(Closed) Family Friend We Were Not Planning to Invite Offered to do Flowers

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Their offer wasn’t contingent on getting an invite, right? B/c in that case you could just use the money you would have spent on their meals to pay for some flowers.

But either way, I’d be a little leary of trusting someone I didn’t know to give me such a huge discount on flowers. Money talks and if they’re not making any on this deal I would not be shocked to see a shoddy job or no flowers at all..

Post # 4
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you aren’t limited on space at your venue, but its more of a budget issue, can you look at how much it would cost to have the extra 3 guests there, versus how much she would save you to do your flowers.   We are using our local supermarket florist to do our flowers and it is REALLY cheap.  You may not be saving that much if she is only offering them “at cost”.  It sounds like she maybe trying to start a business and this really benefits her and isn’t so much doing it as a favor to you.  

We figured out the cost of every table of 8.  We added in the food cost per person, the drink tab per person, the cost to rent the extra linens, chairs, and china, and the cost of the centerpiece.  See if that helps.  If it really isn’t much of a savings to you, then I would say don’t invite them, stick to your rules.

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