Any chance you’re getting married at the Yale Club? Those were the EXACT 6 vendors that we had to choose from. EXACTLY. (except we had a 7th – Elegant Affairs).
I tried all of them (almost…Jonathan doesn’t have a website/email address and for efficiency, I just sent out a mass email. I hear great things though, i guess I just knew I would want to communicate via email throughout the process, so vetoed him from the start).
I think had some outlier experiences; neither Diana Gould nor Floralia got back to me when I asked to set up an appt (…UNTIL I wrote a “yelp.com” or ‘nymag.com’ [cant remember] review saying that they never got back to me….and they both got back to me the NEXT DAY. Two months after my first inquiry. Go figure.)
Eek as I write this, maybe I’m a black thorn? But Flowers of the World (which does great work, I’ve seen it, but it is VERY contemporary, minimalist, angular…no english garden bouquets here) – I had an embarrassingly bad experience with. I made an appt during my lunch break from work, rushed to get there, and found a studio buzzing with about 1000 employees and was told to wait about a half hour. Then the girl was lovely, but very obviously rushed…so much so that I said “I don’t want calla lilies” and at the end of 20 minutes she says “ok ok I think calla lilies would be perfect”. Then she says she’ll get the proposal to me in 2 weeks because of the busy Thanksgiving season (everyone else was 2 or 3 days)…………………but alas, I never got it. No biggie, I hired someone else, I of course called them out 2 months later, but alas, they were way too busy to worry about my little wedding.
My choice was ultimately between Marian Kelly, Elegant Affairs (which maybe isn’t a choice of yours?), and Spitz and Peck. I had a really really wonderful meeting with each. Marian Kelly is a doll, she’s british with a tiny boutique in the UES, who actually handles all of the Yale Club’s flowers in the lobby (but maybe that’s not your venue?) – and she put up with multiple phone calls from my mom.
Ultimately, I chose Spitz & Peck, after meeting with Wade in midtown East. His price quote, apples – to – apples, was much much less, and he also gave a much more thorough proposal for everything. For example, my ceremony is in the same reception venue – and whereas other proposals said “ceremony decoration flowers, $xxxx”, Spitz & peck priced out every candle, rose petal, floral arch, etc.
I HOPE THIS HELPS!!!!! Feel free to ask me oodles of QQQs and GOOD LUCK!!!