(Closed) Help difficult decisions

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: What do you think?
    Trust the planner that's why you hired her. : (2 votes)
    29 %
    Go with the florist you found. : (3 votes)
    43 %
    Maybe that planner is getting a cut and made stuff up. : (2 votes)
    29 %
    Other please explain. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 5
    Member
    714 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Can you deal directly with the florist she recommended?  We went with the florist our planner recommended (after meeting with several) and we negotiated directly with the florist.  We actually did this with all of our vendors and it ended up saving us a ton of money compared to the prices our planner was going to get us.  If you haven’t already, I would suggest talking to the florist, telling them what you would like to spend and see what they can do for you.

    Post # 6
    Member
    714 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    And by the way, the flowers were one of my favorite things at our wedding!  When I see pictures of my bouquet (2+years later) I still get all happy and giddy!

    Post # 8
    Member
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I thought that planners were supposed to help you stay in budget or negotiate prices for you?  I would explain to the planner again what the budget is and express your concerns about pricing.  He/she should be able to help you get a better deal somehow – whether it be to find another florist, find ways to reduce the costs of the arrangements by switching out certain flowers for others, or cutting out unneccessary items.

    Dealing with florists can be frustrating… I had no idea how much flowers were until I started wedding planning.

    Post # 11
    Member
    23 posts
    Newbee

    I ask for 50%.  If you like the second florist, ask for references.  She should be able to give you names of satisfied clients. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    All of the floral vendors I contacted asked for 50% deposit.

    In addition, I would keep checking around online for reviews/portfolios/anything of the florist you found. The accusations made by your planner are pretty serious and usually, flakey vendors don’t just do it to one couple and stop. If there are a handful of legit clients online that have rave reviews and her portfolio seems consistent, then I would consider using the new florist.

    In my experience, I found one vendor that came in at least $1k less than the rest of the vendors I spoke to and promised exactly the same thing (e.g. flowers, look, quantity). I couldn’t find any information on her at all – no reviews or blogs with her tagged as a vendor. I’m aware that people have to start somewhere, but she didn’t even have a FB page or anything of her recent work. Her portfolio online was all over the place, like a Google image search. After I got off the phone with her, I never even heard from her again even though she promised to send me more information.

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