Post # 1
I contacted some florist s few months back, and was trying to find someone to do my flowers.
I don’t want the traditional type of centerpieces. I wanted something that sits horizontal on the table, not vertical. I have been in contact with a gentleman in Colorado, to make my containers for my centerpieces. Which are almost done. YAY!! I am having him make 3 horizontal vases out of pine logs. Horizontal is important because it is a long table.
Something kind of like these.
When I inquired about having the florist use the vases that I wanted they told me that it would be a liability issue. And that they wouldn’t want to use the items I had chosen. And wanted me to select something they they have. Which would have been fine, but what they had to select from was all vertical pieces.
So then I thought that I would do my flowers myself. Which I have been practicing, but I don’t know that I want to commit so much of my time to flowers in the days prior to our wedding. However doing them myself I would be able to use what ever I wanted for containers.
Is this pretty standard for florists? I really want to use what I have selected. Is there anyway to get around this issue? I am paying a lot of money to have these vases hand crafted, and to not be able to use them would be disappointing.
Should I just keep contacting florists to see if someone will do them?
Post # 3
Maybe if you gave them a contrace that stated they will not be liable to any damage to the vases at any time they would be happy. I can see their point, they dont want to have to pay you if they break your expensive hand crafted vases.
Post # 4
It sounds like they’re worried that if they accidently break one of the containers you provide, that you’ll try to get money out of them. Maybe they can include a clause in the contract that states they are not responsible for any damage done to your materials.
Post # 6
@IzzyBear: Great minds! 🙂
Post # 7
I collected milk glass and had the florist use those. They just had me sign that they weren’t liable if something was lost or broken, or if there was surrounding damage (like a vase leaks onto something and damages it).
Post # 8
@thumpurr: Definitely keep searching. Anytime a vendor gave me trouble, I just moved along. Our wedding day had a few glitches & I’m SO glad I had awesome vendors that were flexible. You should be able to find someone that will use your vases and make your vision come to life! I’m sure as long as you are able to give the florist your containers in advance and allow them to use the floral foam inside the containers, you shouldn’t have any problems!
Post # 9
I think maybe you could convince them to make a contract that includes them not being liable for your items.
We’re doing low lying, horitonzal florals too. We’re having a King’s table (long, rectangular) and it complements the layout better.
Post # 10
Thanks!! Well I guess I will see if they can add something to the contract. Like I said, I am really wanting the pieces that are being made specifically for our wedding. I will try this and see what happens. I can fully respect them not wanting to be responsible for damages.
Post # 11
I bought my own wooden garden box horizontal centerpieces and she had no problem with them only that they should have a planter box inside to keep the water in obviously.
No issues whatsoever…that’s odd that they would only suggest vertical…i’d switch florists.
Post # 12
I’ve used plenty of client-provided containers for events, even family heirloom silver pieces. I can understand why a florist would not want to be held liable for damage done to or by the containers. I think your vision is beautiful and there’s no reason you can’t find someone who would be happy to bring it to life. If you can’t find someone in the Lake Tahoe area, look a little further out. Some of us love to travel. 🙂
Post # 13
My daughter’s florist had us show him the containers. Then he will make the arrangements in floral (foam) cages that can be inserted into our conatiners at the venue. We will put them on the tables empty and he will insert the flowers when he gets there. Maybe you could do that but insert them yourself? You wouldn’t have to mess with them except to put them in the containers.