Post # 1
We paid $300 to save the date for our florist. We has a sitdown with her and went over everything. She quoted us a price of $3500 for everything. Centerpieces, bouquet, aisle decor, archway etc. Her centerpieces are $75 each. bouquets are over $185 each. We didn’t get anything EXTRAVAGENT. She is just kinda pricey. The arch was $800. We had talked to her months ago. Now when we are looking at our budget, we cannot afford her at all. I found someone who makes satin flowers and they are gorgeous! I had messaged her to find out if she could make my bouquets, my girls, boutinerres, and pomander balls. She said she could do all this for under $500!!!!! Fiance and I were thinking we would use the pomander balls down the aisle as decor and then bring them inside and place them on lighted vases as centerpieces. We can rent the arch ourselves for $40 but we would have to put it up and return it after. But i can hang some cute pomander balls from it.This just seems like a more reasonable thing. I would lose my $300 deposit though. Should I sit down with the florist and ask her if she can do anything for $800 (including my deposit) or should I just let her know we have changed our minds and have gone another route. I feel that if I tell her our budget is so low now, she will tell me she can’t do anything or do everything SO minimal that it won’t be worth it. Please give me advice bees <3
Post # 3
It doesn’t hurt to ask but will you be happy with what she can do for $800. Maybe you can cut things like the arch and rent the $40 one and use the silk for ceremony and then centerpieces but keep the real flowers for bouquets or vice versa.
Post # 4
I’d say talk to her and let her know the situation. She likely won’t give you your money back but you can always cut down how much you’re getting from her. Maybe just have her do boutineers/corsages and centerpieces for the head table or something like that and then get the rest of the flowers from the other woman.
Post # 5
She should have given you a breakdown with the stems she planned to use and how her design fees, markups, or set up fees factor in. $185 for a bouquet is a bit much, you should make sure you know exactly where her quoted prices are coming from. Once you know all of that, you should be able to determine if/where you could cut costs or ask for price adjustments.
Post # 6
Go ahead and talk to her. If she can’t play in your budget, you are probably better off walking away from your $300. Maybe she will even refund some of your deposit. I had to reduce my florist budget. I used her for bouquets and bouts but did everything else myself.
Post # 7
Find out if you can get some things from her (maybe even just $300 worth) and then get the rest from the other woman. I definitely wouldn’t walk away from the $300 but also don’t let her pressure you into overspending on your flowers.