Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Great $50 Wedding Centerpiece Challenge is on Baby!

So maybe trying to get a contest going during the holidays was not such a great idea, as there were few submissions. But I know you want to do this, I know you do, so I'm going to give it another whirl!

Our conversations with fellow florists and flower lovers bemoaning how wedding flowers depicted in magazines are unrealistically beyond the budget of the average bride, leads us to this, our first contest.

A comment on the original contest post from a reader named Elizabeth really puts a fine point on why this is relevant - "Thank you for doing this! My wedding centerpiece budget is $50 and I'm not even sure what to ask my florist for, because I'm afraid she won't be able to work with me. You will be helping florists and brides alike with your great ideas! Thank you."

Here are the rules again - get your game faces on!

The Great $50 Wedding Centerpiece Challenge

  1. Centerpiece value must equal $50 retail, (US dollars) – including container and labor. You cannot claim the container to be a rental.
  2. You must show your math. Retail price of all ingredients – flowers, container, greens, supplies like floral foam, ribbon, etc. – must be accounted for. No “free” product – if you “had” it, found it, grew it, or picked it by the side of the road, you must give it a realistic retail price.
  3. You must show what percentage of the $50 price is for labor. No exceptions.
  4. I reserve the right to toss out anything with questionable math.
  5. 1 centerpiece submission per designer.
  6. Centerpiece must be appropriate for a wedding.
  7. Send only 1 photo of your submission, so pick the best one!
  8. Husband says you should submit your photo as a JPEG, TIFF, or GIF, so I don’t have to learn anything new before Christmas.
  9. Submit 1 photo,your itemized math, and your contact information to: sproutcontest at gmail dot com. Subject line should read - $50.
  10. Submissions must be received by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, January 31 2010.
  11. Voting will run from February 1 - February 28 2010. Winner will be announced March 1, 2010.
  12. Winner will be blog reader’s choice.
There will be a prize, and I have decided it will be a copy of the new book by Preston Bailey: Celebrations!

Feel free to link this contest to your own blogs, web sites, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. I figure the more people who know about this and send submissions, the more exciting it will be!

Now, get designing!!!

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