(Closed) Feeling battered and bruised…

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Aww that’s so frustrating!! Double your budget, thats just crazy! I hope you find something more cost effective, and I think black magic roses are over-rated anyways

Post # 4
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2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Continue to check out other florist and start to look @ what flowers your interested in.  Fortunately my flowers will cost under $250 because I don’t have to worry about centerpieces.  Plus she’s local and a small business owner, which I’m all about. 

 

Post # 6
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

You could try telling her it’s too much, restate you budget, and ask for less traditional and more seasonal flowers. If the quote doesn’t come in right the second time, ditch them.

Post # 7
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382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Orchids are very expensive and that is well known! It sounds like the florist doesn’t listen very well. I would look for another florist. My florist is really awesome to work with and willing to work with any budget and modify your ideas to make it fit into the budget. She gave me the idea to do vases on the head table and when we come in, we’re going to put our bouquets in them to turn it into a floral centerpiece. She is wrapping them in vine and moss to go with my rustic romantic theme. That saves me the cost of flowers for one centerpiece. Some people do plain vases and that would be even cheaper. There are ways to play around like that.  I would try to find someone like that! I am spending around $1000 and she said she will make it work to stay around that, if we want to keep it at that. My florist started up her own business and only does weddings/events. Those floral designers also tend to be more affordable. I would look around and check reviews and try and find someone who started their own business. Around here, it is much cheaper than most, if not all the floral shops.

Post # 9
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382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You should just be adamant and say, hey this is my budget. How can we modify your ideas to make it work. If she gets snotty or reacty poorly to that. You will know it’s time to find someone new. I saw a florist first who had her own business, too. She did good work, but I didn’t feel comfortable with her. She would ask me specifically what I wanted. A lot of things I wasn’t sure about, so I felt kind of stupid. Like colors of ribbon I want for bouquets, etc. She wouldn’t really make suggestions or help me out all that much or play off my ideas. After meeting with the second florist, I immediately new I was going to use her. She’s way more creative and I felt more comfortable. So glad I did!

Post # 10
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5977 posts
Bee Keeper

Insane that you specifically told her your budget, and she went to more than double! It would be one thing if you told her, “hey…I don’t have a budget, and this is what I want…” but you specifically told her to stay as close to $1,000 as possible. Crazy florists!

Post # 11
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was quoted something like $3500 for 15 tables, the bouquets, bouts, and ceremony flowers. Totally ridiculous. I am now pricing wholesale flowers and looking into making paper flowers. I looked at silk flowers, but honestly they are only a little cheaper than real flowers, and the real ones have free shipping. To be honest, hand tied bouquets don’t look all that difficult to me and I don’t really need elaborate centerpieces. The only good thing was that she was only going to charge $150 for my bouquet.

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