Post # 1
I have had nothing but rude florists expierences! Is there anyone else out there experiencing this? My wedding is in December and I’m getting married in Sarasota.
I understand i’m still a bit a ways from my wedding date but I’m in the process of comparing pricing and securing all my vendors. Am I way ahead of schedule or wrong by doing this??
A little frustrated. I know it varies from state to state but can you ladies tell me on average what you paid for your flowers?
Bridal Bouquet, boutonnieres, attendants/bridesmaids, centerpieces, ceremony….
Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
I used Debbie from The Brides Bouquet and I LOVED her. I booked her 7 months out and she didn’t act like I was crazy ahead of schedule.
My bouquet was 160, bm bouquets were 55, centerpieces were 75 & 150
Post # 4
Yeah I also had a rude experience, I walked into a flower shop to buy something on a random week day right after I got engaged, I was excited and just wanted to see if she had books of her work. The florist had the nerve to tell me that my wedding was far away and come back when I set a date. I was like really lady I’m not asking for you to talk to me or give me a qoute I just wanted to see if you had a book to look at your work, while I waiting for my flowers! I was pissed so I cancelled my order, and left the shop. So rude! I have no idea how much flowers cost, but I know I won’t be using her services.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
I don’t think they don’t want your business, but it is incredibly hard to forcast prices so far in advance. If they quote you something now and lets say tulips have a horrible season and the price skyrockets, they’d have to honor your quote. They’re just trying to cover themselves, not put you off. I had this happen when I wanted to talk to Binny’s about 7 months before our wedding. Even in a market as stable as BOOZE, they didn’t want to quote me prices until about 3 months before the wedding.
Also, your vision for flowers may change still, and having to essentially create a new scheme for you 6 months down the road is more work for them. I tend to plan early, too, but I hope you can see it from their perspective, as well.
Post # 6
I also experienced a TON of rudeness from florists. I ended up with the one I have now because she was so nice!
I don’t have the exact breakdown with me, but for $1500 I’m getting:
-one peony bridal bouquet
-6 calla lily posy bouquets for bridesmaids
-7 mini lily boutonnieres for groom and groomsmen
-3 mini lily boutounnieres for fathers and officiant
-1 lily of the valley corsage for mother of the bride
-1 rose corsage for mother of the groom
-12 6×6 centerpieces (alternating between peonies and roses)
-4 tiny succulent cocktail table centerpieces
Post # 7
Three of the four florists I met with were nice, but one was extremely rude. I was rushed through the consultation, and then I had to reschedule the mockup because of painful cavity, he never called back. I called again to reschedule it and met with him only to found out that he threw away the notes he took, didn’t remember the flowers I wanted (2 of 3 in mockup were ones I said I didn’t want) and didn’t want to look at the pictures I sent because there were too many. Then I got the proposal and it was blank. No price itemization and no description! So weird.
I wrote a letter to complain because I really used to like this flower shop and it was extremely surprising that their wedding department was so terrible. Well, she wrote me a letter back basically saying I not being truthful or was mistaken about what happened and that he was a wonderful florist. I really want to write back but maybe I should just leave it alone. Or write a nasty yelp review… mwahahaha!
Sorry you also had terrible experiences! It really is a mood-killer. Press on though! You will find your dream florist. I haven’t purchased yet but I am being quoted between $1400 and $1800. I am ordering:
1 bridal bouquet
4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets
8 small centerpieces
1 bar arrangement
Post # 8
@Foundtruelove: Also, I don’t think it’s that terrible to order that much ahead. I am booking 6 months ahead but one of the more popular florists is already booked. It’s especially important to book with smaller florists because they can only do so many weddings.
Post # 9
I had nothing but rude florists as well….better to find out they are rude before they tell you they can do something and then turn around and give you nothing of what you wanted. Can you tell I got shafted by my florist???
I completely understand now why they won’t take you so early. If I had booked later, they would have known that what I wanted wasn’t going to turn out so well before my wedding day. But you would think a simple call would be able to change what I wanted.
In Tampa, I got a bridal bouquet for $150, Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets for $60, and bouts for $10. They were all perfect except my bouquet, which was a disaster.
Post # 10
My wedding is in WA and I had my first consultation end of Jan. My wedding was 6-7 months out. I went in early as I want a better idea on my budget + summer get booked quick. All 4 florists I quoted were nice.
I am trying to shoot for $1000 but so far all the quotes are $1300-2000. Will need some fine tuning on the quote before I book with one of them.
1 bridal bouquet
5 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquet
2 pillars + flower arrangement for ceremony
10+ small centerpieces
Post # 11
ew rude vendors/anyone working in customer service PISS me off when they are rude. put yourselves in the customer’s shoes for once and be nice..it’s not that hard. ooh such a pet peave of mine. i am never, EVER rude to a client…no matter how i feel or what kinda day it’s been. blah.
Post # 12
@Foundtruelove: OMG, me too! My first florist appointment was great. I really loved her, but I had another appointment later that day. I went to the second one, and it was horrible. She did not act interested at all. She said, “Are you wanting a quote or something?” Nah, I just came here to sit at your table in your shop and look around. Needless to say we went with the lady that sat down with us, asked questions, took notes, and actually had a personality!
Our breakdown: (florist in Arkansas)
1 bridal bouquet (ranunculus, craspedia, brunia berries, dusty miller)
3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets (craspedia)
10 centerpieces (30 tulips, 30 craspedia, 45 oncidium orchids)
Craspedia for cake topper
Total = $1001 (more than I wanted to spend, but happy with my choices)
Post # 13
Wow! I can’t believe vendors are so rude. My wedding isn’t until September and I started looking at florist end of December and the beginning of January. I haven’t really had that bad of experience with vendors yet. But I have contacted vendors regarding informations and not hear from them for a month. By then I’ve already found other vendors and booked with others. I guess the don’t care about getting any business.
During my first florist appointment, it lasted over 2 hours! She showed me pictures and all the different weddings she has done and we looked at my ideas and had a great time together.
Don’t worry, you will find a florist you will fall in love it! Don’t give up!
Post # 14
I am also getting married in the Tampa Bay area and I am using Bay Bouquet in Tampa for my wedding. The owner is very nice and super creative. Puts a spin on everything to make it better. That was the only florist I visited and I didn’t need to go to any others. For under $1000 I am getting a custom peony/garden rose bouquet with feathers and bling($325), 3 bridesmaid clutch decorations ($35ea), 7 Corsages ($30ea), 14 bout’s ($10ea), 2 small arch arrangements ($100). We are using feather centerpieces on the tables which we are able to borrow from our wedding planner for free. The prices may be higher than some other shops but the quality of the work and the professional atmosphere is so much better.
I have a friend who is also getting married in this area in Nov and she has already been through 3 florists. The first one she booked was not really that professional but she was getting a good deal just quit on her because they felt they couldn’t do what she was asking. The next florist they really liked and booked but the had to fire them after discovering that the florist was making fraudulent charges on her FMIL’s credit card. Now she is on her third florist and so far so good.
Who would’ve thought finding a decent florist could be so difficult.
Post # 15
Wow! I’d say I’m glad I’m not alone but how terrible is it that all these florists are so rude???
I had such a bad experience with the last one I met with that I now refuse to use a florist at all. Our venue is known for its gardens, right now they have over 100,000 bulbs planted and we will be in the height of the season when we have our wedding so I’m going low key with as few flowers as possible. If we don’t have the ceremony at the church our venue provides the flowers for that and the arch, and I am DIY’ing our centerpieces without fresh flowers because I feel it’s overkill with all their flowers there. The only thing I MAY use fresh flowers for are the bridal party flowers but I’m experimenting right now with silks and to me, they look just as nice and there’s no chance of them wilting in the summer heat. The last florist quoted me over $5,000 for things I can do myself for under a thousand dollars. I’d rather put that money into paying for my band!
Oh and the first florist I had an appt with, I had to reschedule–they never bothered to call me back so there was NO WAY I would consider working with them!! If they can’t even call me to get my business, how can I be confident they will respond after I’ve paid? And all these are the venue-recommended florists too. I’m going to have something to say to my manager when I see him.
Post # 16
My first experience was a rude one.. and the second person I went to was wonderful, but had a $2,000 minimum service charge!! ACK! And she never told us that in the first place… still on the hunt and running out of time :/