Floral Price Range Comparison

  • Petite and Simple: A simple clutch bouquet with a few flowers, typically of one variety, such as a petite clutch of roses or gerbera daisies. Approximately 5-7 inches in diameter for bridal and bridesmaid bouquets.
  • Medium and Average: Most round, hand-tied, freeform, and smaller crescent styles with a mixture of flowers in the highest 3 grades of silk qualities fall into this category. Approximately 7-9.5″ in diameter for bridal bouquets and 6-8.5″ for bridesmaid’s bouquets.
  • Large and Detailed: Top of the line silk quality for all flowers and/or styles requiring a great deal of detail work. Cascade and larger round, hand-tied, and crescent styles also fall into this category. Approximately 10″ and over for bridal bouquets and 9″ and over for bridesmaid’s bouquets


Brides Bouquet

Silk vs. Fresh Petite and/or Simple Medium and/or Average Large and/or Detailed
Silk Price (Average) $55 – $95 $85 – $175 From $100 (Typically $100 – $250)
National Average Fresh Florist Price $85 – $145 $150 – $350 From $400

Bridesmaid Bouquet

Silk vs. Fresh Petite and/or Simple Medium and/or Average Large and/or Detailed
Silk Price (Average) $55 – $75 $65 – $95 $85 – $155
 Average Fresh Florist Price $65 – $95 $85 – $125 From $130

Flower Girl Designs

Silk vs. Fresh Petite and/or Simple Medium and/or Average Large and/or Detailed
Silk Price (Average) $30 – $40 $35 – $50 $55 – $85
 Average Fresh Florist Price $40 – $75 $65 – $90 From $95

Floral Budgeting Tips

Because every couple has different priorities, you can use these basic averages to allocate the most amount of your floral budget on the items that matter most to you. Most brides tend to allocate a larger amount of their floral budgets on their bridal bouquet since the bouquet will appear in almost every formal portrait, pre-ceremony, and ceremony photo. The same is true for the area where most of your wedding party’s portraits will be taken. Will they be taken in front of an altar, an arch, or a chuppah? It’s always a good investment to set aside part of your floral budget to spruce up that space.

A popular trend the past few years is the use of fewer, but larger arrangements that can be used in both the ceremony and reception and later used to decorate the homes of the bridal couple, family members, and close friends. Because reception halls tend to be large and dark, average or smaller size table arrangements can get “lost” very easily. In most cases, if you do not have a very large budget for wedding flowers and want “the most bang for your buck,” fewer, but larger arrangements will make a bigger impact. Consider using simple votive candles surrounded by flower petals or inexpensive potted plants for your centerpieces. Then for more visual impact, invest in large, spectacular, eye catching arrangements to be used in the middle of the banquet hall or in other high-traffic areas, such as the buffet, bar, head table, and cake table.


Since silk flowers never wilt or die, you’re getting a greater return on investment for your purchase. Some of the many things you can do with Something Spectacular bouquets and arrangements after the wedding are:

  • Keep as cherished mementos of your special day — you can carry your bridal bouquet again on a special anniversary/vow renewal or give to your daughter to carry on her wedding day.
  • Give away as favors or gifts to special friends and family members. They will always remember your wedding day with beautiful flowers that they can enjoy in their home day after day.
  • Use over and over again as stately decor in your own home or office.
  • Donate to nursing homes and shelters to cheer up the elderly, disadvantaged, or victims of domestic violence. Flowers always make people smile.
  • Loan them to another bride and split the cost (one former client recently told us that 2 other brides were able to use her wedding arch decorations).
  • Sell them to another bride and recoup some of your wedding costs (eBay is a great online site for selling wedding items).

2015 at a Glance For Event Professionals

2015 at a Glance For Event Professionals

As the year draws to a close many of us take the time to reflect on the last 12 months and pledge some changes we would like to make for the new year ahead.

Happy-New-YearApparently a staggering 50% of the population make New Year Resolutions. They can be a powerful motivator if you set realistic and attainable goals. 55% will keep them for more than a month and 40% of us will keep them for at least 6 months of the year.

Here are some of the most common New Year Resolutions from event professionals looking to reinvent or improve themselves on a professional and personal level, and some inspiration and motivation for how to achieve them!

Be a First Class
A First Class event professional it is probably in your nature to strive for perfection and to be the best you possibly can. Whether you are just embarking on your career or you are an event planning veteran, practice makes perfect and gaining experience running a wide variety of events is definitely the best way to ensure continuous learning and improvement. No two events are the same and I try to think of at least one thing I can improve on at the end of every event, however big or small.

Attend events organised by others and soak up their vision and methods. Don’t forget to read widely too – both printed and online media can offer a wealth of ideas and stimulation. A lot of valuable information is available freely through blogs such as this, on youtube and through free reports and guides. Never has so much valuable content been available to you!

Achieve a Better Work Life Balance

This is the ever present dinosaur in the room that all event managers struggle with. The live event is the ultimate immoveable date so to ensure everything runs smoothly we have to work whatever hours it takes to make the event a success in the months, weeks and days leading up to it. As a result our physical and mental well being can suffer and we can put a lot of strain onto our long suffering family too.

Run Better Events

There are lots of things we can do to improve the events we run and you may have your own personal or organisational goals for how to improve and strive for excellence. Here are some of the ways you can elevate your events in 2016.

More Engaging Events

Run of the mill events are not enough. We need to run events which engage with our audience and achieve objectives. 90% of event professionals see engagement as a priority. For inspiration, tactics and best practice download the EventMB free report Engaging Events.

Embrace New Technology

Make 2016 the year to try out new and exciting tecnology! There has never been a better time to find technology to help you achieve your event objectives and 94% of event planners are planning to use technology to improve engagement.

Original Event Ideas

Looking for that killer new event idea or concept? Worried that you are stuck in a rut and not innovating enough? Here are some tips for how to Inspire Fresh Thinking for Your Events.

Use an Event App

If you are one of the 53% of event managers looking to get an event mobile app in the near future ensure you read the Event App Bible v.3 for the most comprehensive research and overview of the market and guarantee you have the best chance of success.

Improve Online and Onsite Registration

You want visitors to your registration site to book their place rather than navigating away without registering. Likewise you have one chance to make a good impression when guests arrive for your event and queues and inefficiency simply do not cut it. If you want to make improvements the first reference point should be the Good Event Registration Guide.

High End Events

Looking to change your event niche and focus? Learn how to run high quality events with a ticket price to match with tips in this post.

Learn To Say No

Have you ever agreed to something against your gut instinct and consequently regretted it? Event planners are often very accommodating by nature and, if you are anything like me, can struggle to say no. Sometimes I have taken on work because I have not wanted to let a client or contact down despite the timescales being ridiculously tight, the fee being laughable, it not been a good fit to your core skills/priorities or already having too much on my plate. Looking back you then wonder if the extra stress and strain was worth it, particularly if the payment was insufficient to compensate from the sacrifices made.

Get the Job You Want

Do you want 2016 to be the year you get that promotion or new job you have been dreaming of and rise through the ranks? This is a competitive industry but if you want something enough, don’t give up and you can achieve it. There are some top tips in this post about how to get to the next level, including being selfish!

Sell Out Your Events

Determined to ensure your events not only break even but sell out this year? Sell More Event Tickets and don’t ignore effective sales calls techniques either.

Be Less Stressed

Stress seems to go hand in hand with the role of event planner. Don’t let it get the better of you. Common pressures and how to handle them. Find ways to Gamify Your Stress Levels.

Start Your Own Company

Starting your own business requires a lot of thought and planning but could be the best, as well as the scariest, decision you will ever make. For many the new year is a great time to make the leap or to crystallise the ideas flying round in your head. Work on your business plan, do as much market research and raise as much interest as you can before going it alone. Many people start out running an event planning business from home – could you be one of them?

Be a Better Leader

Whether you work for someone else or have your own business it is important to be the best leader you can to motivate your team.
In Conclusion

The best way to stick to your new year resolutions is to pledge actionable and attainable goals; for example by 10 February I am going to have finished my new 5 year projection business plan or this year I will finish work by 6pm at least 3 nights a week.

Happy New Year!
Dawn Fasano
Events By Kaleidoscope

Scottsdale Event Venues

Scottsdale Event Venues

Events by Kaleidoscope is a Scottsdale Event Planning and Business Consulting Company specializing in Weddings, Social Events, Mitzvahs, and Corporate celebrations in the Phoenix metro area. Founders Ron and Dawn Fasano and their staff of event coordinators have planned many of the valley’s elite social and corporate events are preferred Arizona Event Coordinators at many of the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley area’s four and five star resorts. We are highly respected for our meticulous attention to detail and work ethic. We only work with highly preferred vendors and resources. Each client’s unique personalities are reflected in the most memorable and artistic event. From planning to production we work closely with our clients to produce an affair to remember.

A most distinctive and unremarkable Event Planning Company!


Whatever You’re Dream…. Dreams Do Come True.

  • Weddings
  • Corporate Events
  • Fundraisers
  • Birthdaysevent planning
  • Engagement Parties
  • Bridal Showers
  • Baby Showers
  • Dinner Parties
  • Mitzvahs
  • Christmas Parties
  • New Year’s Eve Parties
  • Romantic Dinners for Two
  • Tea Socials
  • Anniversary Parties
  • “Pop-The-Questions” set-ups
  • Cocktail Parties
  • Family Reunions
  • Graduations

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Scottsdale Business Networking Events


Complete Business Marketing Solutions

Marketing/Web Design/ Social Media/ Event Planning

The world of business is a busy place! Businesses at the realm often find themselves with little time to promote their business. We realize that in order to remain busy and grow, businesses need an effective marketing initiative. For that reason, Kaleidoscope Business Consulting LLC offers customized plans for businesses, creating Strategic Management Solutions to maximize their exposure and growth.

Services include but are not limited to:

  • Consulting Business Managementbizconsulting
  • Client Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Branding
  • Media and advertisement management
  • Web Site Designbusiness-plan-chalkboard
  • Search Engine Optimization ( SEO)
  • Blogging
  • Social Media Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Web Updating
  • Business to business promoting
  • Competitor analysis
  • Creating strategic relationships
  • Management of online presence
  • Effective budget planning
  • Sales and referral tracking
  • Networking
  • Marketing database management
  • Photo-shoot coordination and styling

Sedona Arizona Weddings and Events Made Special

Sedona Arizona Weddings and Events Made Special

A beautiful venue for events and meetings in Sedona, Enchantment Resort makes every event part of a unique destination experience for small groups of 10 to larger groups of 540 people.  Bring Your Arizona Meetings, Events and Weddings to New Heights Enchantment Resort offers wonderfully flexible meeting space, with outdoor terraces and amazing floor ­to ­ceiling windows that highlight the resort’s spectacular setting…everything you’d expect from a unique destination in the heart of Sedona’s red­rock country, plus the incredible surroundings that make your meeting one­of­a­kind.

Following a recent multi­million­dollar renovation, Enchantment’s total indoor meeting and event space exceeds 13,000 square feet. An additional 20,000 square feet of outdoor banquet space takes advantage of the spectacular surroundings. The increase in space offer’s more flexibility for smaller groups seeking Sedona meetings, and the enhancements meet the expectations of larger groups with diverse needs.

Function rooms feature sophisticated Southwestern interiors with state­of­the­art technology, plus outdoor terraces with spectacular views and floor­to­ceiling windows showcasing the natural setting. Outdoor programs capitalize on the dynamic surroundings, moderate temperatures and clear, starlit night skies. Located all around Enchantment Resort, as well as offsite, are distinctive venues for a wide variety of exciting events.

Spectacular Ballrooms provide a perfect setting for the wedding of your dreams Enchantment Resort’s meeting facilities are just as breathtaking as their spectacular Sedona setting, and are matched by the excellent cuisine prepared for your event. Conveniently located within the Meeting Village, the three ballrooms accommodate up to 540 people — while four elegant boardrooms cater to smaller groups seeking meetings in Sedona — and are all characterized by sophisticated Southwestern decor, floor­to­ceiling windows and cutting­edge technology.

An Elite Choice of Executive Meeting Rooms for Corporate or Team Building


The Village Boardroom, the Juniper House and the Manzanita Boardroom are the three executive rooms in Enchantment Resort’s Meeting Village, and a fourth Executive Boardroom is located in the main resort area. These impressive spaces provide a high level of comfort and sophistication that create an ideal setting for Arizona meetings and business gatherings, or serve as a convenient space for your program’s office.

The Juniper House is open and flexible, and capable of seating 40 guests at tables or 60 theatre­ style. It also serves as an excellent satellite check­in area for meetings and events. Both the Village Boardroom and the Manzanita Boardroom feature state­of­the­art technology and boast exquisite custom­ made wooden Manzanita furniture, including a stunning 25×8­foot conference room table.

Enchantment Resort & Sedona Event Venues

Outdoors at the resort and offsite at nearby settings, nothing compares to the intriguing beauty of these special venues for meetings in Sedona. Each of them creates a memorable experience that can’t be duplicated anywhere else, leaving guests with the satisfying pleasure of having enjoyed a truly one­of­a­kind event.

Enchantment Circle

On the far north end of the resort’s 70­acre setting, this secluded area is perfect for evening arrival or departure events. Spectacular red rock cliffs under a star­studded Arizona desert sky hold the cliff dwellings where long­ago ancestors lived. Boynton Canyon is considered by the Yavapai Apache to be the birthplace of their people and is viewed by Native Americans of this area as sacred land.

Retreat Relax and Enjoy…. a bounty of beautiful scenery and first class amenities only available at this world class event venue nestled in the Red Rock Canyons in Sedona Arizona.

Wedding Dress Shopping

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most fun parts of the planning process, but it can also be one of the most stressful if you don’t plan accordingly. From too many people sharing their opinions to not being realistic about your budget, we asked the pros to tell us the most common mishaps that make a bride go into dress distress. Steer clear of these mistakes and we guarantee your bridal-gown shopping will be just as exciting as you imagined it to be.

Shopping for a dress too early or too late:
You just got engaged. Congratulations! You may be antsy to start looking for your dream gown, but hold off until you have the date and venue set. Think about it: A beach wedding in Maui calls for an entirely different dress than an autumn New England affair. But give yourself at least six months to allow enough time to find, order, and alter your dress. “The date is needed for us to ensure that proper delivery and alterations can be done in a timely manner prior to the wedding,” Terry Hall, fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, explains. Also, some busy bridal salons require appointments and often book up far in advance, so you’ll probably need to schedule extra time just to get in to try anything on.

See more: Where to Buy Your Wedding Dress

Bringing too many (or the wrong) people shopping:
Resist arriving for your shopping appointment with an entourage. Sure, it sounds like a blast to model dresses for all your bridesmaids or a gaggle of close cousins, aunts, and your mom, but more people means more conflicting opinions. You want one or two trusted people who you can rely on to be honest and constructive — no hidden agendas or Debbie Downers allowed. In fact, some experts recommend a solo shopping trip first, then bring in back-up once you’ve narrowed down your options to a few looks you love.

Being unrealistic about your budget:
You know how much you have to spend on a dress. But have you considered the cost of alterations? And shoes? And underpinnings? And accessories? Factor all of these in to the cost of your dress and let your bridal consultant know the realistic figure you have to work with. A good consultant will never try to oversell.

Being narrow minded about your style:
It’s helpful to have a dress style or two in mind — especially if they’re right for your body type. Though as amazing as that mermaid gown looks on one bride, it might not work for you if you don’t have the same kind of figure. That said, don’t be afraid to try on silhouettes that are outside of your comfort zone. You may live in A-line dresses year-round, but a ball gown or empire-waist dress might just be the one that makes you feel like a princess.

See more: The Ultimate Guide to Shopping for a Wedding Dress

Letting it all hang out:
“Please wear the proper undergarments! Brides seem to forget that they will be changing in front of a stranger, so (under)dress accordingly,” Hall says. Remember, bridal gown shopping isn’t like a regular trip to the store where you head to a private fitting room. Your consultant — and your trusted companions — will probably be in there with you. So, don’t give them more of an eyeful than decency allows!

Scottsdale Weddings

Scottsdale Weddings

Wedding Planning & Coordination

From Engagement Ring to the Get-Away car, all of the details are covered by our Event Team. You can rely on Events by Kaleidoscope to work you on every aspect of your wedding. We’ll give you tips and tricks along the way while we help you plan your dream wedding, all while staying within a budget . The couple can leave everything up to us, if they like , or simply let us handle all the details however big or small they are, while they give us their opinions before the final decision is made. This package is perfect for couples in the early stages of their wedding planning; couples who are having a destination wedding in our beautiful state; want a unique, creative and elegant wedding but need help pulling it all together or are working on a tight budget and need to fit it all in. We offer all of our assistance and expertise, pre-wedding consultations, wedding rehearsal coordination, and full coordination of the wedding day.

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Engagement Parties: 5 Glam Engagement Party Ideas

The proposal has been made and now it is time to get ready for your wedding.  Also, you can plan your engagement party.  Engagement-party-invitationIf you want to do an exciting engagement party and go all out, here are some steps to get creative and have an awesome party.  Instead of having a regular party that is on the ground, why not have it in the air?  There are some places where you can rent a hot-air balloon and enjoy a party and the view at the same time.  This is something different and something that is in a new location.  Plan to have a wine tasting at a winery or bring someone to your house for some wine tasting.  Try and throw a cocktail party that has a costume theme to it.  It’s always fun to have fun and get all dressed up for these events.  Another suggestion for the guys is to rent a penthouse and watch the big game on the big screen.  Nothing better to do than to sit with all your guy friends, watch the games like football, soccer, baseball, any sport, relax and enjoy a nice treat for the game.

If you and your buddies like to dance, go out clubbing.  Clubbing with disco ball, strobe lights, have a DJ, get a place for the waitress’ themed outfits and just have a good time and go all out on the party side of your life.  All of these are such great ideas to go out and have a great time celebrating your big day, so it is good to have a relaxation time with just your friends and have no worries.