(Closed) flowers

posted 8 years ago in Cincinnati
Post # 3
Member
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I went to 4 different florist until I got a proposal and quality that I could accept.   Flowers were leaps and bounds the hardest and worst aspect of wedding planning that I have come across.  And I’m pretty much done with the planning.  I even thought I’d DIY but it wasn’t a reality.

Go to several florists and don’t believe all the reviews you read.  The worst florist with old flowers, no taste, and most expensive had dozens of perfect reviews.  I guess my standards are higher and I want more for my dime.  The florist I am using had one review (it was perfect but stil  just one) but her flowers were fresh, diverse, and she had talent.  Her prices were about the same but she was willing to work with me at saving money in several places to cut cost (like using reception centerpieces at the cermony as well for pew and alter decor) and even threw in a couple freebies.

Good luck!

Post # 4
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I’ve heard great, great things about Jones the Florist.

Also, though, if you’re looking for simple, I had a friend who did her flowers through Kroger, and they were absolutely lovely, probably without the markup of a specialty florist.

P.S. So happy to have found another Cincinnati bride!

Post # 5
Member
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

i just priced stems at Kroger to compare what my florist quoted-they want $2.50 for 1 stem of ranunculus. 1 STEM! 

Post # 6
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@tilliesue: Holy cow, thank you for starting this! I thought I was losing my friggin’ mind! I can’t believe how ridiculous prices are in Cincy! I was given a $4000 quote! For something I thought was SIMPLE! Ack!! By the way, I’m in Greentownship/Cheviot!! Hi!!

Who did you end up going with??

Post # 7
Member
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had a very hard time with flowers too.  Since they aren’t a priority for me, I estimated fairly low.  I ended up going with Susan Foy http://theweddingdesigner1.com/

Her quote was incredibly thorough, and she really seemed to get the look I was going for.  She even sends a picasa photo album containing her past work and other photos she’s seen that she thinks would work with your style.

My other recommendation would be Two Little Buds out in Fairfield/Hamilton.  Mindy was fantastic and very creative.  She and Susan had similar estimates for what I wanted. 

If you want someone closer to home, I’ve had friends work with Robbens in Delhi and Murphy florist, and they were very happy!  Hope that helps…sorry so long!

Post # 8
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@asdf:Hmm… Susan was the one that gave me a quote for $4000 – I thought that was a bit high for what she described. She also said I would have to incorporate roses which was REALLY dissapointing… I really don’t like roses.  She did give me a pretty detailed quote though and acted super-duper excited about my ideas (telling me should doesn’t beg, but she would for this job). Did she say that to you too (just out of curiousity!!)?

I went to Courtenay Lambert too, but I’m still waiting on her quote (she said it would take almost 2 weeks). I’ve got an appointment with Robin Wood this Thursday…maybe that will go well…

I’ll definitely check into the others you mentioned! It’s worth a shot! Frankly, I just want to get this booked at this point. Flowers aren’t a huge priority, but if I’m paying for them, I want them to be exactly what I want….and apparently what I want isn’t normal…sigh. The story of my life! Lol!

Thanks!

Post # 9
Member
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Yikes!  I don’t like roses either, and Susan was fine with not using them.  Susan did say she liked my ideas, but nothing about begging for the job.  Of course, my quote was $1700 not $4K 🙂  The thing that really sold me on Susan was the fact that she found some online retailers that would be able to make the wreaths I wanted for cheaper than she could make them and recommended I go that route to save money. 

Courtenay Lambert is fantastic.  I don’t believe she does weddings with a budget under $2500 though, so she was out for our wedding. 

Good luck, and if you need any more recommendations, feel free to ask!

Post # 10
Member
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I am using Murphy’s florist, and the quote was extremely reasonable–I have a **very** specific vision and am extremely picky when it comes to flowers and colors, and they have been sooo understanding and accomodating.  My mom works for a local non profit, and Murphy’s does the flowers for their gala events, and they always turn out amazing so I have total confidence.

Post # 11
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Hmm…I’m still looking for florists in Cincinnati. Anyone else have experiences to share?

Post # 12
Member
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I ended up going with Robin Woods… although, I still haven’t received her contract (guess I better call).  She seemed relatively reasonable and she was calming as opposed to the other florists I met with. Hopefully, I won’t have any regrets!!

Post # 13
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@staceynrick: Thanks for the response! I’ll check her out. 🙂

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