Post # 1
I vented in my last post about the florist who wanted to pick everything and not listen to any of my ideas. I met with another florist and I called another to discuss my needs and I feel like noone wants any part of it because I’m not spending $1,000+. All I need are bouts, corsages, rose petals, and a swag for the arbor. ($200-300 order). I feel like I’m getting the cold shoulder because of this. I’m seriously considering making everything myself because I can’t stand feeling like this! Anyone have a similar experience?
Post # 3
Have you tried not using the word “wedding”? Seems like people have a lot of luck with just saying they are having an “event” — people are weird about weddings after all.
Post # 4
@Ellabellaxo: I had an experience, which wasn’t very customer friendly, where one florist was a husband and wife team. On one occassion I was speaking to the lady and the husband was doing a flower arrangement and the whole time she was watching him, I think to see if he was doing it right, I tried gaining eye contact with her but oh no her focus was very much on him and not me, the customer.
Post # 5
i am on a strict budget as well, and definitely got a cold shoulder from some florists. what really irks me is i’ve spoken with people on the phone, told them my budget, taken the time to drive out and meet them, and then they quote me 2x the amount they know i can spend. WHY?!
one of the florists was very rude, telling me carnations were cheap and tacky, or for funerals, and that babys breath bouquets only look cute online. what does that even mean?
as of now, i am only doing 6/19 tables with small fresh flower centerpieces, the rest i am doing other centerpieces, doing 3 different varations total. the florist i think we are going with was a tad bit higher than i wanted to spend, but she has been so wonderful and i know she’ll do her very best with the budget i gave her.
*also might i add, have you considered doing silk? i actually just bought 19 hydrangea stems just incase at michael’s this weekend for 50% off- 19 stems for $60…
Post # 6
Have you thought about doing the flowers yourself? Yes, it takes a bit more time, but there are tutorials all over the net and it’s not difficult. I’m paying $428 for 200 roses, 50 hydrangeas, 20 delphium, and 7 bags of 400 rose petals (so 2800 petals). My jars are big ball (mason) jars from michaels – $2.99/piece. I painted them blue (to look like the antique ball jars). Tying some ribbon and raffia around each one – raffia is cheap and the ribbon is also being used for the cake and other items around the party.
I’m not doing bouts or corsages myself (didn’t really think they were necessary), but I am doing some fabric flower pins for the two moms that will match my hair piece (that I am making myself too). Look around for some inspiration photos!
I’m not saying do it…just saying maybe think about it.
Post # 7
Well first my florist is my aunt so she better not be rude to me…jk. Seriously though I went to hobby lobby and got artifical ones for all the flowers it cost around $300. I could done real and got them at cost since its my aunt, but it just isn’t worth spending that much money. And if you get anything but roses if you dry them out after you wedding they aren’t pretty. So my advice get fake ones and watch some videos on youtube of how to do them.
Post # 8
My florist started her own business out of her house. She became very popular and now has a tiny shop she works out of. She only does weddings and events. There are quite a few ladies like that in my area that are very very reasonably priced. Does your area have people like that? I’ve heard about my lady on the Knot on my city’s local message board and from word of mouth.
There are ladies on Etsy that make fake flower bouquets and boutonnieres and some boutonnieres that are non-floral. If you’re not extrememly artsy yourself and don’t want to make them. I’m doing a rustic theme and thinking about buying some birch heart pins from Etsy with our initials burned onto them for the boutonnieres. If you search for boutonnieres you can check them out. I was also looking at this one from the shop of Pixelandhank:
Post # 9
have you asked around to see if there are any florists that work out of their homes? i was getting quotes for thousand of dollars and i have no idea what they were even quoting me on because they didnt show me anything! by word of mouth i found this young girl who is starting out her business and does it out of her house and she is getting me everything i wanted for the price i wanted and she is so happy to have my business. She is amazing to work with.
i know how you feel. i was in tears when i left some of the florists stores. i felt like because i wasnt a big ticket wedding they didnt really care. you should ask around or look on your local craigslist to see about it.