Post # 1
The wedding is in less than 10 weeks. My bouquet inspiration was this:
She said that the wholesaler she is working with will not order peonies in Sept. Ok, I get that they’re out of season, but she didn’t even have a price. I asked about garden roses, she said the wholesaler said it won’t look like peonies. So I asked about ranunculus, she hasn’t gotten back to me. She sent me the order form and it reads:
Bride: Brown ribbon with cream and olive ribbon crossed over top
I’m scared my bouquet is gonna look like something cheap and that I don’t want. I want something fluffy and soft, and I’m afraid itll be like…
We’re having 4 BMs, 4 GMs, 2 mother’s corsages, my bouquet, my groom’s bout, and 3 tiny vases of ‘filler’ on 13 tables. We’re using vintage medicine bottles, so they are little. She is charging 1500 for all of this. Is that reasonable? I have no idea. I know flowers are expensive, so I have no clue where this price lies.
I just don’t know what to do. I’m scared with such little time that I wouldn’t be able to find someone else or they’d charge me an arm and a leg. What would you guys do? WWWBD? Hehe
Post # 3
I asked for peonies, ranunculus, garden roses, tea roses, then whatever stock to fill them out.
I got a couple peonies, lots of roses, garden & regular, spray roses, lisianthys, hypericum berries, and things of that nature. I was looking for more of the big romantic flowers, and ended up with something not quite what I was looking for, but it was still beautiful.
Post # 4
If she is a true business woman, she will work with you. Tell her you don’t want cream roses, and you’re worried abour your original vision. Florists should be familiar with brides and their (justifiable)demands. Good luck!
Post # 5
I’m not sure why the wholesaler shot down the garden rose idea. No, they don’t look exactly like peonies, but they have a similar fluffy look and are very, very commonly used in place of peonies when peonies are out of season. And they’re available year round, so I don’t get it.
Post # 6
She said that the wholesaler said that Garden Roses grow in gardens, so they don’t have them available. They wouldn’t be a good substitute for peonies (!!!!) because they look like roses. wtf.
Post # 7
I think $1500 is a crap ton of money to be spending on flowers that you know nothing about. And you’re not even getting what you want. If I was spending that much, I’d want to know, in detail, what is costing how much and what flowers are being used for each of the bouts, bouquets, corsages, and “filler flower” centerpieces.
I’d send her an e-mail or give her a call asking what your paying for. Also, is she setting all of the centerpieces up for you? Labor should be included in the price, but it just seems a bit much to me. Especially if she isn’t willing to work with you on what flowers you actually want.
Best of luck, let us know what she says!