(Closed) so i’m pretty sure florist is ripping me off… not sure how to confront it

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

It’s so logical! The math just adds up that way.

Hm… Maybe just tell her you have seven more BMs and you won’t be needing a bouquet… JUST KIDDING 🙂

Really though, that’s a tough one.. I am very non-confrontational person as well. I HATE it.  Is there anyone going or that could go with you that would be more comfortable bringing this up?

If not, just say something polite along the lines of “Maybe I just need clarification, but I got to thinking, if the single stems are $10 apeice, how does my 7 peony bouquet add up to $150?”

Just take a deep breath, be BRAVE and ask!!

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would do two things. First, call around and see how much that costs at other florists and then let the florist know that so and so across town is willing to do it for ___ and could she match that? And second ask the florist what is going into the pricing. I imagine that it isn’t just the flowers themselves, there’s also assembly and storage, etc. Plus, of course, there’s the W word which tends to drive up prices. Good luck! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I am actually asking for the same-sized peony bouquet as you and mine is $80. It sounds like you may just be getting the “bridal” price inflation. I would ask what is being factored into the price if not the cost of stems and see if the justification is reasonable to you?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I can see how your bouquet would cost more than $70 because she will have to arrange yours, and only tie a ribbon around the single stems.

But you could definitely start with something like, “I was looking at the prices that you quoted me more closely the other night, and I was wondering if we could bring down the cost of my bouquet a bit. The single stem peonies are only $10 each, and I understand that you have to arrange mine, so can we get the price closer to $80?”

Post # 8
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Helper bee

You say “Peonies are in season in May. I’d understand if they weren’t in season .. I can walk into a local grocery store and buy 5 for $15 .. I think your is inflated .. I’d hate to go elsewhere at this point ..”

Tell her what you want to pay .. tell her what you think is reasonable .. and if she says she can’t do it .. you can find someone else .. this is a down economy .. there are going to be florists in your area available to make this work in your favor.

Every year for my sister’s bday .. I buy her pink peonies .. and every year I go to the big box grocery chain and there they are. 5 stems for $14.99. I’ve done this for the last 5 years ..

 

Post # 9
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1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

$150 is way too much in my opinion. I would call around and get some comparison quotes and then cal up your florist and ask why it’s costing so much. It’s a pretty bouquet, but not an elaborate one and should not be that expensive!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think $150 sounds normal for a bridal bouquet and I don’t think it’s as easy as dividing up the cost by # of flowers to compare. Not only will it be $10/Peony, but there is a lot of labor that goes into making the brides bouquet so it’s perfect. $10 actually sounds really inexpensive, even for a single peony so maybe she was quoting you an extra low price for that?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Yep, this sounds like bridal inflation.

I think your best approach is probably not to argue about the price of the one bouquet, but to bring it up within the context of the entire bill. If you can get an extra arrangement, it will be worth it. I’ve found the words, “I love your work, but I think I just can’t afford everything…” work like magic. If your overall budget is $1000, tell them you only want to spend $800 and see just how much they will add in to get you back up to $1000. It is usually above the what they would normally give you for $200.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Part of the issue here (from what I have been told at least) is that they can not just order the 6-7 blooms for you bouquet.  They need to order more to make sure they can acheive the look you want.  This allows them to be sure that enough of the flowers are usable. 

 

This is what I have been told at least 😉

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yikes. Yeah, I agree, $150 is too much for a very simple bouquet. Yes, they have to “arrange” the flowers, but they aren’t dealing with a variety in the bouquet, they are all the same flower!  The only thing I could see is that they might have to wire the stems or something since peonies can be top-heavy. But really, I think that shouldn’t be $150.

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