- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I’m new here but I’ve been following up until my wedding day. Our wedding was beautiful and we got nothing but compliments from our guests.
We got compliments on the church, the reception hall, the food, the cake, the DJ, the photographer…everyone except for our florist.
Luckily most of our guest didn’t notice her…It took me a while to write the review but it was vey cathartic.
Her behaviour was so bad it was almost laugable (or at least I’m trying to laugh – it’s a bit hard).
On the bright side, I did marry the man of my dreams 🙂
Married in MKE
When we first met, my husband and I described exactly what we wanted. We gave her photos, she showed us a few ideas, it seemed like she understood. We described our style, we’re engineers, we like clean, simple, and elegant. On final meeting, I brought 4 pages of pictures: 1: Wed party flowers 2: centerpieces 3-4: other décor present. There was no confusion on what we wanted. After a few clarification emails, the same flower sent by her multiple times, she told me to trust her, she is a florist, she knows what she is doing.
Flowers: Our bridesmaids flowers were supposed to be *soft* white to very very light pink (the dresses were red she said white would clash too much). The bouquets looked nothing like the pictures: harsh bright bubble gum pink roses and poufy fluffy pink ribbon under the flowers (nothing in the pics of that). The toss bouquet also had the ugly poufy ribbon thing.
My bouquet looked good but the edges were a bit roughed up. Very early into pictures one of the rose kept falling out and tingling kept popping out. Boutonniere looked good but they kept falling off and apart bc of a weak magnet. When asked later she said the boutonniere was heavier, which means should have realized it and used a pin instead (she did not give us any). The mother’s corsages fell apart at the church (no heavy handling). Centerpieces looked good, but the hydrangeas were fake.
Professionalism: When she came into the bridal room she said very clearly and loudly (like she was saving the day). “Is there only one father? The bride only put down one? I brought an extra boutonniere just in case.” Everyone else: “No there’s two.” Thank you for bringing up family issues on my wedding day; I am incredibly lucky my dad wasn’t in the room to hear that. In our initial discussions, I listed one but after I found out my dad could make it, we changed it. It was in several emails and the last several versions of the contract. We made sure she understood it in the emails and the finalization meeting.
The rest of the time she kept trying to sell herself, her preserved flowers, her box you can buy for the preserved flowers in. She got in the way of the photographer. Take a picture of this and that. Don’t worry I have consent of the bride. I used to teach photography. She directed the bridesmaids, line up here and hold out bouquet (which they did reluctantly).
As the ceremony was about to start, the attendants were lining to walk in. I was in the bridal room alone except for guess who. She asked if she could do anything for me. I told her “Honestly, you can get out. I need some time alone before I walk down the aisle.” I was very direct, it should have been her cue to leave (she should’ve already).
When everyone else had walked up the aisle, she came back in to get me. When the church coordinator realized I forgot a veil, she wanted to put it on. When my mom, dad, church coordinator went to arrange my train, she wanted to do it, “it is her favorite part”. That moment, the moment before I walk down the aisle, was supposed to be me, my mom, and my dad (and the church coordinator who tells you when it is okay to go down the aisle); not me and my florist! That is the part that probably hurts me the most is she stole that moment from me.
Everyone was appalled by her behavior!
* The other florist with her sat in the last few pews and photobombed my wedding photos to get pictures on her cellphone. She was the only one in the back pews. (We found this out when we got our wedding photos – there is only so much a photographer can do)
Oh – I forgot to mention, she is a featured florist on theKnot!