Post # 1
Ughhh! I’m only a bridesmaid but I’m venting on behalf of my best friend, the bride. She is getting married in Iowa though we are both Texas natives so last summer we both went up to Iowa to get everything in order for the wedding as far as vendors, venue, etc.
We found what seemed to be a wonderful florist who promised that she could work with any budget, which is great. She came recommended by the other vendors, we looked at her FB, website, met with her, liked her. Everything seemed promising.
Well my BFF has been mentioning lately that the florist had been really flaky about getting back to her with emails and the like. It made me a little nervous on her behalf and I warned her that this could be a sign of what she’d be like in the future, but bride really liked her so she kept trying.
Today bride calls me frantically telling me that the groom finally called the florist to ask what the heck was going on, and she has backed out saying that the order was too small… WTH? Okay, fine, I suppose it’s her choice but don’t advertise that you work with all budgets, big or small on your website if you’re going to back out because of that!!!!
I’ve never planned my own wedding and I’ve just been helping the bride as much as I can with this one so maybe this is a normal thing, IDK but I’m guessing not. Anyway, it’s left her a little frantic. Obviously it’s really difficult to plan a wedding in another city when you’re many states away like she is… add that to regular wedding planning stress and she is not happy right now.
Anyway, this is really just a vent. My real question is that if anyone knows of any good florists in the Cedar Falls or Waterloo Area, please let me know!
Post # 3
Oh, no! When is the wedding?
Post # 4
@marhino: Ugh. That’s awful. Is it possible to DIY? I’m considering doing that because professional florists are out of my budget and I don’t want / need anything too complex!
Post # 5
@BrandNewBride: July of this year!
@bitsybee: That’s probably what we’re going to end up having to do, at least partially… centerpieces maybe?
Post # 6
@marhino: Yeah – at least if you DIY, you have total control over the process. That’s what I’m telling myself 🙂
Post # 7
Too small for Cedar Falls!? Wow, that florist has a mighty opinion of themselves. I would contact hyvee grocery store. Sounds odd but they have amazing floral departments. They did our mom’s bouquets and they were gorgeous and inexpensive.
Post # 8
I contacted a florist in Houston Texas about flowers for my wedding, after I told her I only needed 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets and my bouquet she never responded to any of my emails after that. Sucks that there are vendors out there like this.
I’m seriously considering DIY my centerpieces/bouquets, or trying a grocery store, is it possible to DIY the flowers?
Post # 9
Ditto what tksjewelry said about trying the local Hy Vee. I got married in Davenport and used them for my very small floral order (1 bouquet, 5 corsages and 5 boutonnières) and they were easy to work with and very budget friendly!
Post # 10
micheals sells little bundles of already arranged fake flowers- they are big enough for bridesmaids. not sure what colors she is wanting but i know there is ivory, blush and light blue bouquts- they are about 8.99 but you add in a coupon for 40% or 50% and its a good deal…