(Closed) Sell Out or Save up?? Should I sell Centerpieces??

posted 8 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Should I sell Centerpieces to Wedding Planner?

    NO, she's only trying to take advantage and make a buck

    Sell them after wedding to a bride(s) that would really appreciate them,NOT to planner

    Sell to planner, who cares who uses them after?

    Rent them out yourself to local brides so more brides can afford them, and ur effort won't be wasted

  • Post # 17
    1853 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    WoW! Come make me flowers!

    Post # 18
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Tell her she can buy them at 75% of cost, or that she can rent them from you

    Post # 19
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    You know if she offered for them on the spot that she really wants them… And yeah shewould make money renting them to other brides but a) she’s got to find them and b) she’s got to worry about damage, theft, etc. if you were toTrent them out, you would have to deal with all of that, not her! Do you really want to become a vendor? It seems likesuch a hassle. 


    Personally I would sell them to her (minus one, of course!) given that: 

    A) she pays 75% of materials cost or higher, or tops up her 50% offer with commission on every rental


    B) she refers people to YOU. Let’s say someone wants something similar-but-different, she puts them intouch with you who can make the decorations (and pay yourself a DECENT wage in the process!) you can try to make it win-win like that, if you want to make a little extra on the side.

    Post # 20
    3240 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @MissBiology:  Your diy work is BEAUTIFUL!! 

    I’d tell the planner that the price you quoted her is half of what you spent on supplies (and doesn’t include labor). So if she’s interested in them, you are firm on price. It is true that things that are ‘used’ aren’t worth full value, but the offer you made to her took that into account.

    And I totally agree with a PP, you should keep one of each arrangement for yourself as a keepsake! 🙂

    Post # 21
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

    Those are lovely!

    The ship may have sailed by this point, I realize, but if you are still negotiating with her, or holding on to them to see if anyone else is interested:

    – it’s not a fair criticism to try to talk you down because they’re not real flowers. Of course they’re silk flowers, that’s the whole point of why she wants them, to be able to rent them to future brides.

    – it is fair for you to factor in your own time and labor when figuring out a price. Yes, you always get less for used things, but, as noted, you factored that in by asking only half your materials cost. I think you could have started the negotiation a little higher.

    – remember that this is a negotiation. She is, in all likelihood, giving you a lowball first offer with the expectation that you’ll drop a little, she’ll raise a little, and you’ll meet in the middle. Salespeople know how to set their “anchor” (sort of like a benchmark) relative to the price they ultimately hope to get/pay. If you feel like she’s setting her anchor too low, you need to make that clear.

    Post # 22
    949 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    As others have said, you’re not going to get 100% back- no matter how nice they are (and they are really pretty!): they’re your centerpieces, made to your specifications, and her point of view is probably that she will have to store them, etc., whatever. And yes, it is a negotiation. Maybe you could tell her that you’ll check in with her after the wedding, and the two of you can agree at that point on how “used” they look (probably not very, I would guess) and agree on a price then?


    Post # 23
    5 posts
    • Wedding: December 2012

    This is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I would change everything about my wedding to have centerpieces!!!! I really cannot believe how gorgeous these are!!! You are soo talented!!! I think you should rent them out to other brides yourself! You would make good profit and it would be sooo helpful!! 


    Keep us posted! 

    Post # 24
    28 posts
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Don’t sell them to her! Rent them to local brides yourself. Once you get tired of renting, give them to a deserving bride on a tight budget and task her to do the same once she’s done with them. You will have made you money back by then and can be a blessing someone else as well.

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