(Closed) Centerpieces – How much do you leave to the florist?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 4
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5761 posts
Bee Keeper

I’d be on the phone with him instead of sending emails until you’re satisified.

I spent a lot of time on the phone with the florist we used, but our initial contact was by email. She had some pictures on her website that were close to what we wanted, so I called her and asked her opinions and she promised me we’d get exactly what we wanted. She was very good at getting back to me when I had questions, and even called me from her hospital bed! (long story). Now we didn’t get floral centerpieces, so she was making the bouquets, bouts, large floral for gazebo and a few things in vases .

What I liked and never expected, was to be told we had to go to her shop the day before the wedding to approve the flowers. She had no intention of delivering them and having us be unhappy. I’m glad this was her policy, as the bride’s bouquet was actually smaller then the BM’s , and I was shocked. They fixed it immediately and before I left. They tightened the BM’s and added some fillers to the bride’s and they were perfect.

I honestly wouldn’t be put off or be satisfied with speaking to the assistant. They are working for you, and what you’re requesting is not unreasonable.

Post # 5
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7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I picked a florist that had a great reputation and left it in their hands.  They sent me a mockup of what the centerpiece may look like (in terms of size) before I signed a contract.  I specified colors and price and that’s it.  I was a bit nervous about what they would look like – but because I trusted the reputation of the florist, I tried not to worry about it.  A day or two before the wedding I went to the florist (because I was stressing out and wanted to put more money into them) but he had already started on them.  I wasn’t particularly in love with how they turned out, but they were fine and I honestly didn’t really care.

I think in your case you should set up a phone mtg to speak with the florist.  And, I wouldn’t automatically assume they are going to overcharge you and do a bad job.  Just tell the florist your concerns and see if you can gain any clarity as to what they have in mind. 

Post # 7
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501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

oh that would really bother me. my florist is awesome. . .i love looking at the past work she has done. . .but even though I love her work, I would still feel uncomfortable just waiting till the wedding to see what she had in mind!

she prepared a very detailed propsal for me, with examples of what she envisions for my centerpieces. sounds like your proposal was NOT what you wanted and I think you deserve to have it revised–before the wedding.

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