Post # 1
I am dead-set on picking a florist sometime soon–my fall/winter is just going to be way too busy, and it’ll make me feel better to have it out of the way!
So far, I’ve culled through reviews here and other websites and i have a list of 6 or 7 florists whose work is highly recommended. I have visited 2 florists so far, and both of them basically said they would work with whatever budget I have (though I liked the personality of one florist much better than the other).
I am really confused about how I’m supposed to compare florists and their prices, especially if they all give me the “I will work with your budget” line.
So, I’ve gathered together some inspiration pictures and I’ve written a list of what I think we’ll need for the ceremony & reception. I’m thinking of e-mailing all of the florists and asking either for an estimate of how much they would charge OR for a description of what they could do for my budget ($2500).
What do you think of that strategy? How did you pick/compare/contrast your florist options??
P.S. Here are some inspiration pics for my bouquet and centerpieces (I want some tall, some shorter).
Post # 3
I just recently signed a contract with a florist. I voted for the “other” category because I wanted to meet with all of my possibilities to see their work and determine their personalities. A big deciding factor was being able to see all of their past work (she takes pics of every single wedding bouquet!) and she had a million thank-yous to read! So, I liked meeting with them all and showing them my pictures and then told them all the flowers/bouquets that I would need. I asked them all to give me an estimate, and then decided from there what/who worked best with my budget.
Post # 4
My mom is a florist so I know most smaller places dont even design their website they are pre-set by tela-flora. So they dont really show what they can actully do. She also says not to pick out what you want right away because you will see things for the next x amount of months and want something totally different.
However it is a good idea to go in now to figure how much stuff will cost sometimes its a shocker.
Post # 5
I’m using the same florist my sister used for her wedding. I loved that he was willing to work with a budget (some places say budgets hold them back creatively!). A good florist will also work with your budget and give you options that work. I would call florists to see if they can do it within your budget before you meet them. Maybe also mention if you want specific flowers since they vary in price. Hope that helps!
Post # 6
Thanks for the feedback, keep it coming! I should clairfy that I wasn’t planning on choosing a florist via e-mail, just getting quotes so I could narrow down who to visit. And misshelleez, I am definitely not choosing exactly what I want now…I just want to choose the florist 🙂
Post # 7
wow! I really should pay more attention to the poll, i should have voted “emailing is a bad idea, go meet with them instead”… oops!