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.
Image by Next Exit Photography/Amber Events/via Style Me Pretty
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.
Image by East Main Photography via weddingbee
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?
That does sound a little sketchy!!
Luckily for me my best friend's mom is a florist so it was as easy decision. I still had a hard time deciding on what I wanted though! I was very impressed with the end result.
I don't recall any horrible vendor experiences other than a not-so-nice seamstress for my dress. Worked out in the end though!
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