(Closed) Regarding Flowers…

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Out of curiosity, is your wedding planners fee based on a percentage of the total bill? Because it sounds like she is trying to pad the budget. Put your foot down – you are the client, it is your money that is being spent, and you can take your business elsewhere if necessary!

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

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@aliciaspinnet:  +1.

OP-interview new florists, and you may want to talk to a new planner, while you’re at it. If she’s not respecting your budget, she needs to be out the door!

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@DuckEBee:  I think this is something you can pass back to your wedding planner.  You hired her to find a florist that can work with a 5000 budget, and coming back to you with a estimate 3x that is not acceptible.  This should appease your mother since you won’t directly doing the the negotiations.  Also, I would lay off the flower talk with your mother for right now until she is less stressed.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Glen Sanders Mansion

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@DuckEBee:  the florist I ended up using asked me at the beginning of the wedding what my budget was. Not asking for that info at the start is like putting a bride with a $2k dress budget into a $10k Vera wanG. dont feel bad, and if they try to guilt trip you, find another florist. 

The first florist I met with did not ask for a budget and her quote was $1600 more than what my florist is charging me. The markups for some florists is crazy. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

that is the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard in my entire life!!! are these in season flowers coated gold and diamonds?!?!

you need to find another florist… this one is taking you for a ride!

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@DuckEBee:  Planners typically get paid basedon a percentage of the final wedding budget so if they can get you to spend more they will.  Sit your planner down and read them the riot act.  Tell them this is your budget and if they can’t work with it you’ll find someone else who can.  $5K is what I spent on my entire wedding so it’s more than enough for flowers!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are you actually getting married in October? Peonies aren’t in season during fall, which is probably another reason the bill is so high. Ask for garden roses instead.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@likewoah:  i am getting married in August and am having peonies… they arent in season then either and my enitre flower cost for 15 center peices, my bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, a toss bouquet, 5 bountiners, flowers for my cake and for my guest book table will all be $1700 and I am using out of season and exotic flowers!

so unless you are Kim Kardashian then there is NO reason your flower cost should be $15000…. you need to find a new florist and I agree with previous posters who said your wedding planner is trying to pad her wages… Your planner should be working with you and not against you!

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@Makemeamrs:  I agree that $15k for flowers is absolutely insane, but you’re also getting a great deal! Around where I live that would be at least 3-4k.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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@likewoah:  my quote is standard prices where i live… i guess we must have better access to flowers or something that brings prices down

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I would definitely contact another florist, but you may need to manage your expectations about what your flowers will look like.  There is no reason you can’t get all of the flowers you want for maybe $5-7k.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@DuckEBee:  I’d definitely tell them which you want the most of in centerpieces. They may be thinking that the main flower is going to be the peony with little accents which I can see driving the price up that high but if you are wanting it the other way with the peony as the accent and more greenery you definitley need to let them know. Tell they maybe 50% greenery and so on so they have a reference for better pricing and visuals.

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