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Is it rude?

Dani, on January 24, 2021 at 10:46 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 14
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Is it rude to hire a florist who is doing the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages but then do your own floral centerpieces? I feel that I could possibly do my own floral centerpieces because our venue offers many other things like candles, candelabras, votives to put on the table so they really would just be a simple greenery with some flowers. I got a quote for centerpieces and we just can't justify spending the extra money on centerpieces. I don't want to overstep the people I hired. what do you think?

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Latest activity by Judith, on January 27, 2021 at 2:15 AM
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    Master January 2019
    Cassidy ·
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    If you’re just doing greenery and not any florals I don’t see it being an issue. I’d just double check with your florist.
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  • Sharonda
    Rockstar January 2021
    Sharonda Online ·
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    Not at all. I did the same thing. I hired a florist to make my real personal flowers — my bouquet, boutonnieres, and corsages— and I let her know I was handling and DIYing the floral decor (I made the ceremony arch, lantern flowers and reception centerpieces). She was just fine with that. I think it would be different if you are hiring another florist to handle decor, but since you’re handling it yourself, I think that’s fine.
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    Expert June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    I don't think it's rude at all. It's your wedding, do what you want! You're paying them to do x,y,z, then they do exactly that. They might make a sly comment or two saying they can do better to try to get an extra dollar from you, but who cares.
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    Master July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    You might want to read over the contract because some vendors might not allow this because they won't want your work being confused for their work so they will have a clause in the contract that says they can be the only one doing florals.

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  • Stacey
    Expert May 2021
    Stacey ·
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    To be honest some florists will contractually prohibit this, so it’s best to check with the specific ones you are interested in working with. The reason they prohibit it is that they don’t want potentially inferior work misinterpreted as their own, especially in photos online where they are incorrectly tagged.
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  • Sharonda
    Rockstar January 2021
    Sharonda Online ·
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    You make a good point. That’s why it’s so important to talk to the florist about the plan. My florist had that clause in her contract, but she was fine when I told her my plan.
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  • Katie
    Super August 2020
    Katie Online ·
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    I was embarrassed too to confess I had done a few things on my own 😂 I told my florist “I have to admit to you something... I went to Michaels and feel like I cheated on you”. LOL!! She was not offended at all and said it was expected she would happily setup what I bought. I was so relieved because I have a lot of respect for her. ❤️
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  • Michelle
    Master October 2022
    Michelle Online ·
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    You need to confirm with the florist. Many have contract clauses which forbid using outside vendors. Nearly everyone is open to negotiation if you ask
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  • Meghan
    Devoted September 2021
    Meghan ·
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    We’re trying to avoid using flowers as centerpieces for that reason and as others mentioned just review the contract to make sure there’s no conflict in doing that. We plan on using candles in its place so it’ll be easier for us to set up as well
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna Online ·
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    Doesn’t hurt to talk to your florist to ask! This definitely wouldn’t have been possible for us—out of the dozen or so florists we looked at, all had clauses stipulating that all flowers had to come from them (also no fake flowers allowed). If the florist allows it, then I don’t think it’s rude, just keep in mind that many do not allow it
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  • JM Sunshine
    August 2020
    JM Sunshine ·
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    No, it's not rude. If you're on a budget, as most brides are, it makes sense. My daughter only had the florist make the bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres since they would be in most of the pictures and then used FiftyFlowers for the centerpieces. She saved over $1000 doing it that way.
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  • J
    Dedicated November 2021
    J W ·
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    I'm doing a faux floral centerpiece with fake fall leaves and pinecones. My florist (only doing bouquets and boutonnieres and corsages) actually had a clause that I couldn't have any other florals, fake or otherwise. But when I reached out to her she was totally fine with my centerpieces, probably because it will be obvious that they aren't done by her. Maybe pick the florist first and then find out about centerpieces?
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    Nope, it’s not rude, but have a conversation about it. I’d let them know that centerpieces simply are not in the budget— shouldnt be a big deal, they understand budgets! As mentioned there may be some contractual conversation, but worry not about rudeness— nothing rude about having budget constraints!!
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    Judith Online ·
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    You hire them to do what you don't want to. You also may want to look at their prices on boutionaires. For 1 stem and a little spray of green they run $12 to $45. $1-2 to make.


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