Post # 1
Has a “potential” florist ever told you that he/she cannot create a sample centerpiece until after you’ve signed the contract?
I was told that it had not worked out for her in the past to put in consultation time, suggestions, email time, a sample together and then have the client go somewhere else.
She has a great portfolio and her reasons are completely understandable, but I’m just not sure if I should take the plunge and hope she creates something amazing.
What do you think???
Post # 3
I haven’t asked either of the florists I got quotes from for a physical sample, but it sounds pretty reasonable that they wouldn’t just create you a free sample centerpiece. But with each of the florists we discussed exactly what I wanted, what flowers we would use, size of arrangements, etc.
If you really want a sample, could you offer to pay for it?
Post # 4
I am DIYing my flowers so I haven’t received more than a couple quotes and never requested a smaple. But, I know of a florist that will not even have a consultation with anyone until they have a contract. Needless to say, I never contacted them.
Post # 5
Our cake baker did this to us. When we signed the contract, we had decided on a design. After we signed, she explained that the design could only be done using fondant, which we were completely against. She apologized a lot for not pointing it out earlier and we switched our design, and ended up loving it.
Florists are also tricky. You do have to pay for the sample, so unless you want to do that, you’ll have to just trust the florist.
Post # 6
We got only quotes and written proposals from florists, even after the contract. I think it would be really expensive to make centerpieces for every potential customer.
Post # 7
I agree it would be very time consuming to make arrangements for every potential customer but for me I would expect a discussion of what experience she had working with the flowers I wanted and see her portfolio. I’m not sure if that’s part of the ‘consultation’ but if she’s not even willing to do that I wouldn’t be comfortable trusting that the outcome will be what you want.
Post # 8
I didn’t even think about having a florist make an actual sample! I think that with florists, you really just have to go with your gut and what you’ve seen in their portfolios. I think as long as you both seem to be on the same page and her portfolios look good, I would trust that she could do what you want.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I think most florists don’t make samples ahead of time, and most that I met with let me know that they will charge for a physical mock-up (though the charge is at cost). You will most likely have to trust recommendations and photos in the portfolio with most florists.
Post # 10
I agree with the pp. Sometimes you can find a florist who is newer who may put together florals for you, or you can ask if you can visit a wedding that they are the florist for to see their work; however, i don’t think it’s reasonable to expect them to put together a mockup. you may want to ask them how much a mockup would be and that would open the doors for them to assist you more. after the contract is signed, you should be provided with at least one mock up.
Post # 11
Two of the florists I met with said they wouldn’t make anything up for me to see in person. The third one- the one I went with but not just for this reason- is going to make up the centerpieces I showed him as well as a few others, so we’ll have 6-8 to look at. Pretty good considering I’m having at most 13 tables. There is no charge for this, so I was pretty excited.
Post # 12
I asked for a mockup since I didn’t really know what I wanted and didn’t want any surprises. I offered to pay for it in the same breath that I asked for it though.
Our florist showed us pictures and sent video links of his previous work – so you can ask about that too.
Post # 13
@lkbphmd: did they make the mockups before or after the contract was signed? i think it’s customary to have mockups done after the contract is signed, before hand is a tad bit different.