Post # 1
I told my florist I was going for an “enchanted garden” theme. I went with her because I thought she understood my vision the best. I now realize that I am paying more for her “design” that actual quanity of flowers and items recieved. Other florists quoted me for $100 centerpieces that included actual flowers (ie: lanterns with hydrandras, roses, orchids & curly willow branches with orchids). These are the centerpieces she showed me – they literally have 3 flowers. I feel I could have done these myself at Michael’s crafts. Am I getting ripped off here? I live in Westchester, New York.
Also – do you have any advice about how to approach her about other items? ie: My bouqet costs $250 while most other florist charged $150. What is she doing that is costing the extra $100? I don’t want to be rude, but this seems ridiculous and I already regret going with her. Thanks for your help.
Post # 2
Ask for an itemized list of supplies, flowers, and labor costs. Then price check the supplies and flowers with other vendors.
Post # 3
I’d go back to your current vendor with inspiration pictures of centerpieces you like and see what she can do and thr costs. You may need another florist. Those centerpieces do not look like $100 and definitely do not look like an enchanted garden.
Post # 4
I don’t think those centerpieces are worth the price she is quoting you. There are very few floral elements and the design isn’t so elaborate or unique that it should come with a premium design surcharge.
My bouquet is setting me back in the $200-250 range, which seemed within the normal range in my area. There will be some pricier blooms in my arrangement, so I feel the price is alright.
Have you paid a deposit yet? Can you cancel and book another florist?
Post # 5
Yea, sorry, I wouldn’t pay much more than $40-50 for those center pieces. $100 is a huge rip off imo. Is it too late to cancel and go with someone else or even diy, those don’t look very hard to recreate. I got my bouquets from Whole foods ($85 for mine and $40 for BMs) and they charge only cost of the flowers, no labor mark up and it turned out awesome so $250 sounds like a lot. I was getting “real” florist quotes for $150 so that at least soudns more reasonable..
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
aconnor82: Those are not $100 centerpieces. $40 okay. But not $100!
Post # 7
You could probably do these yourself for $100. The should charge you less because Im sure she’s using things they already has available to her, but charges you full price for.
Post # 8
LoveBugBee: Yes. I am paying around $3,800 for her and already put a $700 deposit. I feel like an idiot. I wish I saved all my other price quotes. I don’t understand why her prices are so high for so little.
Post # 9
Have you already signed a contract with her? I agree that you could do those cheaper yourself, if you will have someone to set them up for you on the day of the wedding.
Post # 10
aconnor82: You could probably do those yourself for LESS than $100. Hell, you could probably do them even better for that much. I think that you are being overcharged. If I saw these, I would assume that they were an awesome DIY project, and not something that you paid $100 for a professional to create. It’s ok to tell her that what she has shown you isn’t exactly what you had in mind. I would shop around a bit more before you commit to this particular florist/designer. If you do decide to stick with her, play hardball. Let her know that you aren’t impressed and that she either needs to bring down the price, or increase the wow factor.
Post # 11
Sounds like a ripoff to me. You could probably get the same thing at your local craft store for $20-$30, and she presumably would be able to use several of the parts more than once.
Post # 12
I don’t know about the golden stick thing, but a friend made lantern centerpieces similar to that for about $30. _She used fake flowers.) Plus she was able to sell the stuff after, so she recouped some money.
Post # 13
I would find a new florist. Her prices are outrageous.
Post # 14
Yeah you can do that for less than $100. We sell similar lanterns at my workplace for about $25, that candle looks about $5, you can buy a bulk version of that moss for pretty cheap, and use silk or real flowers on the bottom. When I bought real carnations for my brother’s centrepieces they were 25c a piece. As for that wooden bit under the lamp, craft stores sell those and they are inexpensive.
So yeah you can make the top centrepiece for about $30-$40.
Post # 15
aconnor82: go to saveoncrafts.com and you can make those for WAY cheaper!!!