Do florists charge for demos?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I didn’t meet with any florists who do demos on the regular, but my florist will do a demo for half the quoted price (ie, if my bouquet costs $200, they’ll make a demo for $100).

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Flowers are uber-expensive (bought a bouquet of wild flowers – carnations – or roses lately ?)

Arranged Flowers even more.

The best way to get an idea of arrangements is to actually SEE a sample made up for you

So ya, most trial arrangements cost money… just be sure that you “take away” what ever is made… as it is something you have bought & paid for (confirm beforehand with the Florist this is your intention… to take home items to make your FINAL determinations)

Hope this helps,

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

the florist I decided to go with did not charge for samples however I obviously didnt get to keep them. I think it’s important to get a mock up to be  sure she’s grasped the look you are going for.  The runner up florist charged a nominal fee however I would have gottten to keep or donate the center pieces after my meeting had I gone with thst florist .

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We actually just booked our florist tonight, and a mock up is included in our package. IMO, any florist should show you what you’re actually getting before you get it. We plan on seeing a mock up/tablescape a few months before the wedding. We’re using a lot of the same flowers in our centerpieces as in the bouquets so she said she’d also put together a bouquet for us to see. FWIW, we’re also having 3 different kinds of centerpieces so it’s a lot of work for her, but anyone who is spending thousands of dollars on flowers deserves to know how they’re going to look.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@WhatMaeBee:  Us too.  If we hire him/her, they will make a sample/demo as part of the package.  They would probably charge if it was pre-hiring, maybe even the fee would go towards the total package, like a deposit.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@JAM1982:  My florist offered to do a centerpiece demo for free. She set it up IN my venue, in the very ballroom, on a table that she asked the staff to set with a tablecloth and some plates so that I could see more or less EXACTLY what it would look like on the day of.

I’m doing high and low centerpieces, and she only did the low one at demo because it is actually more complicated than the high one… so she wanted to make sure I was on board.

She did not make any bouquets for demo. And I’m fine with that. I was thrilled with the low centerpieces so I’m confident that everything else she puts out will be gorgeous.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It’s interesting how many of you are saying it’s standard/expected/included. I met with five very popular, well known, highly recommended wedding florists in the area and none of them include mock-ups at all, and it’s not even a “regular” thing. One florist put together a rough sample bouquet using what had in stock/leftover from weddings the previous weekend and some silks he keeps “just for this purpose”, but that’s the only one who actually showed me what they would look like. Florists around here have VERY distinct styles, though – Florist A only does those tight, round bouquets, Florist B is very artisitic, Florist C has a more loose, handtied approach, etc. I guess since their portfolios are so consistent it’s easy to picture what you’ll get?

FWIW, the florist we ended up going with had me go through her warehouse and pick out our container shapes/sizes, and showed me lots of pictures/examples….but that’s it.

I guess it just all varies based on location. St. Louis isn’t exactly the most hip/trendy city in the world, but we’re not backwoods or anything!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our florist did mockups for free. It is a family owned business but they are huge. I don’t think they charged for the demos too as our contract had very reasonable prices for all items (where an add’l fee didn’t seem to be included anywhere). Of course it costs them money for the mockups, but maybe to them it was a tradeoff. I got to take home a sample of my bridesmaid bouquets and a smaller size of my bridal bouquet (which included pricey peonies). Our florist also did a mockup of both tall and low centerpieces, but we did not take those home since a lot of flowers went into those. It was really helpful to see in person, so I’d probably pay for samples to be made as long as you got to keep them!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have never heard of this until now. I guess it never occurred to me to ask for a demo. I just looked at pictures of everything my florist had done and am trusting her to do something similar. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JAM1982:  ours was free, we didn’t take it home with us though. We had 2 different centerpieces and he made up both for us. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

You should NOT be getting charged go somewhere else!

im even getting mock up for my sisters bridal shower

 

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