Post # 1
I’m really curious about how many florists others spoke to before making their decision. I’ve spoken to three, and yet, I feel like none of them are batting 100 percent. They were three likely best candidates, so.. where to go from here?
Florist #1 – The recommended florist by the venue. They have decorated it a thousand times – very interested in showing me pictures of their own work, not so interested in pictures of my inspiration. Chose a gorgeous rose that for my bridesmaid that matches the dress and our theme – nothing else worked.
Also, highest price.
Florist #2: Childhood friend of FH who runs it out of her house. Very friendly, easy to talk to – took my inspiration photos as verbatium and offered few suggestions herself. Literally handed me an index guide to flowers and told me to choose myself. Afraid that the peonies and tulips she’s recommending might be fragile. At buget.
Florist #3: Very polite and friendly, carried out simpler versions of my inspiration photos. Said that peonies would be too expensive to get in May (in white) and commented she refused to use tulips at all. Did not recommend substitute flowers, hence why my inspirations just wound up simpler. Willing to work with me on price but doesn’t have to, $300-400 lower than budget.
Not sure what to do – unless Anyone knows about peonies or tulips?
Curiousity – how many florists did you speak to?
Post # 3
After talking to about 9 florists in the past month, I finally just decided on one today and made a payment to them about an hour ago (for my wedding that’s in 3 weeks).
My main issue is that none of them would use the flower I wanted because it is dyed, so I finally came across one that has dealt with this type of flower before and was more than happy to put together what I wanted. Unfortunately that left me having to pay whatever price they offered and there was no room for negotiation, but at least their prices were very reasonable.
I wasn’t about to pay hundreds of dollars for flowers that I didn’t like or for a backup option, so if I hadn’t found the florist I found today, I would have used silk/real touch flowers.
Post # 4
I should add that I had a few florists who made it clear that they were going to do their own ideas rather than my inspiration photos, and others who made it very clear that they’ll make substitutions as necessary without speaking to me first. Those ones I pretty much wrote off immediately and wouldn’t have considered them as backups in my worst case scenario… when you’re paying that much, you should get what you want IMO. It’s one thing to go in and say you want blues and purples, and they can have artistic freedom. It’s another thing to have specific requests and they refuse to assist you in achieving that.
Post # 5
I think a big part of florals is that you have to be okay with substiution – sometimes they just can’t get what you want, or if they can, it doesn’t look nice. That happened to me – I wanted anenomes, and they weren’t available, so I got – well, I got what was available in my colours. And it looked freaking fantastic. If you’re so stuck on your inspiration, you might not get great looking flowers. Are you willing to work with really delicate flowers?
I would be nervous about someone who told you to choose yourself – there are some flowers that are easier to get ahold of at certain times of the year or wear better and your florist should know what that is.
Post # 6
I saw 4 before I finally decided.. First one was decent but way over budget and not sure she really saw my vision and colors. 2nd wasn’t listening to what I was saying and was like well when you have a better idea we can work on a proposal (not good) 3rd was a friends recommendation and he was horrific made me feel like my budget wasn’t good enough (mind you it’s close to $3000) and I decided I couldn’t work with someone like that of course.. But I did go to Bella Florsit and since we are both having Long Island weddings wanted to recommend.. Spoke to Christina she is AMAZING! totally saw my vision of pink cherry and I wanted the peonies which she said isn’t a problem (april wedding) she will most likely have them flown in from Holland.. Also Garden Roses look like peonies becasue they are fuller flowers so we will probably use them to keep cost down. You should definitely try and see her she’s in Huntington and she has some reviews on other sites and a website 🙂 Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions.