(Closed) Florist changed prices between meetings.. what do things really cost?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I don’t know how florists charge (they also factor in things like work, delivery, and set up) but you might want to go to a few different florists for quotes and compare what they give you/the flowers they use.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Where did the orchids come from?  If you didn’t ask for them and you don’t love them, nix them right away.

You need to tell your vendors what you want and don’t want…or some are apt to have a lot of fun being creative and spending a lot of money. 

$4k for carnations does not seem cool…unless you’re having a very large number of tables.  My arrangements are going to be heavy on peonies, hydrangea, a few kinds of roses, and some berries.  The first quote I got for 12 tables, my bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, the bouts, flowers for the aisle, flowers on each row of the seats (either pommanders or hanging jars), flowers for the cake and banquet tables, plus a large arrangement for huge, round table in the entrace of my venue was about $2,800.

Now, I don’t have any alter or arch to decorate, so my quote is probably a little less than most.  I think $3,000 is a pretty normal quote from the higher end floral designers around here.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Why not go in for a meeting and get a written quote so you know exactly what flowers you will be getting and what they will cost?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t sign a contract without all of the numbers, colors, and types of flowers spelled out.  Especially with someone whose estimates varied do dramatically between two conversations.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Jeannine @ Small Chic: I wouldn’t sign a contract without all of the numbers, colors, and types of flowers spelled out.  Especially with someone whose estimates varied do dramatically between two conversations.

Exactly.  I would be afraid that if you just assume it will all work out peachily, 30 days before the wedding you’ll contact them again, the price will be $5000 or $7000 or who knows what, and you’ll be scrambling to find another florist 30 days before the wedding.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

I’ve never heard of taking the vases back? Unless its candelbras, I would more understand that. Do no waitn until 30 days out from your wedding date. Thats not wise. Why don’t you get estimates from other florists in the meanwhile and then compare it to his revised/FINAL one.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@bklynbridetobe: All the florists around here have a cache of vessels for arrangements and the fee you pay is, in part, to use their vessles.

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