wedding” to be a wedding in a small restaurant or a backyard. A “full-scale wedding” usually includes a wedding party, cocktail tables, reception tables, and so on.
For a full-scale wedding, your investment will vary dramatically depending on the size of your wedding party, the number of reception tables, and the nature & scale of floral impact that you are seeking, among other things. That said, the investment for florals for small full-scale weddings start around $5,000, and larger weddings or those with more elaborate floral details start around $15,000. During our busy wedding season, we require a minimum investment of $10,000 for weddings in the City of Chicago or at other venues located more than 20 miles from our shop.
If you have a set budget, it is helpful to let us know ahead of time so that we can do our best to meet your expectations. Regardless of your budget, we will offer suggestions during the planning process to maximize your investment.
Shortly after your Initial Consultation, we will provide a detailed estimate that is specific to your requests and needs.
Have you ever worked with my venue?
We have worked with hundreds of venues since 2009, so it is very likely we have worked with your venue. We are a preferred vendor for many venues and receive referrals from them. HERE is our ever-expanding list of venues where we have worked in the past.
But, please don’t worry if we have not worked at your venue yet. Andrew and our event team will communicate with your venue, make a site-visit if necessary, and coordinate all of the details so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Do you book only full-scale wedding florals or can I order only personal flowers?
Full-scale wedding florals include personal, ceremony, and reception flowers. We are also happy to provide only personal flowers if you have made arrangements for your reception décor that does not include flowers. We do not generally provide personal flowers if you plan to use any other type of florals, real or faux, other than from Andrew’s Garden. Although a “personals only” wedding may be a smaller order, we still recommend booking as early as possible to avoid a conflict on your date.
How do I reserve or book my wedding date? What are your payment terms?
We require a 50% deposit of the estimated costs of your wedding and a signed contract to reserve your wedding date. The deposit will be applied to the final contract price after all details are finalized. The final balance must be paid in full 3 weeks prior to your wedding date.
What happens at the Initial Consultation?
At the Initial Consultation, we will discuss your vision of the feel, colors, textures and mood that will set the stage for your wedding day. We will discuss your wedding party size, venue, personal style and traditions. The Initial Consultation is intended for us to get to know each other. Don’t worry if you do not have all of the details figured out yet for your wedding. We will start talking about fine details after you have booked us for your wedding.
If you are unable to attend an Initial Consultation in person, we are happy to arrange a phone call or Zoom meeting instead.
We do not charge a fee for the Initial Consultation.
What should I bring to the Initial Consultation?
Please bring any photos or other inspiring materials that you feel may be helpful. If you have a Pinterest board for your wedding, please share it with us so we can better understand your visions and expectations for your dream wedding. Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start. We are pros and will help make it easy for you!
Will you replicate this design I found on Pinterest?
The short answer is “NO.” We consider every floral piece we create to be a custom work of art, from the smallest boutonniere to the largest hanging installation at a venue. We seek inspiration by collaborating with and sharing expertise with other floral designers around the world, but we do not copy anyone else’s work. When you provide images or other inspiration for your wedding, it informs us of the look and feel you imagine for your wedding. From there, we create a truly custom & unique design your wedding flowers that is all yours.
Do you recommend other vendors?
We are fortunate to work with many excellent wedding vendors and we would be glad to provide you with referrals. Please see our list of Vendor Recommendations, but don’t hesitate to ask at your Initial Consultation too!
Will you give me an estimate at the Initial Consultation?
At your Initial Consultation, we may be able to discuss ballpark budget ranges based upon the general details for your wedding. Then, we will prepare an estimate after our meeting that takes into account the details you have provided. Shortly after the Initial Consultation, we will email you a proposal with estimated costs along with our contract. When you are ready to book Andrew’s Garden for your wedding, we will ask you to approve the contract and pay the deposit. We require a 50% deposit of the estimated cost in the proposal with the final balance due 3 weeks prior to your wedding. If your wedding date is less than 30 days from the date of the proposal, payment in full will be required when you sign the contract.
What happens next?
After we receive the deposit and signed contract to book your wedding, we will work with you to revise the proposal and finalize all of the details. Most of this process happens by email and phone, but we may also schedule another in-person meeting. Andrew and his design team will work on all of the design elements for your wedding, and we will make arrangements to order any hard goods that may be needed for your wedding. Our Event Director, Paula, will communicate with you regularly about all of the fine details and logistics. As we approach your wedding date, we will contact you to inquire about any changes, confirm final details, and obtain the final payment. We will also coordinate directly with the contacts at your ceremony and wedding venues to make sure everything is well-organized. We don’t want you to worry about anything. We will work our magic behind the scenes as much as possible so that your wedding day is the most beautiful wedding you’ve ever seen!
Our Ever-Expanding List of Venues
- Abbey Farms
- The Abbington
- Adelle’s Fine American Fair
- Artifact Events (Architectural Artifacts)
- The Armour House at Lake Forest Academy
- Arranmore Farm + Polo Club
- Arrowhead Golf Club
- Art Revolution Chicago
- Ashley Farms
- Big Delicious Planet
- Blackberry Market
- Bloomingdale Golf Club
- Bolingbrook Golf Club
- Boulder Ridge Country Club
- Brewpoint Café Elmhust
- Bridgeport Art Center
- The Brookfield Zoo
- Cantigny Golf Club
- Cantigny Park
- Capital Grille
- Celeste Chicago
- Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville
- The Chicago Athletic Association
- Chicago Golf Club
- Chicago History Museum
- Chicago Marriott Burr Ridge
- Chicago Marriott Naperville
- CityGate Grille
- Company 251
- Concorde Banquets
- Crate & Barrel Oak Brook
- Crowne Plaza Hotel Glen Ellen
- Danada House
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Oak Brook
- The Drake Chicago
- The Drake Oak Brook
- Drury Lane Theatre & Events
- Dunham Woods Riding Club
- Eaglewood Resort & Spa
- Elements at Water Street
- Elizabeth F Cheney Mansion
- Emmet’s Wheaton
- Epic Restaurant Chicago
- The Farmhouse
- Fiori’s Geneva
- Fire + Wine Glen Ellyn
- Fishermen’s Inn
- Found Kitchen and Social House
- Garfield Park Conservatory
- Gaslite Manor Banquets
- Geneva Golf Club
- Gibson’s Oak Brook Steakhouse
- Glen Ellyn Boat House
- Glen Oak Country Club
- The Grove Redfield Estate
- The Haley Mansion
- Harry Caray’s Lombard
- Herrington Inn & Spa
- Hotel Arista
- Hotel Intercontinental Chicago
- Hotel Monaco Chicago
- Hotel Sofitel Chicago
- Hugo’s Frog Bar Naperville
- Hyatt Regency Lisle
- Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook Chicago
- Hyatt Place Warrenville
- Ivy Restaurant
- Klein Creek Golf Club
- Kuipers Family Farm
- La Sorella di Francesca
- Lacuna Artist Lofts
- Lake Ellyn Boathouse
- The Langham, Chicago
- Le Chocolat du Bouchard
- Loft Lucia
- LondonHouse Chicago
- Maggiano’s Little Italy Naperville
- Mesón Sabika
- Marriott Marquis Chicago
- Medinah Country Club
- Medinah Shriners Addison
- The Moment on Main
- Momotaro Chicago
- Mon Ami Gabi Oak Brook
- The Monte Bello Estate
- The Morton Arboretum
- Moveable Feast + Company
- Naper Settlement
- North Shore Country Club
- Odyssey Country Club
- Old Orchard Country Club
- Pearson on the Park, Chicago
- Pinstripes Oak Brook
- Pipers Banquets
- Prairie Landing Golf Club
- The Public Hotel Chicago
- Renaissance Hotel, Schaumburg
- Reserve 22 at The Village Links of Glen Ellyn
- Rialto Square Theater
- Riverside Receptions, Geneva
- Rockwell on the River
- Royal Fox Country Club
- Ruth Lake Country Club
- Seasons 52 Oakbrook
- Seven Bridges Golf Club
- Silver Lake Country Club
- Skyline Loft
- Sogno Ristorante
- St Andrew’s Golf and Country Club
- Stonebridge Country Club
- Sullivan’s Steakhouse
- Supperclub Chicago
- Suzette’s Creperie
- Taurasi Restaurant
- Two Brothers Roundhouse
- University Club of Chicago
- Venue 5126 (formerly Emerson Creek Pottery & Tea Room)
- Viceroy Chicago
- W Hotel Chicago
- The Westin Chicago Northwest
- The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
- Wheaton College
- White Eagle Golf Club
- Whitetail Ridge Golf Club
- Wilder Mansion
- Wyndham Grand Chicago
- Wyndham Hotel Lisle
There are so many incredible wedding & event professionals in the Chicago area and we are fortunate to be able to work with some of them over & over. We could never assemble a fully-complete list without missing someone, but here are some of our favorites.
Bridal Gown & Veil
Katherine Salvatori Photography
Wedding Artists – Signage & More
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