Post # 1
OK, so last week I posted about how my florist did not give me the wow, I felt I should feel for my centerpiece. So I met with him again this past Friday to go over another possibility. I provided him with pictures and ideas that I had, and he told me he could re-create what I saw. Well, let’s just say, what he ended up showing me looked like a piece that I could make using flowers from the local deli downstairs. I didn’t hide my disappointment, but his explaination was that the flowers in the pictures I had sent him were very expensive and he wanted to keep it in my budget. That was very nice of him to consider, but the centerpiece he had created was essentially 16 red roses, with some greenery in between. That was it….nothing else. I told him it looked bland and perhaps he could add some hot pink roses in there to give the CP some umph…well he looked at me and said, he didn’t think that was such a great idea. Instead he suggested using Purple fillers….yes, the same purple fillers I told him I didn’t like from the first one. I told him I had nothing purple in my wedding and I was looking to lighten up the CP and not keep it dark. He then said I had no pink in my wedding either so why would I want to use pink…so I felt like he was challenging me. The bottom line is I don’t think he’s really listening to me and I’m worried about what he will possibly come up with for my Bouquet, that I won’t see until the day of and that makes me very nervous. I know that at the end of hte day, nobody is going to remember the flowers, but I will because I’m just so darn detailed that way.
So my question is, with my weddings 12 days away, should I start looking for another florist or should I just wing it with this one? Please help this bride that is very close to having a breakdown.
Post # 3
Deep Breaths!! 1) look at your contract see what cancellation policy is.
2) Go visit another florist really quick–if your contract is breakable with #1 florlalist.
3)If contract is not breakable. Go back and bring support with you–Mom, Frined, SO, boss whoever —
And remember– The only thing people remember about weddings was how beautiful the bride was
Post # 4
I’ve done some inquiring on another florist as mine is not in on Mondays! The nerve! And the first thing most people ask me is, what about the deposit? I’ve got to say at this point, if I’m out $800 in deposit but will be guaranteed to love my flowers come the big day, then yes, I am willing to lose my deposit….sniff sniff….it doesn’t make me feel any better to be out that money, but I’m pretty sure I am not going to like any of his ideas at this point.
So yeah, I’m disappointed in my florist, but hopefully I’ll be able to find another one that is not so pricey to fill in the gap….sigh
Post # 5
I would try to make it very clear exactly what you want the out of the centerpieces and the bouquet. Name the colors, flowers, size, shape, everything. His design opportunities are over. If he says he can’t do that then it might make getting out of the contract easier if you can find someone else.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2007 - Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL
Hrmm Bluebear, that’s a tough situation! I agree you should call around and see if you can find someone who can accomodate you (and listens!). However, you gotta keep in mind that florists usually place their orders for wedding flowers a few weeks in advance with their wholesaler in order to ensure that they get exactly what the bride wants/needs, so you are running low on time… but if the flowers you want are not unusual/out of season, then maybe you will have some luck!!
Post # 7
That sucks, i’m sorry. $800 is a lot of money, is he just not willing to work with you to create something you love or is he trying to keep your arrangment within your budget, can you see how much it cost if he get you the flowers you want? I would see if he can get you back the deposit, or at least some of it if he’s not going to work something out with you. It sounds like he’s just being difficult! Sorry if you have to deal with that weeks before your wedding! Good luck resolving this.
Post # 8
You might also double-check with your alternate florists. It is pretty common, at least where I live, for small businesses to be open Saturdays but closed Sundays and Mondays. That way their people still get two days off – just not the actual weekend. And for florists, who will often have weddings on a Sunday, it really only gives them one day off. My bakery is open but closes early on Mondays, which is just something I am having to factor into my communication with them.
Post # 9
I’ve provided pics with the exact color combos and flowers (just roses) that I am looking to use. Really, you can’t go wrong with roses?! But it has been truly disappointing with him. I should mention that he was supposed to send me a picture of a new centerpiece on Saturday, but he never did….and he is off Sundays and Mondays, so that means 11 days before my wedding, I may be looking at finding a new florist…not fun! The sad part is, I truly wanted it to work. I am almost certain he has not ordered my flowers yet and even if he did…they are just red roses….he can definitely reuse them. I am not creating anything with flowers you wouldn’t find at a deli, per say. So I def have to go over the contract to see what the specifics are, but after 2 shots at the centerpiece, I feel that he truly is not the right match for me. So yeah, tomorrow, I may very well have to tell him he’s fired….stay tuned!
Post # 10
First reaction – I would have laid into him giving him a peice of my mind and let him know that if he ever wanted a good review from me, and not my telling everyone how rude he was and contacting the BBB to complain – he’d better listen up and that I’m getting what I want because I’m the customer. End of Story!
Since that’s not really "nice" lol – I suppose firmly explaining, purple is out and it shouldn’t be mentioned again. Weather there’s no pink in your wedding or not, you wanted it and regardless of what he thinks, you get what you want, because YOU are paying for it.
Does he have a grand layout of flowers in his shop? I’m wondering, since he keeps mentioning these purple flowers, if he’s not able to get more things that you want, or just wants to give you whats cheap to make an extra buck or two by upcharging you for something he got too many of in a past order.
I think it’s fishy, I would call other florists and have them make your boquet at least. You don’t pay until the week before (generally, well I don’t maybe you paid already) so just have him do centerpieces, bring back up when you go in again. Don’t settle, and get your boquet elsewhere. Explaining your situation will get sympathy from others and they will be bound to help.
Can’t wait for another update.