Oy…flowers. The one downside of planning a wedding in a different city is trying to figure out where to go for flowers. There are so many florists in Vancouver that it is so daunting to try and narrow things down. I really wanted to set up consultations while we were in Vancouver in the fall so I tried two plans of attack for finding a florist.
Posting a question on online forums:
A few different florists were recommended to me via a query I posed on a few Vancouver specific online wedding forums. I then scoped out their websites, however the florist with the most number of glowing reviews didn’t have much of a website to speak of. No portfolio online at all. I did e-mail her to ask about setting up a consultation but then I didn’t hear back. Finally two weeks later I got a bounce back e-mail from her Blackberry saying that the message hadn’t been delivered. Given the lack of pictures and the difficulty in getting a hold of her I didn’t attempt to contact her again about a consultation.
The Google Map:
Yup, I plotted up different florists in Vancouver on a Google Map and then started scoping out their websites. I nixed anyone who mostly had standard Teleflora bouquets and arrangements posted on their site as I was looking for something a little different. I then contacted two different florists. One asked me right away what my budget was and could I please send him my inspiration photos so he could be prepared for the consultation. Two days later he e-mailed me back a full quote on bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, arrangements for the church (?), and more things that I hadn’t actually asked for. Then he told me that if I paid in cash he’d save me money and not charge me tax. Sounded pretty sketchy to me so I declined to meet with him in person.
Despite these two not so great experiences I did wind up having two really great consultations though, so stay tuned for the results of that!
Did you have any interesting experiences while trying to arrange consultations with vendors?