(Closed) Total Vent…..What is wrong with these florists???

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would totally keep shopping around. The flowers i wanted for my wedding were $$$$ so our florist suggested an alternate flower, which looks pretty much the same at half the price. I dont get how the #2 florist could assume that $2400 would be tight??

Post # 5
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993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Keep shopping and find someone who WANTS to work with you

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BellaDee:  and also the first one being pregnant.. maybe she had the baby, but i wouldnt of taken on any more “jobs” if i knew i was gonna be going into labor and having a newborn around…

Post # 7
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272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Florist #2 sounds like a nut. I’d definitely run away from that one!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@BellaDee:  

I’m thinking the first florist likely went into labor, if she was already 40 weeks’ pregnant when you met with her. As for the other florist, she does sound as if her customer service-skills may not be the best. However, it’s possible that your budget may indeed be a little low for her business. One florist priced my flowers at more than $5,000, and that was a bit too high for what I was hoping to spend. I was able to find a fantastic floral-events person who did a great job for me for a little more than $3,500.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I would keep pricing things out, and stay away from that second florist, she sounds awful.

My florist was also super pregnant when I had my consultation, and it did take her a little longer than expected to get back to me with the quote and all the notes she took during our consultation. I think that new moms underestimate how busy they’ll be leading up to the birth, getting the nursery ready, and then when the baby is born! However, she has been a dream to work with afterwards. I would definitely give her a bit more time and if she still doesn’t respond then you should move on.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

That second florist sounds like a nightmare! She definitely does not like her job, and wants only money. Why is she a florist if she can’t do her job proper? Get out of that business and do something else. $ 2,400 is enough to do the job if she had some imagination and creativity…

The first florist sounds excited and interested. She took notes and everything. Your wedding is in June 2013, give her some time, it’s months away.  I figure if she hasn’t gotten back to you in December, then I would start looking for another florist. Maybe you think it’s too late to book a florist 6 months before?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a similar experience with some florists as you did with your second florist. They just had a lot of clients with much higher budgets than mine, so they didn’t want to work with me even if I did not need much. You should definitely be able to find somebody who can work with that budget though! Good luck!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Good luck girl! You deserve to work with a vendor who is more cheerful and treats you with more courtesy! I hope you find someone good, definitely keep looking.

Here are my $0.02 on your budget and flowers: it’s true, dahlias are a fall flower. I have the opposite problem – I LOVE peonies but they are crazy expensive in November, so we are sticking with seasonal fall flowers. But dahlias aren’t 100% impossible for a good florist to come by so if you really want to see some in your bouquet that’s doable. To keep the cost down I would choose alternatives for the table arrangements. I loooooove ranunculus, they’re a beautiful alternative to dahlias and you should have no trouble finding purple and magenta ranunculus in the spring.

Also, do not let a florist turn you away for a $2400 floral budget! Our total floral budget is $800 for 7 bouquets, 8 bouts, and arrangements for 16 tables. And we have medium-to-pricey flowers, like garden and cabbage roses. The table arrangements will be pretty scaled back – mostly green filler and a few stems of large/bold flowers  – but still, if my florist can do all that for $800, then you can definitely find yourself a florist who can work with your budget. Good luck!

Also, you mentioned that maybe the  second  florist turned you away because she is looking to book weddings with bigger floral budgets. That may be true, but most florists book multiple weddings per weekend – my florist said she usually does 4-5 weddings on the average weekend – so if you find a more accomodating vendor, your budget wouldn’t prevent them from “making money” the weekend of your wedding. 

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