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Florist predicament

Kimberly, on November 11, 2020 at 7:52 AM Posted in Planning 0 13
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Hi everyone!



We are moving forward with our wedding at a reduced capacity and we are very excited.I want to ask for your opinion. My florist charges per proof. Meaning, she charges the value of the arrangement for me to see it ahead of time. I negotiated to include it in my quote at no additional cost. The problem is she didn't include all the flowers in the quote and the colors are very different. I also specifically asked her not to include white, and she did. Below is our reference vs what she came with. The question is, should I try to get the second proof for free as well or do you think this will cause friction between us? I consider I am right if we look at it black and white but life isn't that way Smiley smile what do you think? The purples are her proof. My moh says they look like funeral flowers...thank youFlorist predicament 1
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Latest activity by Kimberly, on November 13, 2020 at 5:09 AM
  • Sarah
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    Sarah ·
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    I don’t think you should keep asking for free work. Arrangements cost money and time that you’re now not being charged for. I think you can express your concerns about the differences in what you want vs what she put together, but I think if you want another proof you need to pay for it. For what it’s worth, I’ve never heard of a florist who would do a mock up for free so the fact that she was willing to do that for you is extremely generous.
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    Kimberly ·
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    Thanks Sarah! We gave her a lot of business so she said she would do it for free. My friend's florist did not charge her for the mock up either which is how I got the idea to ask
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    Expert September 2020
    Alli ·
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    I wouldn’t feel bad asking for a free visual - that arrangement is so ugly and nothing like the first picture which is gorgeous!!
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    Judith ·
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    The darker ones in the first arrangement, a Victorian Rose, perfectly set off the lighter Mauve, and with only a little touch of white, looks great. The 2nd is awful, too much contrast between the very dark purple and too much white. 2 looks like a kid did it. If your contract said you pay for show, you do. She gave you a free one and you did not like it. She should fix that free, but any further ones she may fairly ask you to pay.
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  • Amanda
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    Amanda ·
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    What she came up with in no means looks like what you referenced. You might want to have a discussion with her on your vision for your wedding and see if maybe she is missing the point or y'all have a miscommunication somewhere.

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  • Rabreena
    Dedicated October 2021
    Rabreena ·
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    I have no idea what that florist was thinking when she came up with that as her idea to be in comparison to the one you gave her. It doesn't look anything like the example you gave her, so I say it falls back and is a loss to her.
    I would definitely ask her about doing another and reinforce the fact, sharing those pictures with her to prove, that the one she created is nothing like or even comparable to the picture you gave her.
    If there was/is an issue that she couldn't get closer to recreating the sample picture you gave her then she needed to speak up and express that to you before creating something that is obviously not what you want.
    Hopefully she will be willing to correct her obvious wrongdoing.

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  • Yasmine
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    Yasmine ·
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    I personally think it's 2 completely different looks and wouldn't be happy with what she came up with.
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  • Mrs. Spring
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    Mrs. Spring ·
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    The second arrangement looks nothing like the first
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  • Erin
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    Erin ·
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    I agree with =Yasmine... they are 2 completely different looks....and yes, the second looks like funeral flowers.

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    Michele ·
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    Callas are funeral flowers. Dahlias are not. Those are two entirely different looks and it sounds like she didn't try to communicate.
    Try to find a different florist asap on Thumbtack.com
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  • K
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    Kristen ·
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    Nope, you need to talk to her ASAP. The proof is truly terrible, and nothing like the inspo. I almost hope she was just tying to pass off another arrangement for someone else as your proof. While I think it is completely reasonable to ask for a second mock-up given this situation, you need to talk to her first about if it is even possible to meet your vision. Specifically ask about each type of flower and discuss availability. Good luck!
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    Kimberly ·
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    Update, I have screenshots of me sending her the picture and asking for no white. Also her quote said burgundy and pink roses and you see what she gave me. I have no idea what she was thinking but I will try to get it at no cost. The reason being seeing my emails and how specific I was, I don't understand her creation at all. If she refuses, fine. But I'm going to try. She is doing our lighting, picture backdrop (we're not doing a booth), and church decorations, plus some chandeliers so given the volume of business we are giving her...I'm hoping she will see where I'm coming from.
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    Kimberly ·
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    I am on it! Thank you
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