Nov 18, 2008

I've spent the last two days talking with florists. I've gotten referrals, talked to my married friends, consulted my budget. I armed myself with pics of what I like and got pics of my dress, swashes of colour from the BM dresses, and added other photos to the file for a general feel. I got a general idea of what I liked.

I was ready to choose a florist.

There were two places that came highly recommended. One is just outside the city, so I would need a special bus trip out there, and a lot of time. Yesterday I went to the other place.

The florist was nice, and professional, and had lots of ideas. She couldn't give me pictures of past products, and they didn't have a portfolio or catalogue of sorts. She seemed to pick up on my theme and worked with what I did want, though. However, she couldn't give me prices.

I left there confused. I was a little frustrated, but she was helpful. I had taken the bus there because I don't have a car. I decided that I would call the other florists, because the lady barely looked at my photos, and it would be easier on me.

I called every single florist in the Yellow Pages. I got virtually no information. No one in this city has a portfolio. Most places want to charge me 25.00 or 50.00 to sit down with me and design something, BEFORE I book with them.

I feel like I'm going to have to make an uninformed decision when booking a florist. If they don't provide guarantees, or photos of past work, then I highly doubt they'll provide references.

Is this normal?? Is this the reaction everyone else is getting with their florists?

Added note: looking at pics of sunflowers, I found a blog with the best photography. This is my inspiration for my wedding pics:

I like "Emma & Jon @ Weston Park, Norfolk" June 2006
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Overarm 5.Sunflower Sheaf
exactly what I want! sunfouffies
amyi444's Red wedding
Lavagna, Liguria, Italy
i just read on another bride's WBC page that you should always try to pay for everything with credit card because it works like "insurance" in case of any mishaps you have a recourse... it would be something to look into...

good luck!
guentherbride's Purple wedding
Nelson, BC, Canada
I live in BC, and finding a good florist, willing to do my flowers was a challenge. Because it is also the mother's day weekend, it will cost me an arm and a leg to get anything. I am still undecided if I want to go the real flower route. That's a good point, if you don't know what it will look like, how do you know the quality of what you're getting !!

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