Post # 1
I’m getting married on December 3rd and am in the process of trying to put together a day of timeline so that everyone knows what time people are arriving/how long we have to get things done/etc etc. The thing is, getting an arrival time out of our florist has been near impossible.
I had a discussion with her over the phone a few weeks ago and she said that she would like to arrive at the venue around 10am (as it’s going to be summer here in Australia and she’s concerned about the flowers wilting in the car if she leaves it too late). I let the venue know and also gave them our florist’s contact details (at her request) in case they wanted to work out an alternative time. Neither of us have heard anything from the venue (it’s been almost 2 weeks now) so we’er assuming this is all good. I also assumed she would drop off the bouquets, corsages and bouttonnieres on her way to the venue that morning, as she’s essentially going past the location where we’re all getting ready.
We had a meeting with her over the weekend to finalise our arrangements and some flower choices. I mentioned her dropping off the flowers on her way to the venue and her response was that she would be returning to her premises after setting up the venue to pick up our flowers and then bringing them to where we’re getting ready (as she’s concerned about wilting). I kind of pushed for them to be delivered earlier and she conceded that, if it wasn’t going to be too hot, she would drop the flowers off on the way to the venue.
On the way home, I got to thinking that she still hasn’t really given us a delivery time and it’s something that I really want to get nailed down for my own stress levels. Plus, the photographer is arriving to do my FI’s photos at 11:30am so shouldn’t he and his groomsmen have their boutonnieres then? I understand that she’s worried about the flowers wilting, but it really hasn’t been all that warm here yet (we live in Melbourne, for any local Bees who’ll know what I’m talking about). Besides, we can put the corsages/boutonnieres in the fridge if needed or put all the flowers into an air conditioned room until they’re needed.
Should I get in touch with the florist again to reiterate the fact that I’d like the flowers delivered before she goes to the venue (mentioning the time that the photographer is arriving)? Should we just wait and see what the weather is doing closer to the wedding? Should we just leave it up to her, as she’s the professional at the end of the day?
Post # 2
I’d be in touch with the florist again- I was actually thinking I need to clarify delivery times with my florist as I forgot to get the flowers to the boys before the photos. Oops! Maybe just let her know the photographer’s times? I guess you could even do something like ‘if temp is below 30 degrees (or whatever), please deliver on the waty to the venue. In the case of extreme heat, a later delivery time of (on the way home) would be preferable’… that way you are letting her be a profressional and you are also covering yourself in case of stress?? Or is that overthinking it?
And yep, I’m a Melb bride too (January wedding)…Melbourne hasn’t really had spring yet- hopefully Summer arrives soon!
Post # 3
dannibee : Yes, I think I need to get in touch with her again. Hopefully once she realises that the boys will not have their boutts until after the photos if she doesn’t drop them off on the way to the venue she’ll agree to do it my way lol. I understand her concerns about the heat, but I also think that she she be more willing to compromise with me as I’m paying her to perform a service. Oh well, I’ll have to see what she says.
I’m so sick of this weather! I just want a normal spring lol but fingers crossed summer is on its way soon!
Post # 4
JessieFay13 : time for a new florist.OR… I would ask a friend or reliable guest to get your flowers to the church for you. Can you imagine the horror of no flowers 5 mnutes befor the wedding ???
Post # 5
Definitely contact the florist and mention when pictures start. Specify that you need certain things by an exact time for pictures – the guys should have their bouts, you’ll probably want your bouquet, etc. If she’s not ready to give you an exact time on the phone, tell her you’d like one by XX date so there’s no ambiguity. Maybe she could drop off the things that are imporant for pictures first and then bring the centerpieces later.
Post # 6
My florist arrived an hour before the photographers did, that’s just how she likes to do it! It seemed to work out perfectly!
Post # 7
To clarify, all of the flowers will be at the venue with plenty of time for the ceremony/reception – she wants to arrive at 10am to put all the centrepieces and other arrangements together, which is 6 hours before our ceremony starts. The venue flowers are not an issue. What I am concerned with is that she doesn’t want to drop off our bouquets/corsages/boutonnieres until after she has been to the venue – she wants to go back to her premises (1.5 hours away from the venue) to pick them up and then bring them to the locations where my Fiance and I are getting ready (1 hour from her premises). If she did this, it would mean my Fiance and his groomsmen won’t have bouts for their photos and it would be cutting it pretty close for me to have bouquets for my photos.
I’m going to give the florist a call and let her know what time the photographer will be arriving, so please ensure that the flowers have arrived before then.
crackerjax : It’s a month before my wedding, highly doubt I’m going to get a new florist now…