- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I’m currently in the process of finalising my flowers and have had a massive dilemma with picking a florist.
About a month ago I thought I had the florist thing down pat. We had a consultation with someone that my lovely photographer recommended and whose work was awesome. Let’s call her Jessica.
Jessica, although slightly difficult to work with, totally got the vision that we were after and sent me a flexible quote, which included some elements that we could mix and match as we please. The problem is, the minimum amount on this quote – which would include the barest of essentials – actually exceeded the budget that we gave her by at least $AUD500.
We figured out a few things and we decided to just DIY a couple of things so as to lower the cost. We sent her an e-mail nearly two weeks ago detailing the things that we wanted and asking for confirmation… and she still hasn’t responded.
This isn’t the first time she’s been lax on communication. Often I’ve had to chase her up, which, although I didn’t mind at the start, is starting to really get on my nerves.
Fast forward to about two days ago… I saw a wedding at our venue that had the most beautiful florals. I discovered that the flowers had been done by a team of two friends who were just starting up their business and who have already gained some quick acclaim through word-of-mouth. I e-mailed them to ask if they were available for our wedding and got a very quick, very lovely response on the affirmative. What I was truly excited about was… you know when you just click with people? This was totally that. They were so kind and gracious and excited about my wedding – a complete contrast to Jessica, who was really difficult to work and correspond with.
I gave them a budget lower than what we were willing to spend (just to be safe – we’ve learnt our lesson!) and they said that they would definitely be able to work within that. This includes call out fee.
Sounds perfect, right? Here’s the problem. They live TWO HOURS AWAY. So many things to consider! Like, will they be at our place on time? What if their car breaks down? Will the flowers wilt?
They’ve come out and worked at our venue before, so I know they’ll have it all worked out. But… what do you guys think? Do I continue to chase and nag Jessica (who works closer) or do I go with someone who lives far away but is really easy to communicate and work with??