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  • Honoring Your Loved Ones: Funeral Flower Offerings by The Real Florist Albury

    At The Real Florist Albury, we understand the importance of commemorating a loved one's life with dignity and grace. Our funeral flower offerings are meticulously crafted to reflect the unique spirit and essence of those we hold dear. ​ Our Offerings Include: ​ 1. Sympathy Wreaths: Elegant and solemn, our sympathy wreaths are crafted with care, using a selection of serene blooms and greens. They serve as a poignant tribute to the memory of your loved one. ​ 2. Casket Sprays and Covers: Designed to adorn and honor, our casket sprays and covers are created with the utmost respect and attention to detail. Each arrangement is tailored to convey comfort and solace during this difficult time. ​ 3. Floral Arrangements: From traditional arrangements to custom designs, our floral experts will work closely with you to create a tribute that resonates with the personality and life of your loved one. ​ Why Choose Us? Personalised Service: We understand that every tribute is unique. Our team is dedicated to listening to your preferences and ensuring that every detail is meticulously executed. Quality and Care: Using only the freshest flowers and finest materials, we guarantee that each arrangement meets our high standards of quality and craftsmanship. Compassionate Support: We are here to support you during this emotional journey. Our compassionate staff will guide you through the process, offering empathy and understanding every step of the way.   Contact Us For more information about our funeral flower offerings or to discuss your specific needs, please contact us at 0498 661 091 or therealflorist@gmail.com .   Let us help you honor your loved one with dignity and beauty through our thoughtful floral arrangements. ​ At The Real Florist, we are honored to be a part of your journey of remembrance and tribute. Albury Funeral Flowers

  • Wedding Wet Weather Planning

    It looks like the La Niña weather is here for a little while longer (as if the last few years were not unpredictable enough). It is hitting our Riverina area with flooding and unpredictable weather conditions. So it is a timely reminder to have a 'just in case' wet weather plan with your vendors for your big day!! Here are a few things to think about when making your wet weather plan. Your Vendors It is always important to choose people you trust when picking your vendors for your big day. We don't want to rain on your parade, we want to make your wedding dreams come true!! Pick people you not only like the work of, but that you trust!! A good vendor will open these kind of difficult conversations with you, not to dampen the mood (see what I did there) but because they care, and they want to know you trust them make the best decisions on your behalf! Your vendors put their love, sweat and tears into making sure your day is as beautiful as you dreamed, but rain can cause ALOT of damage to their work. Imagine what the rain will do to that wooden Arbour you hired from Snichol's Custom Event Hire, Ceremonies By Tam's electrical goods or the photographer's very expensive camera's - Capture By Karen, Natasha Larsen Photography, Meg Gibbs Photography and Rachael Emmily Photography would all be very unforgiving should their equipment be damaged. From a florists perspective, months of planning and work have gone into making your beautiful arrangements, but the damage that rain will cause will mean your beautiful fresh designs end up bruised, broken and not a true representation of their work. The location Of course we all LOVE an outdoor wedding along the river banks like at Redbank Events or Banyandah on The Murray, a beautiful vineyard like Cofield's Winery or Corowa Whiskey Factory and of course we all want your day to go AS PLANNED outside in the wilderness, but think about the logistics of getting to the venue in the rain. Also THE GROUND!! What about the mud, THE MUD!! On your beautiful dress!!! What if you or someone you love slipped in the mud (Although it could make for some funny memories in hindsight) it may not be funny at the time! Don't even get me started on the bugs that the wet weather brings, who wants mosquitos on their wedding day!!!?? Your guests Where will they park? What will they wear? Did the pay to get their make up done? Is it safe for them to access? Will they have to track through the mud in their fancy shoes? What about Nanna?? "Won't someone please think of the children!" Your LOVE This is the most important factor!! It is important to remember WHY you are getting married, (we would hope it's not for some beautiful aesthetically pleasing social media posts, although they are a given). It is for the love you have for one another, and no matter rain, you are going to weather every one of life's moments together from this day forward, and this day is about celebrating that... (See what I did there?) If we have a secondary plan in place and you trust your team to make the best decisions possible then a little damp weather will not dampen the mood!! Keep an eye on the weather patterns in the lead up, keep the communication open and your wedding will all be just as beautiful as planned we promise!! We are here for all your wedding planning, we love a good chat, a coffee and a pun so pop on in and see us at the real florist for all your wedding planning fun!! Book your wedding consult with us now. With Love, The Real Florist Team P.S - Check out these amazing images from one of our beautiful wedding in March 2022 along the riverbanks... That is now completely under water!!

  • Wedding Consultations

    We want to bring all your wedding dreams to life. We want to meet you, get to know who you are, your personalities and share in the excitement of your big day. It is about collaboration, Imagination, combined with skill, experience and knowledge getting to be by your side watching the vision come to life is the VERY BEST PART of the creative processes when planning your wedding!! We start off as vendors... And are left with a lifetime of friendship, love and memories The Real Florist is all about the personal touch we can add to your wedding day, each wedding consultation is personalised to every individual couple Book your wedding consultation and let us get to know you whilst we plan the wedding of your dreams

  • How to budget for wedding flowers?

    What do wedding flowers cost? Great question! The no BS answer is, it completely depends on YOU! What is your vision? What do you hold value in? How important to you are flowers at your wedding? Every 12 months or so we revisit this subject, and every time the industry has seen massive changes. The cost of living continues to go up so we want to ensure that you have options for your big day. You want magic?! We have been living for this moment and we want to deliver. All our hard work, the hours, the knowledge, passion, connections and creativity have lead us to you! We want to make all your floral dreams come to life. Be prepared for your budget to start from at least $5,000 and beyond. Time, experience and the dream is what you are investing in. Want to create amazing memories? Maybe a little DIY is your style? Well, we have the most amazing experience for you. Our hands on, interactive wedding class is designed for people just like you. One of our experienced staff will build your wedding bouquet while you and your wedding team follow along! This is soo much fun and one of our favourite things to offer brides. All your flowers can be ready for you to take and install yourself and because you do not require us to be on site to set up, you can save yourself some money - who doesn't love that! We would suggest you set yourself a budget of $3,000-$5,000. Don't care much for flowers? There is so much more to your marriage and wedding than flowers! We can create something simple and you can invest your money elsewhere! We would suggest you set aside $1,000-$2,000.00 in your budget and work from that. Thinking an elopement is more your style? We are here for you! Intimate elopements with The Real Florist is your small wedding one stop shop. Starting from $900 you can get married, in and out in two hours, including the venue hire! A few things to remember when budgeting for your wedding day: The bigger the bridal party, the bigger the budget needs to be. It is your day, remember to keep it that way!! Your wedding vendors have a wealth of knowledge not only in what they do, but as well as other vendors and collaborators, so ask ALL THE QUESTIONS! We are here to support you, every step of the way. To book your no obligation free consultation, follow the link below.

  • Why your workplace needs corporate flowers!

    Studies have shown that adding flowers and greenery to the workplace can have a positive impact on staff and customers. Simply adding some greenery in the form of flowers or indoor plants can have major positive benefits for employees and their organisations. So what are the benefits of flowers in the workplace? - They help to reduce stress (who doesn't need that at work!!) and boost mood. - They help to increase productivity and creativity. - They brighten your office space. - Studies have shown that both men & women have 30% fewer sick days when their work environment includes flowers. - Most importantly, they're pretty to look at! We spend so much of our days, sitting at our desks, it makes perfect sense to want to create a beautiful office space. And what’s even more conducive to productivity than a beautiful, clean desk? Some calming, peaceful flowers. Every singe arrangement we create is made to order, we want to understand your brand, your clients and your space to create the perfect arrangement for you that suits your aesthetics. Browse our corporate collection today or send us an email to discuss your corporate flower needs.

  • Why are Locally Grown Flowers so Special & Why Should We Support Them?

    Why are locally grown flowers so special and why should we support them you ask? The answer is simple flower lovers!! By choosing locally grown flowers,we're supporting our local economy. This helps maintain a thriving community and promotes the growth of small businesses that rely heavily on customers like you. Fresh farm flowers are often more vibrant, fragrent and fresher than mass-produced or imported ones!! Not to mention you are reducing the economic footprint from farm to door!! Flowers have long-term positive effects on people's moods (read our blog on flowers and mental health here 💐) We are not the only ones who bennifit! The bees, butterflies and birds in the fields really enjoy the diversity too. Those winged friends go on to pollinate nearby food crops, keeping our ecosystem healthy and our tables full. So next time you're looking for a gift or simply want to brighten up your day with some beautiful blooms, remember to support your local florists who support local growers!! They are not only a great way to express your love,but also a way to make our planet and our local economy greener.

  • What to Look for in a Wedding Vendor

    When it comes to planning a wedding, choosing the right vendors can make all the difference in ensuring that your big day is everything you've dreamed of. For most people, until it comes to your wedding, you have never planned a wedding before, and we have found it can all be a little overwhelming and daunting. At The Real Florist, we wanted to ensure you feel supported so here few key things to consider when selecting your wedding vendors: Experience: Look for vendors who have a proven track record of success and plenty of experience in their field. Ask to see examples of their work, read reviews from past clients, and check out their portfolio to get a sense of their style and capabilities. Communication: Good communication is key when working with wedding vendors. Make sure that they are responsive to your inquiries, easy to get in touch with, and willing to listen to your ideas and concerns. Flexibility: Wedding plans can change quickly, and you'll want vendors who are able to adapt and be flexible if needed and within reason. It is important to note here, that you are likely not their only couple and you may need to be flexible to some extent.. Look for vendors who are willing to work with you to create a custom package or make changes to their services as needed. Professionalism: Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you'll want vendors who will treat it as such. Look for vendors who are punctual, well-prepared, and who have a professional demeanor. Collaboration: You want your day to run smoothly and stress free for you, choose wedding vendors who are open to collaboration with other vendors, where they can work together to bring your dream day to life. Value: While you certainly don't want to skimp on quality when it comes to wedding vendors, you also don't want to overspend. Look for vendors who offer good value for their services and who are transparent about their pricing. Availability: Make sure the vendors you're considering are available on your wedding date. You might fall in love with a vendor's work, but if they're not available on your wedding day, they won't be able to help you bring your vision to life. Personality: You'll be spending a lot of time with your vendors on your wedding day, so it's important that you get along well with them. Choose vendors who have a friendly, positive attitude and who you feel comfortable communicating with. Referrals: Don't hesitate to ask for referrals from friends, family, or your wedding planner. They may have worked with vendors in the past that they can recommend based on their positive experiences. 9. Contracts: Make sure that each vendor you select provides a detailed contract outlining the services they'll be providing, the payment schedule, and any other important details. This will help ensure that both you and the vendor are on the same page and that there are no surprises on your wedding day. Backup Plans: While you hope that everything will go smoothly on your wedding day, it's always a good idea to have backup plans in case of unexpected issues. Ask your vendors what their backup plans are in case of equipment failure, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. This will help put your mind at ease and ensure that your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible. By taking the time to meet with multiple wedding vendors, you can then carefully select your you would like to work with based on these key points. You'll be able to relax and enjoy your big day knowing that you've chosen the best of the best to help bring your vision to life.

  • The Ongoing Connections of Floristry

    Floristry is not just about arranging flowers, it's about creating connections that can last a lifetime. There is no better feeling as a wedding florist than when a couple you have spent months planning their wedding with, come back to share their wedding album with you, or other exciting life accomplishments. At The Real Florist we are proud owners of Albury Wodonga's first florist cafe, and by simply memorizing regular customer's coffee orders, we as florists, often become an integral part of our customer's lives. It's not uncommon for a quick chat in the supermarket to turn into a catch-up session with a former wedding client or everyday customer. The ethos we have here at the The Real Florist is "We have a REAL passion for flowers and a REAL talent for making floral creations that truly reflect and connect with the REAL people they have been made for." ~Renee Williams These connections are what make floristry such a unique and rewarding profession. Despite the challenges of running a florist business, the joy and satisfaction of seeing the impact that your work has on people's lives is priceless. It's a reminder that the beauty of flowers goes far beyond their aesthetic appeal. Our team would LOVE to make ever lasting memories with you, and you can book your complimentary wedding consultation here And have you heard about our Bridal Bouquet Class OH, IT IS SO SPECIAL! There is no bonding experience like learning how simple and fun it can be to create your own unique bouquets with your own individual style. It is a concept I developed at my own wedding! I gathered my bride tribe and we made our own bouquets together, the night before the big day. Their excitement and pride to he walking down the aisle with what they had created was simply the BEST and some of my favourite memories from the day were made. The relationship we now build with our wedding parties is so special. It is that next level of personal detail, connection and an added memory that is unlike any other experience. If you want to get a glimpse into the wonderful world of floristry, come join us for one of floristy workshops There is so much to LOVE about the connections of floristry and as Confucius says "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”

  • Do I NEED Red Roses for Valentine's Day?

    Traditionally, the red rose has a very clear meaning, it says loud and clear “I love You”. The original and most popular choice of flower for Valentine’s day. If you want to tell someone you love them, a red rose usually does the trick. So do you need Red Roses this Valentine's Day? In our humble florist opinion, the answer is no. A modern arrangement of deep reds, maroon and pink seasonal flowers tell your lover that you're thinking of them, and your personalised card message can fill in the blanks. Flowers can deliver so many different messages: "I love you as much as pasta" "Meow, purr purr, meow." "Let put our TULIPS together" "You give me butterflies and boners" " Happy V Day. P.S - your V makes my D happy." Pre-orders are now open for Valentine's Day via our beautiful website. Get your orders in now! '

  • Flowers & Mental Health

    Flowers have been known to have a positive impact on mental health. Research has shown that exposure to flowers can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. The colors and fragrances of flowers have a calming effect on the mind, improving mood and boosting overall well-being. Flowers also have the ability to promote feelings of happiness, positivity, and emotional warmth. Having a bouquet of flowers in your home or workplace can create a sense of tranquility and promote a more peaceful atmosphere. In short, flowers are a simple yet powerful way to improve mental health and enhance overall quality of life. In addition to all the benefits mentioned above, here are a few more ways in which flowers can positively impact mental health: Engaging with nature: Flowers are a way to connect with nature, even if you don't have access to outdoor spaces. This connection can help reduce feelings of isolation and promote a sense of calm. Creativity and mindfulness: Arranging and caring for flowers can be a creative and meditative activity. It allows you to be present in the moment and focus on the task at hand, which can be a helpful way to reduce stress and anxiety. Social connections: Giving or receiving flowers can be a way to strengthen social connections and express emotions. This can be especially beneficial for individuals who struggle with social anxiety or have difficulty expressing their feelings.Flowers say what words can not always say. Overall, incorporating flowers into your daily life can be a simple yet effective way to support mental health and well-being. Whether you choose to buy a bouquet for yourself or give one to a loved one, the benefits of flowers are worth exploring.

  • What to look for in a Wedding Vendor

    When it comes to planning a wedding, choosing the right vendors can make all the difference in ensuring that your big day is everything you've dreamed of. For most people, until it comes to your wedding, you have never planned a wedding before, and we have found it can all be a little overwhelming and daunting. At The Real Florist, we wanted to ensure you feel supported so here few key things to consider when selecting your wedding vendors: Experience: Look for vendors who have a proven track record of success and plenty of experience in their field. Ask to see examples of their work, read reviews from past clients, and check out their portfolio to get a sense of their style and capabilities. Communication: Good communication is key when working with wedding vendors. Make sure that they are responsive to your inquiries, easy to get in touch with, and willing to listen to your ideas and concerns. Flexibility: Wedding plans can change quickly, and you'll want vendors who are able to adapt and be flexible if needed and within reason. It is important to note here, that you are likely not their only couple and you may need to be flexible to some extent.. Look for vendors who are willing to work with you to create a custom package or make changes to their services as needed. Professionalism: Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you'll want vendors who will treat it as such. Look for vendors who are punctual, well-prepared, and who have a professional demeanor. Collaboration: You want your day to run smoothly and stress free for you, choose wedding vendors who are open to collaboration with other vendors, where they can work together to bring your dream day to life. Value: While you certainly don't want to skimp on quality when it comes to wedding vendors, you also don't want to overspend. Look for vendors who offer good value for their services and who are transparent about their pricing. Availability: Make sure the vendors you're considering are available on your wedding date. You might fall in love with a vendor's work, but if they're not available on your wedding day, they won't be able to help you bring your vision to life. Personality: You'll be spending a lot of time with your vendors on your wedding day, so it's important that you get along well with them. Choose vendors who have a friendly, positive attitude and who you feel comfortable communicating with. Referrals: Don't hesitate to ask for referrals from friends, family, or your wedding planner. They may have worked with vendors in the past that they can recommend based on their positive experiences. Contracts: Make sure that each vendor you select provides a detailed contract outlining the services they'll be providing, the payment schedule, and any other important details. This will help ensure that both you and the vendor are on the same page and that there are no surprises on your wedding day. Backup Plans: While you hope that everything will go smoothly on your wedding day, it's always a good idea to have backup plans in case of unexpected issues. Ask your vendors what their backup plans are in case of equipment failure, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. This will help put your mind at ease and ensure that your wedding day runs as smoothly as possible. By taking the time to meet with multiple wedding vendors, you can then carefully select your you would like to work with based on these key points. You'll be able to relax and enjoy your big day knowing that you've chosen the best of the best to help bring your vision to life.

  • How to have a stress-free wedding day

    When it comes to planning a wedding, many couples strive for perfection, meticulously outlining every detail of their special day. However, in recent years, and environmental changes, there has been a shift in mindset among couples, opting to give their wedding vendors more creative freedom. This change allows the vendors to do what they do best! Infuse their expertise, passion, and artistic vision into your day. This results in a unique and memorable experience for everyone involved. It will elevate your wedding celebration to new heights and exceed your expectations. Choose the right vendors to guide you through your planning. Wedding vendors, like us here at The Real Florist Albury, flourish when we get to collaborate with like-minded photographers, event planners, and other professionals who possess a wealth of experience and creative talent. By giving vendors the freedom to express their creativity, couples allow these vendors to showcase their artistic expertise in ways that align with the couple's vision. This collaborative process fosters a harmonious blend of the couple's desires and the vendor's artistic flair, resulting in an event that surpasses expectations. When couples grant creative freedom to their wedding vendors, it fosters a stronger sense of collaboration and trust. This collaborative environment encourages open communication and a shared vision, allowing vendors to make suggestions and recommendations that align with the couple's desires. Building this trust allows for a seamless planning process and ensures that vendors can execute their ideas flawlessly, ultimately resulting in a cohesive and harmonious wedding celebration. Personalization and unique experiences: Wedding vendors who are given creative freedom can curate unique experiences tailored to the couple's personalities and preferences. By understanding the couple's vision, vendors can explore innovative ideas, think outside the box, and suggest creative elements that add a distinctive touch to the celebration. This personalization transforms a wedding into an immersive experience that reflects the couple's story, making it unforgettable for both the couple and their guests. Reduced Stress for the Couple: Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming and stressful process. However, entrusting wedding vendors with creative freedom can alleviate a significant burden from the couple's shoulders. By allowing vendors to take the lead on certain aspects, couples can focus on enjoying the journey and cherishing the milestones leading up to their special day. This freedom grants the couple peace of mind, knowing that experienced professionals are handling the details, leaving them to fully embrace the joyous moments Unforgettable Results: One of the most significant positives of letting wedding vendors create with freedom is the potential for extraordinary results. When vendors are given the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity, they can produce awe-inspiring outcomes that surpass the couple's expectations. These remarkable results often become cherished memories for years to come and serve as a testament to the power of giving vendors the freedom to create magic. In a wedding planning landscape that emphasizes personalization and unique experiences, letting wedding vendors create with freedom has become a refreshing and rewarding approach. By unleashing their artistic expertise, curating personalized experiences, reducing stress for the couple, fostering collaboration and trust, and delivering unforgettable results, vendors can transform weddings into remarkable celebrations that leave a lasting impression on all who attend. So, when planning your wedding, consider embracing the positives of letting wedding vendors create with freedom, and witness the magic they can bring to your special day.

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