Post # 1
Quick question. We’re getting to the stage where we are reviewing/tasting/etc. Our florist just told us to review our arrangements – which she says “we definitely need” is an additional fee on top of our invoice for the day of.
This was not something that was mentioned 9+ months ago when we booked her. Is this common? The venue we are using is giving us a tasting (food, wine and signature cocktails) for us, plus two others inclusive of our package.
I don’t want to question her if it’s normal – but we already are paying her a significant sum.
Post # 3
I charge for samples because it costs me money and time to buy the materials and put everything together, especially if I’m going to be using many different kinds of flowers and greens. Being an independent designer without a shop, I don’t have a stock of inventory to be able to pull from. Not all floral designers do charge for samples. However, I work with my clients on an ongoing basis to make sure what I’m putting together for events is what they want, and I even offer clients the option of accompanying me to the flower market to buy their flowers the week of their wedding so they have some creative control over colors and flower types. Your florist may want to make sure that s/he is putting together exactly what you want. That said, s/he definitely should have mentioned that it was an additional fee back when you paid the deposit and signed the contract. And your florist can’t force you to pay for samples (meaning, unless it’s in your contract, you can opt out of samples or a review and trust the designer).
Post # 4
Thanks for your response @greensapdragon!
I just went back and consulted the agreement and there is no mention either way of the sample. I feel like it would have been more professional of her to include it in the upfront rather than adding it in now.
I appreciate the input!
Post # 5
I guess it depends on how picky you are about flowers. I’d probably just forgo the samples and trust the florist. But I’m not that picky.