Post # 1
We have an order in for table centerpieces and personal flowers. I called my florist today to see about adding chuppah flowers. Not only would that add a signifcant charge for the actual flowers, but they are going to assess a service fee for the florist to place the flowers on the chuppah. I understand that, but here’s the kicker. The fee is 20% of my total flower order. I’d get 20% of the chuppah flowers cost, but 20% of my whole order (I have about 30 guest tables on top of bouquets, etc.) means a really big charge. I feel like I being taken advantage of. We’re now thinking of going to a different florist just for these flowers to avoid the service fee mark-up. I’m so annoyed!
Post # 3
Is the service fee in addition to any pre-existing service fee (i.e. the fee for set-up and delivery)? If the 20% of the entire order is to deliver all of the floral items to the various places and set them up, then that makes sense (although it is still a lot because my delivery fee is about 5% of my entire flower order..then again I am in completely different state). If the 20% is additional, then you definitely need a new florist.
Post # 4
Yep, the 20% of the whole order fee would be in addition, because they figure if they’re coming out to do the chuppah flowers they will be putting out the other flowers as well (instead of just “dropping” them off). But, they actually won’t be able to set the table flowers out because my ceremony is in the same room where the reception is, so no table will be out. I’ve explained that but they say once they bring staff, they have to charge the 20% of the whole order. So, guess I’m calling florists today.
Post # 5
Get another florist! People in the bridal industry oftentimes don’t understand the difference between being fairly compensated and ripping brides off.