What to expect at a floral consultation?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Mine were all kind of different, but hopefully this will help you be prepared for what happens!

At one I went through my “vision” with the florist, which at the time didn’t really include anything except the colors I wanted. She then basically said “Ok!” and said she would send me a contract, but I left the store not really knowing what had just happened.

The florist I ended up choosing took me very carefully through her ideas so I could really visualiize them, then she walked me through a complete quote (at the same meeting) so I could see what the cost would be. She made a point of letting me know how long the contract was valid for in case I wanted to keep shopping around and I left that appointment feeling like it made sense.

In both cases I was expected to know the number of guests/tables and any special arrangements I wanted (like for the welcome table and the chuppah). I also needed to know the colors and how many people in the bridal party would need bouquets/boutenniers (sp). Other than that, a good florist will walk you through all the details and help you envision what you want, without pressuring you or confusing you.

 

Post # 4
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1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

@LilySarah:  My experience was similar.  I booked appointments with three different companies, one refered by a co-worker, one that I considered to be my “budget” option, and one that was over the top/high end. 

At my first appointment we talked about my vision for the wedding, what colors I wanted and flowers.  The florist was really excited about everything and we spent an hour dreaming up the perfect floral arrangements for ceremony and reception.  She knew beforehand that my budget was $3-5K, we got way too excited during the meeting and my proposal came back at $7K.  I suggested some changes and she sent a new proposal slightly over my budget ($6K).

My 2nd appointment at the “budget” place. Was similar we discussed colors/flowers how many of everything I needed and what they thought would work.  Proposal came back around $4K.  They did also do two small arrangements ahead of time for me to have a visual idea of some of the flowers I was considering.

The 3rd company, first did a phone consultation.  At the end of the consultation they asked my budget and I said close to or under $5K.  I think they did this to weed out people who don’t have a larger budget (mine at $5K is probably on the low end for them).  But again the consultation was similar to the first two. 

I was up front with each person and let them know I was meeting with 3 total and would make a decision in a few weeks, my appointments were spaced out 3 weeks, so the company I went with (1st one) had to wait a month for me to hire them.  You just run the risk of someone else booking your date if you wait too long.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@coffeeloverbee:  +1 

They asked for my vision…. how many tables, how many corsages, etc.  

Then after the meeting they sent me a price . 

Post # 6
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615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LilySarah:  

I had no idea where to start as well

I went with the first florist I found with the highest yelp reviews around my area, once she told me she was available for my date then the conversations went more into detail

Through emails back and forth, before we met, she asked me about color scheme/theme 

When I went to her office, she had all colors of ribbons, samples of fresh flowers, dried flowers, and pictures of all sorts of flowers, books on the table in front of us

She asked me about location of ceremony, location of reception, table/chair set ups, arch set up, cake flowers, bridal bouquet, bridesmaid bouquet, boutonierres, corsages

She described to me in detail with drawings of what she would arrange for everything we discussed

Before we booked her, I paid for mockups of the centerpiece, boutonierre, and bridesmaid bouquet as the rest of the flowery decor would reflect these 3 things

If you’re not sure of their vision, ask them to do a mock up, and don’t expect it to be free, pay for it before hand compare and contrast with different florists and see which ones you like the best

We are spending like 3k on flowers so we wanted to be really sure we were going to like them.

Post # 7
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299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

For mine we met and talked for an hour or so about what i was looking for and what style. It was a lot of vague “purple but not too blue but not too pink either” and “big and fluffy with lots of greenery and like… flowers and stuff” I’m not a big flower person, I’m relying on her to be the expert.

Then she spent about a week putting together a detailed proposal. Exactly what we’d be getting and how many. Descriptions, quantity, and price for each type of item (bouquet, centerpiece, etc.). We emailed that back and forth for awhile with tweaks until we setteled on the descriptions and prices.

I’m not super picky about flowers so it didn’t list exactly what flowers or how many or anything, just described a general style, colors, and gave some example flowers that could be included and some pictures for style examples. Once we agreed on that much we signed, she locked in our date (she only does one wedding per weekend), and we paid a 50% deposit.

About 2 months from our date we’ll meet again and work out some more details, pick out the exact ribbons and vases, etc.. The point of the contract was really to lock in the date and minimum order. It can always be tweaked or increased later.

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