Post # 1
Hi bees, when you went to scope out florists, did they offer to show you samples of their work? And if so, how many samples of different florists did you see? So far I have spoken to two potential florists whom I was pleased with…next on the agenda is to see the samples that they have to offer…i am kinda afraid that I have to tell one of the florists that I will not be using them for my wedding, but i do want to see which florist has the better sample..is that ok???….
Post # 3
So, I didnt try out florists, I just picked one (that my dad, brother, and several friends had used.) She did not make me samples. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take some advice from me and ASK THEM FOR A MOCKUP! I gave mine a photo of what I wated, discussed everything from size to measurement to number of blooms to how they were arranged (ie – IDENTICAL to the photo). Didnt ask for a mockup <face palm> I got to our reception, they were ALL wrong. Wrong size, wrong arrangment, wrong everything. So def ask for a mockup of at least one centerpiece (note-she was a wonderful florist-the bouques and everything else was wonderful, but the centerpieces were not so much.)
That being said, wedding vendors are used to meeting with potential clients and know they may not always be picked. Id choose one and tell the other – thank you so much for your time, but we’ve chosen another vendor. Your work was wonderful, but this person fit our vision and budget perfectly” and leave it at that. I dont know that they will do a mockup at the “interview,” I think they tend to do those once they’ve been hired.
Post # 4
We picked our florist because he came highly recommended and the price is more than right. He also said we could rent all of our vases instead of buying them which drove the price down a lot and now I won’t have 25 3ft tall vases & nowhere to put them. 😉
I agree with KellyV – DEF get a mockup. I explained to him what I wanted and when we went to see it – I HATED it. It was exactly what I asked for, so he did follow my directions perfectly, it’s just that when we saw it in person – it was pretty awful. We were able to play around with it though and now I love what we’ve picked… now if I can just keep people from taking home the rented vases. Hah!
Post # 5
We don’t do mock ups unless we are asked to and that is at the expense of the client. ( unless your budget is large and then we can include that in) A lot of florists don’t do mock ups.
Simply, it isn’t worth it to make a mock up because you have to get all the identical flowers that you are planning on getting for a wedding in bulk quantities. So you are paying triple for one arrangement. If you are on a tight budget it doesn’t make sense to do it.
We never had a problem with not delivering what we promised tho. To create different arrangements that were promised is just wrong. I feel 100% responsible for whatever is delivered for any of our weddings and if it doesn’t get my approval it doesn’t get out of the door.
It is important to be able to trust your florists/designers.
I say your best bet is to ask few previous clients that used that florist and see how well it worked out for them. If reviews are bad obviously look for somebody else. If reviews are good and you are comfortable it shouldn’t be a problem. Not delivering what you are supposed to is simply unprofessional. Look for people with a lot of experience but also smaller companies because they tend to pay more attention to individual clients.