(Closed) Florist just canceled our contract THREE WEEKS BEFORE WEDDING!

posted 7 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
46590 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am so sorry this happened to you. I’m just responding to bump this to the top of the boards.

Post # 4
197 posts
Blushing bee

I’m sorry this happened. Did he mention why he canceled the contract?

Post # 5
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@meaniie: I’m not sure if this is possible, but Sam’s Club, Costco and other wholesale retailers often have large bouquets of flowers for good prices.  And they look good too.  You could also try Kroger’s and any other store/market that sells flowers.

They might not be what you were wanting, but they ARE flowers!  

Did he give you any $$ back???  Did you pay him already?

If you still have some money left, you can plead your case to other florists and see if anyone will be willing to work in  your budget because of what happened.  Pull the tearful frantic bride card.  It might just work!!!


Post # 6
5885 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Look into BriDesign.com. They will ship flowers to you but already arranged. It’s a limited selection, but I think it was Bride Magazine that did an article on them, said the flowers were of good quality.

Good Luck!!

Post # 7
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My friend is using Columbia Florists and has seen and liked their work. Her wedding is in Westchester. Good luck.

Post # 10
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010


The owner is Christine she is based in CT and amazingly awesome creative and calm. I know she goes into mass and ny as well.

Here’s her contact info:

Christine D’Angelo

Owner and Floral Designer(203) 841-6225[email protected]

Here’s the link to my detail recap so you can see her work:


Post # 11
5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

In the Midwest we have grocery chains like Hy-Vee that do florist work (not just selling you the flowers but actual bouquets, delivery etc. ) is there any chain-type store in your area that would be able to do that?

A quick google search shows a Wegman’s store that does this and is in the New York area? Maybe a store like that? They likely have multiple people working in floral and would be less likely to be booked solid 3 weeks out like a smaller florist. I am not using a Hy-Vee or similar store myself, but I’ve heard good things about their work.


If you get super-desperate and have any kind of creative bent – hit up greenhouses or friends with flower gardens – lots of pretty flowers are in season right now and you could do that for centerpieces, church, etc. They might even be able to help you out with bouquets and such?


That is absolutely terrible that the florist did that to you! I hope it all works out!

Post # 12
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Did he say why he cancelled? Was there a clause in your contract that said he could cancel at any time? I would look that up before suing. What type of flowers were you looking for? I could help talk you through arranging your own if you want, I used to work in floral design 🙂

Post # 13
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am completely ignorant regarding these things (I’m having a smallish, low-key wedding), but if you have wedding insurance, can you file a claim?  They may also have resources for quick turn-arounds.

Post # 14
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Oh no!!!!  How stressful!!!!!  Try Lenox Hill Florist and they do a beautiful job!

Post # 15
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

If you sue him, unless the contract states otherwise, it’s likely you will only be able to recover money you lost because of the breach, e.g. extra money you had to pay another florist to do a rush job on what he promised to do, costs of getting another florist (ha, with gas prices so high, maybe you ought to track transportation costs to meetings with the new one).  Have you told him you were going to sue?  Maybe if he knew that and knew he’d have to cover the difference in costs he’d agree to do them again?

*Not licensed to practice in your state, so this is not legal advice.  If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer in your state!

Post # 16
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hey just wanted to see if you had any luck. I remember another friend of mine had a friend who did the flowers for her wedding. The girl does it for hobby/side business – she isn’t a professional full-time florist, but has done weddings before and has taken classes. If you’re stuck I can try to get her email for you. I might use her for my own flowers.

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