- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
Hi Bees! I need some advice please! Last night SO and I had our first meeting with a florist, and the problem is…we love her. She’s young and fun, and VERY passionate about what she does. She went to school for botany, but when her degree landed her a job in a lab she realized that she was now too far removed from what she is so passionate about…plants. She transitioned from her cushy lab job into that of a florist and hasn’t looked back. She lives in our neighborhood and works out of her home which she’s converted to a darling studio in the front. We connected with her on so many levels…kids, travel, love of the neighborhood and life in general. She even said, in a very surprised way, that she’s never connected like this with a B&G before. She was completely devoid of artifice, was incredibly creative and solution-minded, and never once pushed arrangements on to me. She never tried to upsell me on anything or make me feel bad about some of my DIY stuff. I almost feel bad because we’re having so few flowers, on what will surely be a very popular wedding date, but she never blinked. I also appreciated her professionalism and her general business style. We also try to support small, local businesses, so that appeals to us too. We’re still waiting to hear back from her regarding the quote, but she told us that she may not be able to get it to us until after the weekend, which we are fine with.
Here’s the problem. WE LOVE HER! But we haven’t shopped around. We’ve already made two major decisions without looking back (venue and DJ, folks…deposits paid without ever researching alternatives), because we knew without a doubt that it was the perfect fit, and now we feel the same way about the florist. Have we just been incredibly lucky with knowing what we want, and zeroing in on the vendors that fit the bill? We combed the most recent bridal bazaar for florists and photographers, and out of all of them walked away with two of each that we liked.
I feel like I’m supposed to shop around and get a bunch of prices, but its more important to SO that we get what we want rather than save a couple hundred bucks. He feels like we could shop around with a dozen more florists, and even if some of them are less expensive that we’ll still want to go with this florist because we connect so well with her and we trust her, as an artist, to realize our vision with regards to the wedding flowers. I grew up dirt poor though, so I always want to try to save money!
We have one other appointment scheduled with another florist on Saturday, but I really did not care for her personality over the phone (very snotty, and oh-so-busy) so I’m not overly jazzed about her.
Which leads me to my question…do we meet with the second florist and ask for price quotes from her as well, or do we throw caution (and possibly money!) to the wind and go with florist that we totally adore?
Thank you for your time, and I appreciate any feedback! 🙂