(Closed) How detailed was your florist’s proposal?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Did you show her any pictures when you went in to book her?  With my florist, I showed up with pictures of what I wanted my bouquet to look like and the flowers in the bouts and corsages.  So I knew basically what things were going to look like.  If you didn’t get that, I would consider going to another florist and seeing if they were more detailed.  I’m not sure if they really do sketches or anything like that though since they are put together right before the wedding.

Post # 4
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

My florist gave me the same kind of proposal and initial contract so that I could make a deposit to hold the date, but I will be meeting with her and she will show me an actual centerpiece and more pictures, and the all the details will be flushed between now and two weeks prior, and the balance due three days before the wedding (all details final at that point).  I think you may want to meet in person and ask for a real-life sample to feel more comfortable.

Post # 5
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our florist quote was vague as well. I think that was because we were vague in our request.  We obviously had a number of bouquets we needed, but I did not have specific flowers I wanted included.  

Our florist also mentioned that he will use what is in season and what is cheap.  Because of this, I am guessing he is not able to give me a list of specific flowers that will be in my bouquet or centerpieces.

How did you describe your centerpieces to her?  Did you show her a photo?  Did you specifically ask for a mock up or sketch?  I would think those are things you may have to specifically ask for once you are pretty sure about what you are wanting for the wedding.

Post # 6
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

That sounds typical.  In fact, one florist we met with wouldn’t even give us a quote!  (obviously, we didn’t go with them)

We showed her pictures at the meeting and it was pretty clear what we wanted.  She made copies of the pictures and put them in her file.

Post # 7
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours was really detailed, but there were no photos. She listed colors and exact numbers of stems of each flower in each bouquet. She may not have sent me any pictures because we looked at her albums together when I met with her, and I pointed out what I liked then.

Post # 8
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

That sounds similar to what I received from my florist. I was given cost per item, a detailed description of each item, and the flowers that would be used. I brought pictures that I liked, so I have a pretty good idea of what it will look like.

Post # 9
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

That sounds very similar to what we got from our florist. We had a general breakdown of what flowers are going to be used to keep consistency with a few small details for special things we are adding. She has copies of all the photos I sent/brought in in the folder, but there aren’t any sketches or anything.

Once we get closer to the actual date I’ll be bringing in our containers for her and she’s going to do a mock up of a centerpiece to give us an idea of how it’s going to look. I know it would be far too costly for her to do one of everything for me to look at.

I’m fully confident though – I know I’ve explained my vision and she’s on the same page as I am. It’s definitely different than working with all the other vendors since everything else can be pretty well planned out and flowers are more of a ‘in the moment’ piece. I wouldn’t worry! Maybe just ask to see a sample of a centerpiece once you get closer to the date to make sure everything is still good to go? Maybe even ask her to do a smaller, sample bouquet for you for your rehearsal!

Post # 10
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Also similar to what I got. In fact, I’ll copy and paste it here:





DESIGN SCHEME – Romantic, Candlelit Elegance with Lush, Organic Décor Complimented by Lightly Gilded Elements

COLOR PALLETTE – Earth Based Shades of Ivory, and Green and Natural Browns accented with Antique Gold


These estimates are based on what is anticipated to be available for your wedding date. Where cost, quality or availability prohibit the use of a particular flower variety a similar variety that fits within the design scheme may be substituted.


TWO LARGE FLORAL DOOR WREATHS ($125.00 each) $250.00

Wreaths composed of White Hydrangea, Roses, Spray Roses, and Berries Interspersed with

Loopings of Natural Bear Grass.


A beautiful rustic wood box filled with white Hydrangea, Organic Green and Seeded Foliage containing an approximately three foot high sandblasted manzanita “bush”. The branches of the manzanita bush will be accented with moss green cymbidium orchid blossoms and Hanging Votive Candles.

AISLE ARRANGEMENTS (12 at $18.00) $216.00

“Wreaths” of Green Bell’s of Ireland Hung from the pew with elegant Antique Gold Ribbon.



A clean dome of Ivory Roses, Spray Roses, Tulips and Ranunculus Hand Tied and Finished with Natural Bear Grass Loops and Wrap.

BRIDESMAID’S BOUQUETS (three at $60.00 each) $180.00

Petite Hand Tied Bouquets of similar composition to the bridal bouquet Hand Tied and Finished with Natural Bear Grass Loops and Wraps.

GROOM $12.00

Classic Stephanotis, finished with bear grass accents.

EIGHT BOUTONNIERE ($10.00 each) $80.00

Ivory Spray Roses simply finished with Seeded Greens and bear grass Accents.

CLUTCH BOUQUETS ($15.00 each) $30.00

Simple hand tied posies of Green and White Parrot Tulips and Wired Green Cymbidium Blossoms Hand Tied with Bear Grass Loops and Simple Satin Ribbon.


CENTERPIECES DESIGN 1 (Seven at $100.00 ) $700.00

Tall Clear Glass Trumpet Vases filled with a shallow layer of river rock and an abundance of curly willow branches and a lush “cuff” of green and White Hydrangea, touches of Gilded Foliage and Berries around the rim of the container. The curly willow branches would be studded with hanging votive candles and crystal drops. The arrangements would be encircled by cylinders of varying heights and widths containing water and floating candles.

CENTERPIECES DESIGN 2 (Eight at $50.00) $400.00

A series of 5 – 5” in diameter Cylinders of Various heights placed on a Cut wood platform provided by client. The tallest Cylinder would contain small green pears covered with water and topped with a floating candle the two cylinders flanking the central cylinder would be filled with water and contain clear glass beads topped with floating candles. The two shortest cylinders would contain small mini-pillar candles. The entire arrangement would be accented with moss and votive candles.

COCKTAIL TABLE ARRANGEMENTS (Ten at $250.00 each) $250.00

Petite urns filled with a mixture of Green and White Hydrangea, Mixed Green and Berries, Roses and Spray roses accented by votive Candles.


Hope that helps!

Post # 12
73 posts
Worker bee

Ive seen only vague ones myself which make it really difficult to make any sort of decision.

Post # 13
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m planning long-distance too – I’ve only visited once when I was in town visiting our parents and I only think I’ll be seeing her one more time when I drop containers off over the holidays – so I understand where you’re coming from. Have you emailed her any photos? Maybe a phone call would be beneficial too – say you could send her an email with some photos and ask when would be a good time to call to go over them to make sure you’re both on the same page?

I had some concerns when we first started, but I’m pretty confident at this point now that we’ve had many conversations and email exchanges.

Post # 14
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

oh man, MAKE SURE SHE MAKES A MOCK UP!  mine had a very detailed (like WAY detailed) contract with me, but the centerpieces came out ALL wrong.  Everything else was great, but the centerpieces-ugh. 

Post # 15
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@GirlwithaRing: Can you email her some photos?  That should help.

Post # 16
2015 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Being absolutely sure with florists is tricky. I was very detailed with mine, but some of our bouquets weren’t what I wanted (but I blame myself because I don’t think I explained clearly).

As far as sketches or mock-ups, I don’t think that’s standard. Sketches would be hard and time-consuming because most likely, the florist isn’t an artist (as far as drawing goes), so who knows if it would even accurately resemble what the final product would look like.

As far as mock-ups, it’s my understanding that they will charge you for them, which makes sense because they have to order/buy the flowers and everything. I also believe they will only do that for large orders (like, if you’re spending a certain amount of money with them). But I could be wrong.

I would just send pictures of your vision, and attach a Word document that details the overall look you’re going for and the types of flowers you want used. My florist asked those questions and included it in the proposal.

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