Post # 1
after receiving my floral quote! I know this is the norm, and I’ve gotten used to reading everyone’s reaction to florists’ quotes, but until you see that number on paper (or on your computer screen), I don’t think you understand the shock! HA.
I basically told my florist a loose color scheme, giving her the freedom to do whatever, asked her to use seasonal flowers, and that I’d like to keep the cost as close to $1000 as possible for my bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 5 bouts, 10 very simple low centerpieces, a medium sign in table arrangement, a toss bouquet, and one large arrangement to be used as a ceremony focal point and reused as a food table display.
I was expecting a higher quote than what I told her, but not the $2200 that is more than double my budget! The two killers? The $400 large arrangement and my $275 bouquet. Um…is she kidding? When I say use less expensive flowers that are in season, that doesn’t mean use freaking black magic roses, callas, and cymbidium orchids! Sigh.
Sorry, just needed to vent. Will definitely do some more shopping around, or looks like I’ll be cutting back big time.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@Bostonsmom: I know, isn’t it? I think black magic roses are beautiful, but I was never stuck on any particular bloom, so I will be looking for a more cost-effective flower, or different shade of rose.
@squeak35: Yeah, I’m definitely doing that. I don’t know anything about flowers, and yes, I don’t have a problem doing research, but I was hoping that was what a florist could do for me, tell me what flowers are cost-effective and in-season that are in my color palette, as opposed to me doing all the legwork and telling her exactly what flowers, how many, etc. I was too hopeful I suppose. If I want it done my way, I guess I’ll be micromanaging everything. Mostly I’m just annoyed right now because I feel like all these vendors want “freedom” to be artistic and what not, but unless I tell them exactly what I want for EXACTLY this price, I get back quotes for double my budget or things that in no way fit what I’m looking for. The search continues…
Post # 6
- 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
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 # 8
@bluebird615: Thanks, love your ideas. Yeah, the fact that she didn’t listen to me was what was most annoying to me. The sad thing is that she does own her own business, but she’s in such high demand that I think she can charge on the very high end and still not be hurting for business. Also, she came recommended by my photographer, who I love, but is very expensive (that and my shoes are my big splurges), so I think I may have effectively picked a florist who is “out of my league”, lol.
@lox: Oh yeah. If it doesn’t get lower, I’m moving on. Done.
Post # 9
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
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
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.
Post # 12