Post # 1
I just wanted to warn people not to use Karin’s Flowers of Vienna, VA. Here is my review of what happened:
It pains me to have to write this review! But I can’t believe the flowers were the wrong color! My wedding colors were hot pink and orange—I got PURPLE and orange. (And Linda tried to convince me that the purple flowers I got were in fact hot pink.)
I really thought that Linda and I were on the same page. I gave her paint chips and a picture of the flowers I wanted (with a few tweaks—no hydrangeas and add gerbera daisies). I didn’t sleep well the first 3 nights after my wedding because I kept waking up angry that my flowers were ruined. It breaks my heart every time I look at my pictures. I’m grateful that the photographer was able to Photoshop some of my pictures, but now the flowers look dull.
They did refund 10% and gave me a $200 gift card to try to make up for the problem. But it can’t make up for the fact that everything else on my wedding day was perfect, but my flowers were heartbreakingly wrong.
If it were not for the wrong color problem, this would have been a glowing review. Linda was nice to work with and suggested flowers that fit my budget. (Although keep in mind how much delivery costs.) I liked how it was a big shop so if one person was sick, another person could step in.
But in the end, I cannot recommend Karin’s Florist. In fact, I would go as far as to say—DON’T USE Karin’s Florists.
Post # 3
@KoiKove: Oh man. I am so sorry that happened to you!
Post # 4
I’m sorry your flowers didn’t turn out. I definitely see purple, a few hot pink, but the others almost look mauve/deep red to me. So that was all she offered – was that they were, in fact, pink? No other explanation?
Post # 5
Very sorry this happend to you, I would try not to let it taint your memory of your wedding day.
On the positive side, the flowers are beautiful (even if they are infact purple)
Post # 6
This happened to my daughter, too…her colors were chocolate, & kiwi with a touch of eggplant and fuchsia. Bridesmaid’s bouquets were to be wrapped in chocolate ribbon–even gave florist an actual fabric sample & they were wrapped in green. Flowers, while absolutely gorgeous–were mostly a pale pink and also had reddish-roses…the flowers were supposed to mainly be green orchids, & green hydrangeas & purple stock….MAJOR communication breakdown, I suppose. Even though like you, we gave paint chips and inspiration photos. I now HIGHLY recommend brides get a mock-up of the flowers/colors florist will be using. Would have certainly spared us the shock we had when we saw the florist unloading the ‘wrong’ flowers….
Post # 7
That sucks…I definitely see some purple carnations in there. It seems if even those had been removed it might have looked more orange and hot pink than orange, pink and purple.
Post # 8
I called the florist while I was sequestered prior to the ceremony and she had the gall to inform me that when she orders “hot pink” from her suppliers, this is the shade she gets every time! She seemed baffled that I didn’t also consider this “hot pink” and referred to the contract where it said ‘hot pink’ (like it was my fault that I didn’t get the color flowers I wanted). I wanted to scream, “I don’t care what you *call* a specific color. I gave you color chips and reference photo, you are the expert, you know what name a supplier give a certain shade. It’s up to you to use the correct name to get the shade I want!”
I agree, the flowers are gorgeous and I would have been over the moon happy if I wanted purple and orange. But I planned (more like agonized) for months on color choices and specifically decided against purple.
Yes, if the purple carnations were removed it might have helped, but my bridal bouquet would still have looked purple. The one flower I really wanted was gerbera daisies, and they look the most purple!
Thank you so much for the sympathy. My wedding was in October and it’s taken me this long to not be too upset to write about it. I love my Darling Husband and he is wonderful in so many ways, but he just doesn’t understand why this still upsets me so much. “It’s just flowers”
Post # 9
@bridesmomma– I’m so sorry you and your daughter went through what I did. I agree, I should have spent the $50 to have them do a trial arrangement.
Post # 10
This happened to me too! I was supposed to have faint pink and ivory flowers for my Valentine wedding. I about died when the bridesmaids showed up with these yellow bouquets! 🙁 They cut out the yellowest of the yellow, but here they are. And from a well-respected Dallas florist. I even had a story board with sample images. I have no clue where the yellow came from!
Post # 11
OMG!! YELLOW??? I can’t believe it. At least purple and pink are on the same spectrum, but Yellow?!? My heartbreaks for you.
I wish I could say that it get’s better, but so far, for me, it hasn’t. The only thing that has saved me was my photographer using Photoshop to get most of the purple out of my bouquet. But now my MOH and Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets look almost red. I didn’t feel like asking her to make changes to those too.
If your photographer can’t use Photoshop to make the changes, maybe you can hire someone to do it for you. It will be worth it!
Post # 12
I know. 🙁 My contract stated “a beautiful color palette of champagnes, soft ivories and light dashes of faint pink.” I still do not have my pictures back (these were posted by a guest on my Facebook page) because my photographer is having to color correct them all. Unfortunately, nothing could be done about the video. It was a complete nightmare. What’s worse, is the florist is refusing to acknowledge that the flowers are yellow, saying they are “shades of ivory”… That is like saying the sky is red, these flowers are canary yellow! Soft pink is my absolute favorite color in the world, and I was devastated when these arrived (especially since it was Valentine wedding)… Thank you so much for your support!!
Post # 13
@TexasBride123456: Those look like white Ecuadorian roses to me mixed with “bridal white” —- Combining Valentines Day with Roses and a Wedding sounds like it could be a nightmare. Devastated is a really strong word – were you really devastated by the hue of the roses? Did you write down what varieties you wanted – i.e. Ecuadorian vs California?
Post # 14
All I can say is find *every* review site and tell people what she did. I tried to write mine to be fair and not come off as just mean or bridezilla. I even contacted my venue because they were a prefered vendor to complain.
You might have to watch your video in B&W until some of the sting goes away.
As a side note- the florist gave us a $200 gift card and my Darling Husband sent me flowers from them this week– what color were they? PURPLE!! He ordered beautiful tulips from them, but they were purple! I know I shouldn’t complain but seriously, has he not heard 1 thing in the past 6 months about how much I hated the purple flowers from them–sigh lol
Post # 15
@sfchick: I am not a florist and don’t claim to be. But I did pass Colors 101 in elementary school. The fact is I had a story board with pictures of exactly what I wanted, and a contract written in explicit detail. Yes, I was indeed devestated. To me, this was as bad as if the cake had collapsed or someone spilled red wine on my dress. Yellow is one of my least favorite colors, and it is especially innapropriate for Valentine’s. We put so much into our weddings, and I paid over $6,500 for these flowers, total. I don’t think it is too much to ask that they be the right color.
Post # 16
and this is why for every wedding we do I personally go pick flowers before I put in an order.
Sometimes, once in a great while things happen, flowers don’t look up to our standards, shipment gets held up etc. but I make best choices and substitute them in such a way that nobody ever knows besides me.
Always show photos and swatches because saying “hot pink” does not mean “your hot pink” is the same as “my hot pink”.
Personal note: If in your bridal bouquet you don’t like one flower in there you can always cut it out or pull it out of the bunch. It’s not like it is rock hard. 😉