- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I swear I’ll stop asking flower questions eventually 🙂
So I’ve met with three florists so far – and I can’t decide who to pick! This is a little long, but flowers are super important to me.
Florist A: Very receptive to my floral “vision” – this studio is known for their creative designs, so I know my bouquet will look how I want. St. Louis, unfortunately, isn’t the trend capital of the world or anything, so most florists only have experience doing more traditional, tight bouquets.
However, they have higher overhead, so their prices are higher. Because of this, I wouldn’t be able to afford specific types of flowers I’d like to have (anemones, mainly), and he wasn’t receptive to working with them during June anyway (said they don’t look very nice, won’t hold up, etc). Also, during our consultation he asked my budget first, then started working on the proposal.
I received a quote for $1160, to include: my bouquet, made of ivory garden roses, white ranunculus, cream mini carnations, white dahlias, cream stock, oak leaf hydrangas, feverfew; 3 BM bouquets that will be smaller, but same flowers (except sub creme de la creme roses for the garden roses), a groom boutineere of ivory spray roses, 5 other bouts of ivory mini carnations (3 GM, 2 father), 2 mom nosegays of bridal bouquet flowers, a toss bouquet (which I’ll likely nix), and then 6 centerpieces of creme de la creme roses, snapdragon, cream mini carnations, white dahlias, cream stock, oak leaf hydrangea, and feverfew.
He has excellent reviews online – no complaints, other than a few that say he’s pricey.
What this does not include: delivery (but we have a DOC who can do this, plus they’re located literally two blocks from our venue), bouts for our ushers and officiant, centerpieces for our cocktail tables.
Florist B: Recommended by my DOC, works out of his home so no physical shop. This means lower overhead: he was confident I could get (and afford) the types of flowers I want. More tradtional – I haven’t seen bouquets he’s done that look like the style I like, although he was very confident and receptive to the idea. SUPER nice guy. One thing I liked is that during our consultation he asked what I want, then made a quote from that, without asking my budget – and it was still in budget (only $100 over, which I’m fine with).
I recieved a quote for $1320, to include: my bouquet, to include white ranunculus, creme roses, lysimachia, white monte casino, green mini hydrangea and landies mantle, 3 BM bouquets that will be smaller versions of mine, a groom bout of white ranunculus with ladies mantle, 10 bouts with white ranunculus with verigated greenery (3 GM, 2 father, 1 officiant, 4 usher), 2 mother nosegays of roses and mini hydrangeas, 2 grandmother cosages of spray roses, 1 reader corsage of spray roses, 6 large centerpieces of hydrangeas, and 8 cocktail table centerpieces of hydrangeas, delivery of all of the above.
Florist B has great reviews from a local wedding website, however, if I actually read the reviews, even though people give him 5 stars, A+ ratings, they complain that their flowers were browned/wilted/wrong color, but he has a great personality. A great personality is a nice thing, but I’m not carrying the florist around to tell knock-knock jokes, I’m carrying flowers around, you know?
To note: over my budget, but just barely (only $120 over) and this would be my first vendor over budget, so it doesn’t exactly break the bank. If I equalize the two quotes (removing the cocktail centerpieces from florist B, adding more bouts to florist A), then they’re within $50 of each other.
Florist C is completely out of the running.
I guess my biggest hangup is that I feel like I’m compromising the types of flowers I like or the style I like. I can always meet with more florists, I suppose. I just don’t know what to do.