Post # 1
Hi fellow Bees! I have a conundrum. I don’t particularly want to hire a florist: we’re DIYing our centerpieces (all non-floral), and honestly I would just as soon do semi-DIY bouquets from Bloominous or get them through Wegmans or Whole Foods than pay full florist price.
However, having hanging greenery around the reception tent is VERY important to us. I know this would be a huge pain to do ourselves on the morning of, and not particularly cost-effective given the cost of buying pre-made garlands by the foot. So it seems like a florist is a necessity for this. Most of the florists I’ve talked to have priced it around $500-700, which I’m comfortable with for this particular service. But that price was within a quote that also included bouquets as well–so the grand total for everything was far above what I wanted.
My question is, is it acceptable to ask a florist to do only hanging greenery for a reception, and nothing else? I feel like since it’s time-intensive and requires travel to the venue, that they’d rather prioritize a wedding that’s going to pay them more money for more stuff. But if it is okay, I’d definitely prefer to do that and then DIY our bouquets. Has anyone had any experience with hiring a florist to do reception decor, without also doing bouquets?
My fiance suggested hiring a non-florist to hang garlands for us, but our venue requires liability insurance from anyone we hire, so a licensed vendor is a must.
Post # 2
If they don’t want to do the job, then they won’t. But it’s perfectly acceptable to hire them for only one aspect.
We hired our florist for only ceremony flowers. The total cost was around $700. We DIY’d everything for the reception.
Post # 3
Just reach out to florists and get quotes for only that service. If they don’t want to do it, they won’t give you a quote.
We had minimumal flowers- just bouquets, bouts, and two small ceremony pieces. We did all the centerpieces and such ourselves, so our total cost was about $600. We hired a florist who worked out of her home as her side job. She did a wonderful job.
Post # 4
I think it is acceptable to ask. The worst thing that can happen is they say no.
We tried one florist who we only wanted to hire for bouquets only because we planned to do the centerpieces ourselves… He was offended and refused, so we found someone who was wasn’t money hungry and didn’t have a huge ego!
Post # 5
kashnou : it doesn’t hurt to ask, though many florists have a minimum that makes jobs worth it to them. so they might either choose not to do it (because it’s not worth their time and effort for what they’re making off of it), or else they might have to jack up the price (in which case, it seems like you might as well have them do bouquets, too). your best bet is probably to find a quieter/less busy florist who doesn’t do a lot of weddings, and for whom just do the greenery is still considered big business – the drawback here is that if they’re not as experienced, then you’re gambling with how it will turn out. if it means that much to you, i’d probably just suck it up and hire a florist for all your florals. are the prices $? yes. but i can say hiring a florist was one of the BEST things i did. i did *not* want to spend over $1500 on flowers (and even that number was painful), and i wound up paying $2500 for my florst….and it was worth every. single. penny. she decorated EVERYTHING and it turned out so much better than i could have possibly imagined. it was spectacular. in a year, you won’t care about the extra $1k you paid; you’ll care that things turned out amazing.
Post # 6
I had a decorator/events design person hang our greenery and had a separate florist for the flower arrangements. (Patrick J Clayton Productions) they’re an events vendor more than a wedding vendor but because they’re established, he was super professional and showed up extra early to get it done before the day ggot started.
Post # 7
honestly, if the florist is willing to do it (which they seem to be from the quotes you got), I’d go for it! not all weddings are the same, not all have traditional flowers done by a florist or a certain amount of flowers! go for it! (and post pics after!)
Post # 8
Thanks so much, everyone! With all the encouragement, I decided to give it a shot and called a bunch of florists. Some have definitely been a little unsure about the request, but all have been at least willing to consider it.
And @catskillsinjune, thanks for your advice as well, I’m definitely keeping it in the back of my mind. We did a full quote with one florist for everything and her price was great for the greenery but more than I wanted for the bouquets… but I’ll keep your words in mind, and we may yet go for it. I did like her work a lot.