Post # 1
So I met with a florist this past weekend whom I absolutely "clicked" with. She totally got the vibe I wanted to set and said she would work with me on the budget. I told her my budget was $1,500, but when I got the estimate back, it was at $2,500. The florist said she knows that it was much higher and she’s going to call me today to talk about it and see what we can trim off of it and stuff like that.
I was just totally sold on using her, and I don’t want to go to anyone else… I think I can trim the flowers to $2,000… still more than i wanted to pay – but maybe it’s worth it?
What do you think?
Post # 3
I voted other, but only because I don’t think the yes answer falls into either of your choices. I think yes because it’s super important to gel with your vendors and if you love you her I think that’s worth it. Also, I think flowers are really important to create a vibe at a wedding and beautiful flowers put me in a great mood any day. What better day then your wedding to be surrounded by pretty things? Good Luck with making your decision! Yes!!
Post # 4
If I were you, I’d shop around for other quotes… if they come in lower, go back to her and say something like "I really want to work with you, but other florists have been able to quote $xxxx. Is there any way we can make this work?" Then I’d go with her no matter what, actually… but that’s me.
Another benefit of shopping around is that different florists will offer different cost-cutting strategies, so if you push each of them to fit your budget, you may hear some cost-cutting measure that sounds great to you and that your florist wouldn’t have thought of, so you can go back to her with ideas for how to bring the price down.
Post # 5
Shop around a little and see what you can get for your money. What does the new estimate include? Premium flowers, more centerpieces, etc? Honestly, not being a huge fan of flowers, I would think i’d like the $1500 flowers as much as the $2500 and save myself some $$. But I know lots of people who feel like flowers are their thing and have no problem splurging on flowers.
Could you just splurge a little on YOUR bouquet and cut back on some other things? If i was going to splurge on anything, it’d be mine for sure.
It doesn’t hurt to price other people and see what they can give you for what you are asking for so you know if she has given you a reasonable estimate. Honestly, if you told her your budget was $1500 in the first place, she shouldn’t have estimated you so high but respected your budget and stuck to it. What part of "my budget is $1500" didn’t she get? I think she may just be trying to get you for more money–after all, you ARE considering spending the extra money now. I think she should have shown you what she could do for $1500, then say "if you want to spend $1000 more, here’s what I can give you" and then you can decide in that range what you are willing to spend for the nicer flowers
Post # 6
So she said that she would work with you on your budget, but then came back with an estimate that exceeded it by 66%? That doesn’t sound like working with your budget to me! Of course, it’s her job to try to upsell you to more elaborate arrangements; however, it’s your job to find flowers that fit both your style and your budget. Since you absolutely love this florist, I wouldn’t let her go– just negotiate down to something that makes you comfortable.
If I were you, I’d ask her to rescale her proposal to fit the original $1500 budget, but also give you guidelines as to what upgrades an additional $500 would get you. Since you’re still nine months away from your date, I wouldn’t commit to the extra money in a contract just yet– too many extra things to pay for can crop up in the next half year. Plus, you can always ADD stuff in, but vendors are generally reluctant to let you downgrade contracts once signed…
Post # 7
I think no matter what you tell a vendor your budget is, they can always come back and say that’s impossible and it will really cost X amount more. Whether you are talking thousands or hundreds of dollars for flowers. I agree shopping around is good. Tell her you want to see how close she can get to your original number and see what her offer is.
Also, I ended up going with my second choice florist because she came in so close with my budget and I knew she would do good work. My first choice was really nice and personally I liked her more, but I would have done a lot of cutting to stay with my budget or add more than I wanted to the flower budget. I really thought I’d go with my first pick, but in the end I decided I don’t have to hang out with the florist, I just need to like her work and have it be affordable.
Post # 8
Talk to her first. As a professional in the area of flowers, she may know of a way to come up with the look you want at the price you want. Or she may just tell you that there’s no way you can get to that price to get what you want, and then you might have to re-evaluate what you want. If you clicked with her, you can trust your instincts and assume she’s not going to try to take you for all your worth, so see what she has to say and what she can offer.
Post # 9
I notice you’re a V-day NYC bride… that’s a pricey time for flowers in a pricey city. (Although I’m sure you’ve thought of that.) How big is your wedding? I don’t know exactly what the prices are like (no way i’m getting married in this city. too expensive!), but it may be that your floral budget isn’t compatible with your size/vision/date?
Post # 10
When she and I were talking, we were speaking in abstract terms – she didnt’ really have what the flowers would actually cost- she needed to look it up for the time of year. Plus we have a big bridal party -so we need 7 bout’s, 6 bouquets + mine, and then bouts for the fathers. We needed something big for the ceremony to hide buildings in the background, which was $700, and I knew that. $500 more came from the set up and late night take down as well as tax.
So really, in terms of flowers, she did come in at the $1500 for the main things we were talking about. I just didn’t remember to add in the labor costs for the day of and the tax (stupid stupid taxes!)
She’s going to call me on Monday so that we can talk about it. I think she and I will be able to work something out… otherwise I’ll have to go somewhere else..