Post # 1
So I had an odd vendor experience today that hasn’t really come up with any other vendor yet. I’m wondering if maybe it’s more normal than I think?
A girl I went to high school with sent me a message on facebook raving about the florist she used for her wedding. I don’t have a florist yet so I set up an appointment with her. So the florist insisted we meet at our venue, then walked us around for about an hour just pointing stuff out (mostly things I find unnecessary like decorating benches?) We then sat down with her and went over the details of what we wanted. She never asked me about a budget or anything. Finally, at the end of the meeting I asked when we would get a proposal, and she told me that we would need to pay her for a sample and a proposal and asked when we should set it up and that I could write a check for it now.
I understand having to pay for a sample, but I would like to at least get a ballpark figure of how much she will cost before I shell out a few hundred for her to write a proposal and put together a sample I may or may not like. All the other vendors I have met with sent me proposals without me having to pay for them, including other florists! Is it me or is this odd?
Feel free to share your odd vendor experiences as well!
Post # 2
That is very odd. You’d think they could at least give a ballpark figure if they have an idea of what your venue needs or what flowers you want. I probably wouldn’t even move forward with paying for a sample if I had that experience.
We had a weird experience with a potential photographer who was referred to us by a freind. I arranged a call to get to know them. We finished the call and I told them I’d take some time to go through their portfolio and let them know if I have any questions. No indication was made that I would book them at this point, not even verbally. And yet, they called and emailed me constantly after that. And at weird hours too, like 7:30am and 10pm. I booked another photographer during this time and told them I went with someone else. You’d think that would stop the messages, but no. Just last month, over a year after I booked my photographer, they sent me a FB message through our mutual friend asking if I was still shopping for a photographer. Yeaahhhhhh I am so glad I booked somebody else.
Post # 3
I don’t think you should have to pay for a proposal/quote. I wouldn’t. Too many other florists out there.
Post # 4
I’m glad that this isn’t normal. We definitely won’t be moving forward with her!