Post # 1
I’ve started meeting with a couple of florists just to get an idea of pricing and whatnot for my May 2014 wedding. Last Saturday had an appointment at 10:30 AM (the florist said she’d come in for me, even though they were closed Saturdays). I arrived at the shop 5 minutes early and waited, waited, waited. Finally at 10:45 after she still hadn’t arrived, I called her cell phone (thank GOD she gave me her number!) and asked what was going on. She confessed she had forgotten about me (what!) and that she was on her way over. I probably should’ve said ‘see ya’ then, but she had such great reviews on Yelp and Wedding Wire that I gave her a chance.
She arrived finally, and was very pleasant. I OVERLY emphasized how badly I wanted peonies in my bouquet as well as my bridesmaids, and that I was having 5 bridesmaids total but one was a guy and that he (obviously) would not need a bouquet.
Well, I just got my quote back and I am speechless. Peonies are NOWHERE to be found in the quote – instead there are roses EVERYWHERE. I don’t mind roses, but I specifically said I wanted peonies. Also, she had quoted for 5 bridesmaids bouquets, when I know I said at least twice that we only need 4. Lastly, she didn’t even give me a total quote! I had to go through and manually add up every price, and she doesn’t even have a price included for some items.
Do I even waste my time by asking her to redo the quote? I really want to like her seeing as so many others have had such a positive experience, but I just can’t shake the feeling that she might royally mess up our wedding.
What would you do?
Post # 3
Yikes. That would drive me nuts. I don’t want an unorganized person organizing such a major part of my wedding. I would move on!
Post # 4
That’s easy – find a new florist
Post # 5
I know that an initial meeting is different than a wedding, but I wouldn’t trust her with my big day if she is that all over the place.
Post # 6
@kat912: I’d cut her loose. Anyone that’s going to give you that much stress before signing a contract isn’t going to get better after the fact.
Post # 7
Honestly.. she sounds like a flake… my florist was a flake and i regret using her soooo much. Go with your gut… Dont go by reviews b/c i feel like yeah they are gonna keep the good reviews up… and try to get the bad down…
in my case… i felt as the professional, she acted like she knew what she was talking about and saying we need X amount of roses for the bouquets and centerpieces … well 2 night before the wedding texted me freaking out that the arrangments looks flat and small.. that she wants to add “filler” flowers to make them look better, which was MORE money… and NOT what i had in mind as my flowers…
Post # 8
I recently made the mistake of giving someone the benefit of the doubt because her reviews and previous wedding pictures were fabulous. BAD IDEA! We ended up having to fire her, lose our deposit and find someone new. Do not hire that florist! She may be great, but for whatever reason she’s not great for you.
Post # 9
Hm, finding the right florist is REALLY important if flowers are a big part of your wedding. If she’s forgetful and not thorough with you from the beginning you’d best be off finding a different florist.
I also went with a florist who had great reviews on yelp and she was really nice, but in the end the flowers didn’t turn out quite right and I regret hiring her. In fact, it is one of the biggest regrets from my wedding.
Post # 10
Don’t do it! There’s a florist in my area who had a lot of great positive reviews that both myself and a friend getting married around the same time were looking into using. The meetings with her didn’t go well, she seemed kind of flaky and we both had some issues with our quote…my friend went ahead with her because of the great reviews, and I found another florist. And she was so mad at herself for that decision later when her wedding flowers were totally messed up, the flakiness continued, and all of the sudden that florist started getting many bad reviews. Just because someone has done a great job in the past doesn’t mean that can’t be changing now or in the future!
Post # 11
I would interview other florists. Her actions raise too many questions regarding her level of attention to detail and her ability to follow through.
Post # 12
I’d cut her loose. I had a similar experience with a DOC – I met her at a bridal fair, really liked her, she had great reviews, etc, etc, etc. I ended up emailing her a few months later to set up a consulation, clearly stating in my email that our wedding was Saturday, June 7, 2014. She emailed me going “June 7 is a Friday – did you mean June 8?” Yeah, lady, I got my own wedding date wrong. Girlfriend was looking at the wrong YEAR. I figured okay, I’ll give her another shot, honest mistake. She then mispelled my fiance’s (common) name on the proposal, STILL had the date wrong, and showed up 10 minutes late for our meeting. Not what you want in a DOC, at all.
Post # 13
Don’t hire her. Just think, does this woman deserve to make maybe $1000+ from you after leaving you on the doorstep for ages, not paying attention to your requests and doing a sloppy job of the quote? You deserve better not only as a bride, but as a customer!
I would recommend contacting your venue for a florist recommendation. We went with a florist that does flowers for the venue and for weddings held there on a regular basis. They knew she was very trustworthy and she knew what would look good in the venue in our colour scheme.
Post # 14
@graygodess20: Ohhh my god. Wow. I’m so sorry to hear that. I can definitely see this woman doing the same thing, though. Yikes.
Post # 15
@gingernutjo: Very very true. I think in my gut I know I would feel uneasy about her. And you’re right – she doesn’t deserve my money!