FAQs

But we’re always happy to answer your questions – just contact us!

Didn’t Tobey Nelson Events and Design used to be Vases Wild?

Yes! That was the original name, but it felt limited to floral design, and it also felt sort of “punny” so I felt we needed a change.

Do you do both flowers and wedding planning?

Yes! We will provide floral services for events anywhere, but our event planning services are limited to Whidbey Island events.

If I hire you for wedding planning, do I have to use you as my florist?

No! While that is our preference (of course – we’re flower junkies!), we believe in freedom of choice and want you to work with whatever florist suits you best.

If I hire you as my florist, do I have to use you for my wedding coordinator?

No! We are happy to work with any planner you select, or directly with you if you have no planner.

Do you only provide flowers and planning for weddings?

No! We are happy to provide flowers or planning for any sort of event, be it a birthday party, corporate function, family picnic or what have you. If you need help with any planning or logistics from tenting to finding the right caterer to pulling together a unified event design – we would love to jump in!

If I just need a little bit of help or advice planning my wedding, can I hire you just as a consultant or coach?

Yes! We are available on an hourly basis to help you check over your plans to make sure there are no gaps or problem spots. We are happy to help as needed!

What is the difference between event planning and event design?

Planning encompasses making sure all the logistical details are managed, for example: getting the vendors lined up, managing the timeline, making sure the coolers and ice are there on time, that the power cord is long enough to reach the amp, etc. Event design is working out the way décor elements can affect the flow of the event, and putting all the pretty touches together (from linens to seating charts to candle holders and more) in a way that works with the budget and the overall goal. We can plan without designing, and we can design without planning – or we can do it all!

Why do you focus on using locally grown flowers?

There are many reasons! Buying from local farmers means I support my local economy, am helping to preserve farmland. The farmers I work with are committed to farming sustainably, so they are committed (like I am) to keeping our soil, air and water clean. By buying locally, instead of focusing on goods coming via airline from South & Central America, I am also reducing emissions and am consuming less packaging. It also means you are getting fresher flowers, and that your event will look connected to the season & location where it occurred.  You can read more about this here.

Why don’t you use floral foam?

That nasty green brick is full of formaldehyde and other carcinogenic, non-biodegradable substances! I don’t want to be exposed to it, and I don’t want to have had a hand in the existence of it on our planet!

Do you provide set up and strike for your floral and décor?

Yes, we provide full service set up and break down of any elements included in our proposal. We can also provide staffing services if you need help setting up tables, chairs, linens, etc. But if you are looking to save some money, we can leave that work to you – it is just something to discuss!

Can I rent candles or vases from you?

I have an extensive collection of vases, candle holders and candles available for rent. This is a great way to keep your event “green”:  you don’t have to buy as much, and there will be less waste involved. My collection includes one of a kind décor pieces; candles both “real” and LED styles; candle holders from mercury glass votive holders to brass candlesticks to clear glass cylinders and more. My vase collection ranges widely in style so there is likely to be something in there for you! Visit my rentals page or let me know what you are looking for and we’ll see what we can do!

Do you support marriage equality?

Absolutely!!  We do not discriminate here, and love all couples of all colors, faiths & persuasions!

How does your pricing work?

We can give you a general range of pricing related to the “average” event – but since each event varies so much, we would rather have a conversation and see some pics of what you have in mind; then we can give you an estimate that is relevant to your event.  These are always complimentary.

I’m on a budget – do you think we will be able to work together?

I specialize in working creatively to making your dreams come true on whatever budget you have. The best thing is to be honest about your budget up front, list your needs, and then be open to creative suggestions. I’ve got lots of reviews from happy clients on Wedding Wire that will attest to my ability to work with their budget and still meet their vision.

Do you have an arbor for rent?

We have a natural, rustic Alder pole arbor measuring 8’ tall, 8’ wide, and available in 3’ deep or 8’ deep if you’d like to use it as a chuppah. It is available with or without draping. Clients with a floral or planning contract have dibs, of course, but it is available to anyone for rent. Floral or greenery decoration is additional (and we are well-known for this!).

Will you work anywhere on Whidbey Island?

Yes! We will work at any venue and are also experienced at putting together events at private residences.

Do you work off of Whidbey Island?

Yes, we will provide floral service for any event, anywhere! We just need to have a conversation about logistics and pricing.  Currently our wedding planning services are only available to Whidbey Island couples.

We’d like to hire you to make our bridal party bouquets, but we want to make our centerpieces ourselves. Is that okay?

Yes! We have no problem with DIY weddings!  We can even help you source the flowers for this! Vase rental is available as well. And if you are looking for a really fun afternoon or evening, we offer flower design parties! Contact us for more info.

Do you have a store? How can I know what my event will look like if I can’t come by and see what you do?

We work out of a private studio, and that allows us to really focus exclusively on producing your event instead of also having to run another business at the same time. We’d be happy to make a date to meet you and show you our extensive portfolio of work, and to discuss ideas for your unique event. We have lots of reviews from happy customers that you can check out on our Wedding Wire reviews page as well.