Post # 1
is it wrong to ask a florist to do all the flowers (church, hall, centerpieces, boutineers, etc) except the bouquets? They do great work, but didnt seem willing to accomodate to my ideas for mine and my girls bouquets so I wanted to hire someone else to handle the bouquets. Should I expect them to be upset when i mention this? If they are upset and say that they wont do the whole day unless they do the bouquets too, should I just abandon my ideas and go along with them?
Also, will another florist be upset when I say that I would like them ONLY to do the bouquets?
Post # 3
It’s not wrong at all, you can do whatever you want, and they should happily go along with it if they want your business. It seems funny to me, though, that you are happy with their ideas for everything, but they can’t do what you want for the bouquets? Maybe you just need to talk to several more florists overall and find someone who can do exactly what you want for everything.
Post # 4
@AlliRae: Yeah, the hardest part is accomodating to my colors. I know I’ve been being a bit stubborn too haha but I finally found pieces that are making my vision come to life.
Basically, I have charcoal tuxes and bridesmaid dresses and a mermaid color tie for the guys. I love the mermaid color but didnt want to have a lot of dresses all that color so I wanted to tie it in with the flowers. All of the florists I have met have been telling me that “no flower exists that color – no i wont dye my flowers – no i dont have that color in dye” I asked these florists “Okay, well if I happen to find mermaid silk flowers somewhere, and I buy them, will you use them?” I got Yes’ from them all.
My bridesmaid who lives 5 hours out of town came across MERMAID COLORED ROSES! YAAAY. I ordered a bunch and thought, okay, great, well it looks like florists will use this so my vision is coming to live!
Except for this florist I just met with. They told me they only use real flowers and that silk flowers look bad. I told them, well I found these mermaid color flowers and I want them to be in the bouquets (mixed with pinks and whites) and they told me no, they wanted to use their real flowers and then just use mermaid jewels in the bouquets. I dont think the jewels are worth it, since they dont show up. This florist does great work except for my wishes for the bouquets.
My mom loves this florist! Me and her have been aruging so much during the planning process that she will take offense if I say no to this one since she loves him so much and hates the other florists I have met. Im kind of tired of meeting with people and just want to get it over with.
Post # 5
Many florists have a problem using flowers that do not exist in nature.
If you really want those flowers, you will have to find a florist who will work with you on that.
Have you thought of bringing in the mermaid color in the wrap?
Post # 6
@julies1949: yeah I wanted to do that too. The florists I have met said that didnt have ribbon that color (ARE YOU KIDDING ME) so of course, I went out and bought some that I am willing to have them use but again, I am worried they are going to think that I am trying to tell them how to do their job…
Post # 7
I think you can do whatever you want. In fact, we’re thinking of hiring a wholesaler to deliver us flowers for the bridal party and only hire a florist for the reception centerpieces…mainly because I want something really simple that I feel I can do myself, and I only want the girls to carry one stem…so I think it will be really easy to do and much cheaper than the $200 the damn florist is wanting to charge for a stupid bouquet.
Post # 8
I used to work for a florist, and I can tell you this: A florists reputation is what keeps them in business.
I suppose that is really the case with all businesses, but it’s true for florists as well. Their work reflects back onto them.
For example, the reason why most florists won’t dye flowers isn’t because they won’t look nice (most of the time), it’s because if you’re not careful enough, the dye can (and will) rub off on your clothes. And who really wants a giant blue stain on the front of their thousand dollar dress? It happens, and most brides blame it on the florist and demand monetary compensation for something the bride is at fault for.
The ribbon and silk flowers shouldn’t be a problem at all- There isn’t any liability there! If they refuse to work with you because you request either of those two things, you’ll probably be glad that you didn’t have to deal with them in the end anyway.