2004-11-02 11:28:02 UTC
This time Cecil interviews Beatrice Pinto, the enthusiastic
proprietor of EXPRESSIONS - The Flower Shop, Panjim,
for some advice on sending floral greetings for weddings.
Question: The wedding season has started here in Goa.
I suppose lots of people will be sending orders for flower
arrangements to be delivered as wedding greetings?
Beatrice: Yes. From October we start getting wedding
greeting orders. Mostly from Goans working in the Middle East.
Wishing their colleagues, relatives, friends etc who
are getting married in Goa.
Question: Do they normally request you to deliver the flowers
to the reception venue?
Beatrice: Well if the sender knows both the groom and the bride
extremely well, then the reception would be the appropriate place
to deliver the flowers. But this is normally not the case.
The sender usually knows either one party well and directs us to
deliver to his or her house.
Question: Do you think the reception venue is the better place
to do the flower delivery? Sort of getting two birds with one stone?
Beatrice: No. This is the wrong impression people have. Remember a
Goan wedding reception is a noisy, confusing affair. The bride and
groom are under a lot of tension. Sure they will accept and sign for
a flower delivery but the next moment a dozen people have lined up
to wish them and the flowers are forgotten. Or at least the identity
of who sent this particular flower arrangement.
Whereas if the flowers are delivered to say the bride's house
earlier in the day, then she has the time to appreciate the flowers
and the sentiment of the sender. And most often the arrangement features
in the 'besanv' photos. Plus they have the option of taking
the flower arrangement to use as part of the church decor
and maybe later to the reception hall too. And we use absolutely
the freshest flowers. So you will see them being appreciated
at the next day's 'porton' too! So you have many birds with one stone!!
Question: So you advice not to send flowers to the reception venue?
Beatrice: I wouldn't exactly say that. Sometimes the sender knows both
families well. In this case sending to the reception would be ok. In fact
we at EXPRESSIONS have designed a special two-tier arrangement to be sent
for wedding receptions. It is a metal stand with two flower arrangements at
different levels. Very impressive looking and the bride and groom, and
their families, can't help noticing and appreciating it. Also the
photographers love this two tier arrangement and usually it features in the
family portraits as well as close ups of the bride and groom. So your
flower greeting is permanently recorded in the wedding album too!
Question: What about sending flowers to the church.
Beatrice: An absolute no-no. The bride and groom are particularly
tense throughout the religious ceremony and are so relieved afterwards
that their minds will not register any flower delivery.
Question: I hear that you also deliver cakes along with flowers?
Beatrice: We are primarily florists. On occasion we do deliver cakes.
But for weddings we definitely do not recommend sending a cake.
There's already the wedding cake and the rich buffet and drinks flowing
freely. An additional cake will just add to a massive stomach upset
for everyone involved!
Question: Any other hints regarding floral wedding greetings?
Beatrice: Don't wait for the last minute. Of course this applies
to any greeting not just floral, and not just weddings.
For free practical advice regarding floral greetings
for any occasion please contact
Beatrice Pinto directly at <expressions at apexmail.com>
or Cecil Pinto at <cpinto at sancharnet.in>
If you wish Cecil to conduct an interview with a professional
regarding any specific subject (preferably Goa related) send
your suggestions to <cpinto at sancharnet.in>
If you have found the information in this interview useful
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Goan Interviews You Can Use - By Cecil Pinto