Post # 1
Ok so here’s the deal. I LOVE creating and i knew when i got engaged i wanted big centerpieces 🙂 So even tho my budget wasn’t as great as say a “Platinum Wedding”, I wanted my flowers to have that look. Luckily with a 17 month engagement and buying materials here and there (and not paying a florist for the labor) I have gotten what I wanted 🙂
BUT here’s the CRAZY thing…my photographers know i’m a DIY bride and always love to see what i’m working on (my photogs r great and more like friends now even tho the wedding is 2 months away 😉 and so i sent them a pic of my pieces…well a weddng planner they work with quite a bit took one look and offered to BUY them…she would pick them up RIGHT AFTER the reception…which is great not to haul them back home…HOWEVER, and this is what rubbed me the wrong way, is i gave her a quote and it’s like literally HALF of what I paid to make them and she’s trying to say “Well, they will be used, and they aren’t real flowers, blah blah” which honestly kinda pisses me off bc HELLOOOO my wedding is 2 months away, i have not advertised them, they weren’t even technically for sale and she’s already trying to low ball me…and duh they rn’t real flowers, you wouldn’t want them if they were, they’d be a dead mess lol
but i think she wants them to rent them out to her brides, and not to ring my own bell, but they r pretty and most brides who couldnt afford them on their own would jump all over it…basically, she will make bank. (after i’m the one that budgeted and scrimped and did all labor in putting them together and finding all the vintage teacups at antique malls etc)
My dad wants me to take the offer bc i’d get at least a decent chunk of change back, but not even close to what they’re worth…but that doesn’t bother me as much as seeing my beautiful creations i worked REALLLLLLY hard on, end up in some other wedding of some girl who just rented them…
Am I being silly? Maybe i am a lil too sentimental but it doesn’t help that I recently found out a girl i dont much care for has booked this wedding planner…the thought of this girl with my flowers makes me angry..i know it’s dumb but opinions?
Should I sell them to her, or maybe hold out and sell to a local bride who might appreciate them more, not just trying to make a buck at my expense? the whole thing just seems a lil sketch, like she’s tryign to rip me off 🙁
Here’s some pics so you can get an idea 🙂
Post # 3
This is a tough one. I agree with you that the planner is going to rent out to brides, etc. so she will make bank of them.
Have you thought about doing a “pre-wedding sale” like some bees here? Then you could potentially get more $ and have them “sold” before the wedding. Then if that doesn’t pan out (no one purchases say) then go back to the planner?
Post # 4
She’s trying to make a buck for sure! I say try renting them out yourself. You have a potential to make back all of your money, if you are willing to wait and out some work in
Post # 5
You did a great job! I can see what she wants them!
I would not back down until you get the price you asked or closer to that price. All you have to say is “I know I can get the price I’m asking somewhere else so if you are unwilling to pay that amount I know someone else who will.”
Post # 6
I think you should sell everything for half of what you paid. That seems to be the going rate. I sold everything I bought for half and people seemed happy to pay it.
Just wait if she doesn’t want to pay it, you might have better offers?
How much were the centerpieces though? Maybe she might like to see your pricing sheets and how much you paid?
Post # 7
I think the amount of money the planner will be making from them means you should get at least what you paid for them. You put all the work in, regardless of the cost of the materials, and she’s not payig you for that. She sounds like she want’s to make money out of you!
Post # 8
But if you were selling them to a bride I think half is pretty good, just not to a planner…
Post # 9
Don’t sell them to her. Not unless she is willing to pay what you want. Trust me, you will be able to find someone who WILL pay you what you want for them.
Post # 10
Holy cow, those are GORGEOUS!! Whatever you do, please keep at least one for yourself, I’d totally love to have that as decor in front of my fireplace or something. I wouldnt sell it to the planner for half. If anything, I dont care if they are “used”, I’d tell her full price + labor cost since she’d end up making a killing on it… you should benefit from your hard work also!
Post # 11
Those are gorgeous & I think you should give her the price you want to sell them for and if she doesn’t want to buy them oh well. You can find someone else who will want to pay what you are charging, especially since they are so nice! Good luck!
Post # 12
@BrookieCookie9: Ya that’s a good idea, i’d just be afraid shipping would be ungodly but i guess if they were semi local and wanted to pick them up it’d be a great fix.
Thanks everyone for the comments/ advice. i’m not trying to sound selfish or like my stuff is amazing or anything and i’m def not a ‘pro’ florist but it just seemed weird to me this lady was pretty pushy about wanting them but then didn’t even want to pay half of what I paid to make them…i’m just a diy-er trying to get a fraction of what i paid back, if all she’s going to do is rent them out anyway… Regardless of what i end up doing, i def have time to decide bc no one is getting them until after July 7th anyway 🙂
Post # 13
Don’t sell them to her, shes definitely trying to make a buck at your expense. I would sell them to another bride who really wants them, or if you want the hassle rent them.
They are gorgeous, great work!
Post # 14
The reality is that you don’t get what you paid for anything that is used.
You can always list them for sale on craigslist, ebay or wedding sites like WeddingBee or recycled bride. If you aren’t able to sell them for the price you think they are worth, you can contact the wedding planner.
Post # 15
I would tell her that, hey, look, you know she’s going to rent them out to other brides for a pretty penny, and that’s fine, but you need to make some of your money and time investment back to compensate for giving them up to her. I would say ask for 75% of what it cost to make them, just because 50% is usually the going rate, but since you put all that labor in yourself, then you deserve more, especially since she will rent.