Post # 1
I was wondering if I could get everyone’s opinions on dealing with a florist. I’m on an extremely tight budget and seeking a florist who can work with it. Is it customary to call them up ahead of time to find out what kind of price range they can run with?
I met with one florist who had a great vision for my wedding, but didn’t seem to regard my budget too much. I live in NY and am planning a wedding in the Philly area. Frankly, I don’t have the time to waste on my whirlwind trips to the area with a florist who isn’t going to be in my budget. Would it be uncouth to call ahead and establish a price range?
Post # 3
Three words- do it yourself. Your budget goes much farther and you can order the flowers wholesale online. I’m doing my whole wedding flowers for less than $500. BARGAIN!
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2020 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
I just met with Whitford Florist yesterday in Exton, PA, and their prices seemed extremely reasonable. If you don’t want to DIY, tell them you want to stick with seasonal flowers that complement your colors and taste, and any good florist should be able to work with you!
I don’t think it’s uncouth to call ahead and at least ask about price range. It might be hard if you don’t have any details to give, but if you ask the general starting point for a centerpiece with seasonal flowers, they should be able to give you some general idea.
Post # 5
i called ahead to flowers by yukie in wilmington, delaware, and they mailed me a price sheet. it didn’t really help all that much though, because they didn’t know which flowers i wanted to use and only wanted details during a meeting, so they couldn’t give me a very good estimate over the phone. everything was like "$xx and up."
Post # 6
I am getting married three days after Valentines Day and I want red flowers. I am also on a tight budget. So, I literally called florists and said, "I am getting married three days after Valentines Day and I want red flowers. I also want to spend $X amount." I called a total of seven florists, and three did not laugh at me, so those were the three I met with, and afterwards all of them provided proposals that matched that budget. I think it’s totally OK to set your budget at the outset and see what happens. I think they appreciate it, too, because then no one’s time is wasted.
Post # 7
I chose my florist b/c 1) she was recommended and 2) of the ones I contacted, she was the only one who was forthcoming w/ prices. All the rest said "we can’t/won’t even give you a ballpark number unless you meet w/ us, and we’re not taking meetings this far in advance." So poo on them. Yes, it’s hard to get a quote if you don’t know *exactly* what you want, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong in asking for what it costs to do X,Y and Z.