(Closed) NOVA/DC Florists- minimum charge?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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bonnielass1979:  Can’t speak to DC, but I saw the same thing in Boston a lot. I think it’s a lot more common with smaller florists, as they really can only do 1 wedding or so per weekend. Maybe consider looking into bigger, more commercial florists? 

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Bumble bee

I’m an area bride (getting married in Alexandria) and I think yes they mostly all have minimums. At least every one I’ve contacted or met with has had one for sure.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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bonnielass1979:  Oh wow, I didn’t know there were minimums, but I guess it makes sense. I just went with the very first florist that I researched in the DMV area. It’s quite a gamble b/c I didn’t have many pictures to go off of in terms of the qualify of the florist’s work. I’ll find out next weekend. I think my flowers came out to be about $800ish and $50ish for taxes.

That gets me 12 centerpieces (mixture of roses, mums, etc.), 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets (baby’s breath), 4 corsages (baby’s breath), 1 bridal bouquet (mixture of various roses & mums), 10 bouts (dried lavender), and 3 decoratives pieces for the wedding arbor. 

These are the only photos I can find of her work (Maryann Weaver from Weaver’s Cut Flowers). Like I said, it’s a gamble, but I didn’t want to go over my flower budget of $1,200. Also, flowers aren’t on my priority list. Food & Alcohol are my focus, so I cut costs everywhere else. 

These images are from another thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/bargain-priced-flowersflorist-in-the-dc-metro-i-cant-believe-it/

Style Me Pretty Post: http://www.stylemepretty.com/maryland-weddings/2014/10/07/diy-maryland-wedding-at-sotterley-plantations/

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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bonnielass1979:  They’re Mennonites. They don’t use electricity/phone/internet. I resorted to a very old way of communication…snail mail. They grow a lot of flowers on their farm, but they also use a floral wholesaler for flowers that aren’t available on their farm. Elvin and Maryann Weaver are very nice. You’ll probably speak to Maryann if you decide to go with them. Keep in mind she’s very reserved (but still nice!). 

When I write to them, I always enclose a return envelope with postage to hopefully expedite any communication. They’re all the way in Mechanicsville, so it’s about a 1.5 hr drive from Northern VA.

When I showed up to our initial meeting, I brought a few pictures (printed from pinterest) and showed them to her. She’ll provide an estimate during the initial meeting. It helps if you have a centerpiece or two to show her as she can give a better estimate that way.

Two weeks from the wedding, you need to bring all of your centerpieces/vases that you plan on using. Also, you will need to bring the ribbon for your bouquet (~ 1.5 yards for each bouquet). You will also need to bring a 50% down payment two weeks from the wedding date. They accept checks or cash. However, the final payment has to be in cash (due when you pick up your flowers).

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