- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Hi bees – this is my first post, but have been lurking here for several months. This site has been a huge help as I plan my wedding (6 months away!)
I am looking for some advice regarding florists – what are the pros/cons of using a local florist shop vs. a floral designer? Here’s my specific situation:
We are paying for the wedding ourselves and doing most of the planning on our own (parents don’t live nearby). We decided on a budget range for flowers/decor based on what we can reasonably afford (even if it’s painful to spend that much on some flowers!) Flowers are less important than food/music, but we want to create a nice atmosphere. Unsure of where to start looking, we spoke with two local florists, who were helpful and provided us with reasonable quotes within our budget, including a delivery fee in the $100-$150 range. However, the experience felt impersonal and I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger yet.
On a whim, we contacted a floral design company in our area based on positive reviews online and the company’s website portfolio. Our initial consultation was great. The designer had done weddings at our venue previously, had tons of great ideas, and was really eager to work with us. We received a quote at the high end of our budget, including “free” votive candles for the reception windows. We decided we could probably live with the price tag since we liked her so much. However, I was very surprised to see that the labor/set up fee was $450 (included in quote) plus an additional $150 to breakdown afterwards (not included in quote).
Is this set-up charge reasonable?? It’s very possible that $450-600 vs. $100-150 is the premium for working with a designer rather than a basic flower shop, but I just want to make sure we’re not getting ripped off. Do the local florists do any kind of set up (I didn’t think to ask, I just assumed they would!) I’m willing to pay a little more for better service/creative decor on our wedding day, but all these wedding expenses add up and looking to save $ where I can. Is it worth the extra money to go with a floral designer? Should we keep looking?
Also, should we try to negotiate the designer’s quote, is that normal/expected? I just have no idea how this works
Thanks all in advance for your help!