(Closed) Florist charging delivery AND "set-up" fees???

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  • Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    My florist is charging us per arrangement, plus a service fee, plus tax.  The service fee includes delivery, set up, etc.  She refers to set up as “labor.”  The service fee is 15% of the arrangement costs.

    But our contract also explicitly states that once the flowers are delivered and set up, it’s our responsibility to break them down and remove them from the venue.  If we want her to do that, it’d be an extra charge.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Every florist I spoke with had a delivery and set up fee. One charged $300! The florist I went with charges $75 for delivery and set up.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Whether they have a set=up fee is or include it in the flower cost, theyflorist will be paid for their time to set it all up. Its just a matter of how they pass it on to you. 

    Its always good to get another quote to compare however. Another florist may not have a set-up fee, but her delivery fee or flowers may be more to make up for it. 

    Post # 7
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My florist isn’t charging a set up or delivery fee. I have no idea why, but I’m happy they aren’t. Must be a small business-small town thing. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I expect a set up fee for any vendor that needs to set anything up versus just drop it off.  I would not expect my cake baker to have a set up fee because really all they are doing is slapping it on a table The florist will need to place arrangements throughout your venue and make sure they look nice.  

    considering the pricing we discussed with our florist was a fee per arrangement and then additional fee depending on what vases she rents for us since we will not be using anything she has.  In the labor fee I’d really only expect the labor of her designing them at her shop to be included.  I guess she could put set up in with labor and you wouldn’t realize, but either way you’re paying.  

    All the extra “fees” is where vendors make their profits. Without all the fees, all thtat would happen is your price per arrangement would be jacket up to include the costs associated with delivery and set up. 

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’ve gotten quotes from 3 florists so far all of them seem to have a delivery and set up fee. That said, it ranges from $45 to $300 so you might find someone to do it cheaper. It definitely couldn’t hurt to talk to some other florists just to see what their breakdown is like. My low quote came from a florist who just left her previous job to start her own shop while my high quote came from a long established shop with a larger staff. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    That’s normal procedure or to @ThreeMeers: statement Whether they have a set=up fee is or include it in the flower cost, theyflorist will be paid for their time to set it all up. Its just a matter of how they pass it on to you.

     It adds up to the same thing in the end.

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mine is quoted as “Set up and Delivery” so I guess, but it’s lumped into one fee.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Every vendor that physically set stuff up (lighting, chair/table/linen rentals, florist, etc) charged a set-up fee.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Yes I am paying $115.  I talked to 5 or 6 florists…almost all I think had some sort of delivery or set up fee.  1 waived it if you went to pick them up for yourselves (obviously).  It ranged from $50-300(!) but the average was round $100 I think.

    It was always included in the proposal, so it’s not like it will be a surprise when I pay it off.

    Post # 16
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Yeah that’s normal. You just need to shop around for prices. I paid a little over $300 actually for mine, but that also included pick up of the rentals at the end of the night (vases/containers and pedestals). 

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