Shelbee Blooms Planting Guidelines

Here is a really simple guide to follow when planting your dahlias and should serve as a nice template as you build your knowledge of growing dahlias. There are lots of different opinions on the various ins-and-outs of how to grow dahlias, so I hope to avoid all of that and provide some basic instructions to get you started.

  1. Plant when the soil temperature is around 60 degrees
  2. Choose well draining soil
  3. Placement should be in full sun
  4. Plant 4″ deep by laying the tuber on its side and the sprout or eye facing up
  5. Space 12-24″ apart
  6. Do not water until shoots appear
  7. Stake the dahlia plant if necessary (large plants that fall over can break and cause disease)
  8. Watch out for slugs as they love dahlias

Depending on the area you live and the type of soil you have it can be difficult to grow dahlias because tubers are so prone to rot if planted in poor draining soil. Planting in the appropriate soil and waiting until the tuber is sprouting to water is essential to avoid that. If you are having trouble growing dahlias consider the soil you are planting them in and even the possibility of pests (wire worms) that can be consuming your tubers before they are able to grow. Don’t be afraid to give it another shot if you are having trouble!

Day in the life: Helping Brides with Budgeting

Hello! Thanks for visiting the blog and site of Shelbee Blooms. We have been hard at work getting our updated website running and I finally have time to put some content out there to help brides-to-be with some of the tough questions. Budgeting different vendors for your wedding can be a difficult task, so I am going to take a stab at answering one of the most frequently asked questions from brides: How much should I be spending on flowers?

When planning your dream wedding, there are numerous elements to consider, from the venue to the guest list and, of course, the flowers. Floral arrangements can transform your wedding into a magical and unforgettable experience. However, many couples struggle with determining how much to allocate to their wedding florist in their overall budget. Here are a couple of tips to start you on the right track and feel free to reach out with any questions by emailing

  1. Assess Your Overall Budget

It can be hard to create a budget in the beginning because it is difficult to determine what each cost is going to be. This is especially true with flowers where the type of flower or size of arrangement can change the price dramatically. Before diving into the specifics of your floral budget it’s crucial to establish your total wedding budget. Consider factors such as the number of guests, venue costs, catering, photography, and other essential expenses. Once you have a clear picture of your overall budget it will be much easier to determine how much to allocate for your wedding florist.

  1. Define Your Floral Priorities

Floral arrangements can vary significantly in scale and complexity. Start by prioritizing which aspects of your wedding you want to emphasize with flowers. For instance, do you envision a breathtaking bridal bouquet, extravagant centerpieces, or an awe-inspiring floral arch? Defining your floral priorities will help you allocate your budget more effectively. Having an educated wedding florist help you through this part will be essential for most brides. There are many ways to decorate your wedding and having a wedding florist who is familiar with the many different arrangements and possibilities can open up a whole new world for your vision!

  1. Research Local Florists

I know how daunting it can be when trusting a florist with your vision for your special day. A good practice is to research local florists in your area and obtain quotes from several of them. Keep in mind that prices can vary depending on factors like location, the florist’s reputation, and the time of year. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations from recently married friends or consult online reviews to ensure you find a florist that matches your vision and budget.

  1. Flower Farms & Seasonal Flowers

Picking in season flowers won’t always equate to cheaper prices, but it does equate to higher quality arrangements. If you pick a local florist with a farm (like myself) we can grow flowers for your wedding. Much of our farm and garden space is based on clients for the next season. This can be much more cost effective, but it also yields more flowers and higher quality (fresh) arrangements.

  1. Consider Floral Trends

Also, keep an eye on current floral trends, as these can influence pricing. For instance, certain flowers may be more expensive during peak seasons or in high demand due to popular wedding trends. Flexibility with flower choices can help you stay within budget while achieving your desired aesthetic.

  1. Set a Clear Floral Budget

Once you have a good understanding of the costs involved, establish a clear budget for your wedding florist. Typically, a wedding florist will account for 10-15% of the overall wedding budget. However, this can vary depending on your floral priorities and preferences.

  1. Communicate Your Budget

At Shelbee Blooms we are just as committed to having your wedding beautiful as you are – our business depends on it! Couples sometimes want to keep their budget private as they think it will help when negotiating, but being private with your budget can cause problems when communicating the ideas for your designs. When consulting with potential florists, be upfront about your budget. A skilled wedding florist will work with you to create stunning arrangements that fit your financial constraints. They can suggest cost-effective alternatives and substitutions while still delivering beautiful results.

  1. Get a Detailed Proposal

Request a detailed proposal from your chosen florist, outlining all the floral elements they will provide, including bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and any additional decor. Ensure the proposal aligns with your budget and that there are no hidden costs.

  1. DIY vs. Professional Services

Some couples choose to DIY their wedding flowers to save money. While this can be cost-effective, it’s essential to consider the time and effort required, as well as the potential for added stress. If you do decide to go the DIY route, make sure you have the necessary skills and resources to execute your vision effectively.


Budgeting for a wedding florist can be a complex task, but with careful planning and research, you can achieve your floral dreams without breaking the bank. Remember to prioritize, communicate openly with your chosen florist, and consider cost-effective alternatives while staying true to your vision. By following these guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to creating a beautifully adorned wedding day that you and your guests will cherish forever.