Post # 1
Hey bees. I’m preparing for my florist’s mockup and so far, we’ve been told we’ll mainly be seeing our reception table centerpiece. However, I do not believe we are seeing anything else.
I asked about seeing my bouquet mocked up and she advised against it — saying it should be more of a “wow” factor the day of, and she advises against seeing it at the mockup…
Some background – our florist said she normally charges to do a mockup but she is waiving that fee for us — so I’m keeping that in mind in that she may not want to do a ton of “free” work she’d normally be paid for. Also the centerpiece we’re going with will be large/tall so I imagine it’ll be a lot for her to do for us for free.
That being said, wondering if we should ask to see other key items — such as the centerpiece for our escort card table which will be different entirely, or the bouquets.
What did you all see at your mockups if you had one? Just one key item or others?
And if she isn’t offering to do other items, should I ask for the fee to see them? Wondering if it is worth it so I ensure the bouquet, etc. is what we’re hoping for.
Post # 2
We saw our centerpieces. As well as a loose mockup of my bouquet- i.e. She had a bunch of different flowers I wanted in varying shades so we could work on colors/arrangement/size. My florist doesn’t usually do the bouquet mockup but I offered to pay for it, as I was being crazy picky.
Post # 3
I didn’t see anything. I lived far from my wedding venue and of the limited trips I had for wedding stuff, it was just not a priority. My flowers were beautiful and looked exactly like the pictures I had sent. You will be just fine without any additional mock ups. If you do really want them, I’d offer to pay.
Post # 4
My florist did like a vision board thing. I don’t think that’s what it’s called but I can’t remember exactly – so it was like inspiration pictures and drawings and color swatches. So I didn’t see my exact flowers but had a good idea of how they’d come together
Post # 5
I did not have a floral mockup at all. I think seeing the centerpiece is plenty — you’ll get a feel for the direction she’s going in.
Post # 6
We didn’t see a mock-up. The florist told me the flowers he would be using and I showed him my Pinterest board for what I was imagining. He is also a national award winning floral designer and I completely trusted him.
Post # 7
I will have a meeting with a mock up of my centerpiece, and then everything else is images from previous weddings that she will try to combine/recreate.
Post # 8
I didn’t see anything. I just said what flowers I wanted and let her do her job.
Post # 9
We had a mock-up of one of the table centerpieces and a “loose” mock-up of my bouquet. We were told they would include this if we scheduled to meet them the following month (November) as that is when we’re getting married, so they would have most of the seasonal flowers we wanted included.
I am 5000% thankful we saw this, as we were able to talk with them about what we felt was off or wanted changed. Unless you showed them a picture and told them to just duplicate it 100%, things will be different. Florists have their own style and their interpretations of what you say you want, even with pictures as references, is different than what you may have pictured.
We were able to make changes and see what it looked like (for the most part) which I am so grateful for. I was not really in love with what I saw when I first walked in (for the centerpiece and my bouquet) and we left feeling happy, excited and they better understood what we wanted.
The thing about it being a wow factor doesn’t make sense, is it supposed to be a total surprise? You’re paying for products, so you should get to see SOMETHING to know it’s what you want. You can ask her to do a rough mock up, meaning they just pull flowers and hold it in their hand to show you, or just put it in a vase and then put it away or sell the arrangement (that’s what my florist does).
You will still be WOWed on your wedding day, because I am sure she does not have everything to put your bouquet together, and it will be perfectly arranged the day of instead of loose. Plus, it will be even more amazing because it is your wedding day!
Post # 10
Didn’t do a mockup, just showed her some pins and she came back with a quote which included various types of flowers and the picture of each. She has a pretty good presence online (website) and Instagram so I felt confident and loved them.
If she’s doing it for free, not much leverage. You could ask for some photos of her other work that may be similiar to make sure you’re on the same page?