(Closed) Florists won't see me until venue is chosen. What?!

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Actually it’s not that uncommon. Around here some venues require that you use a specific florist or choose from their list.  If you were to choose a florist before you chose a venue you may be out of your deposit.  Also if you are getting married in 2015 like it says it’s really too early to book a florist.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Totally normal.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Normal. You don’t really have a date until you have a venue, some venues require you to use a preferred venue, and there are just too many “maybes” in terms of decor (and therefore floral pricing) when you don’t know your venue.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@chilecorona:  sorry to burst your bubble but this is not uncommon.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@chilecorona:  Just give them a list of possible venues.Will that do? LOL….My florist never even asked where the venues was….

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It’s normal around here. Many venues require you to use their preferred vendor list, so it would be pointless for a florist to spend an hour of staff time consulting with you only to find that you chose a venue that they aren’t even allowed to go into. And on the flip side, some florists don’t want to deal with certain venues, which is their perogative. As a business owner, would you want to have to deal with another business that is notoriously difficult, or would you rather just skip the headache? Having helped run my family’s business, I can tell you there are places where we refused to go because they were such a PITA.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Why would a florist waste his or her time discussing decorations that will change depending on the venue? Any florist worth the money you’re paying him or her would want the entire room to be cohesive, so the floors, walls, lights, linens, etc. all needs to be taken into consideration. Plus, what if your venue choice entails a change in date? Or what if your venue doesn’t offer the size tables you planned the centerpieces for? Most florists only grants co much free consultation time to a client. Would you want to pay by the hour for your actual consultation later on because you wasted his/her time now?

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@chilecorona:  Your wedding day is 2 years away…. I’d focus on securing the venue first! Most florist def want you to have that first…. Very common! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Why would you pay for a consult? Just bring up the particular flower you want and ask when they’re in season. That’s all you really need at this point.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That’s not uncommon at all. Especially since your wedding is so far away. Secure a venue & then revisit the florist appointment. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I understand your frustration, my situation is somewhat similar except I already have the venue booked and I am using their preferred vendor for the florist and they wont see me until 3 months before my wedding.. this makes things difficult because I have ideas of what I want the theme to be and my theme is really built around my centerpieces.  I have no clue as to whether or not my florist would be able to do it or not, its not complicated (I think) I want manzanita branches with hanging crystal, candles, etc for a winter wedding.  What if he cant do it?  Then what?  lol

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