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Please help me decide on a florist.

Sorry for the length. Would you ladies please help me with a decision I've been struggling with for the past few weeks. I have two florists & can't decide between the 2 (I'll try not to name any names though). They're pretty much offering the same quantity/price, which makes my decision even more difficult.   1st Florist: I received her info from a fellow Knotie who highly recommended her. The Knotie showed me pics of her wedding/arrangements & I really liked this florists work. Here are the cons: this florist is not very well-known so I don't have much word of mouth or photos to rely on except from this Knotie's wedding. The florist's web site is not the greatest either so there's not a lot of pics displaying her work. I have seen some of her work, but not tons to help me make a decision. Additionally, her arrangements are very nice, but they're things I've definitely seen done before. More "arranged" & typical of a wedding florist than something that's really unique & eye catching. Here are the pros: She did say that she'll do any style or recreate any look that I want. She'll do mock arrangements for me so I can see what she's planning on doing for the wedding. She is also extremely generous with blooms in arrangements. I was worried that I'd be paying for flowers & end up with lots of fillers, but she assured me that's not the case with her. When I met with her, she was friendly, bubbly & came prepared with books, pictures & ideas. She met with my mom & I for hours & we felt like we had her full attention & that she was behind our vision 100%. She's even willing to help us set up extras at the wedding in terms of decor like hanging crystals from the arrangements, putting favors on the tables, etc. She seems like the type of person you'd love to work with & could really rely on.   2nd Florist: Here are the pros: This florist has been advertised & recommended all over the board. She has amazing arrangements that are really unique & eye catching. They're definitely something you would remember & think "wow!" She has wonderful ideas & is really trying to integrate my theme in her arrangements via vases & the flowers/fruit she uses. She & I have emailed back a number of times about what arrangements I like, what I would add/take away, etc. & she's been receptive to all of them. Here are the cons: When we first met with her, she was really peeved that I was 15 minutes late. I sincerely apologized & explained that I was stuck in traffic due to an accident on the freeway & couldn't find her number anywhere in my car to call her. She said it wouldn't have mattered anyway because she doesn't take calls after 5:00pm. Still, she had an attitude & made it clear that she made personal plans after our meeting & that our being late would ruin them. Her attitude, however, changed immediately after she realized how many centerpieces I'd be ordering (30). After that she apologized profusely for being rude & making it sound like her plans were more important than our meeting. It was a little weird that her attitude changed immediately after she realized how much I was going to order. She's been nice via email since then, but that initial meeting was very awkward. My worry here is that she has it in her to cop an attitude & I would hate for that to happen on my actual wedding. She also seems like she'll be there to drop off the flowers & that's it. Like you can't rely on her to do anything extra or you will pay for it. I emailed her about the blooms vs. fillers & I'm waiting to hear back on that.   Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Re: Please help me decide on a florist.

  • vmilesicvmilesic member
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    edited December 2011
    IMO.. I would go with the first one, she seems like she is really to work her booty off to help you and the accomplish what you are looking for.Second one.. if she is so advertised, she may be really busy to give you full attention that you need and that awkward moment at the beginning doesn't help.That's what I think.. my first thoughts when I read your text.Keep me posted. I didn't tell you about my flowers.. I'm just ordering them from a florist shop that other girls ordered from. I will do the arrangements myself with the help of family and friends. I don't need anything fancy, more elegant. I'm getting white tulips, white hydrangeas, pinkish roses and white orchids. I ordered alot! Wait a min..this is too much info on here, I'll write you an email :)TTYL
  • vmilesicvmilesic member
    First Comment
    edited December 2011
    Hm..alot of my words are missing. I don't know if my keyboard is acting up.. sometimes the computer at work freezes and I don't even now. I was trying to say that the first one is really willing to work her booty off to help you and to accomplish what you are looking for. There :)
  • nzg1983nzg1983 member
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    edited December 2011
    Well you already know my opinion, so I don't want to say anything more here, but if you have any other questions, shoot me an email:nicolezoe [at] gmail.com
  • edited December 2011
    Id go with 1. She sounds more focused on you and sounds like you may get more bang for your buck.
  • GogalinaGogalina member
    First Comment
    edited December 2011
    Thanks for your advice ladies! Your input makes me realize that #1 is probably the best out of the two. :o)
  • mresendezmresendez member
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    edited December 2011
    I am probably too late, but I would vote for #2. You said she was the better florist, in terms of actual talent and ability. I agree that the first meeting was a little unprofessional. But we all have our pet peeves, and perhaps hers is tardiness. It sounds like things have been fine since then. In my opinion, if you want great flowers, go with #2. If you would rather have average flowers but a bubble personality, go with #1.
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