(Closed) Florists refusing to give us estimates?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am a wedding director for a florist, and that is incredibly rude.  True, flower prices do change (weekly for us on some flowers) but not a significant amount.  Keep looking.  There are good florists around!

Post # 5
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3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s definitely weird…I started meeting with florists about 12 or 11 months out, and you’re not so terribly far away from that now. I would go with someone other than the florists who yelled at you!

Post # 7
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106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Keep trying.  I ordered my flowers about 10 mo. before the wedding and got a pretty close estimate.  If anything–ask what it would cost if you ordered them today… (hypothetically).  Then just add a bit more into the budget in case the price does go up by then. 

 

And yes–I think that was rude.

Post # 8
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1032 posts
Bumble bee

Wow, judging from my experiences, that is totally rude! I don’t see how prices could change THAT much! I would make an appointment with different florists and write them off as non options. If they treat you like that when you are only a “potential customer” when businesses usually being as accommodatingly as possible to get your patronage, I would HATE to see how they would treat you after the deposit is down and you have questions and concerns during the planning process… and trust me, you will at least once. Its crazy during an economy like this that businesses are being butt heads!

Post # 9
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3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Also, it makes sense for you to get an estimate and start working with the florist about a year out, because you’ll be able to see what kinds of flowers are in season at the time of your wedding, what condition, they’re in, etc.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

That is super rude! I got my exact contract from my florist at 9 months out… so she can’t go up in price now. I don’t think flower prices should rise all that much.

 

Post # 11
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow!  That’s terrible!  I would NEVER give my hard earned $$ to a company that does that!  Its a wedding.  If they want to make business in THIS economy, they need to learn how to sell.

We have gotten some rude-ness quite a bit from caterers, and some DJs.

Post # 12
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow they were that rude for trying to do things early?? I hate it when people have to mock you for doing things early. I really don’t see why they can’t tell you “Well in November they range from $$-$$$….” hence estimate. Not like you’re getting it in writing for an estimate…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We booked out florist a year out and she gave us estimates for everything that we wanted (with the understanding that prices can fluctuate…although not hugely unless something catastrophic happened).  I suggest you look into other florists.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I have to agree, in this economy anybody who wants to remain in business should be treating their customers with respect.  Eff them.  Move on.  There are certainly florists out there who actually want your business.

Post # 15
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I booked our florist almost exactly a year out; he gave us estimates on everything and in fact encouraged us to book soon as they only do 3 weddings per Saturday, and had already booked one for my date.  So, yes, I think that is very weird.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Oh, and my favorite mantra when dealing with businesses or govt agencies that are not service minded:  “I’m income, you’re overhead.”

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