Post # 1
Come and vent with me over issues you have had with Florists! Flowers were the thing I was most excited for possibly even more than my dress bc I love flowers that much. Getting a quote is like pulling teeth from these people!
I really need to know a quote bc I may need to cut things out and do something different if it’s over my budget. I’ve gotten to the point and broke down and bought fake greenery and decided to use it for half if my reception tables. I’ve been researching diy flowers which I know I’m capable of but I’ll be stressing myself out too much worrying something won’ get delivered or will go wrong and won’ have time to fix it.
I found a florist that a lot of brides in my area use and maybe that’s the issue that she has too many projects, but I contacted her last year in October and she has put me off and put me off. Last heard from her mid February saying she hasn’ forgotten me. Obviously she has.
Talked with another in February and sent her all my inspiration photos, colors, types I prefer, and number of arrangements needed. She last week said she had been busy with a funeral. What’s she busy with now that she can’t discuss and get me a quote? I can’ get the rest of my decorating done until I know what’ going on with flowers bc if theyre too crazy i will have to use an alternative and I have 3 months left to go.
Going to contact another florist later today and see if I get anywhere.
What issues are you having? Is there a magic word that will speed them up? I’e been patient and have not contacted them for updates at all. Maybe I should but I heard they’l charge extra if you annoy them.
Post # 2
Have you actually sat down to talk with her? I made an appointment with my florist to sit down and talk about what I wanted and what my budget was, and from there we worked together. She made sure not to go over my budget, and actually my quote was $200 less than what my budget was which was nice. If your florist keeps brushing you off and you have met already, I would suggest browsing around for someone else. My florist is small and local, and she only takes on a few weddings in the year, so I definitely feel that her focus is solely on my wedding.
Post # 3
I found that the first florist I approached was rude and unhelpful and after asking her multiple times (in person and then by phone when she said in the store that she didn’t have time to talk to me!) I gave up. She made me feel like I was just an annoyance. From reviews I’ve read since, I appear to not be alone in feeling this way.
I ditched her and found another local florist. So far it seems to be going better apart from a blip around Valentine’s Day when a message didn’t get passed on. Fingers crossed.
No magic words I’m afraid, but do send sympathy!
Post # 4
I think you will get further, faster, by making an appointment with a florist recommended by someone else, or with good reviews. Like many other vendors, florists are inundated with emails. They spend a significant amount of time preparing a quote and the bride says ” we have chosen to go in another direction.”
Meet with them in person. Tell them your budget and your vision and ask them to work out a plan within your budget.
Post # 5
I’m guessing florists get too many requests for quotes to take them all seriously/put much time into them, since they don’t usually have set packages (like a DJ, caterer, venue, or other wedding vendors). I had MUCH better results when meeting with them in person for the quote; good discussion and a quote on the spot once we covered all the items. So far so good in communication after that. I would recommend scheduling appointments with them and comparing three or so.
Post # 6
You need to meet with many florists in person, not only your favorite. In person is the best. You’ll be surprised which ones you’ll end up liking,which you won’t, and the cost difference between them.
In my case, I tried meeting with 4 florists. One could never meet me for a quote. The supposedly affordable one wanted to push her vision on me and was surprisingly expensive for what I wanted. The popular florist was extremely hard to get ahold of. The best rated, was surprisingly the cheapest and nicest when I expected her to be out of my budget. The cheapest one was almost half the price of the most expensive.
Post # 7
I am allergic to roses, etc. so going with all tropical flowers.
The first florist I met with asked me: “So which flowers are hypoallergenic?”
The second florist still tried to push roses on me.
But found one I’m very happy with.
Post # 8
I’m totally fine with and would prefer to meet them in person, but that was never offered. One did offer to meet at their wholesaler so we can look at the flowers, but I still haven’t heard from her to set it up. I even told her days and times I’m available wed-friday after 5 and any time on the weekends.
I’m in the process of contacting two others I’m not emailing them anything I’ll be setting up appointments only. If they are too busy it’s not hard and more respectful to just be honest and say I have a lot to catch up on so it can take me a few weeks to get back with you. Because with excuses that shouldn’ hinder giving someone a simple quote or long periods of no replies all I have hear is it sounds like you don’t want to do your job and customers aren’ important to you.
It really stinks the whole planning process has to be so stressful and disheartening. Maybe it’ll be more fun to just go pick our own flowers anyway.
Post # 9
I’d second going for meetings. We contacted a few florists and met with two. One of them just weirded us out, so we went with the one we had a great conversation with who was really passionate about our vision (not her vision!). One florist didn’t do meetings, which I wasn’t happy about so we didn’t go with them!
Post # 10
soontobemrstee : At this point OP, it’s time to be more frank. The next person you call up, right away ask to set up a sit down appointment. If they can’t do that for you, then move on. Three months out is short, but not undoable. My wedding is two months out, and I booked my florist only two weeks ago.
Post # 11
So glad to hear you all got yours worked put it gives me hope!
Post # 12
I just called up my local florist, who I usually order arrangements from for Mother’s Day and such, and asked to schedule an appointment. I went in and we talked about what I wanted and didn’t want, and they showed me sample flowers to get an idea of how colors looked together, etc. They put together a quote based on what we talked about, and I left very happy. I’m not sure why the florist you’ve been contacting is making things so hard. I recommend calling her shop, and asking to schedule an appointment. Or, pick a different local shop and schedule an appointment with them!
Post # 13
So I’m getting married in the middle of a city/downtown, so a lot of places (like florists!) are either within walking distance or like 5 minutes away. The first florist I met with was wonderful, highly recommended and did beautiful work. I really liked her and she really “got” my vision for my wedding. I got a quote from her with a delivery fee of $700 (for a place less than 5 minutes away).
I met with a second florist where I live (which is about an hour away from where I’m getting married). Not only did he do beautiful work and understand my wedding vision, he also charged $2K less than the other florist and did not charge any delivery fee (that’s right – no delivery fee for an hour drive, compared to a $700 one for 5 minutes).
Sometimes your first choice doesn’t work out, and sometimes recommendations don’t work out either. A lot of friends recommended another florist where I live but I just wasn’t impressed with their work, and I got some flak for that. Most good vendors will get a quote to you within a week or two. Unfortunately bad vendors (who don’t respond to you) are hard to spot initially as a lot of them are super accomodating until they get your deposit. Nothing really speeds them up, especially if you have to communicate via email. If you really want someone to respond to you your best bet is to make a lot of phone calls or bug them in-person.
I would advise, though, if possible, to avoid any vendors that don’t respond in a timely manner before they even have your money. This, to me, indicates that they are clearly not interested in your business. If you can find a good florist who also makes you a priority, they are worth their weight in gold.
Post # 14
So I’m planning my wedding from out of state and don’t have the time to fly out to meet with potential vendors. This was fine with all vendors except the florist. A bunch of florists just wouldn’t get back to me. I ended up finding a flower *store* that also does weddings. They were a lot more organized and accommodating.
Post # 15
soontobemrstee : If you didn’t already find a florist, try bundlesbybloomerent.com because they give you an upfront breakdown of pricing and what you get. That should be helpful for you to see if any of their bundles work for you or at least give you an idea of what things will cost so you can bring that to a florist. Sorry you are dealing with this! It sucks when you feel like you’re chasing a floroist to give them your money